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Introduction:

“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The Best of Times?


By many reckonings, it appears to be the best of times in America: We enjoy a robust economy, reinforced by continually advancing technologies. At least one computer in every home, and a personal telephone on almost everyone’s belt. People are buying their 3rd and 4th cars. Our military is the most feared throughout the world. Indeed, in many ways, it seems like the best of times.

 

 

 

 
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•What does the Bible say about “wars”?
•How can the classic literature of centuries ago impact todays (and tomorrow’s) tactics and strategies?
•Which technologies are predicted in the Bible? Which ones have yet to be witnessed?
•In what ways have the economies of scale in violence been reversed?
•What is the threat assessment and risk analysis pending today?
•In what ways can a country be regarded as a “one-bomb target”?
•What are the likely implications of trans-humanism in the quests for the “Super-Soldier”?
•How could electromagnetic pulses emerge to become the “Great Equalizer”?
•Where is the safest place to be?
 Dr. Chuck Missler, an honor graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, with an international background including three decade’s experience in the board rooms of the defense industry, reviews the major Biblical references to warfare, the trends in modern weapons technology, and some of the current preparations for war among the major powers.

 
 

Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayous

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Pipeline fights move from Dakota prairie to Louisiana bayousBy Liz Hampton HENDERSON, Louisiana (Reuters) - When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Pipeline companies later secured her permission for two more lines, one of which has since caused flooding and consistently leaves her land saturated. Rosinski is fighting the latest request for a right-of-way, this time from Energy Transfer Partners - the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.


 

 

Appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault rifles

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours agoGo to full article
Appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault riflesThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided 10-4 that the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, a law in response to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, by a gunman with an assault rifle, is not protected under the right to bear arms within the Second Amendment. "Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war," Judge Robert King wrote, referring to the "military-style rifles" that were also used during mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado, San Bernardino, California, and Orlando, Florida.


 

 

North Carolina governor, attorney general seek to end voting law case

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours agoGo to full article
North Carolina governor, attorney general seek to end voting law caseWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's Democratic governor and attorney general on Tuesday withdrew a request for a U.S. Supreme Court review of a state voting law struck down last year by an appeals court that found it intentionally discriminated against African-Americans. In moving to end the state's defense of the Republican-backed 2013 law, Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein said they also discharged outside counsel hired to defend North Carolina. The governor's office said the state Board of Elections, its individual members and its executive director remained in the case, which was appealed to the Supreme Court in December.


 

 

Flooding forces hundreds from homes in San Jose, California

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours agoGo to full article
Flooding forces hundreds from homes in San Jose, CaliforniaMurky, waist-high floodwaters swamped neighborhoods along a rain-swollen creek in the northern California city of San Jose on Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders or advisories for more than 1,000 homes, city officials said. The state's third-largest city, a hub of the high-tech Silicon Valley corridor south of San Francisco, has about 1 million residents and declared an emergency as Coyote Creek overflowed its banks from days of heavy showers. The trash-strewn floodwaters inundated whole city blocks, submerging parked cars and lapping at the walls of apartments and townhouses, as firefighters in inflatable boats ferried stranded residents to dry ground.


 

 

Construction for Hudson Tunnel to last seven years in Manhattan

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours agoGo to full article
Construction for Hudson Tunnel to last seven years in ManhattanConstruction activities in New York City will last for seven years as Amtrak builds its multibillion-dollar train tunnel underneath the Hudson River, an official said late on Tuesday, disclosing how long disruptions will likely last in a part of Manhattan already jammed up by massive real estate development. "We obviously want to make sure that whatever we do has the lightest touch possible on the natural and the built environment," NJ Transit Chief Planner Jeremy Colangelo-Bryan said during a presentation to the local community board. The new tunnel, considered one of the most important transportation projects in the nation, is a major component of Amtrak's $24 billion Gateway Program to repair and expand its U.S. northeast transportation corridor.


 

 

Trump to spare U.S. 'dreamer' immigrants from crackdown

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours agoGo to full article
Trump to spare U.S. 'dreamer' immigrants from crackdownPresident Donald Trump's administration plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, but will leave protections in place for immigrants known as "dreamers" who entered the United States illegally as children, according to official guidelines released on Tuesday. The Department of Homeland Security guidance to immigration agents is part of a broader border security and immigration enforcement plan in executive orders that Republican Trump signed on Jan. 25. Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, issued an executive order in 2012 that protected 750,000 immigrants who had been brought into the United States illegally by their parents.


 

 

Denver defends release of illegal immigrant later charged in murder

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours agoGo to full article
Denver defends release of illegal immigrant later charged in murderThe Denver Sheriff's Department on Tuesday defended its release of an illegal immigrant after he posted bond on theft charges only to be arrested for murder weeks later, saying it had no authority to hold him. Ever Valles, 19, a Mexican national, was released from the Denver jail in late December. The case has drawn parallels to the 2015 murder of a 32-year-old woman, Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot at a San Francisco tourist site by a five-time deported Mexican immigrant.


 

 

Elevator scion who defaced Trump's Hollywood star gets probation

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Elevator scion who defaced Trump's Hollywood star gets probationThe elevator company scion who defaced Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the presidential campaign last autumn pleaded no contest on Tuesday to felony vandalism and received three years' probation. James Lambert Otis, 53, has admitted using a sledgehammer and pickax to smash the pink terrazzo star and remove the brass medallion from the center of the sidewalk plaque in an act of protest caught on video in the predawn darkness in October. Otis, a member of the family behind the Connecticut-based Otis Elevator Company, a leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, was taken into custody the next day.


 

 

Trump says he'll decide on national security adviser in next few days

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Trump says he'll decide on national security adviser in next few daysPresident Donald Trump will interview four candidates for the position of U.S. national security adviser on Sunday and expects to make a decision in the coming days, he told reporters on Saturday. Trump will interview acting adviser Keith Kellogg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster and Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.


 

 

U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎12 hours agoGo to full article
U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid fundsBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas' plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not present evidence of a program violation that would warrant termination. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials "likely acted to disenroll qualified health care providers from Medicaid without cause." He said the preliminary injunction will preserve the court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the case's merits.


 

 

Second trial begins over occupation of Oregon wildlife refuge

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎12 hours agoGo to full article
Second trial begins over occupation of Oregon wildlife refugeBy Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday that four men who took part in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last year in a land rights protest were on trial for their actions, not their beliefs. Last October, another trial over the 41-day standoff ended with the acquittal of anti-government activist Ammon Bundy and six of his followers, who cast their protest as a patriotic act of civil disobedience in opposition to U.S. government control over millions of acres of public lands in the West. Jason Patrick, of Georgia, Duane Ehmer of Oregon, Jake Ryan of Montana and Darryl Thorn of Washington state all face multiple charges of trespassing, conspiracy to impede federal employees through intimidation and tampering with vehicles and equipment at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural eastern Oregon.


 

 

No evidence of shooter at Houston hospital: police

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours agoGo to full article
No evidence of shooter at Houston hospital: policePolice swarmed a Houston hospital on Tuesday after reports of a shooting but found no evidence any weapon had been fired and said no one was injured in the incident. Police said they had received multiple calls about a shooter on the second floor of Ben Taub Hospital, a major healthcare center in the city. "We have not found any evidence of a shooter yet," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters outside the hospital.


 

 

Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issues

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours agoGo to full article
Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issuesBy John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has shown little patience for dissent, but that trait is likely to be tested by his new national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. McMaster is joining the White House staff with views on Russia, counterterrorism, strengthening the military and other major security issues that diverge not only from those of the Trump loyalists, but also from those the president himself has expressed. A military intellectual whose ideas have been shaped more by experience than by emotion, more by practice than by politics, and more by intellect than by impulse may also find himself in political terrain that may be as alien, and perhaps as hostile, to him as the sands and cities of Afghanistan and Iraq were.


 

 

Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarks

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours agoGo to full article
Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarksBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Provocative far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos resigned on Tuesday as a senior editor of the Breitbart News website after he was vilified and lost a book deal over comments that condoned certain intimate relations between men and young teenage boys. Yiannopoulos thanked Breitbart for letting him transmit conservative and libertarian ideas to an audience that otherwise would never have heard them, but said he did not want his "poor choice of words" to detract from his colleagues' important work. For me, now, that means stepping aside." Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter last year after making remarks on race, religion and sex that incited racial attacks on an African-American actress.


 

 

North Carolina governor, attorney general seek to end voting law case

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎11:42:54 PMGo to full article
North Carolina governor, attorney general seek to end voting law caseWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's Democratic governor and attorney general on Tuesday withdrew a request for a U.S. Supreme Court review of a state voting law struck down last year by an appeals court that found it intentionally discriminated against African-Americans. In moving to end the state's defense of the Republican-backed 2013 law, Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein said they also discharged outside counsel hired to defend North Carolina. The governor's office said the state Board of Elections, its individual members and its executive director remained in the case, which was appealed to the Supreme Court in December.


 

 

White House signals reversal in transgender bathroom policy

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎11:38:09 PMGo to full article
White House signals reversal in transgender bathroom policyFormer Democratic President Barack Obama's administration issued guidance to public schools last May to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity, a move transgender people hailed as a civil rights victory. Asked at a news briefing about concerns the government would reverse the guidance, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump believed the matter was an issue for the states to decide, which is contrary to the Obama stance.


 

 

Americans eat out less as higher menu prices take a bite from restaurant visits: Reuters/Ipsos poll

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎11:36:54 PMGo to full article
Americans eat out less as higher menu prices take a bite from restaurant visits: Reuters/Ipsos pollA third of U.S. adults are eating out less frequently than three months ago, mostly because of cost, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos survey that illustrates the challenge for U.S. restaurants seeking to revive traffic after zero growth in 2016. Penny-pinching diners and intense competition from supermarkets, meal kit sellers like Blue Apron and upstart grocers such as Amazon.com have been a growing problem for restaurants. Annual traffic to U.S. restaurants has been flat or up just 1 percent since 2009, when there was a 2 percent drop in the wake of the debilitating financial crisis, according to data from the NPD Group.


 

 

Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎11:25:44 PMGo to full article
Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned ParenthoodVirginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare services and programs. "Attempts to restrict women’s access to health care will impede the goal of making Virginia the best place to live, work, and run a business," he said in a statement.


 

 

U.S. Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks: sources

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎11:21:43 PMGo to full article
U.S. Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks: sourcesBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees in the Washington area and Philadelphia were unable to access some agency computer networks on Tuesday, according to three sources familiar with the matter. It was not immediately clear how widespread the issue was or how significantly it affected daily functions at DHS, a large government agency whose responsibilities include immigration services, border security and cyber defense. Employees began experiencing problems logging into networks at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday due to a problem related to domain controllers, or servers that process authentication requests, and personal identity verification (PIV) cards used by federal workers and contractors to access certain information systems, one source said.


 

 

Arkansas to resume executions after Supreme Court clears way: attorney general

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10:26:13 PMGo to full article
Arkansas to resume executions after Supreme Court clears way: attorney generalArkansas, which has not put an inmate to death in more than a decade, plans to schedule executions after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way on Tuesday for it to resume capital punishment, the state's attorney general said. Arkansas has not executed an inmate since 2005 and is one of several states that have had a de facto halt on executions due to legal fights and problems in procuring lethal injection drugs after a sales ban by major pharmaceutical makers. There are 34 men on Arkansas' death row, prison officials said.


 

 

Conservative U.S. justices skeptical in cross-border shooting case

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10:08:45 PMGo to full article
Conservative U.S. justices skeptical in cross-border shooting caseConservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about reviving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010. In a closely watched case that could affect U.S. immigration actions under President Donald Trump's administration, the court's liberal justices expressed sympathy toward allowing the case to move forward, indicating the justices could be headed toward a 4-4 split. Such a ruling would leave in place a lower court's decision to throw out the civil rights claims against the agent, Jesus Mesa, filed by the family of Sergio Hernandez.


 

 

Trump issues first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎9:46:40 PMGo to full article
Trump issues first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidentsBy Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States on Tuesday after a new spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the country and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery. Several of the centers were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving the threats, the JCC Association of North America said, and another center was evacuated on Tuesday morning in San Diego, California, according to police.


 

 

Brooklyn detainees may sue NYC over 'degrading' conditions: U.S. court

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎9:36:16 PMGo to full article
Brooklyn detainees may sue NYC over 'degrading' conditions: U.S. courtNew York City must face a lawsuit claiming it unconstitutionally subjected pretrial detainees at Brooklyn Central Booking to "degrading" conditions such as overcrowded and filthy cells, rotten food and undrinkable water, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected a Brooklyn federal judge's finding that the city and senior police officials could not be liable for damages because the plaintiff detainees were held for less than one day, and none suffered serious injury or sickness. "Ultimately, the defendants' theory appears to be that state officials are free to set a system in place whereby they can subject pretrial detainees awaiting arraignment to absolutely atrocious conditions for twenty-four hour periods (and perhaps more) without violating the Constitution so long as nothing actually catastrophic happens during those periods," Judge John Koeltl wrote for the appeals court.


 

 

U.S. top court spurns Alabama death row inmate; Sotomayor outraged

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎6:27:13 PMGo to full article
U.S. top court spurns Alabama death row inmate; Sotomayor outragedThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a death row inmate's challenge to Alabama's execution method, prompting liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that the court should have considered whether the lethal injection procedures amounted to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. The court rejected an appeal by Thomas Arthur, convicted in the 1982 shooting death of his girlfriend's husband.


 

 

U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot snowballs past $400 million

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎6:19:03 PMGo to full article
U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot snowballs past $400 millionThe expected jackpot in the U.S. lottery Powerball has surpassed $400 million for one of the few times in its history ahead of the next drawing on Wednesday night. Powerball's jackpot hit a record $1.6 billion in January 2016, when there were three winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee. The game and a second major U.S. lottery, Mega Millions, have exceeded $400 million only a handful of other times.


 

 

Washington memorials defaced by graffiti over holiday weekend

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎5:47:45 PMGo to full article
Washington memorials defaced by graffiti over holiday weekendThree of Washington's best-known monuments were defaced with graffiti over the Presidents Day weekend, the third major vandalism of memorials in the U.S. capital since 2013, a National Park Service spokesman said on Tuesday. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and World War II Memorial were defaced with a marker pen sometime from Sunday night into Monday morning, spokesman Mike Litterst said. "It doesn't appear to be politically or hate motivated," and the graffiti was not sexual in nature, Litterst said in a telephone interview.


 

 

Jewish centers report bomb threats across United States

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎2:30:30 PMGo to full article
Jewish centers report bomb threats across United StatesSeveral Jewish community centers (JCC) across the United States were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the latest wave of threatened attacks against them this year, the national umbrella organization said. Some 11 centers including those in the Houston, Chicago and Milwaukee areas received phoned-in bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes, said David Posner, a director at JCC Association of North America who advises centers on security. The FBI was investigating the incidents, Posner said.


 

 

Refugee claimants from U.S. strain Canada's border resources

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎12:57:55 PMGo to full article
Refugee claimants from U.S. strain Canada's border resourcesCanadian police said on Monday they had bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and that border authorities had created a temporary refugee center to process a growing number of asylum seekers crossing from the United States. The Canada Border Services Agency, or CBSA, said at a news conference that it had converted an unused basement into a refugee claimant processing center. Both the border agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reassigning staff from other locations in the province, as needed, to accommodate rising demand.


 

 

Passengers walk through JFK checkpoint without being screened: NBC

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎11:45:34 AMGo to full article
Passengers walk through JFK checkpoint without being screened: NBCThe breaches occurred at about 6 a.m. local time at a checkpoint lane that was not fully staffed, NBC News reported. The passengers' carry-on bags were screened and cleared by a security team with sniffer dogs, Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) sources told the broadcaster. Three of the passengers set off metal detectors but were permitted to continue to their boarding gates without being body searched by staff, the broadcaster said.


 

 

California police officer fatally shot while investigating car accident

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎4:36:27 AMGo to full article
California police officer fatally shot while investigating car accidentA second officer with the Whittier Police Department and the suspect, a Hispanic man in his 20s, were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, said Lieutenant John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The fallen officer, Keith Boyer, was 53 and survived by two adult sons, California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement expressing condolences.


 

 

Uber hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder to probe sexual harassment

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎4:31:18 AMGo to full article
Uber hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder to probe sexual harassmentUber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review of sexual harassment claims at the ride-hailing service made by a former employee. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington & Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Last year, Airbnb hired Holder, who served under former President Barack Obama, to help craft a policy to combat discrimination occurring through the online lodging service's platform.


 

 

U.S. conservatives cancel invitation for firebrand commentator

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎4:02:36 AMGo to full article
U.S. conservatives cancel invitation for firebrand commentatorBy Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - A leading U.S. conservative conference rescinded its invitation to provocative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and a publisher canceled his book deal on Monday after old internet videos of him recirculated in which he discusses pedophilia. Yiannopoulos, in a Facebook video post, denied he ever condoned pedophilia and said one video of him was edited to give a misleading impression. Yiannopoulos, a Briton who is celebrated by some arch conservatives, was banned from Twitter last year after making highly controversial statements.


 

 

General known for sharp questions will be Trump's new top security adviser

 
‎Yesterday, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎12:09:51 AMGo to full article
General known for sharp questions will be Trump's new top security adviserWEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors. McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how the officer, whose Army career stalled at times for his questioning of authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism. "He is highly respected by everybody in the military and we're very honored to have him," Trump told reporters in West Palm Beach where he spent the weekend.


 

 

Anti-Trump rallies crop up again on 'Not My President's Day'

 
‎Monday, ‎February ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:30:38 PMGo to full article
Anti-Trump rallies crop up again on 'Not My President's Day'NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Renewed protests against U.S. President Donald Trump flared on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, with grassroots activists vowing to take to the streets in dozens of cities in "Not My President's Day" rallies. Protest leaders had said they expected thousands to rally in about 28 cities ranging from Los Angeles and Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the latest round of demonstrations to express displeasure with Trump's policies and pronouncements. In New York, hundreds of protesters stretching at least eight blocks chanted "He cheats, he lies, open up your eyes" near the Trump International Hotel on the edge of Central Park.


 

 

California police officer shot dead while investigating car accident

 
‎Monday, ‎February ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10:10:32 PMGo to full article
California police officer shot dead while investigating car accidentA second officer with the Whittier Police Department and the suspect, a Hispanic man in his 20s, were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, said Lieutenant John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The officers had responded to a traffic accident in Whittier when they determined that one of the cars was registered as stolen.


 

 

U.S. serviceman dies in 'non-combat related incident' in Iraq, says coalition

 
‎Monday, ‎February ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎11:09:10 AMGo to full article
U.S. serviceman dies in 'non-combat related incident' in Iraq, says coalitionA U.S. serviceman died on Monday in a non-combat related incident outside the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, the U.S.-led coalition said. The United States is leading the mainly western coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and in Syria. It has more than 5,000 troops deployed in Iraq.


 

 

Traffic jams cost U.S. drivers $1,200 a year: study

 
‎Monday, ‎February ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎7:28:25 AMGo to full article
Traffic jams cost U.S. drivers $1,200 a year: studyTraffic jams cost U.S. drivers an average of $1,200 a year in wasted fuel and time, and much more in Los Angeles, the city with the world's biggest rush hour traffic delays, according to a study by INRIX Inc released on Monday. INRIX, based in Kirkland, Washington, aggregates and analyzes traffic data collected from vehicles and highway infrastructure. Five of the world's 10 most congested cities are in the United States, INRIX found.


 

 

Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎10:00:47 PMGo to full article
Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportationsBy Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process. The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishing credible fear of persecution if sent home. The guidance instructs asylum officers to "elicit all relevant information" in determining whether an applicant has "credible fear" of persecution if returned home, the first obstacle faced by migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border requesting asylum.


 

 

SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎9:20:45 PMGo to full article
SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in FloridaA SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 a.m. EST (1439 GMT) carrying a Dragon cargo ship that holds supplies and science experiments for the station. Nine minutes after blastoff, the main section of the rocket flew back to a landing pad at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the eighth successful touchdown for Space Exploration Technologies Corp.


 

 

Florida middle schooler threw block at Trump motorcade, sheriff says

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎8:29:15 PMGo to full article
Florida middle schooler threw block at Trump motorcade, sheriff saysA Florida middle school student may face criminal charges after confessing to throwing a wooden block at a vehicle in U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade as it drove through West Palm Beach on Friday, the local sheriff's office said. Authorities received reports that a vehicle in the motorcade appeared to have been struck by a hard, small object, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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