US airstrikes in Somalia killed civilians, despite militarys denials: report

US airstrikes in Somalia killed civilians, despite militarys denials: report

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A new report finds that a small number of U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed 14 civilians and injured eight, despite assurances from the U.S. military that its strikes have caused no civilian casualties and only target the al-Shabaab militant group which controls territory in that country. The report, released on Wednesday by Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on human rights, said the incidents it investigated "may have violated international humanitarian law and could, in some cases, constitute war crimes." Amnesty chose to investigate four U.S. incidents in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region and a fifth incident which it claims was "most plausibly caused by a U.S. airstrike" that took place between 2017 and 2019. The strikes represent only a ...
Facebook agrees to hide demographics from landlords, creditors looking to advertise

Facebook agrees to hide demographics from landlords, creditors looking to advertise

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Facebook announced Tuesday that it will block landlords and creditors from using a person's demographic data including a person’s zip code, gender and age, to target certain groups in online advertisements. The announcement is part of a legal settlement with groups that promote fair housing laws. They complained in court last year that the social media giant enabled real estate brokers and landlords to exclude certain demographics when advertising. The federal government, under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had filed its own complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits businesses from which prohibits the sale or rental of housing based on such factors as race or religion. The company also was accused of allowing employers to
West Virginias attorney general alleges Catholic Church allowed abusive priests to teach in schools

West Virginias attorney general alleges Catholic Church allowed abusive priests to teach in schools

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The Catholic diocese allowed priests to serve in the West Virginia community and work in their schools in spite of known histories of sexual abuse, according to newly filed court documents. The Attorney General of West Virginia announced today that his office filed a civil complaint against the diocese and the bishop over the lack of transparency and their decisions to allow predators in their schools. The complaint says that the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston "engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices by failing to disclose to consumers of its educational and recreational services that it employed priests and laity who have sexually abused children, including an admitted abuser who the Diocese nevertheless allowed to work in a Catholic elementary school." The Diocese did no...
Deferred prosecution deal offered to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in solicitation of prostitution case

Deferred prosecution deal offered to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in solicitation of prostitution case

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Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is being offered a deferred prosecution agreement in which he would not be required to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a prosecutor in the case announced on Tuesday. Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. The proposed pre-trial diversion program would require Kraft to either acknowledge guilt or admit that he would have been proven guilty at trial, according to the spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State
President Trump rules out trying to expand Supreme Court as Democrats rally behind the proposal

President Trump rules out trying to expand Supreme Court as Democrats rally behind the proposal

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday ruled out trying to expand the Supreme Court with new justices - or "court packing" as critics call it -- even as the idea has gained traction with several Democratic candidates for president. "No, I wouldn't entertain that," Trump said in response to a question from a reporter with the Daily Caller at his Rose Garden news conference with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. "The only reason that [Democrats are] doing that is they want to try and catch up." (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro shakes hands with President Donald Trump at the conclusion of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, March 19, 2019. Democrats have argued that the measure would be a tit-for-tat response to moves a...
EU and Canada vow to review Boeing software fixes themselves before allowing MAX plane in their airspace after Ethiopia Airlines crash

EU and Canada vow to review Boeing software fixes themselves before allowing MAX plane in their airspace after Ethiopia Airlines crash

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The fallout from the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash continues to be felt as the European Union announced Tuesday that they will not allow any Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly in their airspace until they approve any changes made. The announcement stipulates that the planes will not be allowed into European airspace until the EU approves any software fixes that are required, making it clear that they will not rely on the Federal Aviation Authority for approval. Patrick Ky, the Executive Director of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), addressed the European Parliament transport committee Monday, and said that EASA will look at Boeing's upcoming software updates "very deeply, very closely," as well as look at the plane's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). "We wil...
Mom booked for murder in case of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, found dead in duffel bag

Mom booked for murder in case of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, found dead in duffel bag

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The mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag in Los Angeles, was booked on Monday for her daughter's murder, authorities said. The case is being reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and charges are expected to be filed on Wednesday morning against Trinity's mother, Taquesta Graham, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said Monday. (Reed Saxon/AP, FILE) Dozens of tributes at a large memorial to Trinity Love Jones, a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, in Hacienda Heights, Calif, March 11, 2019 in this file photo. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department) A police sketch and then photo of Trinity Love Jones. Graham's boyfriend, Emiel Lamar Hunt, was c...
President Trump again blasts John McCain, says he was never a fan and never will be

President Trump again blasts John McCain, says he was never a fan and never will be

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President Donald Trump again criticized the late Sen. John McCain Tuesday, pointing specifically to his vote against repealing Obamacare and saying was “never a fan" and "never will be." “I'm very unhappy that he didn't repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know. He campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and then they got to a vote and he said thumbs down,” Trump said. “Plus there were other things. I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.” (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE) Sen. John McCain poses for a photograph at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2014. The president's comments came during an Oval Office meeting with the president of Brazil and after a series of weekend tweets in which Trump blasted the
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vows to never say mosque shooters name

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vows to never say mosque shooters name

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The prime minister of New Zealand is working to prevent the Christchurch mosque shooter from gaining the infamy that follows so many mass shooters after their carnage. In an emotional ministerial statement on Tuesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed never to publicly speak the name of the shooter who killed 50 people in two Christchurch mosques. He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name. "He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ardern said Tuesday. "He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless." "And to others I implore you: speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the ma...
Alleged gunman in twin mosque massacres that left 50 dead practiced at gun range where members spoke of zombie apocalypses: Military veteran

Alleged gunman in twin mosque massacres that left 50 dead practiced at gun range where members spoke of zombie apocalypses: Military veteran

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The alleged gunman who authorities said killed 50 worshippers and wounded dozens more at two mosques in New Zealand apparently took target practice at a gun range that a military veteran claimed he reported to police after overhearing members speaking of "zombie apocalypses" and "homicidal fantasies." Police confirmed Monday that they are investigating Brenton Tarrant's connection to the Bruce Rifle Club and gun range in Milton, New Zealand, more than 400 miles south of Christchurch, where he allegedly went on a shooting rampage on Friday. Investigators believe Tarrant took target practice at the club in the days leading up to the attack. (Jorge Silva/Reuters) High school students from a Christian school give hugs to Muslims waiting for news of their relatives at a community center, ...

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