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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Airbnb hosts violently murder houseguest, police say

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Airbnb hosts violently murder houseguest, police say

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A 36-year-old man renting a $30-a-night room in a Melbourne, Australia, house through Airbnb was murdered last week by his three hosts, police said.

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NYC terror attack suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, entered US through Diversity Visa Program

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NYC terror attack suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, entered US through Diversity Visa Program

This undated photo provided by St. Charles County Department of Corrections via KMOV shows the Sayfullo Saipov. A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, killing several. Officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker Saipov. (St. Charles County Department of Corrections/KMOV via AP)

NYC suspect reportedly linked to group with terror ties

The alleged ISIS fanatic authorities say was behind Tuesday’s deadly New York City slaughter came to the United States seven years ago from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Program, details of Sayfullo Saipov’s travel to America that could become all the more important as President Trump proposes revisions to his “extreme vetting” program.

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Retirement Party

U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, announced on Tuesday that he won’t be running for reelection, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the US Congress in 2018,” Hensarling said in a statement. “Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned.” Hensarling is sixty years old, and he’s represented Texas’s fifth congressional district since 2002. He’s a pretty big deal in D.C., chairing the powerful Financial Services Committee, and he’s been a prominent figure in shaping the regulation of the financial industry. He told the Morning News that he decided not to seek reelection due to family reasons. As the Morning News notes, North Texas politics will look a whole lot different in the next election cycle, as Hensarling will join longtime U.S. Representative Sam Johnson, a Plano Republican, in retirement after the election.

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Japanese man arrested after parts of 9 bodies found inside apartment, cops say

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Japanese man arrested after parts of 9 bodies found inside apartment, cops say

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Members of the media gather in front of an apartment building where nine bodies were reportedly found in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Members of the media gather in front of an apartment building where nine bodies were reportedly found in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  (Reuters)

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Holes emerge in Hawaii women’s tale of survival in the Pacific

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Holes emerge in Hawaii women’s tale of survival in the Pacific

 

Women lost at sea for months planning next boating vacation

Something is wishy-washy here.

Two Hawaii women who claimed they were lost at sea for five months and “would have been dead within 24 hours” had the U.S. Navy not picked them up last week never activated their emergency beacon, the Coast Guard said Tuesday, adding to a growing list of inconsistencies and questions that cast doubt on their harrowing tale of survival in the Pacific Ocean.

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Earning History

The Houston Astros have the chance to win the World Series tonightAccording to ESPN, Houston will hand the ball to its postseason ace, Justin Verlander, who has allowed just seven runs and nineteen hits in thirty innings so far in the playoffs, while striking out twenty nine. He’ll face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rich Hill, who allowed one run and struck out seven over four innings against the Astros in game two. If the Astros win, it will be the franchise’s first-ever World Series title—but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Houston has a 3-2 lead and the Dodgers will look to force a game seven. Although the Astros seem to have the momentum after a thrilling eleven-inning victory on Sunday, it’s been a back-and-forth series so far. One thing is certain: Tonight’s game is a must-watch, even on Halloween.

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Kim Wall murder suspect admits dismembering body, denies killing her

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Kim Wall murder suspect admits dismembering body, denies killing her

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Peter Madsen, right, is charged with killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade Nautilus submarine.

Peter Madsen, right, is charged with killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade Nautilus submarine.  (Reuters)

The Danish inventor charged with killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade Nautilus submarine admitted Monday he dismembered her body — but insisted he wasn’t the one that caused her death, according to police.

Peter Madsen said Wall died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine while he was on deck, Copenhagen police said in a statement.

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Las Vegas shooting: California couple that survived attack die in car crash

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Las Vegas shooting: California couple that survived attack die in car crash

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A couple who survived the Las Vegas shooting died in a car crash just a half mile from their California home earlier this month, two weeks after the husband jumped onto his wife to shield her from the hail of bullets raining down on them during the Oct. 1 massacre.

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Taking a Stand

Most players on the Houston Texans took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against Seattle in protest of racially insensitive comments made by team owner Bob McNair, according to the Houston ChronicleESPN reported last week that, at an NFL owners meeting earlier this month, McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” when discussing players protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman left practice early on Friday in protest, and McNair publicly apologized and met privately with the team. Apparently that meeting didn’t go smoothly (when asked how it went, team leader Duane Brown told the Chronicle, “uh, not too well”). All but ten Texans players protested by kneeling during the national anthem on Sunday.

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JFK Files

The Trump administration made good on a promise to release thousands of documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The massive file dump release on Thursday night might not be too exciting for the conspiratorially-minded—so far, no one has found any evidence to show that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t acting alone—but there’s plenty of interesting facts related to Texas that reporters and editors have found in their initial comb through the documents. The Washington Post found an internal FBI report from May 1964 that links Lyndon B. Johnson to the Ku Klux Klan, though the “documented proof” was not provided. The Hill and multiple other outlets reported that on November 24, 1963, an unidentified man called the FBI office in Dallas to say that he would assassinate Oswald; Oswald was killed in Dallas the next day. USA Today reported that the files included a handwritten document from the CIA tracking Oswald’s movements in Mexico City two months before JFK’s assassination. The document shows that the CIA was watching Oswald’s contact with the Soviet embassy in Mexico City; Oswald once lived in the Soviet Union. You can sleuth through the nearly 2,900 documents released at the National Archives website.

Amazon has asked for tax breaks and public subsidies, but Texas cities are refusing to make their proposals public.

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