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  • Official says Colorado Planned Parenthood gunman ID’d as Robert Lewis Dear

    A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press the gunman in a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood Friday has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear. The shooter is from North Carolina, the unidentified official told AP. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation. Three people, including one police officer, were killed in Friday’s attack. The gunman was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff and shootout. Authorities have yet to determine a motive behind the shooting or whether the gunman had any connection to Planned Parenthood. The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs police department identified the officer killed as Garrett Swasey, 44, a six-year veteran of the force. Nine other people, including five police officers, were shot and are in good condition, police said. Related Image Expand / Contract UCCS police officer, Garrett Swasey (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) Colorado Springs Police …

    November 27, 2015 11:41 pm


  • Republican Trump drops 12 percentage points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos

    WASHINGTON U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the real estate mogul’s biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Trump was the favorite of 31 percent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on Nov. 27. That was down from a peak of 43 percent registered on Nov. 22. The dip follows criticism of Trump for comments he made in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. Following the attacks, Trump told an NBC News reporter that he would support requiring all Muslims within the United States to be registered to a special database, which his critics have likened to the mandatory registration of Jews in Nazi Germany. Trump has also been criticized for flailing his arms and distorting his …

    November 27, 2015 10:20 pm


  • How to make Americans care about refugees

    As the global refugee crisis escalates, one startup is out to prove that there are plenty of Americans who want to help. New York-based Hive, which launched in 2014, is funded by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Its primary mission is to engage more Americans with the plight of refugees. “The United States is the largest donor of refugee relief. And the U.S. resettles more refugees than any other country,” said Brian Reich, Hive’s director. But in terms of public awareness and fundraising, the U.S. is not at the forefront, said Reich. “It’s not that Americans don’t support refugees,” said Reich. “It’s just not a topic that Americans overall are consciously thinking, talking or doing anything about.” Hive wants to change that. Related: Chobani founder fills his plants with refugees In America, 10 million people donate annually to charities targeting global causes. But just 1 million support philanthropic efforts related to refugees, said Reich, citing …

    November 27, 2015 11:00 pm


  • Coleraine beat Mallards to go second

    Coleraine extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches and moved up to second place in the Irish Premiership by beating Ballinamallard United. Ian Parkhill scored the opener on the half hour, pouncing after home keeper Stefan McCusker had fumbled Jamie McGonigle’s shot. United levelled on 57 minutes through Adam Leckey’s glancing header. But a fine 84th-minute strike by Rodney Brown gave Coleraine their first ever Premiership win at Ferney Park. It meant a fourth successive league defeat for Ballinamallard who are ninth in the table. Front man Parkhill had started the match because leading scorer James McLaughlin was injured in the warm-up. He snapped up the opening goal after McCusker failed to hold on to McGonigle’s low shot. Ballinamallard should have scored before the break but James McCartney shot wide from just a few yards out. However, the hosts did equalise as big midfielder Leckey headed in from a Jason McCartney corner. Coleraine secured the …

    November 27, 2015 11:41 pm

World News

  • Brazil to sue mining firm for $5.2bn

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mud destroyed buildings in the village of in Bento Rodrigues The Brazilian government says it will sue mining company Samarco $5.2bn (£3.4bn) for the environmental damage caused after a waste water dam at an iron-ore mine collapsed. At least 13 people died when the dam burst earlier this month in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais A village was destroyed and drinking water polluted over a wide area. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said money was needed for environmental recovery and to compensate victims. “There was a huge impact from an environmental point of view,” she told reporters in the capital Brasilia. “It is not a natural disaster, it is a disaster prompted by economic activity, but of a magnitude equivalent to those disasters created by forces of nature.” She said about 500km (310 miles) of the Rio Doce – one of Brazil’s most important rivers – would have to …

    November 27, 2015 11:40 pm


  • Digital images can’t be trusted, says war photographer Don McCullin

    One of Britain’s most celebrated and respected photographers has lamented the digital domination of his field, calling it “a totally lying experience” that cannot be trusted. Don McCullin, one of the world’s finest photographers of war and disaster, said the digital revolution meant viewers could no longer trust the truthfulness of images they see. He said photography had been “hijacked” because “the digital cameras are extraordinary. I have a dark room and I still process film but digital photography can be a totally lying kind of experience, you can move anything you want … the whole thing can’t be trusted really.” A Palestinian woman returning to the ruins of her house in Beirut in 1982. Photograph: Don McCullin/PA McCullin, who turned 80 last month, was speaking on Friday as he was named master of photography for the second edition of the art fair Photo London. He has captured some of the most famous images associated …

    November 27, 2015 10:40 pm


  • Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?

    More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate change and to implement a process to reduce greenhouse gases over time. A key part of this agreement would be the pledges made by individual countries to reduce their emissions. A study published in Science today shows that if implemented and followed by measures of equal or greater ambition, the Paris pledges have the potential to reduce the probability of the highest levels of warming, and increase the probability of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. In the lead up to the Paris meetings, countries have announced the contributions that they are willing to make to combat global climate change, based on their own national circumstances. These Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, take many different forms and extend through 2025 or 2030. Examples of these commitments include the United States’ vow to reduce emissions in …

    November 27, 2015 9:20 pm


  • Mixed drinks with diet beverages may boost breath alcohol levels

    (Reuters Health) – People who mix alcohol and diet drinks end up with more alcohol on their breath, according to a new study. People who drank vodka mixed with diet soda had higher alcohol concentrations on their breath than those who drank the same amount of vodka mixed with regular soda, researchers write in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Prevention materials should include this information so people know that by trying to avoid some extra calories in a mixed drink, they risk having higher breath alcohol concentrations, write the researchers, led by Amy Stamates of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. Previous research found similar results, but the findings were not generalizable to real-world scenarios, the researchers add. For the new study, they had 10 men and 10 women between ages 21 and 30 drink five different mixed beverage combinations over five sessions. The drinks contained varying amounts of vodka and either diet or regular sweetened …

    November 27, 2015 10:00 pm


  • Adam Lambert Controversy: Petition Launched To Remove Singer From Headlining New Year’s Eve Concert In Singapore

    Adam Lambert is making a lot of people in Singapore uncomfortable when it comes to headlining a New Year’s Eve concert in Marina Bay. An online petition titled “Petition against Adam Lambert performing in Countdown 2016” has over 16,000 signatures.   AceShowbiz reports that enough people in Singapore are concerned about his past performances on-stage, that they don’t want to take the chance of him doing the same thing there. The petition specifically references Adam’s performance at the 2009 American Music Awards in which he engaged in sexually explicity acts by kissing a male band member. The petition reads: “Countdown 2016 is our annual iconic, public event for Singaporeans to come together to celebrate New Year’s Eve, as one. Allowing Adam Lambert to perform as the star of Countdown 2016 shows disregard for the values of a majority of family-centric Singaporeans who have consistently resisted the promotion of western liberal ideas about family values and …

    November 27, 2015 11:40 pm


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Man scales Colosseum to protest Rome Holy Year crackdown

    ROME A man climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome’s Colosseum on Friday and shouted in protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in the city. Italy’s capital is imposing extra security measures and sprucing up parks and piazzas as it gears up to host the Roman Catholic Holy Year, or “Jubilee”, that could draw millions of tourists and pilgrims. A policeman said the protester, a manager at a guided tour company, had reached the outer edge of the 2,000 year-old amphitheatre from inside, apparently through the main entrance. The fact someone had evaded security at one of Italy’ most-visited sites and police were powerless to intervene caused concern about whether the city is ready for the Jubilee, or up to the task of protecting its citizens from the risk of attacks like the ones that killed 130 people in Paris two …

    November 27, 2015 9:38 am