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  • US deports Nazi war crimes suspect to Germany

    Expulsion of former camp guard Jakiw Palij followed years of diplomatic wrangling A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany from the US after years of diplomatic wrangling over his status. Jakiw Palij, who lived in Queens, New York City, landed at Düsseldorf airport on Tuesday morning. Continue reading...

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  • Melania Trump rails against cyberbullying – but she is using social media to gaslight the world

    The first lady of the US has called for more kindness on the internet. Clearly, she has also eschewed the concepts of hypocrisy and irony Here is the bad news: social media have devolved into a vile cesspit of hatred, Nazis and lies. Here is the best news: Melania Trump is on the case. On Monday, the first lady of the US hosted a cyberbullying summit, where she called for more kindness on the internet. Combatting cyberbullying and teaching kids positive online behaviour is a key part of her Be...

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  • The case for releasing violent offenders early

    In the US, most criminal justice reform focuses overwhelmingly on nonviolent drug offenders. But violent offenders might deserve leniency, too – here’s why Michael Flournoy attempted to murder someone just a few blocks away from the cafe where we’re now eating brunch. That’s what his records say, anyway. In 1996, aged 21, Flournoy was involved in a shooting which left Carolyn Jones, an innocent bystander, with a bullet in the brain. Jones was a devoted mother and pious churchgoer who worked as a...

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  • Behind the numbers: what can a pollster teach us about politics?

    In his new book Where Did You Get This Number?, CBS News’ Anthony Salvanto breaks down polling for the layman In the wake of the 2016 election, Donald Trump called polls unfavorable to him everything from “fake” to “phony”. The polls, of course, are neither, but that’s beside the point. Americans have become so collectively distrustful of polls, especially after they seemed to suggest Hillary Clinton would win the election, that the president’s attempts to discredit the practice entirely have...

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  • Russian hackers targeting more US political groups, Microsoft says

    Kremlin-linked group created fake websites for Senate and thinktanks, firm says Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting US political groups before the midterm elections. The company said a group linked to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two US conservative organisations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the Senate....

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  • Everything Trump Touches Dies review: a poison dart in the neck of the Republican monster

    Political consultant Rick Wilson is horrified by what his party has done – and his book is much more than a brutally enjoyable roasting of those responsible The Republican political consultant Rick Wilson has filled his new book with more unvarnished truths about Donald Trump than anyone else in the American political establishment has offered. Wilson never holds back. That is especially refreshing at a moment when so many mainstream journalists still feel compelled to be “fair” to our psychotic...

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  • Asia Argento: police investigate sexual assault claim against actor

    Authorities will speak to Jimmy Bennett after learning no police report was filed at time of alleged 2013 assault Police are looking into sexual assault allegations by a young actor against Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement. Related: #MeToo leaders say Asia Argento abuse claim should not discredit movement Continue reading...

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  • Trump set to roll back Obama-era regulation on coal emissions

    Plan would allow individual states should decide how, or even if, they should stem carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants The Trump administration is set to unveil a proposed replacement for Obama-era climate change rules that will impose looser, state-based regulations on coal-fired power plants rather than pushing them towards closure. The new plan is likely to escalate greenhouse gas emissions, compared with its predecessor, at a time when scientists have warned drastic cuts are required...

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  • US inmates stage nationwide prison labor strike over 'modern slavery'

    Organisers say prisoners across the country are expected to refuse to work, hold sit-ins and even stage hunger strikes The first part of the prisons likely to be hit will be the kitchens, where stoves will remain unlit, ready-meals unheated and thousands of breakfasts uncooked. From there the impact will fan out. The laundry will be left unwashed, prison corridors un-mopped, and the lawns on the external grounds ring-fenced with barbed wire will go uncut. Continue reading...

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  • Protesters topple Confederate statue at University of North Carolina

    Controversial ‘Silent Sam’, criticized as symbol of racism, falls after hundreds gathered at UNC Chapel Hill The controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters. WRAL-TV reports that more than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7.30 on Monday evening before marching to the Confederate statue's base and calling for its removal. At 9 pm, protesters had marched down Franklin Street before...

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  • Trump says interview with Mueller could be 'perjury trap'

    President says he fears discrepancies between his statements and those of others and says he could run inquiry himself Donald Trump says he fears that an interview with the special counsel Robert Mueller would be a “perjury trap” – while pointing out that he could “run” the Russia investigation himself if he chose to. In a wide ranging White House interview with the Reuters news agency on Monday, the US president expressed fears that investigators could compare his statements with those of...

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  • #MeToo leaders say Asia Argento abuse claim should not discredit movement

    As Weinstein’s lawyer lambasts ‘hypocrisy’ over new sexual assault allegation against Argento, feminists urge caution She was one of the loudest voices of the #MeToo movement, speaking up on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and promising that “More pigs will be revealed”. But since a report in the New York Times on Sunday revealed that she is accused of being an abuser herself, Asia Argento has fallen silent. Now supporters of #MeToo are faced with a complicated question: what does the...

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  • Melania decries 'destructive' social media amid Trump Twitter attacks

    US first lady speaks on pitfalls of social media, while her husband uses it to attack former CIA head John Brennan Melania Trump has issued a warning over the destructive power of social media on the same day her husband used Twitter to attack John Brennan as “the worst CIA director in our country’s history” and a political “hack”. The US first lady was speaking at a federal conference on cyberbullying in Maryland. Continue reading...

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  • Hunt to call on Trump to impose fresh sanctions on Russia

    UK foreign secretary will also ask US president to tighten rules on online election advertising The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is to urge Donald Trump to face down Moscow’s threat to western values by imposing wider economic sanctions against Russia and agreeing new rules to protect the legitimacy of democratic elections. In a speech in Washington on Tuesday during his first visit since taking over from Boris Johnson as the UK’s most senior diplomat, Hunt will specifically call for...

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  • Saratoga Springs City Hall remains closed after fire

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> City Hall remained closed Monday as employees began to work at the city's recreation facility on 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Mayor Meg Kelly said City Hall, after being struck by lightning Friday night, will be closed until further notice. The majority of the damage was water related.

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  • Agriculture alive and well at Washington County Fair

    EASTON, N.Y. >> One of the biggest challenges in agriculture today is getting young people to take over the family farm instead of pursuing careers elsewhere. But that doesn't appear to be a problem locally, based on the involvement of young men and women at the Washington County Fair, which opened Monday.

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  • Brett Kavanaugh had graphic questions for Bill Clinton about Lewinsky affair

    Trump’s supreme court nominee opposed giving Clinton a ‘break’ during 1998 inquiry, according to a newly released memo Brett Kavanaugh “strongly opposed” giving Bill Clinton “any ‘break’” on questions regarding his sexual relationship with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky, according to a memo written by the supreme court nominee in 1998 and released to the public on Monday. As Washington buzzed over Robert Mueller’s investigation of links between aides to Donald Trump and Russia and the...

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  • First Baptist Church of Saratoga secures Sacred Sites Grant

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> First Baptist Church of Saratoga secured a Sacred Sites Grant as it continues fundraising for a glass window restoration project. The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced 21 Sacred Sites Grants, including $5,000 for the Saratoga Springs church. "Religious buildings are key to a community's history and sense of place and many offer vital cultural and social service programs," said Peg Breen President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy, "Preserving them...

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  • South Carolina woman killed in alligator attack while walking her dog

    Witnesses said the woman was pulled under the water by an 8ft alligator but the dog did not appear to have been hurt A woman trying to protect her dog was killed by an alligator which pulled her into a lagoon at a private South Carolina resort, authorities said on Monday. Related: Body of woman killed by alligator found in Florida lake Continue reading...

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  • Activists call for Salesforce boycott over US border patrol contract

    Organisations including Greenpeace and Fight for the Future are threatening to boycott the company if they don’t end the contract Salesforce, the Silicon Valley cloud computing giant, is being targeted by activists hoping to force the company to end its contract with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) amid accusations that the agency is violating human rights. Organisations including Greenpeace, Demand Progress, New York State Nurses Association and Fight for the Future, an advocacy group...

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  • New smoking law affects licensed and registered childcare facilities

    Albany, N.Y. >> Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday signed legislation to further protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke. The bill prohibits individuals from smoking in facilities that provide child care services, including private homes. "The dangers of secondhand smoke are indisputable and we must do everything in our power to protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it," Cuomo said in a release.

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  • Animal Abuse Registry proposed

    BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> Plans are in the works for a public Animal Abuse Registry, designed to keep people convicted of such crimes from owning animals again. Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen outlined the proposal to the board of supervisors' Public Safety Committee recently. "Crimes against innocent animals are unfortunately too frequent in our society today," she said in a statement.

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  • Luke Bryan plays at SPAC

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Country fans came out in force for Luke Bryan at Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the weekend. The modern day country music star gave a summer Sunday night concert at SPAC as part of his ongoing What Makes You Country tour. Opening acts Morgan Wallen and Jon Pardi warmed up the crowd before Bryan hit the stage ready to give the fans what they most wanted.

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  • Trump dares 'worst CIA director' Brennan to sue as security row deepens

    177 ex-national security officials sign open letter accusing Trump of revoking Brennan’s clearance for political reasons Donald Trump continued to attack the former CIA director John Brennan on Monday, seemingly in response to the release of a remarkable open letter criticizing the president’s decision last week to revoke Brennan’s security clearance. Related: Trump attacks 'disgraced' Mueller and rails against 'phony' obstruction claims Continue reading...

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