Ars Technica – by Cyrus Farivar
On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law one of the most stringent vaccination laws in the United States, eliminating the state’s previous personal and religious belief exemption for vaccines.
Under the new law, which takes effect January 1, 2016, all California schoolchildren must prove that they have been vaccinated in order to attend school. They can only be exempted when that child’s physician explicitly approves it. Continue reading “California governor signs bill eliminating personal vaccine exemptions”
New York Daily News
The angry wife of the ousted Clinton Correctional Facility warden said Gov. Cuomo has made her husband and his right-hand men scapegoats for the daring prison break by two killers.
Superintendent Steven Racette’s spouse went off after the Department of Corrections announced he had been placed on administrative leave. Continue reading “Clinton Correctional warden’s wife blasts Cuomo after prison officials put on leave: ‘He’s definitely looking for a scapegoat’”
The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.
The 12-member group is in addition to the guard and the prison tailor shop instructor who have been arrested on charges they helped the escapees. Continue reading “Official: Prison Chief, 11 Others Put on Leave After Escape”
The International Monetary Fund has confirmed that it didn’t receive the €1.5 billion payment from Athens that was due by the end of June 30, Brussels time, as Greece becomes the first developed country to default on its international obligations.
IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement that Greece had asked for a repayment extension earlier on Tuesday and that the Fund’s board will consider it “in due course.” Continue reading “Greece becomes first developed nation to default on international obligations”
News 10 – by Andrew Murphy
ALBANY, NY (AP) – A prosecutor says the inmate captured 22 days after breaking out of a northern New York prison claims to have used no power tools in the breakout.
That’s contrary to official accounts from soon after the June 6 breakout at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility.
Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, who will prosecute Sweat for the escape says Tuesday that the injured cop-killer told investigators from his hospital bed that he started cutting through steel cellblock walls in January using only a hacksaw blade. Continue reading “Sweat: No power tools used in escape”
The New American – by Alex Newman
Efforts to nationalize state and local police forces across America go back decades, but the Obama administration has accelerated that push and is now openly working to turn your local cops into extensions of federal power. In addition to being unconstitutional, this is an absolutely terrible idea for a number of reasons.
First, let’s talk about Obama’s scheming on this front. Before openly complaining about the militarization of police, Obama was militarizing American police departments at an unprecedented rate. At the same time he was attacking the rights of Americans with slogans like “weapons of war don’t belong on our streets,” he was flooding our streets with actual weapons of war — tanks, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and more to local police. Continue reading “Obama’s Unconstitutional Schemes to Nationalize Police”
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.” Continue reading “Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down”
ABC News 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a rally at the South Carolina Statehouse next month to protest renewed efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.
The Loyal White Knights out of Pelham, N.C. requested the rally from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18 at the north grounds of the Statehouse. They expect to have as many as 200 supporters, according to an application filed with the state Budget and Control Board. Officials say the grounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Continue reading “KKK plans Confederate flag rally at Statehouse”
Waco Tribune – by Tommy Witherspoon
A state district judge ruled Tuesday that a Dallas attorney can have a copy of a Twin Peaks franchisee’s video of the May 17 biker shootout, but the judge barred the release of the video to the public.
Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court also granted a prosecution request to place a gag order in the Matthew Alan Clendennen case, preventing attorneys on both sides, law enforcement officers and witnesses from discussing that case only in the media.
In arguing his case for release of the video, Dallas attorney Clint Broden said he needs to review the video to prove his client’s innocence and to help him prepare for an examining trial set for Aug. 10. Continue reading “Judge prevents public release of Twin Peaks video, issues gag order”
Activist Post – by Heather Callaghan
A pharma company with generic drugs meets michrochip and biotech in a marriage of implantable devices that are shockingly close to the finish line of commercialization.
Deals were made. Money exchanged. Development in process – this is actually going to happen. Continue reading “Deal Reached: Wireless Remote Drug-Releasing Microchip Implants On The Assembly Line”
Activist Post – by Brandon Turbeville
When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terrorists– directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.
Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided. Continue reading “US Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria”
When hi-tech movies are then replicated in life – we see it as a positive step forwards.
However, no-one wants to see disaster movies repeated in real-life, but it looks like LA may be on the verge of getting the ‘San Andreas’ treatment.
Geologists from UC Santa Barbara have found helium leaking from the Newport-Inglewood fault in central Los Angeles increasing the potential damage of an earthquake on the mega city. Continue reading “Quake Alert: Los Angeles Expecting ‘Big One’ as Helium Leaks From Faultline”
Fox 19 – by Jennifer Baker, Dan Wells
CINCINNATI (FOX19) – The Hamilton County Courthouse will be shut down on Tuesday over a possible suspicious package inside a suitcase.
A woman going to a court appearance was stopped with the suitcase at a metal detector near the courthouse front doors just before 8:30 a.m., said Jim Knapp, chief of staff for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman is undergoing questioning. She has not been identified or charged. Federal counter-terrorism officials also are on scene. Continue reading “Suspicious suitcase shuts down courthouse”
In a NY Times article showing how police are being trained to de-escalate a situation two Seattle cops describe what’s really going on:
In the video a Seattle police trainer expresses sympathy when he is aggressively challenged by skeptical officers. “I agree. I agree. Don’t shoot the messenger. This is what the DOJ is saying, not me,” the trainer says, referring to new mandatory training to curb excessive use of force required in a 2012 consent decree between the city and U.S. Department of Justice. Continue reading “Police officers describe what they really think about de-escalation training: They ‘put guns up peoples noses’”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve.
The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, from the current $455 a week to $970 a week by next year. That would mean salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week, up from the current $23,660 a year. Continue reading “Obama plans dramatic changes in overtime rules”
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.
Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed, just hours after the high court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Continue reading “Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections”
When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s.
The world has multiplied and changed drastically in their lifetimes. They have seen war destroy landmarks and cities and have seen them rebuilt. They witnessed the Gilded Age, a term coined by Mark Twain, and the dawn of civil rights, the rise and fall of the fascists and Benito Mussolini, the first polio vaccines and the first black president of the United States. Continue reading “A world apart: 2 women with birthdates in 1800s still alive”
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force transport plane plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing dozens of people.
Television footage showed the mangled wreckage of the C-130 Hercules, a crumpled burning car and a shattered building that local media said was recently built and contained a spa, shops and homes. Smoke billowed from the site and several thousand people milled nearby. Rescue teams scrambled over the rubble, searching for any survivors. Continue reading “Dozens feared dead in Indonesia plane crash”