263 Overturned Murder ConvictionsJust 16 New Suspects Charged

July 4, 2017

Ninety-two year-old Emma Crapser spent the last night of her life playing Bingo at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, about a half a mile from her Poughkeepsie, N.Y. apartment. Upon her return home, she was murdered, apparently in the course of an intended robbery. According to court documents, she had asphyxiated after being bound and gagged with five pieces of material [stuffed] down her throat–including a chisel-like instrument, cloth, and…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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How Americas Aircraft Carriers Could Become Obsolete

July 3, 2017

President Donald Trump has been consistent in his argument that the U.S. Navy has shrunk to a woefully inadequate size. The Republican has repeatedly said he wants the service to expand, including a fleet of a dozen aircraft carriers. That plan isn’t in the Pentagon’s current budget, but on July 22 the Navy will formally commission precautionary signal to North Korean aggression. The is the first of four planned -class carriers,…

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UK CO2 and energy costs ‘set to rise’ – BBC News

June 29, 2017

The CCC says the UK must shift much more swiftly towards electric cars to reduce carbon and tackle local air pollution. It also says a strategy is urgently needed to insulate millions of homes and create new forms of heating that don’t foul the air or crank up climate change. The report’s finding on home energy bills will surprise people amidst allegations of energy company profiteering and fears that many…

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Paul Manafort Retroactively Registers As A Foreign Agent For Ukraine Lobbying

June 28, 2017

Manaforts filing Tuesday with the Justice Department shows his firm was paid $17.1 million from 2012 to 2014 for lobbying work he did on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, according to the reports. Manafort, who ran Trumps campaign from March 2016 to August, worked on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a front group for former Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych. (Yanukovych fled to Russia…

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Japanese Banks at Risk as Borrowing in Dollars Doubles, BIS Says

June 26, 2017

Japanese banks have more than doubled their borrowing and lending in dollars since 2007, leaving them vulnerable to funding shocks such as those that exacerbated the last financial crisis, the Bank for International Settlements warned in a report released Sunday. Assets denominated in dollars on the balance sheets of Japanese banks surged to about $3.5 trillion by the end of 2016, the coordinating body for the world’s central banks said in…

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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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Britains Financial Power Is Already Seeping Away

June 24, 2017

Britain’s financial power began ebbing away just days into the Brexit negotiations as the European Central Bank sought authority over a key market and banks from Morgan Stanley to Nomura Holdings Inc. fleshed out plans to move operations from London to Frankfurt. The shifts underscore the threat posed to the U.K.’s financial industry by the decision to quit the European Union, made in a referendum a year ago. They will intensify pressure on Prime…

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Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Drop-out rates The TEF, which was introduced by the previous government, is being administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). Degree providers – a mixture of universities, colleges offering degree courses and alternative providers – could choose whether or not to take part. However, those awarded a bronze or higher – all institutions that took part, besides 64 who were given a provisional rating – are now…

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Trump Says He Doesn’t Want Poor People In Charge Of The Economy

June 22, 2017

These are people that are great, brilliant business minds, and thats what we need, thats what we have to have so the world doesnt take advantages of us, Trump, tolda crowd of about 6,000in Cedar Rapids. We cant have the world taking advantage of us anymore. And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just dont want a poor person. Does that make sense?…

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Most Americans Don’t Think Religious-Based Discrimination Should Be Lawful

June 22, 2017

A number of Christian groups and outlets applauded the bill. But according to a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute, support for religiously based service refusals is quickly declining. Thats roughly the same percentage that opposed such refusals in a similar study PRRI conducted last year. But a breakdown of the results reveals that across religious groups, support for religiously based service refusals is declining. No group witnessed…

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 21, 2017

Norman, a 63-year-old real estate developer and former state lawmaker, replaces fellow Republican Mick Mulvaney, who left Congress to become President Donald Trumps budget director. Parnell, a 66-year-old tax attorney, mounted an unusually ambitious challenge in the district where the conservative Mulvaney cruised to re-election in 2016.His scrappy campaign, and the support it received from the national Democratic Party, excited local activists accustomed to being written off by party leaders….

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Independent commission set to recommend Holyrood reforms – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh said he wanted the group to “help bring the parliament back to its roots, ensuring Holyrood is open, transparent, truly participative and fit for the significant challenges which lie ahead”. Is Holyrood in need of reform? Former first minister Henry McLeish wrote that the current number of MSPs was “incredibly limiting” in light of Holyrood’s new powers – although his successor Jack McConnell, said he was…

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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Artist cleverly inserts ‘The Simpsons’ characters into real life

June 16, 2017

Artist Francois Dourlen has been tipping his cap to The Simpsons on Instagram by inserting the show’s characters into non-animated situations. Marge smiling from a flower bush, Moe mixing a cocktail likely fancier than a Flaming Moe they’re all lurking in the real world and Dourlen wants to help you spot them. SEE ALSO: Ukraine tweeting a ‘Simpsons’ GIF at Russia is peak 2017 politics #thesimpsons #flowers #marge #spring #hollidays…

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A new roboadvisor wants to make halal investing more accessible to Muslim millennials

June 15, 2017

Wahed Invest is bringing halal investing to roboadvising.Image: Shutterstock / nukeaf For anyone who wants to start investing for the first time or switch from an old-school system to a roboadvisor, there are a lot of options out there. Betterment, Wealthfront, and smart advisors from major banks all let consumers become serious investors and save for retirement without requiring as much money or time as personal financial advisors. But a…

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PM ‘must listen’ to other parties over Brexit says Cameron – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Speaking in Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, Mrs May said there was a “unity of purpose” to get on with the process, reiterating that she wanted to maintain a “close relationship” with the EU. What are the Brexit options? Gove says Brexit ‘consensus’ needed Reality Check: Has the election changed EU views of Brexit? She is currently trying to negotiate the terms of a deal with the Democratic…

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We really need to talk about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport

June 12, 2017

Pickup hoops in Jersey City.Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Three-on-three basketball is having a moment. On top of Ice Cube’s newly launched league for aging NBA folk heroes, the playground staple also just got added as an Olympic sport. That’s right 3-on-3 basketball will be at the Tokyo Games. We’re still picking our jaws up off the floor. And we have so many questions. Chief among them: Is this Good or Bad?…

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders just tweeted a bunch of nonsense and traffic light emojis

June 11, 2017

Sending secret messages on Saturday mornings.Image: SHAWN THEW/EPA/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump’s deputy press secretary is taking a cue from her boss. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday morning tweeted a string of nonsense that outdoes “covfefe” by far. “The president and a small group of people know exactly what ‘ :/9//& #lolaklkk’ means.” Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 10, 2017 As Sean Spicer admitted this week, the president’s tweets are official statements…

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Obviously UK politicians are using WhatsApp to plot who will take over Theresa May’s job

June 11, 2017

Hey, May, what's the word about your future on WhatsApp?Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock The last few days have been rough for United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May. The election she called for, meant to consolidate power for her conservative party ahead of Brexit negotiations, backfired and cost her side a crucial majority in parliament. SEE ALSO: This photo perfectly sums up the state of British politics in 2017 That self-inflicted blow,…

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Keele students ‘stopped from voting by admin error’ – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Student Lucy Walker said she registered to vote last month but was among a “ridiculous number of students” who had been unable to vote. She said she was told her “name was not on the list” at polling stations at Keele Village Hall and the students union. Electoral ‘chaos’ Biomedical sciences undergraduate Andrew Niblett, 18, said in his group of five friends who applied to vote in the area just…

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