Sunday, November 27, 2016

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Taking Aim: A Russian flotilla of warships off the coast of Syria is assisting in missions against rebels fighting the Assad regime.

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Russian Campaign in Syria Exposes Moscow’s Defense Gaps
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A flotilla of Russian warships in the Mediterranean is providing a high-profile show of force in support of the Syrian regime. But the deployment has also thrown into sharp relief the limits of Moscow’s conventional military.
State television broadcasts to the domestic audience Top Gun-style footage of bombers taking off from Russia’s flagship aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. Foreign observers get to see one of the country’s most important weapons exports, the MiG-29 fighter plane, in action.
But the quarter-century-old Kuznetsov lacks the kind of powerful catapult system that is featured on U.S. carriers, forcing Russian planes to carry lighter payloads and less fuel, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials.
And a dearth of highly trained aviators able to take off and land at sea has forced the ship to carry fewer pilots, according to Western officials. Moscow already lost one jet fighter when it crashed this month during a training flight on an approach to the carrier.
“The Russian navy has not had a lot of operational experience in recent years in actual combat,” said Eric Wertheim, author of The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World.
Russian planes are bombing forces opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its attacks on the besieged city of Aleppo have prompted sharp criticism from Washington and other Western capitals.
The Russian military hasn’t said that the Kuznetsov is taking part in the assault on Aleppo, though top NATO officials say that is the primary purpose of the deployment. Russia also has a number of planes stationed at an air base in Syria.
Western officials see the Kuznetsov operation—along with recent announcements that Russia will permanently base Iskander missiles in its Baltic Sea enclave of Kalingrad—as part of a two-pronged strategy from Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly since the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.
“They are trying to play it both ways,” a Western official said. “On one hand, at the Putin level they have these messages of openness to rapprochement and dialogue and discussion. But…they are in effect taking out insurance in the case the Trump administration continues the course the West has been on vis-à-vis Russian misbehavior.”
In many respects, the Russians are taking a page from the U.S. Navy—albeit on a far smaller scale.
America’s carrier strike groups are perhaps the most potent symbol of Washington’s ability to project power. The U.S. maintains 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, allowing the president to send multiple battle groups to any part of the world.
Naval experts and Western military officials say the Russians have limited experience with long combat deployments.
The Russian flotilla also has been logistically stretched. Moscow withdrew a bid to refuel at Spain’s North African exclave of Ceuta while the ships were en route to Syria, meaning the navy had to send supply ships to replenish the vessels, military analysts said.
At the same time, the Russians have tested their ability to launch and recover aircraft from the deck of the Kuznetsov under real-world combat conditions, a difficult skill for pilots to master, especially at night or in rough seas.
The Russian navy has a chance to “shake the rust out of their experience and equipment, both figuratively and literally,” in the Syria operation, said Mr. Wertheim.
There are other benefits for Moscow. “The navy has been showing the flag and getting headlines,” said Norman Polmar, a naval analyst and author who has studied the Russian and Soviet navies. “Deploying the Kuznetsov has increased the navy’s prestige.”

Yet Mr. Polmar said the Russians are limited in comparison with the U.S. Navy in naval aviation and carrier operations.
He added that Russian aviators would maintain combat skills “with great, great difficulty” after the Kuznetsov goes in for an anticipated major overhaul and refurbishment following the Syria operation.
NATO has been keeping close watch on the flotilla with Norwegian, British and Spanish surface ships and a Dutch submarine.
A British frigate and a destroyer following the battle group stayed within close enough distance to stop the carrier from carrying out some training missions that the Russians didn’t want NATO to observe, according to a British official.
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General Bajwa: Pakistan's new most influential man has two big tasks - BBC News
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PA firefighters return home after battling blazes in Israel

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After 36-hour joint effort with Israelis against the fire, Palestinian team members say they now have hope the future can be different
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif names powerful new army chief - The Independent

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif names powerful new army chief
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Pakistan has announced Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new head of the country's army, ending weeks of speculation. A spokesman for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the 62-year-old would take over from the outgoing chief, Raheel Sharif, ...
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France votes for center-right candidate - and perhaps next president

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PARIS (Reuters) - Former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe go head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France's center-right presidential nomination, with the winner likely to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in next year's election.
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Hundreds flee for government-held districts in Aleppo

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A Syrian war monitoring group says at least 400 people in the contested city of Aleppo have fled opposition-held districts to areas under government control.
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FBI used shoe leather, high tech to investigate San Bernardino terrorist shooting - Press-Enterprise

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2 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, which left 14 dead and 22 wounded, saw a massive response from law enforcement agencies from throughout the region, along with the FBI. Nearly a year later, FBI agents remain on the case.

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As police killings rise, society suffers

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Three months ago Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who pledged to be the law-and-order candidate, called for an end to the “war on our police.” Trump did so just after Milwaukee erupted in rioting after a black suspect was shot and killed by police. Last month, the liberal news website Huffington Post declared Trump’s assertion “bunk.”
The Post, citing FBI data and academics who study crime and policing, pointed out that 2015 was one of the safest years on record in terms of law enforcement officers who were feloniously killed — as opposed to dying in vehicle crashes, for instance — in the line of duty.
Forty-one police officers were intentionally killed in 2015, with a record low recorded in 2013, 27. Last year’s total was just two-thirds of the average of 64 officers killed annually since 1980, and a third of the number killed each year in the early 1970s, according to the Post.
“Any suggestion in the political arena that there is a ‘war on cops,’ is symbolic political crime control rhetoric exaggerated by the fact that it is an election year,” Philip Stinson, a retired police officer and now a criminologist at Bowling Green State University, told the Post.
We think, however, that the Post and its sources would have a difficult time convincing those who actually patrol our streets or their families that they aren’t under siege.
On Thanksgiving Day, Collin Rose, 29, a K-9 officer at Wayne State University, died from gunshot wounds he sustained earlier in the week after encountering a suspect. Rose became the 61st police officer shot to death this year, based on a tally by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks violence against police.
The dramatic rise in police killings is disturbing enough in itself. But one-third of those slain in 2016 so far were victims of ambush killings — which police organizations say are typically defined by an element of surprise, assailants who conceal themselves, their weapons or their intents and a lack of provocation — and The Washington Post reported this week that such attacks have hit a 10-year high.
Police officers have been murdered while sitting in their patrol cars, eating meals, as they exited their vehicles in responding to calls.
That number of ambush murders might have crept higher last week had a pair of suspects in Alabama not suddenly gotten cold feet. The pair, who are black, planted a fake bomb at an elementary school and intended to shoot responding cops in order to start a “race war.” Authorities were not sure why they backed out of the murderous part of their plot.
Police work is inherently risky for those who choose to serve. They understand it can be dangerous, and that at any time some people they encounter can be violent, anti-social, mentally ill or unpredictable.
But what eludes those who criticize Trump, police union leaders and politicians for using the “war” rhetoric is the mindset that underpins such violence.
While some observers attribute the attacks on police to strained race relations and a desire for retaliation for perceived injustice suffered by black community in some areas, that doesn’t tell the whole story, as race is not a factor in all of these killings.
Rather, suspects who are willing to shoot and kill police without provocation exhibit a contempt toward authority and an orderly society. As Craig Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, recently told Fox News, “So much dialogue has centered around race relations, but there is a hatred in this country right now that's just gotten out of control. There is a lack of respect for government in general, and the most visible and vulnerable symbol of government in America is patrolling our streets in marked cars."
This violence, of course, threatens police directly. But the rest of us are affected in an indirect way. In one way, pure self-defense might lead police to ramp up militarism and community crackdowns. Or, as has been reported, police departments across the country are reporting that it’s become more difficult to find new recruits, and that they are sacrificing standards in order to compensate. That, in turn, could mean less qualified people who patrolling our streets, which could mean more incidents that cause police-community relations to deteriorate.
The “war” language might be a bit overblown, but it encapsulates the destructive nature of this threat to the safety and stability our society — and whatever we label it, we need to solve it sooner rather than later.
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Alabama couple planned to kill cops in bid to start race war

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An Alabama couple planted a fake bomb at an elementary school and planned to kill police officers responding to the scene in a bid to start a race war, officials said.
Zachary Edwards, 35, and Raphel Dilligard, 34, were charged with possession of a hoax destructive device, rendering false alarm and making terrorist threats, reported.
The pair — who live together and are dating — confessed to calling 911 after they dropped off a faux bomb at Magnolia Elementary School in Trussville last week, but Edwards said he backed out of the second half of the plot: to shoot the cops who came to investigate.
“He wanted everybody in one place so he could kill cops. He made it clear to our guys he wanted to commit acts of violence,” Dave Hyche, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ assistant special agent for Alabama told the newspaper.
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In his confession, Edwards claimed to be a member of the Black Panthers and the Black Mafia and talked about starting a race war, investigators said. He talked at length about his desire to kill law enforcement officials, Hyche said
"I guess he doesn't like cops,'' he told the newspaper.
Last week, police officers swarmed the elementary school after a woman — later determined to be Edwards disguising his voice — called 911 and reported seeing a man putting a package covered in wires and attached to a timer on a car parked on campus.
Investigators later determined the alleged bomb to be fake. While it did contain gunpowder, there was no way it could detonate, officials said, insisting that the kids inside the school were never in any danger.
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Police named Edwards as a suspect when they determined that the phony 911 call came from his cell phone. Additionally, investigators determined that Dilligard purchased the timer on the fake bomb — a stopwatch from Walmart — after they reviewed security footage from the store.
The two were taken into custody Tuesday night.
During questioning, both suspects confessed to making the bogus bomb and dumping it at the school. Edwards detailed his plans to kill cops, although it’s unclear why he backed out of them.
"My guys believe this individual to be a very dangerous person,” Hyche said of Edwards. “This arrest probably did stop something bad from happening.”
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Edwards has a long criminal record, including a three-year stint in prison for a 2000 second-degree assault conviction.
The investigation into the bomb hoax and threats against police is ongoing, and officials said the pair could also face federal charges.
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Alabama Police: Couple Planned to Kill Officers

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TRUSSVILLE, Alabama -- A convicted felon who claims he wanted to shoot cops is behind bars in connection with the explosives device planted outside of a Trussville elementary school. Authorities today announced state charges against 35-year-old ...

Couple charged with planting fake bomb, planned to ambush police, start race war

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A couple who police say claimed ties to the New Black Panther Party have been charged with planting a fake bomb at an elementary school earlier this month. Zachary Edwards, 35, and Raphel Dilligard, 34, of Birmingham confessed that they planned to ...

Alabama Couple Planted Fake Bomb, Hoped to Shoot Police

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Cops Say Couple with New Black Panther Party Ties Wanted to Ambush Cops

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Shoppers in Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee shot on Black Friday

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Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Educators Under Cyber-Attacks : Special Reports : University Herald

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Cybersecurity is fast becoming personal as well as a national threat as Google warned prominent educators and journalists that hackers have been trying to get into their accounts.
Reports of cyberhacking the accounts of prominent people in education and journalism has been making the rounds on social media. Some of those who have been targeted Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize economist; Michael McFaul, Stanford University professor and a former US diplomat; Jon Lovett, Atlantic magazine writer; Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine columnist; and Julia Ioffe, columnist at Foreign Policy and Politico.
Google issued the warning in form of a banner where the supposed targeted people can see it when they logged in to their email accounts. The banner bears the warning which says Google has detected some hackers backed by the government are trying to steal their passwords. Those who received the warning said their accounts are backed by a two-factor authentication.
Along with the warning, Google also included a linked that advised the account holders how to keep their accounts secure. This is not the first time Google warned its users. In fact, it has been issuing warnings to its users from time to time.
A Google spokesman said the warnings have nothing to do with the hacking attempts that have occurred recently but by events that happened over the past month. He also explained why they delayed in issuing the warnings saying they didn't want the hackers to detect what tools and strategies they use to detect the attacks.
According to reports, if the warning concerns old cyberattacks, it is possible that they are related to the spear phishing campaign in November 8 after Donald Trump's presidential victory. According to security firm Veloxity, the Russian government hackers were behind te attacks.
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Police: 2 people shot at while driving

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Police: 2 people shot at while driving

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Two women reported being shot at while driving in unrelated incidents in Des Moines Thursday night. The first shooting was reported shortly after 8 p.m. The gunfire did not hit the 30-year-old woman or her car, but a bullet struck a nearby house in the ...

Police: Bones found in Gray's Lake possibly human

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A kayaker found bones that appeared to be human in Gray's Lake Thursday morning, police said. At about 10 a.m., Des Moines police responded to Gray's Lake Park, just southwest of downtown, where a kayaker had discovered bones in the lake, said Sgt.

Thanksgiving homicide victim identified by police

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A 20-year-old Des Moines man was fatally shot outside a gas station the evening of Thanksgiving, police said. At about 6:50 p.m. Thursday, Des Moines police responded to Git-N-Go, 816 E. Euclid Ave., where several gunshots had been fired at a group of ..
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Minnesota shooting deaths by police highest ever recorded. Dangerous year for cops, too. – Twin Cities

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The fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer brought international attention to Minnesota and comes during a record year for police-involved fatalities in the state.
Police officers have fatally shot 13 people this year, the most since the state began keeping records 38 years ago. The previous high was 12 deaths, in both 2010 and 2015.
Since 1995, officers have killed at least 151 people — almost seven per year, according to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension records and Pioneer Press research. More than half of those fatalities — 81 — are in the last eight years. Each year since 2009, there have been between seven and 13 fatalities involving police.
Dennis Flaherty, who heads the largest association representing officers in Minnesota, believes officers face more dangerous situations.
“I think there’s just too many people out there that have firearms when they commit crimes — they have a total disregard for life or public safety, and they’re willing to use their guns,” said Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.
This year, around the country, officers faced instances of ambush shootings, making it a particularly dangerous year.


In Minnesota, a growing number of assaults against police officers have coincided with the increase in fatal shootings by police. Officers have been assaulted more than 300 times each year since 2011, according to BCA data. In previous years, the average was less than 200.
At the same time, however, violent crime and weapons offenses, such as illegal gun possession or concealment, generally have declined in the last decade. Last year was an exception, with weapons crimes at their highest point in nine years.
Chris Burbank, director for law enforcement engagement at the Center for Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the question of a correlation between assaults on officers and use of force by police is not simple.
“You have to look and say ‘Is that a chicken-and-egg comparison?’ ” said Burbank. “Is it because of these interactions that you’re getting more assaults on officers or more officer use of force?”


Communities United Against Police Brutality, a Twin Cities organization, has been researching cases of police-involved fatalities — not only those involving shootings — in Minnesota since 2000. They write the names of those killed on a “Stolen Lives” scroll that’s more than 30 feet long, but they’ve run out of room and will be adding a 15-foot extension, said Michelle Gross, the group’s president.
“It’s important for people to understand that real people’s lives are affected by police misconduct,” Gross said. “People don’t often have an idea of how significant this issue is.”
Gross stresses that her group doesn’t believe all killings by police are unjustified. But “we think that far fewer are justified than what the police departments and the various investigations claim are justified.”
Earlier this month, when the Ramsey County attorney charged officer Jeronimo Yanez with manslaughter in the shooting of Castile, it marked the first time in recent memory that an officer was charged in such an incident in Minnesota.


People have theories about why officer-involved shootings are up in Minnesota.
Larry Brubaker, a retired FBI agent who worked in the Twin Cities, has tracked fatal shootings by police in Minnesota since 1981 and written two books about them.
Like Flaherty, he believes officers are facing more guns on the streets.
“People don’t want to talk things out,” he said. “… I know this sounds trite, but when officers are saying: ‘Let me see your hands. Stop, don’t come any closer,’ if people would only comply with these orders, I think there would be less shootings.”
Gross isn’t positive what’s driving the increase in fatal police shootings, but she says it’s not violent crime.
“We’re in a slump for violent crime, so it’s hard to imagine why more people are being killed by police when violent crime rates are going down,” she said. “I don’t know if some of it is the empowerment in this culture of allowing police to use excessive force with impunity also bleeds into more killings by police.”
But Flaherty said officers these days receive even more training in alternatives to using a weapon.
“In the last few years, there’s been a greater push for providing officers a skill set, including de-escalation skills, that hopefully may prevent them having to use their gun,” said Flaherty. He noted another common scenario officers face are confrontations with people who are having a mental crisis.


Nationally, the trend of police-involved shootings has varied, said Burbank of the Center for Policing Equity.
“You’ve got some places that are up, some places that are down,” he said. “At the end of the year, when you take them all and put them together, I don’t think that we’re going to have drastically more shootings than we did the year over.”
But Burbank said it’s a mistake to examine the numbers alone.
“Looking strictly at ‘How many did we have?’ gives the false impression that, well, if it’s lower than it was last year then that’s good and if it’s higher, then that’s bad,” said Burbank, who’s also a retired Salt Lake City police chief. “But any loss of life is significant and not good. That represents a failure of policing and of our society.”
The Center for Policing Equity is collecting data from about 170 law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including ones in Minnesota. They’ll conduct an in-depth analysis for each agency, which will include studying the underlying causes of uses of force and “the inherent bias in organizations and employees that work there,” Burbank said.
“What we can say about officer-involved shootings is masculinity plays into them, lack of experience plays into them,” said Burbank. The center is examining the cases more, especially the role of racial disparities.
There is not an official database of fatal police shootings in Minnesota, but the BCA records information about officers discharging their firearms in annual reports. The report that contains information about 2016 cases won’t be published until halfway through next year.
A Pioneer Press analysis in 2015 found four fatal police shootings in the past decade that were not recorded in the BCA records as fatalities, so the statistics in this article are based on BCA records and Pioneer Press research, including about the cases for 2016.
1. John Olaf Birkeland, Feb. 10, Roseville: Officers shot Birkeland, 52, when he refused orders from police to drop a knife he was using to stab a police dog, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office. Birkeland had a history of problems with alcohol and mental health issues and an autopsy showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.28. A grand jury found the officers legally justified.
2. Map Kong, March 17, Burnsville: Officers shot Kong 15 times after he ran from his car with a knife in his hand. Kong, who was 38 and mentally ill, was found to have amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system. A grand jury cleared the officers involved; Kong’s family has filed a federal lawsuit.
3. Denise Fairchild, March 29, Aitkin: Law enforcement officers shot Fairchild, 50, after she threatened to kill herself and fired multiple shots at officers in the French Lake Wildlife Management Area, authorities have said.
4. Raul Marquez-Heraldes, April 4, Minneapolis: Officers shot Marquez-Heraldes as he stabbed a man, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office, which said the officers would not be charged. The 50-year-old was found to have methamphetamine in his blood at levels to produce psychotic behavior, the county attorney’s office said.
5. Jaffort Demont Smith, May 9, St. Paul: Officers shot Smith, 33, after he shot a woman and fired at officers, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The Washington County attorney’s office is handling the case to avoid a conflict of interest for the Ramsey County attorney’s office and plans to present it to a grand jury at the end of December.
6. Eugene Francis Smith, May 26, St. Paul: When officers shot a pit bull that charged at them, the 29-year-old Smith shot at officers and they returned fire, killing him, the BCA said. Ramsey County prosecutors are reviewing the case.
7. Philando Castile, July 6, Falcon Heights: After St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over, the 32-year-old informed the officer he had a gun. Castile had a permit to carry the firearm. Yanez told Castile not to reach for the gun and the 32-year-old replied that he was not. Yanez shot Castile seven times. The Ramsey County attorney says he believes Castile never removed or tried to remove his handgun from his pocket. Yanez is charged with manslaughter and his attorney says he will plead not guilty.
8. Adam Jo Klimek, Aug. 2, Alexandria: Klimek, 31, went to a home where he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl, but it turned out to be an undercover operation to catch people soliciting minors. He pulled a knife and approached BCA agents, ignoring their commands to drop it and was within 4 feet of the agents when they opened fire, killing him, according to the Douglas County attorney, who cleared the officers.
9. Justin Kulhanek-Derks, Aug. 28, Eagan: The 37-year-old opened fire on officers who approached him and they shot back, according to the BCA. Neighbors said Kulhanek-Derks had been in a relationship that recently ended, was drinking more frequently, appeared depressed and talked of hurting himself or someone else.
10. Dahir Ahmed Adan, Sept. 17, St. Cloud: Adan stabbed and injured 10 people at the Crossroads Center mall. Witnesses said Adan referenced Islam during the attack and the FBI has said Adan’s behavior and actions suggested he had been radicalized. An off-duty Avon police officer shot and killed the 20-year-old and the Stearns County attorney said the officer’s use of force was justified.
11. Jamie Joseph Lewis, Sept. 26, Burnsville: Officers responded to a report of a suicidal man with a gun. They found him hiding in a tree line. Lewis, 48, pointed a gun at police and an officer shot him, according to emergency radio traffic.
12. Kristofer Daniel Youngquist, Oct. 23, rural Lanesboro: Police said Youngquist was a domestic assault suspect who was in a three-hour standoff with officers. The 45-year-old man was holding a rifle, which was later determined to be a pellet gun, when a police sergeant fatally shot him.
13. Jay Johanne Holmgren, Oct. 28, Traverse County: Holmgren fled police for 50 miles, shot through his rear window at law enforcement and rammed a police vehicle, according to the BCA. He ran from his vehicle and pointed his gun at officers. A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the 37-year-old man.
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Wayne State campus police officer...

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Wayne State campus police officer dies after being shot

Detroit Free Press - ‎5 hours ago‎
... ▻ Update: Man charged with 1st-degree murder in Wayne State officer's death. Wayne State University Police K9 Officer Collin Rose has died of injuries sustained when he was shot in the head while on duty. Rose is the first Wayne State officer to be ...

Police officer with local ties dies near Detroit

KFGO - ‎5 hours ago‎
Officer Collin Rose, originally from Richland, killed in the line of duty this week. (photo provided by Wayne State Police Department). RICHLAND (WKZO-AM) -- A Wayne State University Police Officer shot and killed in the line of duty this week was ...

Charges Expected in Killing of Wayne State Police Officer

ABC News - ‎16 hours ago‎
This undated photo provided by Wayne State University shows university police officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Rose, a five-year veteran of the department. died ...

Wayne State Officer Collin Rose, 29, Dies a Day After Shooting Near Campus

Deadline Detroit - ‎Nov 24, 2016‎
The gravely injured Wayne State University Police Department officer shot near campus died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, the school's president announces. Collin Rose, a 29-year-old Kalamazoo native who joined the campus force five years ago, had been ...
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Reports: Russian operation boosted...

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Reports: Russian operation boosted 'fake news' phenomenon

USA TODAY - ‎1 hour ago‎
The "fake news" phenomenon that circulated thousands of phony stories during the election was aided by a sophisticated Russian propaganda effort, according to the Washington Post. Independent researchers who tracked the bold operation say the goal ...

Russian propaganda campaign reportedly helped spread fake US election news

The Verge - ‎4 hours ago‎
A Russian propaganda apparatus was successful in spreading fake or false news stories during the recent US election, Washington Post reports. The findings come from a new, unpublished report provided to the Post that found more than 200 websites ...

No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See

Fortune - ‎17 minutes ago‎
Making everyone who shares fake news part of a Russian conspiracy is not helpful. One of the themes that has emerged during the controversy over “fake news” and its role in the election of Donald Trump is the idea that Russian agents of various kinds ...

Clinton Distraction Circus Hits Panic Mode Over Russia And 'Fake News'

Observer - ‎44 minutes ago‎
The end of the presidential election hasn't stopped the Clinton Campaign from pushing pro-Clinton puff pieces in the mainstream media. On November 24, Politico published an article about a mom and her 6-year-old son placng about 15 “thank-you” signs on ...
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Dylann Roof found competent to stand...

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Dylann Roof found competent to stand trial in church shootings

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COLUMBIA — Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial in the murders of nine worshipers at a Charleston church last summer, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Friday. The ruling came after two days of closed-door hearings this week at which Roof ...

Judge: Dylann Roof Competent To Stand Trial In Charleston Church Shooting

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Defendant Dylann Roof is seen on a video feed during a bond hearing at the Charleston County Detention Center June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Source: Charleston County). Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter. COLUMBIA, S.C. ...

Dylann Roof Found Competent to Face Death Penalty Trial for Charleston Church Massacre

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Dylann Roof, 22, the man charged with killing nine black worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as they prayed last June has been found competent to stand trial for their deaths, a federal judge ...

Dylann Roof Declared Competent To Stand Trial In SC Church Killings

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Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old white man charged with murdering nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church last year, is competent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel announced his ...

Judge won't release hearing transcripts, after ruling Roof is mentally fit to stand trial

The State - ‎5 minutes ago‎
A federal judge ruled Friday that alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial. Jury selection is expected to resume in federal court in Charleston next Monday, according to U.S. Judge Richard Gergel's order.
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Putin made it official, giving actor...

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Putin made it official, giving actor Steven Seagal a Russian passport

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. actor Steven Seagal in the Kremlin in Moscow,Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Putin has given a Russian passport to Seagal, a regular visitor to Russia in recent years, calling it a sign of a thaw in ...

Donald Trump has spoken to Vladimir Putin as often as he's talked to his intelligence briefers

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President-elect Donald Trump has allegedly held at least two phone conversations with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin since being elected over Hillary Clinton more than two weeks ago. According to a report by McClatchy on Wednesday, Trump and Putin ...

Putin presents Russian passport to Hollywood actor Seagal

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U.S. actor Steven Seagal speaks to the media at a news conference in Moscow June 2, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files. MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday presented a Russian passport to U.S. actor Steven Seagal, and said he ...

Vladimir Putin presents Russian passport to Hollywood actor Steven Seagal

Daily Mail - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Russian president said he hoped that the gesture might be a sign of the 'gradual normalisation of relations' between the US and Russia. Action movie star Seagal, 64, and Putin have struck up a friendship in recent years, with the actor being a ...
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Ex-con charged with first-degree...

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Ex-con charged with first-degree murder of Mich. police officer

New York Daily News - ‎2 hours ago‎
The ex-convict accused of shooting a 29-year-old Michigan police officer in the head was charged with first-degree murder on Friday. Authorities say Deangelo Davis was riding a bicycle in Detroit when he was stopped by Wayne State University Officer ...

Man Arraigned in Fatal Shooting of Detroit College Officer

ABC News - ‎7 hours ago‎
An ex-convict was arraigned Friday on murder and other crimes in the death of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while trying to arrest the man. "This case strongly illustrates the dangers that police officers face every minute ...

Man jailed without bond on murder charges in WSU cop's death

Detroit Free Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
A man accused of killing a Wayne State University police officer was ordered jailed without bond at his arraignment Friday morning on murder charges. Deangelo L. Davis, 31, of Detroit is charged with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer ...
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NY / Region|After Police Shootings of...

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NY / Region|After Police Shootings of the Mentally Ill, Renewed Scrutiny of Officers' Conduct

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Liliya and Boris Pilipenko outside their home in Brooklyn, where their son Denis Volchkin was fatally shot by the police in 2014. Credit Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times. Police commanders began an investigation immediately after a New York ...

61 Law Enforcement Officers Shot Dead in the Line of Duty in 2016

KTLA - ‎1 hour ago‎
At least 61 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year — well ahead of last year's 12-month total, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Family members of slain police officers Jose "Gil" Vega bow their ...

Minnesota shooting deaths by police highest ever recorded. Dangerous year for cops, too. Press - ‎5 hours ago‎
The fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer brought international attention to Minnesota and comes during a record year for police-involved fatalities in the state. Police officers have fatally shot 13 people this year, the ...

Fatal shootings of police officers skyrocketed in 2016

KBZK Bozeman News - ‎3 hours ago‎
Officer Tom Woods was making a routine traffic stop when a man popped out of the trunk, armed with a gun -- and Woods wrestled him to the ground. But Lewiston Police Chief Chris Ankeny says it could have ended badly. “There have been a lot of events ...
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Black Friday violence breaks out across America

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An Atlantic City man was fatally shot and his brother was wounded in the parking lot of a New Jersey mall – one of at least two fatal Black Friday-related shootings nationwide, officials said.
In Reno, Nev., a Walmart customer was gunned down during a fight over a parking spot just after doors were opened Thursday night.
And in Tennessee, a person also was shot Thursday at a Memphis mall while shoppers were taking part in early Black Friday sales.
The Jersey shooting took place about 1 a.m. outside a Macy’s department store at the Hamilton Mall in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton, Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said.
The dead man, who was shot multiple times, was pronounced dead at the scene. His 26-year-old brother, from Clayton, was shot in the leg and listed in stable condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
Officials didn’t immediately say what sparked the shooting, which occurred as people were lined up outside the mall, or if they had any suspects.
More than 15 evidence markers were laid down in the parking lot and a bullet-riddled SUV was towed away around 7 a.m. Friday.
The Macy’s, which was open from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday, reopened at 6 a.m. for Black Friday bargain-hunters.
“It’s sad,” one shopper said at the scene. “We’ve been doing this, me and my girls, for probably about 10 years now, just for the fun of going out — a girls’ night and trying to get some special sales and it’s getting scary now.”
Another shopper told CBS the shooting was a “tragedy.”
“It’s very scary, you know, you’re starting off the holiday season and you’re excited about the upcoming times with family and now there’s going to be family who are missing people and their holidays will never be the same,” the shopper said.
In Reno, the fatal shooting began as a road rage incident Thanksgiving evening at a Walmart on East Second Street, KOLO-TV reported.
Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a dark-colored Toyota or Corolla driven by a light-skinned black male, police spokesman Lt. Scott Shaw told the station.
In Memphis, three people were in custody after a person was shot about 11:15 p.m. Thursday outside the Wolfchase Galleria Mall while early shoppers showed up, WREG-TV in Memphis reported.
Witnesses told the station that the shooter drove off in a red Ford Mustang after the incident near a food court. The victim showed up later with a gunshot wound at Baptist memorial Hospital.
There have been seven deaths and 98 injuries across the country during Black Friday shopping between 2006 and 2014, according to
Black Friday violence also struck in England, where a police officer in Leeds was attacked Friday morning when the assailant took offense when the cop asked him what he was doing, the Express of the UK reported.
Meanwhile, things were more orderly in the Big Apple, where rabid sales-seekers were in action.
In Brooklyn, Rosie Smith, 53, arrived around 7:30 a.m. to head into Target.
“Two TVs!” she exclaimed proudly, holding up her shopping bags containing Polaroid flat screens that costs her $85 apiece.
“Actually they’re for my basement,” the self-professed reality TV fan said. “I like ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta.’”
Tracy Yu, 25, spent about $400 on UNIQLO Heattech tops.
“It’s usually way more expensive,” said Yu, who had four bags stuffed with the garments as gifts for family. “It’s for multiple people, that’s why there are so many.”
Abigail Gepner contributed reporting.
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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say - The Washington Post

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Vladimir Putin moves missiles closer to Europe, while Donald Trump and Gen. Mattis disagree on NATO -

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Vladimir Putin moves missiles closer to Europe, while Donald Trump and Gen. Mattis disagree on NATO
Vladimir Putin moves missiles closer to Europe, while Donald Trump and Gen. Mattis disagree BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting to discuss the Ukrainian peace process at the German federal ...
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Viktor Bout, convicted Russian arms smuggler, asks Trump to intervene after losing appeal bid

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A Russian arms smuggler currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States dared President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to help send him home upon taking office.
Viktor Bout, 49, was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles and providing aid ...
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Despicable Me (9/11) Movie CLIP - I Sit on the Toilet (2010) HD - YouTube

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Published on Oct 7, 2015
Despicable Me movie clips:

The girls interfere with Gru's (Steve Carell) business meeting with fellow evil-doer, Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett).

A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru (Steve Carell), who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since Gru was a little boy, he dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if Gru can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. But immediately after Gru heists the shrink-ray, the cunning super-nerd Vector (Jason Segel) swoops in and snatches it right out of his hands. Now, in order to claim the moon, Gru must first reacquire the weapon from Vector. Armed with the knowledge that his nemesis has a mean sweet tooth, Gru adopts cookie-selling orphans Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Agnes (Elsie Fisher), and Edith (Dana Gaier) and commissions a new line of cookie robots from the evil Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), his personal weapons specialist. But as Gru and his diminutive yellow minions prepare to carry out the biggest heist in history, something strange happens. Gru discovers that the three little girls who have come into his life are much more than simple pawns. They actually seem to care about Gru, and it turns out the scheming evildoer makes a pretty good father. When Gru realizes that his upcoming moon mission clashes with a ballet performance by the girls, he must decide what's more important -- being a present parent or cementing his nefarious reputation once and for all.
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American Fascism: Lessons From Russia - Huffington Post

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American Fascism: Lessons From Russia
Huffington Post
When Putin first took to the public stage in 1999, he was a complete unknown. Moreover, he seemed unknowable. Putin was an odd candidate for a cult, because he initially displayed precious few signs of actual personality. When George W. Bush claimed in ...

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Police: 6 dead in Chattanooga school bus crash - WLS-TV

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Police: 6 dead in Chattanooga school bus crash
Fletcher said police were interviewing the bus driver to determine what happened and told reporters later that investigators were looking at speed as a possible contributing factor. The bus was the only vehicle involved, he said. Twenty-three students ...

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At least six children killed in Chattanooga bus crash in Tennessee

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At least six children killed in Chattanooga bus crash in Tennessee

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Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute - The Queen of the Night - Diana Damrau - YouTube

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Uploaded on Jun 16, 2011
Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen - The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart (The Magic Flute)

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed in 1791 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue.
Since its premiere, The Magic Flute has always been one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, and is presently the eighth most frequently performed opera in North America.

Diana Damrau is a German lyric coloratura soprano of the operatic stage. The Queen of the Night from Mozart's The Magic Flute has been Damrau's most frequently performed role to date, as she has been engaged to perform it in over 15 productions at houses including Covent Garden, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna State Opera, Oper Frankfurt and the Bavarian State Opera, Munich.

Lyrics & English Translation

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,
(Hells Revenge boils in my heart,)
Tot und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!
(Death and despair flame about me!)
Fühlt nicht durch dich Sarastro
(If Sarastro does not through you feel)
(The pain of death,)
So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr.
(Then you will be my daughter nevermore.)
Verstossen sei auf ewig,
(Isolated will you be forever,)
Verlassen sei auf ewig,
(Abandoned you will be forever,)
Zertrümmert sei'n auf ewig
(Destroyed forever!)
Alle Bande der Natur
(All the bonds of nature,)
Wenn nicht durch dich
(If not through you)
Sarastro wird erblassen!
(Sarastro becomes pale as death!)
Hört, Rachegötter,
(Hear, Gods of Revenge,)
Hoert der Mutter Schwur!
(Hear a Mother's oath!)
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