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NY: Cop shoves handcuffed boy through window, nearly killing him — loses only five days vacation

December 19, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"Video footage has emerged of NYPD Sgt. Eliezer Pabon suddenly shoving a handcuffed 14-year-old boy against a plate glass window, which shattered and almost killed him. Javier Payne had to undergo 4 hours of surgery to remove shards of glass from his lung and near his heart. After finding Sgt. Pabon guilty of excessive use of force, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Trials Nancy Ryan docked the Bronx cop a mere five days of vacation. The punishment was far less than the 30 days lost vacation the NYPD suggested when it filed administrative charges against Pabon." (12/19/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/video-cop-throws-handcuffed-boy-glass-window/  

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Database of one billion Yahoo users reportedly sold for $300,000 on Dark Web

December 19, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Recently Yahoo disclosed a three-year-old massive data breach in its company that exposed personal details associated with more than 1 Billion user accounts, which is said to be the largest data breach of any company ever. The new development in Yahoo!'s 2013 data breach is that the hacker sold its over Billion-user database on the Dark Web last August for $300,000, according to Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer (CIO) at security firm InfoArmor. Komarov told the New York Times that three different buyers, including two 'prominent spammers' and the third, is believed to be involved in espionage tactics paid $300,000 to gain control of the entire database." (12/16/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/yahoo-hacking.html  

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Platinum Partners: Hedge fund bosses face charges in $1 billion fraud case

December 19, 2016
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The Guardian Guardian [UK]    

"Federal authorities said on Monday they were unsealing an indictment charging a hedge fund founder and six others in a $1bn fraud case. US attorney Robert L Capers in New York City scheduled a news conference to discuss the case against Platinum Partners founder and chief investment officer Mark Nordlicht. ... Others arrested included David Levy, Platinum Partners' co-chief investment officer, and Uri Landesman, former president of the firm's signature fund, said an FBI spokeswoman, Adrienne Senatore." (12/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/dec/19/platinum-partners-hedge-fund-fraud-charges  

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France: Court finds IMF chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence

December 19, 2016
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CNN Money    

"Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was negligent in her handling of a long-running fraud case, a French court has ruled. A special court made up of members of parliament and magistrates announced the guilty verdict on Monday in Paris. But it also said Lagarde won't be fined, serve any jail time, or receive a criminal record. ... Lagarde had been accused of giving preferential treatment to businessman-turned-politician Bernard Tapie as he pursued a legal challenge against the French government. At the time, Lagarde was French economy minister. Tapie eventually won his case and was awarded €293 million ($306 million), plus interest. Lagarde was found to be negligent for not challenging the award of such a large sum of taxpayers' money." (12/19/16)

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/19/news/christine-lagarde-trial-guilty-verdict/  

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NC: McCrory calls for special legislative session to repeal HB2

December 19, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"Following a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council, Gov. Pat McCrory Monday called for a special session to consider repeal of House Bill 2. The governor's statement came in a rapidly unfolding series of events that could signal the end of a nine-month drama that catapulted North Carolina into national headlines. HB2, seen by critics as an anti-LGBT measure, prompted boycotts and cost the state millions in lost jobs. Earlier, Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said legislative leaders have promised to call a special session Tuesday. ... Cooper's statement followed the Charlotte City Council's 10-0 vote Monday morning to rescind the LGBT ordinance that prompted HB 2. The council vote came after late night lobbying by Cooper himself." (12/19/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article121729973.html  

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Germany: Regime wants bribe from Facebook any time “fake news” is published

December 19, 2016
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Forbes    

"Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has shied away from aggressively regulating the spate of fake news on his network, putting more emphasis on getting users to flag it instead. Now the German government has its own idea for reining in Facebook's fake news problem, by making it pay 500,000 euros ($522,000) per fake news post. The German government is planning a law that will levy fines on Facebook, and it comes amid fears that viral fake news stories could affect national elections there in 2017." (12/19/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2016/12/19/germany-wants-facebook-to-pay-for-fake-news/  

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Apple appeals EU’s $14 billion extortion demand

December 19, 2016
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Reuters    

"Apple has launched a legal challenge to a record $14 billion EU tax demand, arguing that EU regulators ignored tax experts and corporate law and deliberately picked a method to maximize the penalty, senior executives said. Apple's combative stand underlines its anger with the European Commission, which said on Aug. 30 the company's Irish tax deal was illegal state aid and ordered it to repay [sic] up to 13 billion euros ($13.8 billion) to Ireland, where Apple has its European headquarters." (12/19/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-apple-taxavoidance-idUSKBN148007  

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Turkey: Regime tries to block Tor

December 19, 2016
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Engadget    

"Turkey's President Erdogan and the ruling AKP party are increasingly bent on silencing online dissent, and that now affects you even if you're smart enough to evade typical censorship methods. Watchdog group Turkey Blocks has confirmed that Turkey is blocking the Tor anonymity network's direct access mode for most users. You can still use a bridge mode for now, but there are hints that internet providers might be hurting performance even then. The restrictions come alongside a recent government ban on virtual private network services. While this doesn't completely shut off anonymity, it marks the start of a disconcerting chapter in the Erdogan regime's bid to hold on to power." (12/19/16)

https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/18/turkey-blocks-tor/  

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Ukraine: Regime to nationalize biggest bank as tycoons’ rescue fails

December 19, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Ukraine will nationalize PJSK Privatbank following a failed rescue bid by the billionaire owners of the nation's biggest lender. The former Soviet republic will take over 100 percent of the bank after shareholders requested government help, according to a statement late Sunday. Privatbank, based in the eastern city of Dnipro, had a capital shortage of 148 billion hryvnia ($5.6 billion) on Dec. 1, central bank Governor Valeriya Gontareva said Monday. While savings are guaranteed by the state, Eurobond holders will be subject to a bail-in." (12/18/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-18/ukraine-s-no-1-bank-to-be-nationalized-as-tycoons-rescue-fails  

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Congo: Militia attacks as Kabila’s term expires

December 19, 2016
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Gulf News [UAE]    

"Militiamen in eastern Congo attacked a prison on Monday, engaging in a gun battle with security forces amid heightened tensions as President Joseph Kabila's last term in office ends. No election has been held to choose a successor to Kabila, whose mandate expires on Monday, and popular anger is growing over what opponents say is an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution. ... many are bracing for a violent clash between Kabila’s opponents and security forces. In September, when the last major demonstrations were held, about 50 people were killed. This time, experts worry, could be worse." (12/19/16)

http://gulfnews.com/news/africa/militia-attacks-east-congo-as-president-kabila-s-term-expires-1.1948519  

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MT: White supremacist site urges “action” against Jewish residents of small town

December 19, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"A white supremacist website posted personal details of Jewish people in Montana and urged readers to 'take action' against them. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, claimed Jewish people were harming the business of white supremacist Richard Spencer's mother in Whitefish, Mont. Richard Spencer is the president of the National Policy Institute, which has been called a hate group. Sherry Spencer had previously told ABC Fox Montana that her business was suffering because people didn't agree with her son's 'political views.' She said she plans to sell her mixed-use building as a result." (12/18/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/310956-white-supremacist-website-urges-montanans-to-take-action  

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Venezuela: After outbreak of looting, Maduro regime continues crackdown, delays idiotic currency plan

December 19, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Facing protests and looting over Venezuela's plan to pull its largest banknote from circulation amid soaring inflation, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has delayed the move until January. The move comes one week after the surprise announcement of a plan to withdraw the 100-bolivar notes brought new chaos and uncertainty over Venezuela's economy. ... Maduro told his nation that 500-bolivar notes that are meant to replace the 100-bolivar currency are delayed. He also extended border closures with both Brazil and Colombia -- where currency changers had been doing brisk business with Venezuelans desperate to buy essential goods and preserve their savings by swapping bills. 'Violence erupted on Friday and Saturday in at least six cities,' Bloomberg News reports .... Bloomberg also quotes Maduro saying that the delay in getting the new 500-Bolivar notes is due to 'an international sabotage.'" (12/18/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/18/506058572/after-outbreak-of-looting-venezuela-delays-phase-out-of-large-currency  

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Trump to Chinese regime: Go ahead, keep that US drone you seized

December 19, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"President-elect Donald Trump says the Chinese government should be told 'we don't want the drone they stole back' and 'let them keep it!' Trump's tweet Saturday evening came after U.S. officials confirmed that they 'secured an understanding' for the return of the U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider, which China seized in the South China Sea. ... Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun issued a statement late Saturday saying that a Chinese navy lifeboat discovered an unknown device in the South China Sea on Thursday. 'In order to prevent this device from posing a danger to the safe navigation of passing ships and personnel, the Chinese lifeboat adopted a professional and responsible attitude in investigating and verifying the device,' Yang said. The statement said that after confirming that the device was an American unmanned submerged device, 'China decided to transfer it to the U.S. through appropriate means.'" (12/18/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-drone-trump-20161218-story.html  

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Russian, French regimes agree on UN plan to monitor Aleppo evacuation

December 19, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia and France agreed Sunday on a plan to provide U.N. monitoring of evacuations from eastern Aleppo and distribute needed humanitarian aid to the war-torn Syrian city. The United Nations Security Council scheduled a Monday vote on the plan. On Sunday, the effort to shuttle thousands of rebels and civilians out of eastern Aleppo neighborhoods was dealt another setback when several rescue buses were set ablaze." (12/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/18/critical-evacuations-hit-snag-starving-aleppo/95583924/  

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Yemen: 48 Saudi proxy troops dead in Islamic State bombing

December 19, 2016
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"A suicide bomber from the Islamic State group killed at least 48 Yemeni soldiers in Aden Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks against recruits in the country's second city. Military officials and medics said dozens more were wounded in the attack that targeted a crowd of servicemen who had gathered to collect their salaries near a base in northeastern Aden. ... The attack comes eight days after a similar bombing at Al-Sawlaban claimed by IS killed 48 soldiers and wounded 29 others. [Saudi invaders and their quislings] have fought a months-long campaign against jihadists who remain active in the south and east of the impoverished Arabian peninsula country. IS and its jihadist rival Al-Qaeda have taken advantage of a conflict between [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] and Yemen's Huthi [government], who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south." (12/19/16)

http://dailytimes.com.pk/world/19-Dec-16/48-yemeni-soldiers-dead-in-is-claimed-bombing  

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Jordan: Gunmen kill ten, including Canadian, in attacks on police

December 19, 2016
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Laredo Morning Times    

"Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing seven officers, two local civilians and a woman visiting from Canada, officials said. ... At least 34 people, including two foreign nationals, were wounded in the day's violence, which was one of the bloodiest attacks in Jordan in recent memory. Security officials said in a statement late Sunday that at least four gunmen were killed and that troops continued to search the area. The statement said large amounts of weapons had been seized. It made no reference to local media reports that at one point, the attackers had held hostages." (12/18/16)

http://www.lmtonline.com/news/crime/article/Jordanian-police-patrol-comes-under-attack-in-10804203.php  

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Poland: President talks with opposition, protests spread

December 19, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Police removed several protesters blocking a prominent Polish governing party member's car Sunday in a southern city as the president met in the capital with opposition leaders to help solve a growing political crisis. The demonstrators sat in a street in Krakow trying to prevent Law and Justice party member Ryszard Terlecki from entering Wawel Castle. He was joining party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who was on a private visit to the tomb of his twin brother, the late President Lech Kaczynski." (12/18/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/poland-s-president-talks-with-opposition-protests-spread/article_5fd5d338-fbc0-5b65-a3a2-e6a21570fb6c.html  

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New Kickass Torrents site is back online by original staffers

December 19, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Back in July, the world's largest and most notorious BitTorrent distribution site KickassTorrents (KAT) with millions of unique daily visitors was shut down by the U.S. authorities following the arrest of its alleged owner Artem Vaulin. Shortly after the shutdown, a group of devoted original KAT staffers launched the Katcr.co forum in hopes of bringing back KickassTorrents to its former glory, in the near future. Now, Katcr.co has launched a fully operational torrent website, which looks identical to the original Kickass Torrents (KAT) portal, TorrentFreak reports." (12/15/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/kickass-torrents-site.html  

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ObamaCare enrollment deadline extended

December 18, 2016
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat    

"A continued surge of interest in health insurance provided under President Barack Obama's health care law has prompted officials to postpone the enrollment deadline until midnight Monday for coverage beginning Jan. 1. It's the second, two-day extension granted by national and state officials to accommodate late-comers for the current open enrollment period, which started Nov. 1." (12/16/16)

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6443189-181/enrollment-deadline-extended-for-obamacare  

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US-led coalition forces destroy ISIS tanks and weapons in Palmyra

December 18, 2016
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Baton Rouge Post    

"The U.S. led coalition forces have said that they have destroyed 14 ISIS tanks, an air defense [sic] artillery unit and other weaponry system in airstrikes near Syrian city of Palmyra. ISIS had seized the city and the air defense system, from Syrian and Russian forces earlier this month. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in a statement said, 'The attacks occurred during daylight hours from late morning to early evening on Thursday.'" (12/18/16)

http://www.batonrougepost.com/index.php/sid/250268395  

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UK: Regime okays three-parent babies

December 18, 2016
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"Britain's fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using DNA from three people -- what it called a 'historic' decision to help prevent a small number of children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers. ... Britain's decision to approve using the new methods will not open the floodgates to genetically modified babies. Clinics will need to apply to Britain's fertility regulator for permission to use the techniques on a case-by-case basis." [editor's note: Why on earth would anyone consider how they make babies to be any of the state's business? - TLK] (12/16/16)

http://www.nwitimes.com/britain-oks-making-babies-from-dna-of-people-in-some/article_bed80f49-4627-55de-9041-503b5f7c9459.html  

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British values oath proposed for public office holders

December 18, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Civil servants and other holders of public office should swear an oath to British values, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Javid said people could not play a 'positive role' in public life unless they accepted basic values. These included democracy, equality and freedom of speech, he said. Mr Javid's intervention comes after a report by Dame Louise Casey warned of increasing ethnic segregation. Mr Javid's proposals would mean every new recruit in the public sector, including councillors, school governors and civil servants would be expected to commit to the oath, which may have to be read out loud before starting the role." (12/17/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38355373  

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NC: New law pushes the partisan envelope

December 18, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Forty years ago, North Carolina’s newly-elected Democratic governor, Jim Hunt, did something that might sound suspiciously familiar today. He fired 169 Republican staffers in what came to be known as the 'Christmas Massacre.' On Friday, the state’s Republican-majority legislature and its outgoing governor, Republican Pat McCrory, went several steps further. In a brazen political power play, they used a special legislative session to strip power from the governorship before Roy Cooper, a Democrat, takes over Jan. 1. The package reduces the number of appointments the governor makes from 1,500 to 300, it makes cabinet picks subject to Senate approval, and it ends the governor’s power to make appointments to the state’s powerful University of North Carolina boards of trustees and the state school board." (12/17/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/1217/North-Carolina-s-new-law-pushes-the-partisan-envelope  

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New Zealand: New leader names his cabinet, changes inner circle

December 18, 2016
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Reuters    

"New Zealand's new prime minister Bill English announced his cabinet on Sunday, introducing four new faces and rejigging his inner leadership group. After popular leader John Key's surprise resignation, the National Party had a chance to refresh its line-up of senior politicians as the government prepares to battle for a fourth term in an election due around September 2017. English, former deputy premier, was confirmed as prime minister on Dec. 12, one week after Key announced he was stepping down after eight years. The prime minister told reporters his 'refreshed' cabinet builds on Key's success and 'provides a mix of new people, alongside experienced ministers either continuing their roles or taking up new challenges.' The new line-up sees three incumbent ministers (Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Jonathan Coleman) brought into the inner kitchen cabinet.'" (12/17/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-politics-cabinet-idUSKBN14703L  

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Canada: Trudeau sees first big drop in polls

December 18, 2016
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Aol News    

"Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's approval rating has dropped 10 percentage points in the last three months amid rising dissatisfaction with the economy and concern about pipeline approvals, a public opinion poll released on Friday showed. Still, Trudeau remained far more popular than his two political opponents and more popular than any recent prime minister, with 55 percent of Canadians expressing confidence in his performance, the Angus Reid poll showed. That was down 10 points from the 65 percent approval rating Trudeau enjoyed in September, according to the survey, which carried the headline 'Is the honeymoon ending?' ... 'While this level of approval may well be the envy of prime ministers past and future, it also represents the lowest approval he has recorded at any point since his Liberal Party won a majority mandate in last October's election,' Angus Reid said in the poll." (12/16/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/12/16/canadas-trudeau-sees-first-big-drop-in-polls/21629777  

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