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Sparkman High, Middle schools lock doors due to ‘threat’ in area Sparkman High, Middle schools lock doors due to ‘threat’ in area
- December 14, 2018

Later, the police said they had found no evidence of any explosive devices being planted at the school. He said he didn't know if the threat was connected to email threats made against hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the country that are believed to be part of a hoax. (more...)
Putin on Butina: Our Poor Innocent Girl, Who None of Us Know Putin on Butina: Our Poor Innocent Girl, Who None of Us Know
- December 14, 2018

Butina is the founder of the Right to Bear Arms, a Russian gun rights group. Maria Butina , a gun-rights activist poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia . The Russian gun activist was subjected to " unbearable pressure " from United States authorities, by being kept in solitary confinement in the Alexandria detention center outside Washington , and only allowed to take an hour-long break from her " cage " per day. (more...)
Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration
- December 14, 2018

Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in the Mexican city of Tijuana after undertaking a grueling, weeks-long journey to the USA border. "Secretary Nielsen has made clear that being a member of a caravan does not give them special rights for entry into this country and now it looks like some of these migrants understand that the Trump administration's commitment to enforcing the rule of law, and their own likely lack of a legitimate claim of asylum, means they should return ... (more...)
May to meet European Union leaders in bid to save Brexit deal May to meet European Union leaders in bid to save Brexit deal
- December 14, 2018

Germany's European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said the EU did not want Britain to leave but added that substantial changes to the withdrawal agreement would not be possible. Compounding the sense of chaos Monday was that May's aides and allies had insisted to reporters only hours before her statement that Tuesday's vote would proceed. (more...)
Two terror plots in OH stopped Two terror plots in OH stopped
- December 14, 2018

Elizabeth LeCron has been identified as the Toledo, Ohio , woman who was arrested and charged on December 8 for allegedly purchasing black powder and screws that she was going to use to build a pipe bomb as part of an attack on an "upscale" Toledo, Ohio restaurant. (more...)
Emotions high as nation grieves for Grace Millane Emotions high as nation grieves for Grace Millane
- December 14, 2018

The 22-year-old disappeared in Auckland on 1 December. Brookie, however, instantly indicated he would appeal Judge Thomas' decision not to grant name suppression for his client, which automatically imposed a 20 working day suppression order under New Zealand law. (more...)
At least nine people dead in Ankara train crash At least nine people dead in Ankara train crash
- December 14, 2018

The accident happened around 6.30am local time as the train was setting off on a journey from Ankara to the central province of Konya. The state0run news agency said that the three people were detained on Thursday after the high speed train heading for the city of Konya crashed into a rail engine and hit a pedestrian overpass in Ankara . (more...)
Trump Rips ‘Crazed’ Mika Brzezinski for Homophobic Comment Trump Rips ‘Crazed’ Mika Brzezinski for Homophobic Comment
- December 13, 2018

The hypocrisy was pointed out by Sarah Palin on Twitter, where she linked to an article with the tweet "MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski Uses Homophobic Slur on National TV, Network Tries to Cover It Up, Refuses to Punish Her". "He doesn't care. But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now? I'm dead serious, I'm asking: are these the words of a patriot?" Brzezinski later expressed regret for her words, telling Anderson he was justified in his criticism. (more...)
Trump says more than 10 people want top White House job Trump says more than 10 people want top White House job
- December 13, 2018

Donald Trump's search for a successor to outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly reached a sad new low point Tuesday night when former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) became the latest candidate to publicly reject the post, and did so live on CNN . (more...)
Russian ex-policeman convicted over 56 murders Russian ex-policeman convicted over 56 murders
- December 13, 2018

Popkov would kill his victims with axes, knives, screwdrivers or blunt weapons after offering them rides home late at night while wearing his uniform, sometimes in his police vehicle. Then tire marks from Popkov's Niva auto were found next to some of the bodies, leading police to check everyone who owned that type of vehicle in Angarsk. (more...)
China fingered as culprit behind the Marriott data breach China fingered as culprit behind the Marriott data breach
- December 13, 2018

Marriott, which announced the data breach on November 30, has not disclosed what it knows about the source of the hack, which included the theft of credit card and passport numbers over four years from guests who stayed at hotels previously operated by Starwood. (more...)
Russian spat over Russian bombers landing in Venezuela Russian spat over Russian bombers landing in Venezuela
- December 13, 2018

The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: "two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer", Pompeo wrote on Twitter later. The Tu-160 strategic long-range supersonic bomber is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 3,410 miles, according to NBC News . (more...)
Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for the 'Enemy of the People' Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for the 'Enemy of the People'
- December 13, 2018

I'm not sure I heard such a definitive statement in that answer about being a private citizen merely enjoying the First Lady's Christmas decorations, as opposed to advising the president on an important personnel selection. The White House also recently pulled press credentials from CNN's Jim Acosta after a news conference where he refused to hand over the microphone. "While dropping the media party, the White House is in the midst of a full panoply of other parties this holiday season", ... (more...)
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy
- December 13, 2018

The 30-year-old gun rights activist is accused of gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations. As part of the plea agreement , Butina may provide information about Paul Erickson , her onetime boyfriend. Instead, she argued, Moscow should expand its "unofficial channels of communication", of which she could be one. House intelligence committee Democrats quoted that message in their response to the GOP majority's report that said the contacts between people ... (more...)
Gunman kills five, shoots himself at the altar in Sao Paulo’s cathedral Gunman kills five, shoots himself at the altar in Sao Paulo’s cathedral
- December 13, 2018

The injured were taken to local hospitals, Sao Paulo state firefighters said. Grandolpho, who worked as a systems analyst, was not a member of the church, authorities said. "I can't get it out of my head", she said in tears. Brazil is routinely the world leader in total homicides, though mass shootings are rare. Brazil past year registered 63,880 murders and its murder rate of 30.8 per 1,00,000 citizens is three times higher than the level the United Nations considers to meet the ... (more...)
Pound rallies as May tipped to win confidence vote Pound rallies as May tipped to win confidence vote
- December 13, 2018

Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady announced the results in the Houses of Parliament this evening. It is noted that while the Prime Minister has survived the vote of no confidence in her leadership, in reality little has changed. (more...)
Trump says prosecutors have found no evidence of Russian Federation collusion Trump says prosecutors have found no evidence of Russian Federation collusion
- December 13, 2018

The president hasn't been charged with any crimes. Manafort's lawyers have said that Manafort did not believe he lied or violated the deal. It also, for the first time, directly ties Trump to a federal crime. The simultaneous investigations have infuriated Trump. Trump recently installed an acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who has strongly criticized Mueller for supposedly overreaching in his investigation. (more...)
Two Officers Stabbed in Old City of Jerusalem, Attacker Shot Two Officers Stabbed in Old City of Jerusalem, Attacker Shot
- December 13, 2018

During an operation near Ramallah Wednesday night, the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Border Police, Yamam, killed a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the shooting attack outside of Ofra on Sunday. "We will find him", the military said on Twitter . His identity was not immediately clear. Asked whether they had co-operated in the raids, Israeli and Palestinian security officials declined comment. (more...)
Labour Brexit minister says no confidence vote coming 'before Christmas' Labour Brexit minister says no confidence vote coming 'before Christmas'
- December 13, 2018

The confidence vote in Theresa May has not only caused turmoil in the Conservative Party but, potentially, destabilised the government and could set off a train of events that results in a general election. If not now, when Jeremy? Mr Corbyn is coming under increasing pressure to officially force a vote of no confidence in Theresa May by the end of the day. (more...)
Supersonic Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea Supersonic Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea
- December 13, 2018

Russian Federation also sent about 100 pilots and other military personnel. Capable of carrying short-range nuclear missiles, the planes can fly over 12,000 km without refueling and have landed in Venezuela twice before in the last decade. (more...)
Man rescued after being trapped for 2 days in grease vent Man rescued after being trapped for 2 days in grease vent
- December 13, 2018

Alameda County Sheriff's Office said officers and firefighters were called to an abandoned Chinese restaurant in San Lorenzo, California , on Wednesday after someone heard "a faint voice calling for help". The suspected burglar told his rescuers he'd been in the small vent for two days. "We are very thankful to our citizen reporter and our firefighters for saving this man", Kelly said. (more...)
Russia's cutting edge robot turns out to be bloke in costume Russia's cutting edge robot turns out to be bloke in costume
- December 13, 2018

For starters, he was nearly perfectly human-shaped and didn't have any external sensors. A contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume, Russian media has reported . (more...)
Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years
- December 13, 2018

The sentencing capped a stunning about-face by a lawyer who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump. Cohen and federal prosecutors have said the payments were made at Trump's direction to influence the 2016 election. Federal law requires that the contribution of "anything of value" to a campaign must be disclosed, and an individual donation can not exceed $2,700. (more...)
Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding
- December 13, 2018

If lawmakers can not agree on a federal budget, funding for some departments will run out at the end of next week. "This Trump shutdown, this temper tantrum that he seems to throw, will not get him his wall and will hurt a lot of people", said Mr Schumer . (more...)
Jury recommends life in prison for white nationalist who murdered Heather Heyer Jury recommends life in prison for white nationalist who murdered Heather Heyer
- December 13, 2018

A jury began its second day of deliberations Tuesday on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his vehicle into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. Daniel Murrie, a University of Virginia psychologist who reviewed thousands of pages of Fields's school and mental health records, testified that Fields was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6 and, as an adolescent, was found to be suffering from schizoid ... (more...)
AMI Reaches Agreement With SDNY Over Payment AMI Reaches Agreement With SDNY Over Payment
- December 13, 2018

Under the agreement with AMI, dated in September but previously kept private, federal prosecutors in Manhattan agreed not to charge the company in return for its cooperation. (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer . In late summer 2016, Cohen contacted Pecker about fulfilling that promise, prosecutors said in their filing Wednesday. (more...)
Trump Says Standing by Saudi Crown Prince Despite Pleas From Senate Trump Says Standing by Saudi Crown Prince Despite Pleas From Senate
- December 13, 2018

Trump said he could abide by legislation ending USA support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, a proxy war with regional rival Iran that has led to a deepening humanitarian disaster. McConnell urged senators to vote for Corker's measure, which he said "does a good job capturing bipartisan concerns about both the war in Yemen and the behavior of our Saudi partners more broadly". (more...)
Four killed, nine injured in Strasbourg firing: French Interior Minister Four killed, nine injured in Strasbourg firing: French Interior Minister
- December 13, 2018

Authorities said earlier that Chekatt had more than two dozen convictions, mostly in France but also in Switzerland and Germany. Four people close to the suspect have been detained but Cherif has yet to be caught. It is unclear if the Christmas market was the suspect's intended target but French officials said they have opened a terrorism investigation. (more...)
Police detain man outside United Kingdom parliament Police detain man outside United Kingdom parliament
- December 12, 2018

Get down!" police shouted at the man, according to a Reuters photographer at the scene. The man was later handcuffed as police pointed a gun at the man's head and could later be seen being held against a fence inside the entrance to the Houses of Parliament. (more...)
Varadkar stands firm as May cancels Brexit vote Varadkar stands firm as May cancels Brexit vote
- December 12, 2018

She has already faced significant rejections from the bloc's most senior leaders on the prospect of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and backstop. What is the Irish government's view? The prime minister's strategy of delay suggests she is hoping the ticking clock will encourage MPs to reflect on this and fall in line behind her. (more...)

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