Daily Archives: April 19, 2016

{FD} Ex-NYPD officer avoids jail time in stairwell shooting case

A former New York City police officer convicted in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell will not go to prison. Continue reading

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{FD} China official spending on perks well under budget last year

Amid an ongoing austerity drive, China’s Finance Ministry says official spending on overseas travel, vehicles and entertainment was almost 15 percent less than budgeted last year. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Muzzles’ mine rich vein of speech limits among US colleges

The “Jefferson Muzzles,” those dubious awards shaming the nation’s worst free-speech offenders, are taking aim at higher education this year — from tarring those at Yale who warned students against donning culturally insensitive Halloween costumes to feathering others for muzzling the press and more. Continue reading

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{FD} Swedish minister calls 9/11 attacks ‘accidents’

A top Sweden official is under fire for referring to the 9/11 attacks as “accidents” in a live TV interview Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Hope of finding Ecuador quake survivors fades as death toll tops 500

Ecuadoreans began burying loved ones felled by the country’s deadliest earthquake in decades, while hopes faded that more survivors will be found. Continue reading

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{FD} Three to face charges in Flint water crisis, officials say

Michigan’s attorney general will announce criminal charges Wednesday against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city’s lead-tainted water crisis, according to government officials familiar with the investigation. Continue reading

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{FD} Brothers charged with killing missing Washington couple

Two brothers wanted in the disappearance and presumed slayings of a Washington state couple have been charged with first-degree murder, and authorities believe they may be heading for the Mexican border. Continue reading

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{FD} Taiwan officials in Beijing to negotiate over deportations

Taiwanese legal officials are in Beijing for talks on the recent deportations of Taiwanese wire fraud suspects to China from third countries that have caused new friction between the sides. Continue reading

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{FD} Cuba’s aging leaders to remain in power years longer

The former guerrilla fighters who founded Cuba’s single-party government will hold power for years to come after a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress kept President Raul Castro and his hardline deputy in the top leadership positions. Continue reading

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{FD} Kane suspects prosecutors leaked FBI recordings to newspaper

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane wants a judge to explore whether prosecutors leaked FBI recordings in her criminal case to a newspaper. Continue reading

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{FD} Religious group files lawsuit against San Francisco over public urinal

A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent. Continue reading

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{FD} Watchdog: Press freedom declines around the world

An international media watchdog says that there’s been a “deep and disturbing decline” in press freedom around the world due to pressure from governments and businesses. Continue reading

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{FD} Kuwait says oil unions end strike over government cutbacks

Kuwait says the country’s oil unions have ended a three-day strike over government cutbacks. Continue reading

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{FD} Ecuador buries dead as hope for survivors fade

Ecuadoreans began burying loved ones felled by the country’s deadliest earthquake in decades, while hopes faded that more survivors will be found. Continue reading

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{FD} University professor mauled by a brown bear while teaching

It was a brown bear that mauled a university professor on a mountain near Haines, Alaska, while he was teaching a class, a University of Alaska Southeast spokeswoman said. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas school board fires teacher caught on video hitting student

A Southeast Texas school board voted Tuesday to fire a high school teacher after a video surfaced showing her repeatedly striking a student. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Arkansas pastor charged with rape gets 2 life sentences

A former Arkansas children’s pastor has been given two life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole in the rape of two young girls. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkey abduction lands 2 California college students in jail

Tim the Turkey’s abduction did more than ruffle a few feathers. Continue reading

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{FD} Japan exports, imports fall as economic doldrums persist

Japan’s exports fell in March, sapped by weak shipments of machinery and chemicals, though a sharper decline in imports helped push the trade surplus to its highest level in more than five years. Continue reading

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{FD} Murder charges dropped, man freed after 20 years in prison

A Chicago man who spent more than two decades in prison for the slayings of two men was released Tuesday after Cook County prosecutors dropped the murder charges against him. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexico: Arrest warrants for 5 agents in torture video case

Mexican authorities have issued arrest warrants for five security agents in connection with the torture of a young woman that was caught on video. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain: Muslim arrested for Majorca beach massacre plot

  ISIS in Majorca: Moment suspected jihadist is arrested on suspicion of planning attacks on holidaymakers – as intelligence chiefs warn of plots to bomb beach resorts  Man arrested on the island of Majorca in connection to ISIS terror cell ISIS plans terror attacks at Europe beach resorts, report claims  Plan to bury bombs under sun loungers … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} UK: Newly arrived Muslim ‘child’ migrant repeatedly gang rape teen for three hours

Syrian migrant, 17, who had only been in UK for 15 months ‘joined friends in brutal three-hour gang rape of girl, 18’ Girl claims she and her friend were invited to party in house in Kent But the teenager says she was later repeatedly raped by group of men Defendant tells how he came to … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} Greek authorities let Merkel Migrants free to spread into Europe without registration

  Asylum Applicants No Longer Detained in Registration Centers on Greek Islands By Philip Chrysopoulos – Apr 19, 2016, Greekreporter.com   As of Monday, the “administrative restriction” process for asylum applicants on Lesvos and Chios is in effect, meaning that they cannot be detained in registration centers after 25 days. The migrants are gradually free … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} Trial starts in suit alleging girl raped at Oahu high school

A trial is underway in a mother’s lawsuit against Hawaii’s public school system alleging her daughter was raped by a classmate. Continue reading

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{FD} Greece: Merkel Muslims throw rocks at police, block railway lines

Migrants Throw Stones at Greek Police, Block Railway Line Again By Philip Chrysopoulos – Apr 19, 2016, Greekreporter.com   Migrants threw stones at Greek police on Monday after a Syrian man was accidentally injured by a police van in Idomeni. Refugees blocked the railway line again, for the 32nd consecutive day. According to Greek police, … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} 14,000 people to elect next Somali parliament this year

Somalia’s president said Tuesday a new electoral process for the Horn of Africa nation will be far more democratic this year when an electoral college of thousands elects members of parliament — compared to just 135 elders who selected the current members in 2012. Continue reading

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{FD} Missing Oklahoma boy’s aunt, uncle charged with murder

Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against an Oklahoma couple in the 2006 disappearance of their 9-year-old nephew, alleging the couple beat the boy to death and coerced his brother to repeat a rehearsed story to authorities. Continue reading

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{FD} Argentina returns to global markets with $16.5 billion bond

Argentina has made a highly successful return to global credit markets with the launch of a $16.5 billion bond offering. Continue reading

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{FD} Poll: Louisianans oppose removing Confederate statues

A Louisiana State University survey has found a majority of people in the state oppose taking down Confederate monuments. Continue reading

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{FD} UN chief warns of terror threat in Western Sahara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that Morocco’s expulsion of most of the U.N. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Michigan radio host killed by husband

Authorities say a southwestern Michigan morning radio show and her husband have been found dead in a suspected murder-suicide. Continue reading

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{FD} McDonald’s testing bigger, smaller Big Macs

McDonald’s is testing bigger and smaller versions of its Big Mac as the world’s biggest hamburger chain pushes to revive its business. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina entrepreneur to face no charges in shooting

Authorities say the founder of the clothing and apparel company Southern Tide won’t face charges for fatally shooting a man who trespassed on his South Carolina estate. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump has slip of tongue discussing 9/11 at Buffalo rally

Donald Trump made an unfortunate slip of the tongue while campaigning in Buffalo, New York, at his final campaign rally before Tuesday’s big-prize primary. Continue reading

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{FD} British tourist missing on solo hike found dead in Peru

Police in Peru have found the body of a British tourist who went missing in early April during a solo hike in the Andes near Cuzco two days before his 29th birthday. Continue reading

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{FD} Families settle lawsuits in fatal crash involving executive

The families of a Vermont couple killed when a former Fortune 500 executive crashed his pickup truck into their SUV on a New Hampshire highway have settled lawsuits related to the crash. Continue reading

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{FD} Court overturns Virginia school’s transgender bathroom rule

A Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys’ restroom, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have implications for a North Carolina law that critics say discriminates agains… Continue reading

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{FD} Left, right join forces against nationalists in German state

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party is joining forces with the environmentalist Greens and the center-left Social Democrats to freeze out a nationalist party in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. Continue reading

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{FD} Megachurch Warns Christians to Avoid Engaging in Politics in ‘Sinful Ways’

Megachurch pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas recently participated in a podcast with fellow pastor Josh Patterson and The Village Church staff members Kyle Worley and Anne Lincoln Holibaugh to discuss how Christians can positively impact the current political season. Continue reading

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{FD} Pastor Calls on Christians to Help Refugees

As Christian persecution across the globe reaches levels never before seen, churches throughout the U.S. will devote time during Sunday worship services to pray for victims by taking part in “Stand With the Persecuted Sunday.” Continue reading

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{FD} Stepfather accused of toddler’s murder waives extradition

A man charged with murdering his missing 2-year-old stepson has waived extradition from North Carolina to California. Continue reading

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{FD} Megachurches Pay Senior Pastors Higher Salaries, Survey Finds

A recently published survey confirms what many may have already suspected: the larger a church, the higher the salary of its senior pastor. Continue reading

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{FD} Swedish deputy prime minister calls 9/11 attacks ‘accidents’

Swedish Environment Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Asa Romson is being criticized for referring to the 9/11 attacks as “accidents” in a live TV interview. Continue reading

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{FD} Canine calamity: 48,000 pounds of dog food block highway after crash

Drivers in Klamath County may be having a rough time after 48,000 pounds of dog food spilled on U.S. Highway 97. Continue reading

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{FD} Muslims enraged at the ‘humiliation’ of Muslim ‘refugees’ kneeling at Pope’s feet

  Muslims Slam Arab Leaders After Refugee Kneels At Pope’s Feet A young girl in a refugee camp prostrated herself at the feet of Pope Francis in a scene many say was humiliating. By Gilad Shiloach, Vocative A video showing a young girl prostrating herself at the feet of Pope Francis in a refugee camp is stirring anger … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} Brush fires near tracks halt trains near New York City

Amtrak has restored service on its busy Northeast Corridor line between Newark, New Jersey, and New York’s Penn Station. Continue reading

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{FD} High schooler’s choice of KKK costume for history presentation sparks uproar

A Wisconsin High School student got a lesson in public outrage after he made a presentation to his English class wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Continue reading

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{FD} Upscale gated Calif. community threatens fines for brown lawns despite drought

A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California’s continuing drought emergency. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi police find 2 mass graves in ISIS-free Ramadi

Iraqi police on Tuesday unearthed two mass graves in the western city of Ramadi, with bodies of about 40 people killed by Islamic State militants during the militant Sunni group’s reign of terror in the city, officials said. Continue reading

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