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Utilities meant to hide report on nuclear project - attorney

Utilities meant to hide report on nuclear project - attorney | 19 Sept 2017 | For at least two years before a South Carolina nuclear power construction project was abandoned, its owners had a report that they intended to keep secret showing the reactors couldn't be completed as planned, an attorney for a legislative panel investigating the debacle said Friday. "The report is very, very troubling," said Scott Elliott, hired by the House for the hearings. "It was designed to never see the light of day." ...The utilities abandoned the project July 31 after jointly spending nearly $10 billion, leaving nearly 6,000 people jobless. A[n insane] 2007 state law allows South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) to recoup its debt from customers if state regulators determine money was spent prudently.

Over 3,000 new US troops headed to Afghanistan - Pentagon

Over 3,000 new US troops headed to Afghanistan - Pentagon | 18 Sept 2017 | US Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed that over 3,000 new US troops will be headed to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy to win the war that has dragged on for almost 16 years. "It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven't signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going," Mattis told reporters on Monday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia) referred to "3,500 more troops" in an article published by Defense One.

'Assad is Protector of the Christians in the Middle East' - Archbishop Hanna

'Assad is Protector of the Christians in the Middle East' - Archbishop Hanna | 17 Aug 2017 | Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has visited Damascus today. During his visit, he met with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stressing that President Assad assured himself as an important figure of protecting the Christians, not just in Syria, but elsewhere in the Middle East too, noting that he does not consider Christians just as a "minority", but rather an important and integral part of the Syrian society.

House goes to court to protect secrecy of records

House goes to court to protect secrecy of records --An effort to fight a FOIA lawsuit for proposals on health care reform wins bipartisan backing. | 15 Sept 2017 | The House of Representatives is taking legal action to make sure that federal agencies don’t release congressional records to the public through the Freedom of Information Act. The move, which came Friday evening in a lawsuit demanding access to discussions about health care reform between the Trump administration and Congress, threatens to cut off a mechanism liberal watchdog groups were using to gain insight into closed-door negotiations on a variety of policy issues. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, House General Counsel Thomas Hungar said the move to protect congressional correspondence was authorized by a House body known as the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.

US government used secret court orders to wiretap former Trump campaign chairman, before and after election

US government used secret court orders to wiretap former Trump campaign chairman, before and after election | 18 Sept 2017 | US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the 'Russia meddling' probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014.

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Maria now a Category 5 storm

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Maria now a Category 5 storm --Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean | 18 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Maria is now an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. advisory. The storm has 160 mph maximum sustained winds. It is too soon to know whether or not Maria will impact the U.S. coast, including the Carolinas.

NYU Professor calls on John Jay College President to terminate Mike Isaacson

NYU Professor calls on John Jay College President to terminate Mike Isaacson | 18 Sept 2017 | On Thursday, September 14th, we published a story that profiled John Jay College Professor and Antifa leader, Mike Isaacson. In this story we included multiple incendiary tweets in which he advocated for "dead cops" and claimed that political violence was necessary against people who oppose communism. Once this story began receiving significant media coverage we launched a #FireMike Campaign and encouraged concerned citizens to contact the John Jay College administration and make sure their voices were heard...One person who has also raised concerns with President Mason is NYU Liberal Studies Professor, Michael Rectenwald.

Police given more time to question Parsons Green bomb suspects

Police given more time to question Parsons Green bomb suspects | 18 Sept 2017 | Police have been given more time to question two men over Friday's terror attack at Parsons Green Underground station, Scotland Yard says. Yahyah Farroukh, 21, is listed as living at an address in Stanwell, Surrey, which was searched by officers on Sunday. He was arrested at a fried chicken shop where he worked in Hounslow, west London, on Saturday night. Another 18-year-old was detained at Dover ferry port on Saturday morning.

U.S. Navy fires two commanders after 'losing confidence in their abilities to command' as sea accidents leave 17 dead

U.S. Navy fires two commanders after 'losing confidence in their abilities to command' as sea accidents leave 17 dead --It was the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year | 18 Sept 2017 | The U.S. Navy dismissed two senior officers, an admiral and a captain, on Monday after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command. Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, were fired by Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, the Navy said. In August, Sawyer replaced fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, who was fired after the accidents.

The 'deplorable professor' is back and going off on one of his colleagues

The 'deplorable professor' is back and going off on one of his colleagues [whom I'd never even had the displeasure of meeting] --Comments by MDR | 18 Sept 2017 | Last year, Michael Rechtenwald [sic - Rectenwald. This 'article' is so factually errant that even the subject's name is misspelled.] - now a Liberal Studies Professor at NYU [He's been a liberal studies professor for over nine years!] - revealed that he was the man behind the Twitter handle @antipcnyuprof, an account under which he has previously rallied [I think you mean "railed."] against politically correct culture, safe spaces and trigger warnings [as well as bias reporting hotlines and the no-platforming of speakers. Reading is fun. You should try it sometime.]. Now teaching at NYU full-time [He was always full-time at NYU. He was promoted from Assistant to Full Professor, the highest rank available. Get your facts straight before pretending to be a reporter.], Rectenwald continues to use this twitter [And you're suggesting that he shouldn't? Why?] and yesterday used the account to go after his NYU colleague Michael Isaacson [Isaacson is not my "colleague." He once taught in Liberal Studies at NYU, as yet another unqualified hack, but does not any longer. Thank goodness there's no longer an avowed Antifa member on faculty, I hope. Isaacson is a hack with no Ph.D., zero credible publications, and no business setting foot in the front of any classroom. He's utterly unhinged as well.], who he claims is an "open Antifa member" [He is. Read the Twitter account. He's a dangerous clown who threatened to kill his own students in the future if they become cops.]. In the tweets issued yesterday afternoon, Rectenwald called out 'notorious Antifa member' Isaacson for coming after him in emails sent over the NYU list-serves, emails in which Isaacson reportedly called Rectenwald an asshole "four times in the space of four lines." [Isaacson should be fired from John Jay, and this "reporter" should be fired from whatever rag that he "writes" for. Both are incompetent. Isaacson couldn't make an argument against my views, so resorted to vulgarity, just as this reporter resorted to insinuation and stupidity.]

Parsons Green attack: 'Iraqi' refugee suspected of trying to bomb Tube 'was spoken to by police several times'

Parsons Green attack: 'Iraqi' refugee suspected of trying to bomb Tube 'was spoken to by police several times' | 17 Sept 2017 | teenager suspected of being the Parsons Green bomber had been spoken to by police a number of times, neighbours of his foster family claimed today, amid questions over what authorities knew. The 18-year-old refugee, believed to be Iraqi, was a "problem" to  and they had been contacting officials saying that they were unable to cope, it was said. Neighbours of their house in Sunbury-on-Thames, south west London, said that he had been brought home by officers just two weeks before the attack and they regularly saw plain clothes officers at the property. [Not to pull the false flag and/or conspiracy card, but when you have the *terror suspect* being carted around by *police officers,* questions will arise...]

Fukushima nuclear plant worker exposed to small dose of radiation - Tepco

Fukushima nuclear plant worker exposed to small dose of radiation - Tepco | 08 Sept 2017 | A worker dismantling tanks at Japan's wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was found to have been exposed to a small amount of radiation during a routine safety check on Friday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said. Radiation was detected in nasal cavities of the worker, an unidentified man in his 30s, a Tepco spokesman said on Friday. The company estimated the amount of radiation at up to 0.010 millisieverts and said it did not pose an immediate [?!] health risk.

Pentagon was informed about area of Russia's military op in Deir ez-Zor in advance - Moscow

Pentagon was informed about area of Russia's military op in Deir ez-Zor in advance - Moscow | 17 Sept 2017 | The Russian Defense Ministry has denied Pentagon allegations that it bombed US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir ez-Zor. The Russian military said that its US partners were informed about the area of the operation beforehand. "To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The chief of Russia’s general staff, General Valery Gerasimov, has reportedly spent an hour on the phone discussing the matter with his US counterpart, General Joseph Dunford.

Tropical Storm Maria strengthens into hurricane

Tropical Storm Maria strengthens into hurricane | 17 Sept 2017 | Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Maria strengthened into a hurricane Sunday on its way toward the Leeward Islands. The storm became a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday afternoon. It was 140 miles east-northeast of Barbados with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. advisory.

Hurricane Jose and Tropical Storm Maria may react together and threaten New York City in coming week

Hurricane Jose and Tropical Storm Maria may react together and threaten New York City in the coming week --The Fujiwara Dance or Effect is more commonly seen in the warmer Pacific, where cyclones bounces off each other | 17 Sept 2017 | Advance forecasts have raised the possibility that Hurricane Jose could threaten New York City in the coming week. The Category One hurricane's probable path revealed New York City may be in its path, leading to 80mph plus winds and storm surges battering the Eastern Seaboard. According to the Washington Post, based off a European mode, there is a possibility of the extremely rare Fujiwara Effect where Hurricane Jose and Tropical Storm Maria could appear to 'dance.' According to projections for the 24th and 25th of September the storms could pinwheel around each other and slam into New Jersey which was hit by Sandy in 2012.

Man arrested over Parsons Green Tube train bombing

Man arrested over Parsons Green Tube train bombing --Terror threat maintained at critical after 18-year-old is detained in Dover | 16 Sept 2017 | Police investigating Friday's bombing on the London Underground said they had made a "significant" arrest -- but said the country's threat level remained at critical, suggesting a further attack was imminent. The Metropolitan Police arrested an 18-year-old man -- whom they did not identify, citing "strong investigative reasons" -- at the Port of Dover on Saturday. Neil Basu, a deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said that, although the arrest was significant, the threat level remained at critical and the investigation continued.

Second man held over Parsons Green bombing

Second man held over Parsons Green bombing | 17 Sept 2017 | A second man has been arrested by detectives investigating the terrorist attack at Parsons Green station, police have said. The 21-year-old was detained in Hounslow, west London at around 23.50pm on Saturday. He is being held at a police station in south London under the Terrorist Act. Thirty people were injured during London's Friday morning rush hour when an improvised explosive device detonated on a Tube train.

Cotton centerpieces trigger African-American students; Lipscomb University president issues apology

Cotton centerpieces trigger African-American students; Lipscomb University president issues apology | 16 Sept 2017 | The Lipscomb University president issued an apology to the college community on Friday after centerpieces in his home were deemed offensive by students. Randy Lowry invited African-American students to his home for dinner this week to chat about their experience at the university, according to a Facebook post. Some of the students who attended shared their concern about material used for centerpieces which contained cotton stalks, according to the post.

New York prepares to go on hurricane alert: Forecasters warn Jose could hit Manhattan and East Coast next week

New York prepares to go on hurricane alert: Forecasters warn Jose could hit Manhattan and the East Coast next week --Hurricane Jose could threaten the Atlantic seaboard by Wednesday | 16 Sept 2017 | Advance forecasts have raised the possibility that Hurricane Jose could threaten New York in the coming week. The Category One hurricane was on Saturday morning moving northwest 480 miles off of Cape Hatteras with sustained winds of 80mph. The center of the storm could hit Long Island Wednesday, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

GOP congressman reportedly offered Trump a deal on absolving WikiLeaks' Assange

GOP congressman reportedly offered Trump a deal on absolving WikiLeaks' Assange | 15 Sept 2017 | A Republican congressman perceived as sympathetic to the Russian government tried to strike what he described as a "deal" with the White House to get WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of legal trouble with the United States government, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. In exchange, Assange would produce alleged evidence that Russia did not provide the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper said. In a phone call with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Ca., described a possible agreement to pardon Assange or "something like that," the Journal reported.

Protests in St Louis after former police officer is acquitted of murdering black man

Protests in St Louis after former police officer is acquitted of murdering black man --Protesters take to the streets after a judge acquitted Jason Stockley of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith. | 15 Sept 2017 | Protesters have streamed into the streets of St Louis after a white former police officer was found not guilty of murdering a black man in a 2011 shooting. Police are on standby in case of violence, and authorities appealed to protesters to march peacefully in a state that has seen racially charged clashes in the past. About 50 riot police monitored hundreds of demonstrators as they marched one block away from the courthouse.

Hurricane Jose's path threatens East Coast; two other storms likely in Atlantic

Hurricane Jose's path threatens East Coast; two other storms likely in Atlantic | 15 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Jose, now spinning about 600 miles east of Miami, remains a threat to the East Coast next week. Jose could hit or graze the Mid-Atlantic, New England or Atlantic Canada coasts early next week, AccuWeather said, or potentially spin completely out to sea. Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping close tabs on two other weather systems, one of which is now Tropical Depression Fourteen and should become Tropical Storm Lee over the weekend.

ISIS claims responsibility for Parsons Green bucket bomb blast which injured 29 on Tube train

ISIS claims responsibility for Parsons Green bucket bomb blast which injured 29 on Tube train | 15 Sept 2017 | ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Parsons Green terror attack which left 29 people injured. A statement issued through the terror group's Amaq news agency claimed that a unit affiliated to ISIS had carried out the bombing. The announcement came shortly before Britain raised its terror threat level to critical, its highest level.

Soldiers on streets, military personnel replacing police at nuclear power plants as UK raises terror level to critical following Tube bucket-bomb attack

Soldiers on the streets and extra armed police on patrol as Theresa May raises terror level to CRITICAL after ISIS claim Tube bucket-bomb attack was carried out by a cell of several jihadis --IED had timer attached meaning terrorist probably exited at an earlier station but bomb failed to detonate | 15 Sept 2017 | Soldiers are being deployed on London's streets as the terror threat level is raised to critical amid fears the Parsons Green bomber could strike again, Theresa May announced tonight. Operation Temperer will see military personnel replacing police at key sites such as nuclear power plants to free up extra armed police for regular patrols. Scotland Yard said it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off an improvised bucket bomb on a packed commuter train by Parsons Green tube station in west London at 8.20am. Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10: 'The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical - this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.' Minutes later Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there may have been more than one person involved stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'.

Soldier Killed, 14 Others Hurt in Fort Bragg Training Exercise

Soldier Killed, 14 Others Hurt in Fort Bragg Training Exercise --An explosion during a training exercise at Fort Bragg has claimed the life of one soldier and left 14 others wounded, according to reports. | 15 Sept 2017 | A special forces soldier was killed and 14 soldiers wounded during an accidental explosion during a training exercise at Fort Bragg Thursday. The accident is under investigation by the USASOC, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

Storm Jose 'to regain Hurricane status' bound for USA east coast and Washington DC

Storm Jose 'to regain Hurricane status' bound for USA east coast and Washington DC --Jose is the hurricane season's 14th depression - NHC. | 15 Sept 2017 | Tropical Storm Jose could become a hurricane again on Friday, potentially causing life-threatening rip currents along the US coast and reaching Washington DC, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC said the storm is about 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and could gradually turn toward the north in the next two days. The NHC said: "Some restrengthening is forecast to begin on Friday, and Jose will likely become a hurricane again by the weekend." Jose is projected to finish a clockwise loop in the Atlantic Ocean before heading north towards the US coast, potentially grazing Washington DC on Monday at 8.00pm EDT.

Parsons Green terror attack: London tube station IED bomb blast leaves 22 people injured

Parsons Green terror attack: London tube station IED bomb blast leaves 22 people injured --'Quite a few people injured' at west London station, say witnesses | 15 Sept 2017 | A manhunt is underway after nearly two dozen commuters were injured following an explosion at Parsons Green underground station in west London, which police are treating as terrorism. Witnesses described seeing people with burns from the blast and other wounds caused when passengers rushed to escape the station. NHS England said 22 people were being treated in hospital. Three self-referred and 19 others, taken by London Ambulance Service, were not in a serious or life-threatening condition. The incident is being treated as terrorism-related, the Metropolitan Police said.

Iowa State University offers scholarships that appear to exclude white applicants

Iowa State University offers scholarships that appear to exclude white applicants | 14 Sept 2017 | The largest public university in the state of Iowa offers a scholarship that appears to categorically exclude white applicants. Through its Multicultural Vision Program, Iowa State University awards full tuition to 100 incoming multicultural students each year. But according to the scholarship's published informational material, white students are not permitted to receive it.

Antifa: US security agencies label group 'domestic terrorists'

Antifa: US security agencies label group 'domestic terrorists' | 03 Sept 2017 | US security officials have classified the left-wing group Antifa as "domestic terrorists", confidential documents have revealed. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reportedly been warning about the growing threat of violence between left-wing anarchists and right-wing nationalists since 2016, amid claims Antifa's activity has become more confrontational, according to documents seen by Politico. A confidential intelligence report by the DHS and the FBI accused the "anarchist extremists" of attacks on police, government and political institutions, along with any other symbols of the "capitalist system" or displays of racism, social injustice or fascism. It described some of their activities as "domestic terrorist violence".

UC Berkeley uses 'extraordinary' security for Ben Shapiro event tonight

UC Berkeley uses 'extraordinary' security for Ben Shapiro event tonight | 14 Sept 2017 | Hundreds of police officers from nine Bay Area counties were stationed and staged in and around UC Berkeley Thursday in an effort to stave off any mayhem before, during and after the appearance of conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro. Concrete barriers and metal detectors were set up hours before the 7 p.m. event and police vowed low tolerance for violence. At least two people were detained just after 5 p.m. outside the campus gate, where dozens had gathered for a 'Refuse Fascism' rally. UC spokesman Dan Mogulof said the university has gone through "extraordinary lengths -- in some ways unprecedented" so that the event will be a success.

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