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Up to 6 dead, 15 injured by rented truck in lower Manhattan; 1 in custody

'Act of terror:' At least 8 dead, 15 injured by rented truck in lower Manhattan; 1 in custody | 31 Oct 2017 | (Tribeca, Manhattan) At least eight people were killed and 15 others were injured in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon after a truck hit people on a bike path. The driver of the truck, who was brandishing two fake guns and is now in custody, left the truck screaming and was shot by police. This is being investigated as possible act of terror, a high-ranking police source told PIX11 News. The suspect screamed "Allah Akbar."

Truck attack in Manhattan being investigated as terrorism, sources say

Breaking: Truck attack in Manhattan kills 8 in 'act of terror' | 31 Oct 2017 | The driver of a rental truck drove down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan near the World Trade Center, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others in what officials said was an "act of terror." After crashing the truck into a school bus, the suspect exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by police, according to the NYPD. The suspect, a 29-year-old man, is in police custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said. The incident is being investigated as terrorism, officials said. Witnesses reported the suspect was yelling "Allahu Akbar," according to four law enforcement sources. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the lead of the investigation.

Halloween: US universities warn students against culturally insensitive costumes

Halloween: US universities warn students against culturally insensitive costumes | 31 Oct 2017 | Universities are urging students in search of an attention-grabbing costume this Halloween to pass on sombreros, Native American headdresses and blackface. Those are some of the costumes grabbing the attention of university administrators who are increasingly concerned that certain costumes are becoming flashpoints in campus debates over race and culture. While not outright prohibiting any costume, administrators are using letters, campus forums and advertising campaigns to encourage students to pick outfits that don't offend classmates of colour..."The cultural temperature on this has gotten so high that nothing is appropriate anymore. We are getting to the point where prohibition is the rule," said [CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald, a professor of Global Liberal Studies at New York University, who has criticised Halloween costume policies.

Manafort surrenders. What has this got to do with Trump?

Manafort surrenders. What has this got to do with Trump? | 30 Oct 2017 | Former campaign manager to the Trump team, Paul Manafort, has turned himself into the authorities after the long-awaited charges were finally filed on Friday. It is not our place to judge his guilt, but we can ask one question: What has this got to do with Donald Trump and the [alleged] Russian conspiracy? Back in the summer, the media had a frenzy about the FBI raiding Manafort's home searching for evidence of money laundering from his days as a Ukraine spin master and lobbyist. (See filed charges.) But not one of the charges mentions a single word about Donald trump, his campaign team, his presidential bid, or in fact anything whatsoever that you would expect from an investigation into the aforementioned.

Podesta Group one of the companies mentioned in Manafort indictment - report

Podesta Group one of the companies mentioned in Manafort indictment - report | 30 Oct 2017 | The Podesta Group, a prominent lobbying and public relations firm, is one of the two unidentified companies mentioned in the grand jury indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, NBC News reported Monday. Manafort and Gates approached "Company A" and "Company B" in 2012 about lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government, according to the indictment that was unsealed Monday. Company A refers to Mercury Public Affairs and Company B refers to the Podesta Group, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told the news outlet.

White House downplays George Papadopoulos's role in Trump campaign

White House downplays George Papadopoulos's role in Trump campaign | 30 Oct 2017 | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed George Papadopoulos's role within President Trump's campaign, referring to him as a "volunteer." "He was a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time," Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon during the White House press briefing. Papadopoulos, who is 30 years old, joined the Trump campaign in early March 2016 as a foreign adviser. The special counsel tasked with investigating [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin released a statement which says that Papadopoulos "pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001."

Mueller investigation: Manafort charged with US tax fraud over Ukraine work

Mueller investigation: Manafort charged with US tax fraud over Ukraine work | 30 Oct 2017 | Donald Trump's former presidential campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been charged with conspiring to defraud the US in his dealings with Ukraine. The 12 charges brought against Mr Manafort and one of his business associates, Rick Gates, include conspiracy to launder money. They stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

Putin: Someone is harvesting Russian bio samples for obscure purposes

Putin: Someone is harvesting Russian bio samples for obscure purposes | 31 Oct 2017 | Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country, purposefully and professionally, President Vladimir Putin has said, possibly hinting at the US Air Force's earlier move to acquire Russian tissue samples..."Images are one thing, but do you know that biological material is being collected all over the country, from different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The question is - why is it being done? It's being done purposefully and professionally. We are a kind of object of great interest," Putin told the Council.

US nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber flies mission to Pacific ahead of Trump's visit to Asia

US nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber flies mission to Pacific ahead of Trump's visit to Asia | 30 Oct 2017 | An American nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber has conducted a long-range mission over the Pacific to demonstrate Washington's "visible commitment" to its Asian allies amid North Korean anxieties and ahead of Donald Trump's visit to the region. Just as US Defense Secretary was wrapping up his visit to South Korea Saturday, the US dispatched its state of the art B-2 stealth bomber to fly a long-range mission to the Pacific area of operations. The bomber which flew out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri practiced maneuvers to "familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands," the US Strategic Command said in a statement.

2 Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Strangling of Green Beret in Mali

2 Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Strangling of Green Beret in Mali | 29 Oct 2017 | Navy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the elite SEAL Team 6 strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment, military officials say. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a 34-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead on June 4 in the embassy housing he shared in the Malian capital, Bamako, with a few other Special Operations forces assigned to the West African nation to help with 'training and counterterrorism missions.' His killing is the latest violent death under mysterious circumstances for American troops on little-known missions in that region of Africa.

Air traffic control audio from night of Las Vegas shooting reveals 'active shooters on the runway'

Air traffic control audio from the night of the Las Vegas shooting reveals there were 'active shooters on the runway' --Tower audio proves there were many assailants operating in conjunction with one another on the night of the massacre; [alleged shooter] Stephen Paddock didn't act alone | 29 Oct 2017 | Air traffic control audio recordings from the night of the Oct. 1 massacre reveal that there were indeed "active shooters on the airport property" just 1000 yards away from the venue where 58 people were reportedly shot to death. McCarran International Airport is located at 5757 Wayne Newton Blvd., and is [close to] both the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the venue that was hosting the Route 91 Music Festival. It would make perfect sense that assailants would want to retreat to the airfield where they could make there escape, possibly in an aircraft.

White House decorated for Halloween

White House decorated for Halloween | 28 Oct 2017 | The White House has been covered in spider webs and fog to celebrate Halloween. The White House will open the South Lawn to trick-or-treaters the night before Halloween and officials have decked out the residence with fake bats and pumpkins. "During this event, trick-or-treaters will enjoy seeing the South Portico decorated in spider webs, creating a festive look and feel," the White House said in a release.

Couple dies in odd car crash after surviving Las Vegas shooting

Couple dies in odd car crash after surviving Las Vegas shooting | 27 Oct 2017 | When Dennis Carver realized the loud cracks weren't fireworks but instead rapid gunfire, he jumped on top of his wife, Lorraine Carver, to shield her from the bullets...It was during the third or fourth lull in gunfire when the two got up, hand in hand, and started running. They ran for their lives and didn't stop until they got out uninjured, their daughter said. Two days after the shooting attack, the couple, who lived in Henderson, Nevada, part time and owned a plumbing company, returned to their Riverside County home in California...But on the night of Oct. 16, the couple's younger daughter, 16-year-old Madison Carver, heard a loud bang outside her window. When she ran down the street and rounded the corner, a familiar vehicle engulfed in flames came into view. Dennis, 52, and Lorraine, 53, had died together less than half a mile from their home. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, their vehicle crashed into a metal gate outside their community at 10:50 p.m...It took firefighters nearly an hour to completely put out the fire [?], the department said in a statement.

Nine sailors kicked off British nuclear submarine after 'sex and cocaine-fuelled parties while docked in US'

Nine sailors kicked off British nuclear submarine after 'sex and cocaine-fuelled parties while docked in US' --The crew from HMS Vigilant - which carries Trident - were sent home | 28 Oct 2017 | Nine British servicemen have been booted off a nuclear submarine at the centre of a sex probe, after testing positive for cocaine while on duty, it was confirmed last night. The crew from HMS Vigilant - which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent - were sent home and sacked from the service after the class A drug was found in their blood. They are alleged to have had drug-fuelled parties while the submarine was docked in the US to pick up nuclear warheads. One man is said to have had sex with a prostitute in a swimming pool.

Storm 'bomb' set to hit the Northeast bringing winds of up to 60mph and six inches of rain

Storm 'bomb' set to hit the Northeast bringing winds of up to 60mph and six inches of rain | 28 Oct 2017 | A storm 'bomb' is set to hit the Northeast this weekend, bringing heavy rains and winds, rough seas, and a departure from weeks of mild weather. The coastal storm is one of the first big ones of the season in the Northeast and is expected to hit Sunday and Monday, intensifying at a rapid pace, according to AOL Weather. However, the storm will move quickly across the region, sparing the area from prolonged inland and coastal flooding.

First charges filed in Mueller investigation

First charges filed in Mueller investigation | 27 Oct 2017 | A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.

Las Vegas massacre: Flight records indicate LVMPD helicopter's transponder went dark after picking up armed mercenaries

Flight records indicate LVMPD helicopter's transponder went dark after picking up mercenaries armed with M-239 SAW-like machine guns on the night of the massacre --FAA logs and aircraft transponder data show that an LVMPD helicopter may have gone rogue on the night of the massacre | 27 Oct 2017 | Flight records obtained by Intellihub indicate that the transponder on an LVMPD aircraft went dark after several heavily armed men boarded the chopper. The following timeline details the whereabouts of LVMPD helicopter "N911WY" between the hours of 10:25 p.m. and 11:35 p.m., Oct. 1, 2017...10:51 p.m. - N911WY lands in the parking lot of the Harley dealer located at 5191 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, where it waits on the hard for the next 8 minutes (rotors spinning) while several mercenaries gear up for what appears to be either a combined aerial/ground assault on the city or some type of aerial counter-sniper defense. One of the men is masked...10:59 p.m. - N911WY's transponder goes dark and is not accounted for during the next 5 minutes.

Catalan govt sacked after independence vote

Catalan govt sacked after independence vote | 27 Oct 2017 | The Spanish Prime Minister has dissolved Catalonia's parliament and called an election for 21 December after the region declared independence. Mariano Rajoy invoked the emergency measures in response to Catalan MPs voting to break away from the Spanish state. He said he would seek to declare the vote illegal. Mr Rajoy also said Catalonia's police chief will be sacked and central government departments will assume the powers of the Catalan administration.

College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near

College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near | 27 Oct 2017 | As another Halloween season approaches, an ever-growing universities are cracking down on offensive costumes, even hosting panel discussions to instruct students on what to avoid. Humboldt State University, for instance, plans to host a discussion Monday on how "cultures are disregarded, mocked, or simply dehumanized" by Halloween costumes, encouraging students to avoid "cultural appropriation" in their costume selections...Princeton University, meanwhile, recently offered a "conversation circle" to students to help them "engage in a dialogue about the impact of cultural appropriation, Halloween, and why culture is not a costume."

JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release

JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release | 26 Oct 2017 | The National Archives is releasing documents previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. The vast majority of the Collection (88%) has been open in full and released to the public since the late 1990s. The records at issue are documents previously identified as assassination records, but withheld in full or withheld in part. These releases include FBI, CIA, and other agency documents (both formerly withheld in part and formerly withheld in full) identified by the Assassination Records Review Board as assassination records.

Trump 'unhappy' with government redactions to JFK files

Trump 'unhappy' with government redactions to JFK files | 26 Oct 2017 | President Donald Trump wanted more of the documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination released. But when the final requests from government agencies hit his desk on Thursday, there wasn't enough time to go through the hundreds of records the agencies wanted to keep secret, two US officials said. As the deadline ticked away, Trump was confronted with a choice: release all of the 3,100 records without any redactions, or accept the redactions of intelligence and law enforcement agencies and release 2,800 of those documents. Trump agreed to the second option, while also requiring agencies to conduct a secondary review of the information they believed should be redacted within 180 days. But Trump was still miffed by his decision.

About 2,800 JFK records released, others withheld

About 2,800 JFK records released, others withheld | 26 Oct 2017 | The White House released 2,800 classified files related to former President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Thursday, but said it would temporarily keep some "sensitive" records under wraps. A senior administration official told reporters some sensitive documents are being held for 180 days due to concerns from some intelligence agencies. Those documents, an official said, are being reviewed by the agencies to determine whether they actually affect national security. The president said he is ordering agencies to review "each and every one of those redactions" over the next 180 days.

Georgia election server wiped after suit filed

Georgia election server wiped after suit filed | 27 Oct 2017 | A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned. The server's data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state's election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case that was later obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.

Twitter bans all RT advertising, citing 'election interference'

Twitter bans all RT advertising, citing 'election interference' | 27 Oct 2017 | Twitter [Deep State dirt-bags who have imposed a shadowban on @legitgov, and my other account] has banned ads from RT and Sputnik over alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. RT's editor-in-chief says the move will spark retaliation from Moscow, and has revealed that Twitter pushed RT to spend ad money during the presidential campaign. The social network says it will give away money already earned from the two companies. [The principle shareholder of Twitter is gloablist Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns 34.9 million shares of common stock. See: This Saudi prince now owns more of Twitter than Jack Dorsey does 07 Oct 2015.]

Las Vegas shooter's laptop missing its hard drive

Las Vegas shooter's laptop missing its hard drive | 25 Oct 2017 | A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock [allegedly] launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned. Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself [?], and the missing device has not yet been recovered, sources told ABC News. [Just ask Paddock's CIA or FBI handlers to locate it.] The absence of substantial digital clues has left investigators struggling to piece together what triggered Paddock to kill 58 innocent concertgoers and injure more than 500 others on Oct. 1.

The brother of the Vegas shooter is in police custody

When you question the official narrative: The brother of the Vegas shooter is in police custody | 25 Oct 2017 | The estranged brother of [alleged] Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges stemming from an investigation that predates the massacre. Bruce Paddock, 58, was detained at a Los Angeles assisted-living facility, where he was awaiting surgery for spinal stenosis. A felony complaint said he had over 600 explicit images of minors in 2014 and had also swapped pornography...The LAPD said the images were discovered inside a building where Paddock was squatting, but they could not find him at the time. [?!?] After his brother's crime, they learned where he was and obtained a warrant, police said.

FBI, SEC investigating firm with ties to Corker - report

FBI, SEC investigating firm with ties to Corker - report | 25 Oct 2017 | The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating a company chosen by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., as a favorite investment, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The report comes after Corker, a Chattanooga native and chairman of the U.S. Sen. Foreign Relations Committee, has faced scrutiny over earning millions more than he previously reported in legally required disclosures. Corker updated his filings in December, apologized for the problem and called it a "filing error" [?!?] at the time.

White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says

White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says | 25 Oct. 2017 | A math education professor at the University of Illinois says the ability to solve geometry and algebra problems and teaching such subjects perpetuates so-called white privilege. “School mathematics curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean Theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans," she says. [Soon, all abilities will be considered racist, and anyone who undertakes anything will be called a racist. It's the leveling down to the lowest common denominator in the interests of protecting feelings. Welcome to the ever-sinking level of mediocrity and the abolition of human flourishing. --MDR]

Iran sentences 'Mossad spy' to death over assassinations of nuclear scientists

Iran sentences 'Mossad spy' to death over assassinations of nuclear scientists | 25 Oct 2017 | An alleged spy for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has been sentenced to death in Iran after he was found guilty of being involved in a string of assassinations of Iran's nuclear scientists, according to prosecutors in Tehran. Over the last decade, at least four senior nuclear researchers had been killed in Iran, including Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Dariush Rezaei Nejad, and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. Although the name of the accused was not disclosed Monday, Amnesty International (AI) called on the Iranian authorities to release and abrogate the penalty for an Iranian-born Stockholm resident, Ahmadreza Djalali.

Supreme Court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban

Supreme Court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban | 24 Oct 2017 | The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday formally dropped plans to hear the last remaining challenge to an earlier version of President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and a ban on refugees, but a fight over the legality of his latest restrictions still could reach the nine justices.

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