Jersey City shooting: six dead as officials say gunmen targeted Jewish grocery

New York-area police on alert to protect Jewish neighborhoods after long gun battle in which three civilians, one police officer and two gunmen died Police in the New York metropolitan area were put on high alert to protect Jewish neighborhoods on Wednesday after an hours-long gun battle with two suspects around a Jersey City kosher market that killed six people, authorities said. The police shootout with two suspects armed with high-powered rifles erupted after midday on Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jerseys second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The six dead included three civilians, one police officer and both suspects, authorities said. Jersey City police said initially that the suspects motive was not known. But the mayor, …

‘It takes the hood to heal the hood’: tackling the trauma of gun violence

Hood culture is not about killing – its about elevating yourself from your struggles, writes Monifa Akosua of Richmond, California Loss is something that we all experience at some point, but in urban communities we experience it more often. Lamar since we were five, we went to elementary school together. When I think about us being in class I remember him goofing off in the cafeteria. Thats something that I always hold on to: him goofing off. Lamar was from the Crescent Park community and I lived in the Manor, two large low-income apartment complexes in the city of Richmond, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The complexes are close you could hear when something was going on in the …

Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird on Sesame Street, dies aged 85

Sesame Workshop salutes kind and loving artistic genius who also played Oscar the Grouch on the childrens show Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for nearly 50 years, has died. He was 85. Sesame Workshop, which makes the beloved US childrens show, said Spinney died at home in Connecticut. He The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers, Spinney said he may be the most unknown famous person in America, adding: Its the bird thats famous. Writing for the Guardian in 2015, he elaborated on the joys of operating the 8ft feathery puppet. He said he worked on a few different shows …

Eight-year-old girl strip-searched before visiting father at Virginia prison

Department of corrections issues apology following outcry after naked child reportedly made to bend over and cough An eight-year-old girl was strip-searched before being allowed to visit her father in prison, sparking uproar and prompting an the Virginian-Pilot, which first reported the incident. Hey Mom, am so mad the jail had to strip me with all of my clothes off this doesnt make no [sense] the girl messaged, according to texts obtained by the Virginian-Pilot. Her mother responded by telling the girl to call her, but then asking her is they had made her take her pants off. Yes, the girl clarified, all of my clothes off. The media has not identified the mother, in order to protect the identity …

Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users, says FTC

Firm engaged in deceptive practices about data for voter profiling and targeting and relating to EU-US Privacy Shield framework US regulators on Friday said they found the now defunct British political consulting firm deceived consumers about the collection of Donald Trumps Original Article : HERE ;

Photos contradict Trump’s claim not to know Prince Andrew

US presidents statement easily disproved as prince faces pressure to give evidence in US Donald Trump has falsely claimed not to know the Duke of York as pressure rises on the latter to submit to questioning in America over his links to the sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein. The US president was asked during an event at the US ambassadors residence in London on Tuesday about the Queens son having stepped down from royal duties after his disastrous BBC interview about the allegations. I dont know Prince Andrew, but thats a tough story, its a very tough story, he answered. Donald Trump with his future wife, Melania, and Prince Andrew at the Mar-a-Lago estate on 12 February 2000. Photograph: Davidoff Studios …

America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton

Its growing economic crisis is in contrast to a thriving and newly innovative Europe Tomorrow, President Trump devastating attack on the conventional wisdom, so perfectly embodied by the witless Boris Johnson. The news is that over the last 20 years per capita EU incomes have grown by 25% while the USs have grown 21%, with the US growth rate decelerating while Europes has held steady indeed accelerating in parts of Europe. What is going on? Philippons answer is simple. The US economy is becoming increasingly harmed by ever less competition, with fewer and fewer companies dominating sector after sector from airlines to mobile phones. Market power is the most important concept in economics, he says. When firms dominate a sector, …

Brexit data firm broke Canadian privacy laws, watchdog finds

AggregateIQ, hired by Vote Leave in 2016, failed to ensure authorisation to disclose UK voter information The Canadian data firm 87 million users, mostly in the US, may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. In April, Therrien concluded in a separate investigation that Facebook committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy law and failed to take responsibility for protecting the personal information of citizens.

Fox News’ take on Sondland’s testimony: nothing to see here

Sondlands impeachment testimony prompted the conservative channel to put forth the limpest text possible An ostrich, according to common parlance, sticks its head in the sand when threatened. When Gordon Sondland gave his Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) Meanwhile, this is how Fox’s “straight news” website is presenting the news to its viewers November 20, 2019 At about 11am, the hearing broke for a short recess. It was finally an opportunity for Fox News hosts and reporters to put forward a defense of Trump, one that the channel clearly was struggling to mount through onscreen text. They couldnt. This, listen, on its face, is very damaging to some of the arguments the GOP has been making, Starr said. It doesnt look good …

California moves to resurrect lawsuits at heart of Michael Jackson documentary

Judges say James Safechuck and Wade Robsons suits should be reconsidered, a high profile outcome for a new sexual abuse law A California appeals court appeared strongly inclined on Monday to give new life to lawsuits filed by two men who accuse Michael Jackson of repeatedly molesting them when they were boys. In a tentative ruling, three judges said that lawsuits from James Safechuck and Wade Robson against two corporate entities that Jackson owned should be reconsidered by the trial court that dismissed them in 2017. Robson, 37, and Safechuck, 41, who became known to a broad audience when they aired their accusations earlier this year in Larry Nassar, the former US Olympic gymnastics teams doctor convicted of sexually abusing …

Nine dead after California sees three mass shootings in four days

Shootings at high school, home and backyard party prompt renewed calls for action against gun violence Nine people were killed in three mass shootings in California in just four days, marking a particularly brutal wave of gun violence incidents in the state. On Thursday morning, a 16-year-old student from Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, killed his estranged wife and three of their children, boys ages three, five and 11. A fourth son, age nine, was on four people were shot dead in Fresno, 200 miles north of LA, after a shooter entered a backyard party and fired into the crowd. The victims in the Sunday evening attack were men between the ages of …

The quest to find Joe Biden’s young supporters do they actually exist?

Young people are getting Bernie Sanders tattoos and Andrew Yang even has his own Yang Gang but at Biden rallies, the youth vote is conspicuously absent Young people like Bernie Sanders. They flock to his rallies and the memes. Pete Buttigieg, despite his unradical, centrist policies and general air of clean-shirtedness, Yang Gang are an often youthful phenomenon of their own. Joe Biden? Not so much. Youngsters arent memeing Joe Biden. There isnt a run on Biden merchandise on college campuses. No one is getting Bidens face tattooed on their arms and legs. Crushingly, a recent poll showed that a piece of legislation experts say contributed to a dramatic decline of domestic abuse. Joe Biden became my hero that day. …

Iran has ‘military advantage over US and allies in Middle East’

Thinktank says third parties such as Shia militias are more important to Tehran than nuclear plans Iran now has an effective military advantage over the US and its allies in the Middle East because of its ability to wage war using third parties such as Shia militias and insurgents, according to a military thinktank. In one of the most detailed assessments of Irans strategy and doctrine across Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the US sanctions, the report says, Iran has met little international resistance for its strategy, even if it is now facing a fresh challenge from anti-Iranian nationalist protesters within some of the countries in which it wields influence. The findings are likely to strengthen the position of Western …

Trump critic to throw out first pitch at World Series game Trump to attend

A day after Donald Trump said he plans to attend Game 5, the Nationals announced the first pitch will be thrown by vocal Trump critic Jos Andrs A day after US president Donald Trump said he plans to attend Game 5 of the World Series, the Washington Nationals announced the ceremonial first pitch at that game will be thrown by chef Jos Andrs, a vocal critic of Trump. Andrs, a prominent local restaurant owner and humanitarian, has repeatedly opposed Trumps immigration policies and his governments response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He has also tangled with Trump in court. Four years ago, Andrs withdrew from plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington following Trumps …

Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Tulsi Gabbard are embarrassing and paranoid | Nathan Robinson

Its sad that instead of doing something useful with her post-political career, Clinton has decided to lob ludicrous accusations at younger Democrats Hillary Clinton has kept a relatively low profile since her embarrassing 2016 election defeat, popping up only occasionally to make There is some dispute about whether Clinton meant it was the Russians or Republicans who were pushing a third-party Gabbard candidacy, but a Clinton spokesman asked about the comments replied if the nesting doll fits, clearly implying it was dastardly Russians. Gabbard immediately hit back hard, useful idiot, others such as the Vermont senator openly admit to having an obsession with Russia, and end up accounts from inside the campaign confirm that Clinton barely knew why she was …

McConnell condemns Trump over Syria as impeachment inquiry ramps up

President faces new pressure after Senate majority leader who plays key role in impeachment process issues foreign policy rebuke After a column for the Washington Post, the Kentucky Republican lambasted the president for making a grave strategic mistake in attack Kurdish forces previously allied with the US against the Islamic State. The from key Trump aides has brought closer a vote on impeachment and thus a Senate trial. A two-thirds majority would be needed to convict and remove the president. The New York Times including the New York Times, think McConnells grip on a party loath to break with Trump renders conviction unlikely. McConnell has scrambled to contain the damage in Syria, fighting continued and Russian troops moved in to …