U.S. to slap 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imports

Market Watch – by Peter Nicholas

The Trump administration is taking retaliatory action against Canada over a trade dispute, moving to impose a 20% tariff on softwood lumber that is typically used to build single-family homes.

In an interview Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariff will be applied retroactively and imposed on Canadian exports to the U.S. of about $5 billion a year. He said the dispute centers on Canadian provinces that have been allegedly allowing loggers to cut down trees at reduced rates and sell them at low prices.   Continue reading

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Sheep in Wolves Clothing

Many many years and a long minute ago, when I must have been in my early twenties, as I had done since I was old enough to put three cords together on my dad’s guitar, I was writing song lyrics.  I have written many songs over the years, and good, bad, or indifferent, I have always finished the project, except for one and this is that particular incident.

The words seemed to come from nowhere, a complete verse and a bridge in one flow within the space of a minute.  The arrangement was so cool but the words made no sense, as they seemed nothing more than an assortment of contradictions, but I didn’t care, it was so cool.  But no matter how I persisted, not one more word would come to me and so eventually, I surrendered to the inevitable.   Continue reading

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Trencher Alert

I am taking this as retaliation for shutting down the treason being spewed from Pete Hendrickson and company on Friday.  If the site goes down, you’ll know why.

Note:  All anyone has to do to have their articles removed from this site is to send us an email and request that we do so.  This is the third time that the only contact has been directly with the server in an attempt to shut us down through the server through an application of international law, unsanctioned by the Senate of the United States as required by law. Your News Wire is a part of the operation to remove the truth from the internet.   Continue reading

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Cops Detain Entire School, Illegally Search/Grope 900 Kids — Find NOTHING, Parents Furious

Free Thought Project – by Matt Agorist

Worth County, GA — Children feel violated, parents are furious, and a lawsuit is getting filed after the Worth County Sheriff’s office conducted an illegal search of 900 students — in the name of the war on drugs. The rights-violating intrusive and aggressive patdowns and drug dog searches yielded absolutely nothing.

On April 14, when the students of Worth County High School returned from spring break, they arrived at school to find a police state had taken over. The sheriff and his deputies — with no probable cause — detained and illegally searched every single child in the school, all 900 of them.   Continue reading

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BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

San Francisco Chronicle – by Demian Bulwa

A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency.

The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station.
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How Did Washington Make His Millions?

Colonial Williamsburg – by Andrew G. Gardner

It might sound impertinent, perhaps irrelevant, to ask how much George Washington was worth. After all, his value is better measured by his service to his country than by his pocketbook. Nevertheless, when it comes to money, his countrymen can be a curious lot. Witness our interest in such things as the list of America’s richest annually published by Forbes and Dun & Bradstreet’s corporate ratings, as well as the readiness of newspapers to print salaries gleaned from government forms. There are Internet sites with all manner of personal and historical financial tables that stretch from ancient Rome to today, tables that compare the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Gateses of the world to William the Conqueror—estimated fortune $200 billion—or Marcus Licinius Crassus of Rome—about $20 billion.   Continue reading

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Louisiana Purchase

History Channel – by Jesse Greenspan

On April 30, 1803, U.S. representatives in Paris agreed to pay $15 million for about 828,000 square miles of land that stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. This deal, known as the Louisiana Purchase, nearly doubled the size of the United States. President Thomas Jefferson called it “an ample provision for our posterity and a widespread field for the blessings of freedom.” Yet it also had detractors on both the French and American sides. Explore eight facts about the wars, negotiating tactics and lucky coincidences that made the Louisiana Purchase possible.   Continue reading

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Dashcam of Cops Beating 83yo Man Mysteriously Deleted Due to “Technical Failure”

Free Thought Project – by Justin Gardner

Warner Twp., Mich. – A community is outraged after “the grandpa that everyone loves” suffered a shattered elbow and bloody nose at the hands of State Police, and is now facing a felony charge of resisting and obstructing police. Cops are telling a different story than the account given by 83-year-old Larry Sevenski, and the truth could easily be known – except that the police cruiser dashcam had a mysterious “malfunction” during Sevenski’s arrest.   Continue reading

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6 Israeli men charged with beating Arabs for dating Jewish women


Six young Israeli men in the city of Be’er Sheva have been charged with severely assaulting Arab men over their romantic relationships with Jewish women.

The Israeli men are aged between 17 and 20, and two of them are soldiers, according to Haaretz.   Continue reading

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Donald Trump: ‘If They Don’t Treat Fairly, I Am Terminating NAFTA

Breitbart – by Charlie Spiering

President Donald Trump again leveled criticism about NAFTA in an interview with the Associated Press, promising to either renegotiate the trade deal or terminate it.

“I am going to either renegotiate it or I am going to terminate it,” he said. “If they don’t treat fairly, I am terminating NAFTA.”   Continue reading

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Partial verdict reached in Bundy ranch standoff trial in Nevada

Oregon Live

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on the trial of six men charged in an armed standoff with federal agents:

10:50 a.m.

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jenny Wilson reported the verdict in a series of tweets:

— Jury reaches partial verdict – Gregory Burleson, former FBI informant, guilty of 8 counts. Todd Engel guilty of two. Hung on rest   Continue reading

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Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.  Continue reading

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Jury announces it has a verdict in Bundy Ranch trial

AZ Central – by Robert Anglen

LAS VEGAS — A federal jury is ready to deliver a verdict in the trial of six men accused of taking up arms against federal agents during the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014.

The jury is expected to return to the courtroom about 10 a.m. Arizona time.

Jurors began deliberating April 13 after two months of testimony involving 35 prosecution and four defense witnesses.   Continue reading

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Sunflower Seeds Traced As Source Of Toxic Mold, Potent Liver Carcinogen

MSU Today

Michigan State University researchers have shown that sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with a toxin produced by molds and pose an increased health risk in many low-income countries worldwide.

In the current issue of PLoS ONE, the team of scientists documented frequent occurrence of aflatoxin – a toxin produced by Aspergillus molds that commonly infect corn, peanuts, pistachios and almonds – in sunflower seeds and their products. This is one of the first studies to associate aflatoxin contamination with sunflower seeds.   Continue reading

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Former district judge charged with human trafficking

Cincinnati.com – by Scott Wartman

An arrest of a former district judge in Northern Kentucky on a human trafficking charge has shocked the community.

Police arrested former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan on charges of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to court documents and a release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.   Continue reading

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Bomb attack hits US base in Afghanistan as Defense Sec Mattis visits Kabul, casualties reported


Suspected Taliban insurgents set off a car bomb at a US-operated base in Afghanistan, according to officials. At least four people were reportedly killed and six others wounded. It occurred shortly after US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the country.

The attackers detonated the car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by US forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor, as cited by Reuters.   Continue reading

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Obama to deliver first post-presidency speech in Chicago


CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the place where he started his political career. Obama will speak Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.

College students from around the Chicago area are expected to attend. The invitation-only event is being billed as part of his post-presidency goal to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders.”   Continue reading

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US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday. At a news conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at his side, Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan, wouldn’t provide specifics about Russia’s role in Afghanistan. But said he would “not refute” that Moscow’s involvement includes giving weapons to the Taliban.   Continue reading

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Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two condemned Arkansas killers who admit they’re guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for Monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the U.S. in more than 16 years.

Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are set to die in what would be the second and third executions in Arkansas this month. The state set an aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires at the end of April.   Continue reading

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