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Records: Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:44

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier's fortune. The existence of the will, first reported by the New York Post, raised new questions about Epstein's final days inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Epstein signed the document Aug. 8.

‘Do something!’: Republican senator heckled as she blames mass shootings on mental illness

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:43

A Republican senator was booed and heckled by her constituents when she was challenged about America's gun control laws. At a town hall in her home state of Iowa, a teacher told Joni Ernst that she had recently been asked to listen to sounds to "determine if they were gunshots or not."The educator who did not reveal her name, added that she had "asked to be trained to man a family reunification centre to provide counselling to parents seeking their children following a catastrophic event."Questioning the senator, she said: "When can I plan to get back to trainings that simply teach children to read and write?" Ms Ernst, who is up for re-election in 2020, replied: "A lot of the incidents we've seen do come back to mental illness."The crowd immediately broke out into boos, while some shouted “do something!” and “what about the guns?” As Ms Ernst responded by saying that America had been through many hardships, a member of the audience cried out: “It’s not the same.” As she went on to suggest that America was “short on” mental health resources, a member of the audience called out: “We’re short congresspeople that take action.” The crowd applauded. The town hall took place two weeks after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio led to calls for politicians to reconsider US gun laws. Led by president Donald Trump, Republicans have questioned the mental health of the killers. Others have blamed violence in video games - a theory which has been widely discredited. Ms Ernst meanwhile, moved went on to claim that she was in support of gun control laws already in existence, and attempted to steer the town hall towards other issues.But over half the audience’s questions concerned gun control laws, according to the Iowa Starting Line website. One member shouted: “We need you to protect us.”Ms Ernst, who was not helped by a moderator replied: “So we’ll go ahead and move on?”

White House makes contingency plan for recession, including possible payroll tax cut

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:23

President Donald Trump insists the economy is strong, but White House officials reportedly have begun looking for ways to prevent a recession.

INSIGHT-Besieged Kashmiri neighbourhood in test of wills with India's Modi

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:17

For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. The aim: to keep Indian security forces, and particularly the paramilitary police, out of the area.

'They don't respect our security measures': Large alligator scales fence at Florida naval air station

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:12

A video shared by a Florida television station shows an alligator climbing over a fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:37

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. Hooper and his friend set off on a kayaking trip off the Kenai Peninsula to get a glimpse at the Spencer Glacier. After paddling around for a while, Hooper said he heard a cracking noise near the glacier.

Hillary Clinton zings Trump over new voter conspiracy theory

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:20

Clinton shot back on a claim that Google manipulated votes in her favor in 2016.

US sued over Honduran man's suicide after family separation

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:49

A new lawsuit blames the Trump administration's family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas' Starr County, which operated the local jail where he died. The Texas Civil Rights Project, which announced the lawsuit Monday, said it was the first known lawsuit that linked a person's suicide to the zero-tolerance policy enacted last spring and ended amid worldwide condemnation.

US negotiators trying to end the Afghanistan war are frustrated that Trump keeps giving the Taliban a stronger hand

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:47

Trump sees himself as a powerful negotiator, but in Afghanistan his desire to withdraw forces his negotiator to work with "one hand behind his back."

Mountain lion attacks Colorado hunter armed with just a pocket knife, officials say

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:47

A Colorado man was scouting spots to hunt elk earlier this month when he became prey himself, according to state wildlife officials.

Couple who ran a home for troubled boys charged with trafficking children, forced labor

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:21

A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say.

Mom held as sex slave for month after she and baby kidnapped from driveway, NC cops say

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:55

The man tased her, sexually assaulted her and held her at gunpoint, according to police.

California high school students filmed giving Nazi salutes and singing Nazi war song

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:50

A group of around a dozen Orange County, California high school students were filmed giving Nazi salutes at a sports award ceremony.

Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star 'like Pac-man'

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:42

For the first time, scientists have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star, according to a report released Monday.

Planned Parenthood Refuses Title X Funding in Response to Trump Administration Restrictions

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:40

Planned Parenthood will refuse all Title X funding rather than comply with the Trump administration's restrictions governing the discussion of abortion at clinics that participate in the program, the group announced Monday.Planned Parenthood decided to abandon Title X, which accounts for roughly 15 percent of its overall federal funding each year, in response to a Trump administration rule barring clinics that participate in the program from referring women to abortion providers.“When you have an unethical rule that will limit what providers can tell our patients, it becomes really important that we not agree to be in the program. But to be clear we’re doing that because we’re being forced out,” the group said in a Monday statement. “Trump’s administration is trying to force us to keep information from our patients. The gag rule is unethical, dangerous, and we will not subject our patients to it.”Prior to its withdrawal, Planned Parenthood was receiving $60 million of the $286 million allocated annually through Title X. The organization will continue to receive roughly $500 million in annual Medicaid reimbursements from the federal government.A federal appeals court ruled in July that the Trump administration's rule change could take effect while a lawsuit, brought by Planned Parenthood and other groups in February, runs its course. The Department of Health and Human Services then gave Planned Parenthood until August 19 to submit a plan demonstrating that it would make “good faith efforts” to comply with the new rule. Planned Parenthood requested a stay from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week that would have delayed the rule-implementation deadline its legal challenge was resolved, but the court rejected that request.The March for Life, a leading pro-life advocacy group, suggested that Planned Parenthood's decision confirmed the group prioritizes abortion over women's health care. Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood fired its president, Leana Wen, after less than a year, for being insufficiently zealous in her defense of abortion rights.“Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, today made a choice not to separate its abortion operation from Title X services, and in doing [so] declined Title X funding, which makes up approximately four percent of their annual budget,” said March for Life president Jeanne Mancini. “Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion. Leana Wen’s recent firing and Planned Parenthood’s decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare.”

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:24

The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The Trump administration has said it remains interested in useful arms control but questions Moscow's willingness to adhere to its treaty commitments. The Pentagon said it tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile, which was launched from San Nicolas Island and accurately struck its target after flying more than 500 kilometers (310 miles).

New planet discovered in orbit of young Milky Way star

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:45

A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making, according to a study published Monday. "We talking about a giant planet about 3,000 times more massive than Earth, situated 2.7 times further from its star than the Earth is from the Sun," said Anne-Marie Lagrange, an astronomer at France's National Centre for Scientific Research and lead author of a study in Nature Astronomy. Like its big sister b Pictoris b, discovered by Lagrange and her team in 2009, it is a gassy giant.

Mexican man facing voter fraud trial in Sacramento. He’s a Trump supporter

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:03

For years, President Trump has claimed that millions of noncitizens voted in the 2016 presidential election, unfairly skewing his vote as Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.