23 Sep 16
Lawyer: School district must allow after-school Satan club
A lawyer hired by the Mount Vernon School District has advised officials to allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to start an after-school program at one of their elementary schools.  
Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data on 500 Million Users in 2014
Yahoo announced on Thursday that the account information of at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago …Yahoo said user information — including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, security questions — was compromised in 2014 by what it believed was a “state-sponsored actor.”  
DHS admits refugee fraud ‘easy to commit’
Refugee fraud is “easy to commit” and much tougher to detect, Homeland Security officials acknowledged in an internal memo made public by members of Congress Thursday that challenges the department’s own assurances as it seeks to increase the number of refugees from dangerous countries. The U.S. has relaxed requirements for refugees to prove they are who they say they are, and at times may rely solely on testimony.  
Jordan polls: Muslim Brotherhood and women make gains
Islamists have won seats in Jordan’s parliament after years of boycott, in polls which also elected record numbers of female MPs, initial results show. The Muslim Brotherhood’s party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), looks to share at least 16 out of 130 seats as part of a new political alliance. The IAF refused to contest the previous two elections, in protest at the electoral system.  
Syria war: New strikes in Aleppo as Syria announces offensive
Warplanes have launched fresh air strikes in Aleppo, hours after Syria’s government announced an offensive to retake rebel-held areas of the city. Syrian and Russian planes were pounding eastern Aleppo, according to activists. A rescue worker described what was happening as “annihilation”.  
US Congress denounces ‘ransom’ payments to Iran in new bill
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to ban cash payments to Iran…”a rebuke of the Obama administration’s decision to send…a ‘ransom’ on the same day American prisoners were released.” …The bill bars the United States from paying Iran “cash of any kind” and specifies that the US will not pay to “ransom or release prisoners.”  
Japan reports earthquake southeast of Tokyo
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southeast of Tokyo on Friday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency reports. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the temblor at 6.4 and said it was centered at sea about 150 kilometers (93 miles) southeast of Katsuura.  
Netanyahu invites Abbas to speak at Knesset in UN speech
NEW YORK – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to come “speak to the Israeli people at the Knesset in Jerusalem,” during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday,  
The Charlotte Riots: What They Are Not Telling You
As America awaits to see if Charlotte will burn for the third consecutive night, Paul Joseph Watson points out something troubling: thugs burned down a city because a black cop shot someone, yet meanwhile the mainstream media spun it, or at least tried, as as “peaceful protest.” There is just one problem: violent criminals looting, attacking bystanders, attacking journalists, setting fires, smashing up cars, smashing up businesses and shooting at each other is not the a “peaceful protest.”  
Rouhani uses UN to hit US over nuclear deal
Iran used the UN General Assembly on Thursday to accuse the United States of failing to implement aspects of the historic nuclear deal, demanding that Washington do so or risk formal complaint.  
Britain sends jets to intercept Russian bombers
Britain scrambled fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday. The Russian planes flew from the direction of Norway and passed to the west of Britain’s Shetland Islands, northeast of the mainland.  
Police Say Video Shows Keith Lamont Scott Had Gun in Hand
The family of Keith Lamont Scott has reviewed the video that shows the moment when police fatally shot him in North Carolina on Tuesday, the family’s attorney said.  
IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn
Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM’s mind, and it’s making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM’s computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests and benchmarking TrueNorth to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today’s computers.  
22 Sep 16
Congressional contempt vote looming on baby-body-parts buyer
“Dyer and her organ procurement company have repeatedly stonewalled subpoenas issued by the Select Panel for financial information that would prove not only that Planned Parenthood profited from the sale of fresh aborted baby body parts to Stem Express, but also how much it profited,”  
Limbaugh: Riots the new normal under 1st black president
‘It seems like violence and property destruction are the judge-and-jury justice’ We have regressed and we are in the process of regressing, specifically in the area of race relations, but in general throughout our culture. Our culture is being roiled. Our society is being torn asunder. It is happening with happiness on the part of those doing the asundering.  
Islamic terrorism won’t wane for years to come – MI6 chief
UK spy chief Alex Younger believes the terrorism threat will persist for many years, a side-effect of “deep-seated global trends” such as the information revolution and globalization. It will remain even if Islamic State loses the territory it seized.  
A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year
…Through July, 32 new cases of AFM have been confirmed across the United States this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a sharp rise compared with last year, when just seven cases had been confirmed by that month. The numbers have risen steadily since April. In past years, most cases have occurred between August and December, with a peak in October.  
Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll
The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside… The passages from the Book of Leviticus, scholars say, offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back 2,000 years.  
Yemen conflict: Saudi-led air strike ‘kills 19 in Hudaydah’
At least 19 civilians have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, local officials and medics say. The raid late on Wednesday reportedly targeted a presidential palace used by the Houthi rebel movement, but missiles also hit neighbouring houses. Residents described the scene in the al-Hunoud district as carnage.  
Biking against the ban: Iranian women defy female cycling fatwa
In a bold act of civil defiance, Iranian women are taking to social media to upload pictures of themselves riding bicycles in direct breach of a recent fatwa issued by the country’s religious autocrat. According to the BBC Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier this month issued a decree stating that women are prohibited from cycling in public or in the presence of strangers.  
Mosul: Smuggled diary reveals life of fear under IS
“Ahmed” was an engineering student at Mosul University when so-called Islamic State (IS) militants stormed into the city in June 2014. From that day, everything changed. The university shut and life became a daily struggle to survive. This summer, after two years, Ahmed (not his real name) managed to escape. In the weeks before, at great personal risk, he secretly kept a diary of living in the shadow of death under IS.  
US, Russia take Syria battle to new heights
The United States and Russia are taking their differences over the conflict in Syria to new heights, after trading ferocious allegations of duplicity and malfeasance at the United Nations Security Council.  
Texas to stop refugee aid as Obama plans more resettlements
Texas will stop helping the U.S. government provide aid and services to refugees, state officials said Wednesday, severing ties at a time when President Barack Obama has announced intentions to dramatically increase the number of resettlements in 2017.  
Bakers Unite As Increasing Number Of Poor Greeks Can’t Even Afford A Loaf Of Bread
Almost a year after Greece surrendered into the arms of the international lenders and the International Monetary Fund and the austerity cuts started to affect people’s lives. One Greek explains the dismal reality of everyday life for many… Did you know that there are people in Greece who cannot afford to buy even a loaf of bread at a cost of €0.60 – €0.70?  
UN fears third leg of the global financial crisis – with prospect of epic debt defaults
The third leg of the world’s intractable depression is yet to come. If trade economists at the United Nations are right, the next traumatic episode may entail the greatest debt jubilee in history.  
Total Collapse of the sSstem of ESA in Puerto Rico
The 1.5 million customers of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) this afternoon light left without service because of a total collapse of the system, which caused a blackout.  
In the Second Term of the First Black President, Rioting Is the New Normal
RUSH: It’s a sad observation, folks. I’m telling you, a sad, sad observation but it’s an observation that I don’t think I’m alone in making. It seems like rioting is almost expected now when there is a cop shooting. A cop shooting, period. Don’t care about the details. It seems like it’s now axiomatic that there’s going to be rioting or massive public protests or threats of rioting or threats of unrest every time the cops have to draw their weapons.  
Chemical agent possibly found on rocket fired at US troops in Iraq
A rocket fired by Islamic State jihadists at US forces in Iraq may have carried a chemical agent, a US defense official said Wednesday. No one was injured in Tuesday’s blast near an airfield by the northern town of Qayyarah and no one showed any immediate signs of exposure to the suspected mustard agent, the official said.  
State of emergency declared in US city
The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, as unrest continues over the police killing of a black man.  
Yellen rejects Trump charges that Fed plays politics
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday rebuffed accusations from presidential candidate Donald Trump that the Fed plays politics with its interest rate policy.  

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