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5 killed in church shooting in Dagestan

Feb 18, 2018 — News on the Net

(CNN) A shooter opened fire at a church in the Northern Caucasus region of southern Russia on Sunday, killing five people and wounding two others, authorities said, according to state media.

The incident took place at a church in Kizlyar in the restive Russian republic of Dagestan.—More…


Maxine Waters Attended Nation Of Islam Convention Where Farrakhan Defended Suicide Bombers

Feb 18, 2018 — News on the Net

Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the hate group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers.

The convention, which took place in California in 2002, is just the latest tie to emerge between Democrats and the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist group known for being viciously anti-Semitic.—More…


Macdonald-Laurier Institute draws big crowd for discussion on Canada-U.S. relations

Feb 17, 2018 — News on the Net

Macdonald-Laurier Institute draws big crowd for discussion on Canada-U.S. relations
From left, Veso Sobot with U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft, Yvonne Huang with New Jersey-based Formosa Plastics, Congressman Pete Sessions and Craft’s husband, Joe Craft, at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute dinner, held at the Canadian War Museum on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Photo by Caroline Phillips


The Macdonald-Laurier Institute picked a hot topic of conversation – the future of Canada-US relations – for its annual dinner held Tuesday at the Canadian War Museum.

Attendance was up by 50 per cent this year as 330 people from business, politics and policy, and public service were all ears to what new U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft and others had to say about trade relations between our two countries.

American President Donald Trump’s shifting attitude toward the North American Free-Trade Agreement has created anxiety for Canadian firms that do business on both sides of the border.—More…


‘Is that all there is?’ – Matt Schlapp mocks indictments in Russian investigation

Feb 17, 2018 — News on the Net

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp mocked the 13 indictments in the Mueller investigation of Russian operatives involved in the interference of the 2016 election.

“It’s rather shocking,” he said, “everything about it is shocking, it’s shocking to see the Deputy Attorney General, to me, making that announcement, it didn’t come specifically from the special counsel’s team.”— More….




Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

Feb 17, 2018 — News on the Net

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the shooting. Former JROTC cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was a member of the small varsity marksmanship team that trained together after class and traveled to other area schools to compete.—More…


Seven key takeaways from the Russian indictments

Feb 16, 2018 — News on the Net

For the first time the special counsel’s team has taken dead aim at its central mandate in the investigation and laid bare the scope of what it alleges was a multi-million-dollar Russian operation to sow discord in American politics as far back as 2014.

Here’s a look at some of the key passages of the 37-page indictment and what they mean.—More…

 


FBI admits it didn’t investigate tip on alleged school shooter last month

Feb 16, 2018 — News on the Net

The FBI was warned last month that Nikolas Cruz was an armed psycho who might shoot up a school — but it didn’t bother investigating, the agency admitted Friday.

“A person close to” Cruz called the agency’s tipline on Jan. 5 and reported the 19-year-old had a “desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts” and there was “potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the FBI said in a statement.—More…


Deputies called to suspected shooter’s home 39 times over seven years

Feb 16, 2018 — News on the Net

Before Nikolas Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school this week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents.

Details about the calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office — obtained from police records by CNN — were not immediately available and it was impossible to determine if all involved Cruz.—More….


Exxon Sues the Suers in Fierce Climate-Change Case

Feb 16, 2018 — News on the Net

As climate-change lawsuits against the oil industry mount, Exxon Mobil Corp. is taking a bare-knuckle approach rarely seen in legal disputes: It’s going after the lawyers who are suing it.

The company has targeted at least 30 people and organizations, including the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts, hitting them with suits, threats of suits or demands for sworn depositions. The company claims the lawyers, public officials and environmental activists are “conspiring” against it in a coordinated legal and public relations campaign.— More…


‘Shock, devastation’ following MDC leader Tsvangirai’s death

Feb 16, 2018 — News on the Net

Cape Town - Acting Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Nelson Chamisa has expressed “shock and devastation” following the death of the party’s president Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai, 65, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, died on Wednesday after battling against cancer.—More…


Dozens Of Dog Food Brands Recalled After Euthanasia Drug Found

Feb 16, 2018 — News on the Net

CBS Local — After an investigation reportedly uncovered a drug used for euthanizing animals inside various brands of dog food, a massive recall has been issued by multiple companies.

The J.M. Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall of several types of their “Gravy Train,” “Kibbles ‘N Bits,” and “Skippy” wet dog food products. In a memo to retailers, obtained by TruthAboutPetFood.com, J.M. Smucker said the move was being made “because a minor ingredient may contain low levels of pentobarbital.”—More…




Grandmother Stops Another School Shooting Day Before Florida Massacre

Feb 15, 2018 — News on the Net

CBS Local — One day before 17 people were killed in a Florida school shooting, a grandmother helped to stop another massacre in Washington state.

According to police in Everett, Washington, the grandmother of Joshua Alexander O’Connor called 911 after finding disturbing journal entries that described how the 18-year-old was planning to attack his high school.—More…




‘Cryptojackers’ Dig Into Your Phone to Mine Their Coins Cheaply

Feb 15, 2018 — News on the Net

There’s a chance your computer or phone is quietly producing a cryptocurrency called Monero.

Criminals looking to commandeer massive processing power to unlock new Monero coins have unleashed an epidemic of malicious software that burrows deep into victims’ web browsers to surreptitiously run calculations. A security researcher discovered the latest attack last weekend, finding the malware on more than 4,000 sites, including those owned by the U.S. court system, the governments of Australia and Britain, and City University of New York, all of which used a text-to-speech accessibility script called Browsealoud.—More…


Latest on Florida High School Shooting

Feb 14, 2018 — News on the Net

The FBI Was Warned About A School Shooting Threat From A YouTube User Named Nikolas Cruz In September

In September, a YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz left a comment on a video stating, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” The video’s creator alerted both the FBI and YouTube.

Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz.

The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment to the bureau’s tips account as well as calling the Mississippi FBI field office. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.—More…

A suspected gunman has been arrested after opening fire on a Florida high school, leaving as many as seven dead and up to 50 injured.

The ‘heavily armed’ shooter, named by police sources to DailyMail.com as student Nicolas Cruz, 19, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, armed with what appears to be an assault rifle, and began shooting at just after 2pm.—More….




The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and that Ame

Feb 14, 2018 — News on the Net

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a global superpower through unconventional means — but he framed it as both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US’s military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.—More….


NSA: Several hospitalized after vehicle tried to enter

Feb 14, 2018 — News on the Net

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Three people, including a police officer, were injured after authorities say a vehicle tried to enter the secure campus of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade on Wednesday morning.

Gunshots were fired during the incident, but officials say they do not believe any of the injuries resulted from gunfire.— More…


Six top US intelligence chiefs caution against buying Huawei phones

Feb 14, 2018 — News on the Net

Six top U.S. intelligence chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei.

The six — including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence — first expressed their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE in reference to public servants and state agencies.—More….




Citing U.S. Prison Conditions, British Appeals Court Refuses to Extradite Accused Hacker Lauri Love

Feb 13, 2018 — News on the Net

A BRITISH APPEALS court on Monday rejected demands from the U.S. government for the extradition of an accused British hacker, Lauri Love, citing the inability of U.S. prisons to humanely and adequately treat his medical and mental health ailments. Extradition to the U.S., the court ruled, would be “oppressive by reason of his physical and mental condition.”

Rejecting the prosecutor’s pleas that “the British courts should trust the United States to provide what it said it would provide” in order to secure Love’s health and safety, the court instead invoked extensive medical and psychological testimony that conditions inside American prisons are woefully inadequate to treat Love’s ailments. As a result, extradition and incarceration inside the U.S. prison system would exacerbate those health issues and produce a high risk of suicide.—More…


Here’s what the letter sent with powder to Trump Jr. said

Feb 13, 2018 — News on the Net

The letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr. that contained a suspicious white powder and landed his wife in the hospital Monday said, “You are getting what you deserve,’’ according to law-enforcement sources Tuesday.

“You are an awful person. This is why people hate you. You are getting what you deserve. So shut the f— up,” sneered letter-writer, sources said.—More…