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Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams Arrested Over 1972 IRA Killing

Source: Associated Press


Apr. 30, 2014 4:21 PM EDT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they have arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on suspicion of involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast widow.

Adams confirmed his own arrest Wednesday in a prepared statement and described it as a voluntary, prearranged interview.

Police had been expected to question the 65-year-old Adams about the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, whom the IRA executed as an alleged spy. The IRA did not admit the killing until 1998.

Adams was implicated in the killing by two IRA veterans who gave taped interviews to researchers for a Boston College research project. The Northern Ireland police took legal steps to acquire the interviews, parts of which have already been published after one IRA interviewee died.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sinn-fein-leader-arrested-over-1972-ira-killing

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law (Unfairly Burdens Poor, Minorities)

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Federal judge rejects Wisconsin voter ID law, says it unfairly burdens poor and minorities.


Apr. 29, 2014 2:29 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin's voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued his long-awaited decision Tuesday. It invalidates Wisconsin's law.

Wisconsin's law would have required voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters said it would cut down on voter fraud and boost public confidence in the integrity of the election process.

But Adelman sided with opponents, who said it disproportionately excluded poor and minority voters because they're less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them.

Wisconsin's law was only in effect for a 2012 primary before a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/federal-judge-strikes-down-wisconsin-voter-id-law

BREAKING: Sterling Banned For Life By NBA (Fined $2.5 Million)

Source: Associated Press

@BreakingNews: NBA announces Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life, fined $2.5 million for recorded remarks - live video http://t.co/cenGvc7fDP


Apr. 29, 2014 2:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also says he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

Silver called Sterling's comments and views "deeply offensive and harmful."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sterling-banned-life-nba

FYI: @breakingstorm: Confirmed tornado located near Upland, Neb.; moving NW

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Koch Brothers Group Wipes Cliven Bundy Support From Social Media Accounts

Source: Huffington Post

Koch Brothers Group Wipes Cliven Bundy Support From Social Media Accounts

Sam Stein
The Huffington Post
04/25/14 12:47 PM ET
WASHINGTON -- Americans for Prosperity Nevada, the state affiliate of the Koch Brothers-backed group, appears to have hastily deleted social media posts expressing support for Cliven Bundy, the renegade rancher who exposed himself as a racist in recent press conferences.

A tweet sent by AFP Nevada on April 10 urging followers to read more about the #BundyBattle, which involves Bundy's refusal to pay fines for allowing his cattle to graze on public land, has been deleted. A Facebook graphic that the group posted criticizing the Bureau of Land Management for enforcing grazing laws against Bundy has similarly disappeared.

Previously, the page read: "The BLM spent HOW MUCH to round up cattle? ONE MILLION DOLLARS." As of Friday afternoon, it reads: "This content is currently unavailable"

AFP Nevada, a anti-government, libertarian organization, did not immediately return a request for comment. But the group is the latest to join the massive, frantic stampede of political organizations and media figures distancing themselves from Bundy in the wake of his comments. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) both condemned the rancher's remarks, and various Fox News personalities called them repugnant as well.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/koch-brothers-cliven-bundy_n_5213481.html

Virgin Australia Airlines Plane Passenger Arrested in Bali After Allegedly Trying to Enter Cockpit

Source: CBS News

Virgin Australia Airlines plane passenger arrested in Bali after allegedly trying to enter cockpit

Apr 25, 2014 3:56 AM EDT

A Virgin Australia Airlines passenger jet landed Friday in Bali, Indonesia, after the pilot reported an attempted hijacking, Indonesian officials told the Reuters news agency.

According to reports on Indonesian television, the pilot reported a hijack attempt after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit during the flight, which departed from Brisbane, on Australia's east coast.

Reuters reported that a passenger from the flight was arrested in Bali.

A Virgin official told Reuters the plane was never actually hijacked, and that the man who attempted to enter the cockpit was drunk at the time.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virgin-australia-airlines-plane-passenger-arrested-bali-after-trying-to-enter-cockpit

Study: Obamacare Didn't Necessarily Lead to Health Plan Cancellations

Source: CBS News

Study: Obamacare didn't necessarily lead to health plan cancellations
Apr 24, 2014 11:40 AM EDT

President Obama took some serious heat last year when insurers started dropping millions of Americans from health plans that were no longer Obamacare-compliant, seemingly breaking his promise, "If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance."

A new study, however, backs up the administration's claims that the cancellations were part of the normal churn of the individual health market.

After analyzing patterns in the nongroup health coverage market from 2008 to 2011, Harvard professor Benjamin Sommers found that the market was characterized by high turnover before the Affordable Care Act was implemented. Additionally, Summers found that most people who left the nongroup market acquired other insurance within, suggesting that the cancellations attributed to Obamacare are unlikely to have a significant impact on overall coverage rates.

Relying on data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation for his study, Sommers used a sample of 4,199 respondents under 65 years old with nongroup coverage in their first month in the survey.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-obamacare-didnt-necessarily-lead-to-health-plan-cancellations

15 Years After Columbine, How "Never Again" Became "Oh Well"


15 Years After Columbine, How "Never Again" Became "Oh Well"

Welcome to America, the land of blue jeans, rock & roll, and sporadic meaningless mass murder.

—Ben Dreyfuss on Sun. April 20, 2014 2:31 PM PDT

On April 20, 1999, two teenagers walked into a suburban high school outside of Denver and shot 13 people to death. The massacre at Columbine was not the first mass shooting in America. It was not the first mass shooting at an American school. Indeed, Peter Jennings began the news that night, "The reaction of so many people today was 'oh no, not again.'" But Columbine was different. It became a national trauma in a way the others hadn't. Yes, it was the deadliest American school shooting on record at the time—though it is no longer—but what really amplified its significance was the fact it was the first mass shooting that played out in real time on television. The shootings began at 11:19am. By noon, local television stations had broken into regular programming with uninterrupted media coverage. Millions of people across the country turned on CNN and watched the story develop.

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After Columbine there was a general sense that something had to be done. That kids getting killed at school was a thing we weren't going to be ok with. "Never again," the saying goes. It wasn't some fanciful impossibility. The British did it after Dunblane. And so we did that. Everyone got together and passed sweeping gun control legislation and there was never another mass shooting in America.

Except not really. Because the "never again" response—though shared by many—was not shared by all.

On May 1, Charlton Heston came to Denver and made a much-discussed speech where he said, "We have work to do, hearts to heal, evil to defeat, and a country to unite. We may have differences, yes, and we will again suffer tragedy almost beyond description. But when the sun sets on Denver tonight, and forever more, let it always set on we the people, secure in our land of the free and the home of the brave." Say what you will about that speech, but as far as predictions go it was spot on. It's a fait accompli. There were more shootings. We mourned and then did nothing because we seem to have accepted that occasional mass murder is the cost of America.

Both responses, "never again" and "don't bother trying," offer statements about the USA. The former says "America is the greatest country on Earth. We went to the moon. Surely, we can stop kids from getting shot to death at school! If the Brits can do it, so can we. " The latter says, "No, we can't. We're America. The greatest country on Earth and the cost of the liberty that makes us so is that our kids may get shot to death at school." It goes further, "Kids in other countries may get shot to death at their schools too, but we know that after kids get shot to death in our schools that there will be no significant reforms to prevent more of our kids from getting shot to death at more of our schools. Their death will, in a very real sense, be utterly meaningless."

Every time there is another mass shooting and nothing happens it becomes a little easier to believe that the "don't bother" crowd is right.


STUDY: Half of Jailed NYC Youths Have Brain Injury

Source: Associated Press


— Apr. 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, could lead to better training for correction officers on how to deal with the possible symptoms of such trauma, which include problems with impulse control and decision-making.

"You need to train the correction officers to understand brain injuries so that when somebody may be acting rude or answering back or forgetting what they're supposed to do, it's not a sign of maladaptive misbehavior or disrespect, it's a sign of a brain injury," said Wayne Gordon, a brain injury expert at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

The peer-reviewed study was based on medical brain injury questionnaires given to 300 boys and 84 girls inside the nation's second-largest jail system in 2012.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/study-half-jailed-nyc-youths-have-brain-injury

Novelist Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, Dies at 87

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Source close to family says Nobel laureate novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | April 17, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Garcia-Marquez-Nobel-laureate-dies-at-87-5410863.php
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