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Twitter Fingers

Texas’s “tweeter laureate” had to answer tough questions about his popular Twitter account on Wednesday. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, one of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, went before the Senate on Wednesday along with his fellow nominee and Dallas appellate attorney Jim Ho. But most of the two-hour confirmation hearing was focused on Willett. According to the Texas Tribune, senators took issue “both for his outsized presence on the social media platform and for a pair of particularly controversial tweets related to LGBT issues.”

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Prisoner allegedly kills inmate who beat 2-day-old daughter to death, report says

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Prisoner allegedly kills inmate who beat 2-day-old daughter to death, report says

Liam Deane, 22, was convicted of murder earlier this year.

Liam Deane, 22, was convicted of murder earlier this year.  (West Yorkshire Police)

A father serving a life sentence for beating his 2-day-old baby to death was found dead in his U.K. prison cell Sunday and another prisoner has been charged in his death, The Yorkshire Evening Post reported.

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Famed explorer missing for weeks in dangerous jungle spotted, evacuation and rescue planned, agent says

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Famed explorer missing for weeks in dangerous jungle spotted, evacuation and rescue planned, agent says

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A famed explorer who went missing while attempting to film a documentary about a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea has been spotted near an airstrip, his agent told The BBC on Thursday.

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Greek Tragedy

Texas State University has suspended all fraternity and sorority activitiesindefinitely after a student died following a fraternity event, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Matthew Ellis, a twenty-year-old sophomore at Texas State, died after attending an off-campus fraternity party, which Texas State newspaper The University Star reported was a Phi Kappa Psi initiation event. The Express-News reports that the Phi Kappa Psi chapter was already under investigation at the time of the incident. Ellis’s death—which police say might have been alcohol-related—could be another instance in a disturbing trend of hazing-related deaths among fraternities across the U.S.

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Zimbabwe army takes control, Mugabe and wife in custody

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Zimbabwe army takes control, Mugabe and wife in custody

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Longtime Zimbabwe President Mugabe under house arrest

Zimbabwe’s army seized control of the southern African country Wednesday, taking President Robert Mugabe and his wife into custody and securing government offices following a night of unrest.

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California gunman’s ongoing feud with neighbors may have led to shooting, mother says

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California gunman’s ongoing feud with neighbors may have led to shooting, mother says

 

Shooting rampage leaves 4 dead, 10 wounded in California

The California gunman whose Tuesday rampage left four people dead and nearly a dozen injured was embroiled in a longstanding dispute with neighbors that included an arrest for allegedly stabbing one of them.

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A One-in-Five Year Flood

A new study says that because of global warming, Houston could be in for Harvey-like hurricanes with much greater frequency by the end of the century. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that between 1981 and 2000 there was roughly a 1-in-100 chance that a hurricane would bring twenty inches of rain to Houston. If the planet continues to warm at the pace it is now, from 2081 to 2100, those odds increase to 1-in-5.5. “When you’re planning for the future of cities like Houston, it would be unwise to assume that the climate of the future is pretty much similar to what it’s been for the last 100 years or so,” Kerry Emanuel, the author of the paper, told the Atlantic. “Even if the climate wasn’t changing, records of rainfall are too short, and the quality of them is too low, to really get a handle on flooding risks.”

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The Latest: Syria calls on US to withdraw its troops

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The Latest: Syria calls on US to withdraw its troops

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BEIRUT –  The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Syria has called on the United States to withdraw its forces from the country now that the fight against the Islamic State group is nearly over.

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St. Louis jail infested with snakes, mold is ‘inhumane’ for inmates, lawsuit alleges

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St. Louis jail infested with snakes, mold is ‘inhumane’ for inmates, lawsuit alleges

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Inmates watch the arrival of temporary air conditioning units at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution.

Inmates watch the arrival of temporary air conditioning units at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution.  (AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch )

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Iran-Iraq earthquake kills more than 400, officials say

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Iran-Iraq earthquake kills more than 400, officials say

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In this photo provided by the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, a car lays smashed by debris from the earthquake at the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing more than one hundred people and injuring some 800 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, state media there said. (Pouria Pakizeh/ISNA via AP)

Hundreds dead, thousands injured after Iran-Iraq earthquake

Benjamin Hall reports on the rescue efforts after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Iraq-Iran border.

More than 400 people were killed when a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Iraq-Iran boarder on Sunday, sending residents fleeing as thousands of residents were left injured, officials said on Monday.

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Homeland Security: Warns of Weaponized Drones as Terror Threat

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Homeland Security: Warns of Weaponized Drones as Terror Threat

The Department of Homeland Security says terrorist groups are using “new technologies and tactics” to attack western countries.

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Encrypted

As investigators piece together the life of the deceased Sutherland Springs church shooter, Devin Kelley, a familiar struggle is surfacing between tech companies and the government. The FBI has possession of Kelley’s phone, but so far it has been unable to crack the device’s password. According to NPR, FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs blamed the industry standard encryption for the agency’s failure to access information inside the phone. “With the advance of the technology and the phones and the encryptions, law enforcement, whether that’s at the state, local, or federal level, is increasingly not able to get into these phones,” Combs said. There was a similar problem in the aftermath of the San Bernardino attack in 2015, when the FBI asked Apple to write software that could override encryption on the shooter’s iPhone. Ultimately, Apple refused, saying that solution would result in a powerful tool that foreign governments could potentially hack. Apple said in a statement that it offered to assist in the immediate aftermath of Sutherland Springs, but that the bureau wasted critical time in not responding. Apple would have advised the FBI to use Kelley’s fingerprints, but that window has now closed.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: I stabbed someone to death

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: I stabbed someone to death

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he once stabbed a person to death when he was 16 years old.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he once stabbed a person to death when he was 16 years old.  (AP)

Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte added to his legendary list of outrageous claims Thursday when he bragged about stabbing a person to death when he was 16 years old.

In a defiant speech hitting back at critics of his deadly drug crackdown, Duterte said he would go into jails and have “rumbles here, rubles there.”

“At the age of 16, I already killed someone. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing,” Duterte said during a summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, according to the BBC. “I was just 16 years old. It was just over a look. How much more now that I am president.”

A spokesman for Duterte said the remarks had been made “in jest.”

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Duterte, 72, is known for his often incendiary and obscene language during speeches promoting the country’s crackdown on rampant drug use and trafficking.

Since Duterte took office 16 months ago, police said more than 3,960 people have been killed in the war on drugs. Another 2,290 people have been murdered in drug-related crimes, the government said.

Last year, Duterte said he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts and that he even fatally shot criminals while he was mayor of the southern city of Davao to set an example for police.

Thursday was not even the first time he has mentioned stabbing and killing someone while a teenager. In 2015, he told the Philippines edition of Esquire magazine that during a “tumultuous fight in the beach” when he was 17, “maybe I stabbed somebody to death.”

It’s unclear if he was referring to the same incident in Thursday’s speech.

 

 

Court overturns Marine sniper’s conviction for urinating on dead Taliban fighters

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Court overturns Marine sniper’s conviction for urinating on dead Taliban fighters

This image taken from a video posted on YouTube and edited for graphic content appears to show four Marines as they prepare to urinate on corpses.

 

This image taken from a video posted on YouTube and edited for graphic content appears to show four Marines as they prepare to urinate on corpses.

A military court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a former Marine sniper involved in urinating on dead Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan in 2011 after evidence emerged that a top general meddled in the case to ensure a harsh punishment, reports said.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin was convicted almost five years ago and sentenced to 30 days confinement, had his pay docked and was demoted over a video that showed the Marines urinating on enemy corpses, The Washington Post reported.

A new ruling revealed that now-retired Gen. James F. Amos and some of his senior staff apparently tried to “severely and systematically” influence the case to ensure the Marines who were involved in the controversy would face harsher punishment.

Amos allegedly told then-Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser that the Marines need to be “crushed” and discharged from the Corps over their behavior.

Waldhauser, who was investigating the case, said Amos tried to pressure him into issuing the Marines a general courts-martial – the highest form of criminal trial – and threatened to make someone else the authority in the cases after Waldhauser refused to do so.

“I responded, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’ stating that I did not believe any of the cases warranted General Court-Martial,” Waldhauser said in a statement, the Post reported.

Amos replaced Waldhauser a few days later with another military official, the report said.

Navy Cmdr. Marcus N. Fulton, who wrote the recent ruling, said overturning the conviction is a “drastic remedy” but was needed to “foster public confidence in the … fairness of our system of justice.”

“The highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps told (the officer, supervising the case) that the appellant and his co-accused should be ‘crushed,’” the court wrote in its ruling, according to The Post. “This is an unusually flagrant example of UCI (unlawful command influence). We find that UCI this direct, and occurring at this level, is highly corrosive to public trust in this proceeding.”

Chamblin said at the time that he does not regret his actions, adding that he would do it again if he had the chance. “[If] anything, it was more of a psychological effect on the enemy because if an infidel touches the body, they’re not going to Mecca or paradise,” he told reporters at the time, according to the New York Post. “So, now these insurgents see what happens when you mess with us.”

 

 

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Somber Visit

Four days after a gunman killed 26 people in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Vice President Mike Pence visited with survivors and spoke at a vigil for victims in South Texas on Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning NewsAfter landing in San Antonio, Pence went to Brooke Army Medical Center for private visits with survivors of the attack. Then he went to Floresville High School, where he spoke with relatives of those who died in the worst mass shooting attack in Texas history. “We mourn with those who mourn and we grieve with those who grieve,” Pence said during a vigil at the Floresville High School’s football field, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “The Bible tells us that the Lord is close to the heart of the broken-hearted. That will be our prayer for you from this day forward.” He also admitted that the Air Force failed to do its part to keep the shooter from legally buying a gun. “He lied on his application. He had a history of mental illness, and there were bureaucratic failures,” Pence said. “We will find out why this information was not properly reported in 2012 and we are working with leaders in Congress to ensure this never happens again.”

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US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in Pacific

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US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in Pacific

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US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in Pacific

Rep. Kinzinger reacts to the U.S. show of force amid the crisis in North Korea.

Three U.S. military aircraft carriers are heading to the same part of the world at the same time, to take part in a rare military exercise not seen in a decade.

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New York City school shut down when toddler dies after eating grilled cheese

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New York City school shut down when toddler dies after eating grilled cheese

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Elijah Silvera died on Nov. 3 after he reportedly went into anaphylactic shock from eating a grilled cheese at a school in Harlem.

Elijah Silvera died on Nov. 3 after he reportedly went into anaphylactic shock from eating a grilled cheese at a school in Harlem.  (GoFundMe)

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Welsh politician who resigned amid harassment claims dies

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Welsh politician who resigned amid harassment claims dies

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LONDON –  A politician who resigned from his post in the Welsh government last week after allegations of misconduct has died.

The family of Carl Sargeant said Tuesday said they were “devastated beyond words” by his death. Police said they are investigating the death and will provide an update when possible.

Sargeant, a member of the Labour Party, was one of a number of political figures caught up in a sexual harassment scandal in British politics. He resigned his Welsh Cabinet post Friday after misconduct allegations were made.

He had asked to be removed pending an investigation, saying an inquiry was needed to clear his name.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sargeant’s death was “terrible and deeply shocking.”

 

 

 

Shooting in Texas Leaves 26 Dead

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Shooting in Texas Leaves 26 Dead

The gunman, a troubled Air Force veteran, was found dead not far from the shooting in a rural town near San Antonio.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer

Shooting in Texas Leaves 26 Dead
First responders work at the rear of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in response to a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

A gunman killed 26 people during a Sunday service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

In the nation’s latest mass shooting a gunman with a high-powered assault rifle walked inside a small-town Texas church during Sunday morning worship services, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others before racing from the scene in his truck, according to CNN.

The shooter, identified by law enforcement officials as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, was found dead in his truck following a brief car chase, CNN reported. Authorities say it’s the largest mass shooting in state history.

Eight members of the same family were killed, including a five-months-pregnant woman and three of her children. The 26 fatalities range in age from 5 to 72 years old and include the pastor of First Baptist Church’s 14-year-old daughter, according to Sherri Pomeroy, the girl’s mother, CNN reported.

The horrific shooting unfolded in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a town of about 2,500 about 30 miles east of San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, called the incident “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history and ordered government flags to fly at half-staff Monday, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Authorities say Kelley came into the church dressed in black tactical gear, and began opening fire with an assault rifle. When he exited the church an armed citizen who lived across the street grabbed his own rifle and confronted Kelley, said Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Authorities chased Kelley, but the pursuit ended when the suspect veered off the road and was found dead in his car. It was unclear whether Kelly died from from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the armed citizen.

Little is known about Kelley’s background, although early reports noted he served in the Air Force from 2010 to 2014 when he was discharged for disorderly conduct. He was court marshalled in 2012 for assault on his wife and assault on his child.

Authorities say Kelley bought the rifle he used in the shooting, a Ruger-AR556, from an Academy Sports & Outdoors store in San Antonio. Although his court-martial would have prevented him from the purchase, Kelley checked a box on the background-check paperwork to indicate he didn’t have a disqualifying criminal history, a law enforcement official told CNN. He listed an address in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

President Donald Trump, speaking from Japan said the shooting was an example of a “mental health problem,” not a gun-control problem. Trump called the attack “an act of evil” and said “our hearts are broken.”

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New Challenger?

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has emerged as a potential Democratic opponent for Governor Greg Abbott in the 2018 election. Valdez said on Monday that she might be interested in running against Abbott, telling the Texas Tribune that she’s “in the exploratory process” and is looking at data on a possible campaign. “Too much of one thing corrupts, and I’m a strong believer in a two-party system,” Valdez said. “I’m hoping that enough people are seeing that too much one-sided is not healthy for Texas.” She has 34 days left to file if she wants to run. Valdez was elected in 2004, and is serving her fourth term as sheriff of Dallas County. She’s one of only a few female sheriffs in Texas and is the only Hispanic female sheriff in the country, according to the Tribune. Valdez is best known outside of Dallas for publicly sparring with Abbott over Texas’s anti-sanctuary city policies, which will likely remain a hot-button issue in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

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