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Use of police robot to kill Dallas shooting suspect believed to be first in US history

Source: The Guardian

For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force. Early Friday morning, Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot with an explosive device on its manipulator arm to kill a suspect after five police officers were murdered and seven others wounded.

“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Dallas police chief David Brown told reporters.

Peter Singer, a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation who writes about the technology of warfare, said he believed this was a first. “There may be some story that comes along, but I’d think I’d have heard of it,” he said.

Others concurred. “As far as I know, it appears to be the first intentional use of a lethally armed robot by the police in the United States,” said Elizabeth Joh, law professor at the University of California at Davis.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/08/police-bomb-robot-explosive-killed-suspect-dallas

I'm not a fan of this action an will IMHO have unintended consequences.

Clinton Formally Backs Public Option In Bid For Sanders Supporters

"Hillary Clinton will formally reaffirm on Saturday her support for creating a “public option” within Obamacare and allowing people to enroll in Medicare at age 55, campaign aides have told The Huffington Post.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will also call for a substantial increase in funding in medical clinics that serve low-income Americans.

While Clinton has long supported the creation of new government-run insurance options, and reiterated that support several times this year, this is the campaign’s first formal endorsement of the idea.

Not coincidentally, it comes three days before she is scheduled to make her first joint campaign appearance with Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) ― who has championed government-run insurance and federally financed clinics throughout his career and during his own bid for the presidency."


Here's another positive move for Hillary and the DNC.

Clinton Interview w/Wolf Blitzer; 7-8-2016

It looks like Hillary won't be helping the relaunched State Dept investigation.

There's a second panel?

I thought it was over!

"Look Me In The Eyes "

I respect this man!


So Bernie declared he's an independent huh? Watch full interview

But if you only want what people are up in arms about. Go to 7:35 and 14:38 it sounds like he's a democratic to me and can't change his party until he runs again.

People love to jump to conclusions without the facts at hand.

The Latest: Venus and Serena Win in Doubles at Wimbledon

Source: NYT

Venus and Serena Williams won again at Wimbledon.

The American sisters advanced to the quarterfinals in the doubles tournament on Tuesday, beating sixth-seeded Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3 on No. 3 Court a short time after each reached the semifinals of the women's singles competition.

Venus, a five-time singles champion, and younger sister Serena, a six-time champion at the All England Club, have teamed up to win five doubles titles at the grass-court major.

Read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/05/world/europe/ap-ten-wimbledon-the-latest.html?smid=re-share&referer=

So happy!

'Super bacteria' discovered in Rio's waters as Olympics near

Source: CNN

A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro's most stunning beaches, one month before they're due to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the "super bacteria" entered the city's waterways when sewage coming from local hospitals got channeled into the bay.

"We have been looking for 'super bacteria' in coastal waters during a one year period in five beaches," Picao told CNN, during a visit to her lab. "We found that the threats occur in coastal waters in a variety of concentrations and that they are strongly associated with pollution."

Among the beaches flagged were Flamengo and Botafogo, which border the bay where Olympic sailors are scheduled to compete.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/05/americas/rio-de-janeiro-super-bacteria/index.html

I don't think I would go if I was an athlete. Body parts are washing up onto the Olympic beaches!

FBI Director Comey will be giving a statement today at 11am et

And will supposedly take questions afterward.

Maybe the reports are right because it seems almost anticlimactic in a way.

Oil turns white boats to brown in Rio Olympic sailing venue

Source: AP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A new pollution problem has surfaced in Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Sailors complained Monday about an oil slick that turned white boats brown with crews in town practicing for the Olympics, which open in a month.

"We've never seen anything like this. It was all over the place," said Finnish sailor Camilla Cedercreutz. "There was no way you could avoid it."

It's yet another in a long list of problems confronting South America's first games: the Zika virus, rising crime and violence, budget cuts, and slow ticket sales."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0200f0745a6048319baefb3354126aa2/oil-turns-white-boats-brown-rio-olympic-sailing-venue
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