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U.S. Wants Regional Response Teams for Oil Train Wreck
Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 6:00 AM
Broken Nike Basketball Shoe Could Be Product Liability Case
The high-profile failure of a Nike Inc. basketball shoe on Wednesday night was more than an epic embarrassment for the athletic brand. It could be a product-liability case. Duke University star freshman Zion Williamson — the consensus No. 1 pick …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 6:00 AM
Heavy Rains Cause Flash Flooding, Mudslide in Deep South
Parts of the Deep South are experiencing flash flooding and other problems from heavy rains. Floodwaters covered roads on Wednesday in parts of eastern Mississippi and northern Alabama. In northwest Georgia, a mudslide was reported Wednesday beside a gas station …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:36 AM
Kentucky Bourbon Industry Expresses Support for Proposed Ignition Interlock Bill
Kentucky’s bourbon industry teamed with leaders of Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Wednesday to promote legislation aimed at reducing drunken driving by increasing the use of a device that block vehicles from starting if the driver isn’t sober. The bill …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:31 AM
Supreme Court Declines to Revive Wrongful Death Suit Over Mississippi Police Shooting
The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a black man shot to death by a white police officer in Mississippi. Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert was killed in June 2016 in Tupelo. In …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:27 AM
Lotter Joins Policy Administration Systems Provider, Instec, in Illinois
Naperville, Illinois-based Instec, a provider of policy administration systems to insurance program and specialty markets, has hired CJ Lotter as senior solution architect. He joins Instec’s engagement management team responsible for overseeing the implementation of Instec’s policy, underwriting and billing …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:44 PM
Florida Woman Arrested in $68K Hurricane Irma Scam
A Florida woman has been arrested for alleged unlicensed practice of public adjusting and grand theft related to Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Mary Bruce is accused of attempting to steal more …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:40 PM
Houston Insurance Broker Launches Online Tool to Connect Agents, Customers
Houston-based insurance broker, Frank Medina, has launched Insurance Agent Near Me, an online tool that connects customers with reputable insurance agents in their vicinity. Insurance Agent Near Me lists all the major insurance products that are being searched online daily …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:36 PM
Officials: Up to 100 Pedicabs Destroyed in Austin Warehouse Fire
Austin officials say a warehouse fire wiped out one-fifth of the city’s pedicabs just weeks before the South by Southwest festival, one of the busiest times for bicycle rickshaw operators. The Austin Fire Department reports that two companies, Metrocycle Pedicabs …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:20 PM
Shipping Company Fined $2M for Dumping Oily Waste into Gulf
A federal judge ordered a shipping company to pay $2 million in fines after one of its tankers illegally dumped oily waste into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Interorient Marine Services Limited was fined Feb. 13 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:18 PM

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Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks

Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacksISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday authorized the armed forces to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighboring India, as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 9:50 AM

Social-Justice Hucksters and the Dumb, Blind Media

Social-Justice Hucksters and the Dumb, Blind MediaIs it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the “mainstream media”?Three weeks ago, when I first documented troubling questions, contradictions, and doubts about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett’s absurd hate-crime claims, few in the “professional” journalism herd paid heed. Now, with a grand-jury investigation on the horizon, everyone’s a Johnny-come-lately debunker.And everyone’s making excuses: How could we have known? Why would anyone lie about racism? What could have possibly prepared us for such a scandalous swindle?I’m especially looking at you, Robin Roberts. You and ABC’s Good Morning America willingly played public-relations agents for Smollett last week while his story was already falling apart, and he refused to be fully transparent with investigators. Now, you defend yourselves by hiding behind a veil of ignorance about hate-crimes hoaxes.Listen and learn, addled enablers of fraud. Fake Noose is a sick phenomenon that has run rampant across the country unchecked. I’ve chronicled the self-victimization pathology in my books, columns, and blog posts for years: * Columbia University, 2007. Remember black psychology professor Madonna Constantine? She made the rounds on none other than ABC’s Good Morning America, claiming she found a “degrading” noose (made of hand-tied twine) hanging from her office door. Constantine led fist-waving protests, decried “systematic racism,” and prompted a nationwide uproar, as I reported at the time in the New York Post. Things didn’t add up when Columbia initially blocked investigators from obtaining 56 hours of surveillance video. No culprits could be found on the militantly progressive campus obsessed with diversity and multiculturalism. It turned out that Constantine was desperately trying to distract from a brewing internal probe of her serial plagiarism, for which she was eventually fired. The hate-crime probe hit a dead end, and Constantine faced no criminal charges over the Fake Noose incident. * Baltimore Fire Department, 2007. Another manufactured outrage erupted when black firefighter-paramedic apprentice Donald Maynard claimed he found a knotted rope and threatening note with a noose drawing on it at his stationhouse. A federal civil-rights investigation ensued, and the NAACP cried racism -- until Maynard confessed to the noose nonsense amid a department-wide cheating scandal. A top official revealed that Maynard admitted “conducting a scheme meant to create the perception that members within our department were acting in a discriminatory and unprofessional manner.” Maynard faced no criminal charges over the Fake Noose incident. * University of Delaware, 2015. Black Lives Matter agitators and campus activists triggered a full alert when a student spotted a “racist display” of three “noose-like objects” hanging from trees. The UD president called it “deplorable”; protesters wept that they were not being taken seriously. After investigating, police discovered the “nooses” were metal “remnants of paper lanterns” hung as decorations during an alumni weekend celebration. * Salisbury State University, 2016. Students, faculty, and administrators were horrified when a stick figure hanging from a noose on a whiteboard was discovered at the school’s library. The N-word and hashtag WhitePower also appeared in the menacing graffiti. Campus authorities immediately launched an investigation, which exposed two black students as the perpetrators. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the Fake Noosers. * Kansas State University, 2017. A paroxysm of protest struck K-State after someone reported a noose hanging from a tree on campus. Black students lambasted authorities for not acting quickly enough. They stoked anger online with the hashtag DontLeaveUsHanging and demanded increased security. But the “noose” was made of cut pieces of nylon parachute cord, which police believed had been discarded by someone who “may have simply been practicing tying different kinds of knots.” * Michigan State University, 2017. When a student reported a noose hanging outside her dorm room, MSU administrators went into full freakout mode over the racial incident. Cops and the Office of Institutional Equity were immediately notified. “A noose is a symbol of intimidation and threat that has a horrendous history in America,” the university president bemoaned. But it turned out the “noose” was a “packaged leather shoelace” that someone had dropped accidentally. * Smithsonian museums, 2017. NPR called the discovery of “nooses” lying on the grounds of two Smithsonian Institution museums the “latest in a string of hate incidents” after Trump’s election. The African-American museum director called them a “reminder of America’s dark history.” But the museums refused to release surveillance video, and my public-records request filed last November yielded zero corroboration of any hate crime. The Washington Post, New York Times and ABC’s Good Morning America, which all splashed the story front and center, have yet to follow up. * Mississippi State Capitol, 2018. ABC, CBS, CNN, and Yahoo were among the media outlets that blared headlines about seven nooses and “hate signs” found hanging in trees near the capitol building before a special runoff election for U.S. Senate. The stories created an unmistakable impression that the nooses were left by GOP racists intending to intimidate black voters. In truth, the nooses were a publicity stunt perpetrated by Democrats.IN THE NEWS: 'Jussie Smollett's 'Empire' Role Is Being Scaled Back'In the wake of Smollett’s folly, media sensationalists bluster that there’s no way they could have known they were being strung along. Thanks for the valuable admission, elite news professionals, that you are not only dumb and blind but incompetent to boot. It doesn’t take a fancy journalism degree to learn from the long, sordid history of Fake Noose:When you’ve seen one social-justice huckster, you’ve seen ’em all.© 2019 Creators.com




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 6:30 AM

Senator Elizabeth Warren backs reparations for black Americans

Senator Elizabeth Warren backs reparations for black Americans"We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining the ability of Black families to build wealth in America for generations," Warren, who is white, said in a statement to Reuters. "Black families have had a much steeper hill to climb - and we need systemic, structural changes to address that," she said in the statement. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris also recently said she would support some form of reparations.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:26 PM

Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kids

Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kidsCanada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. "The immigration minister is seized with this particular case," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman's brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 1:18 PM

With Top Investor in Jail, Putin Hits at Business Climate

With Top Investor in Jail, Putin Hits at Business Climate(Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said honest business people shouldn’t have to live under “constant fear of criminal prosecution,” days after the arrest of one of the country’s top foreign investors.




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 8:21 AM

Every Photo From Our EV Battle Between the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Every Photo From Our EV Battle Between the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 2:30 PM

MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man

MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American manA student involved in a viral confrontation with a Native American man is suing the Washington Post for $250m (£191m) over its coverage of the incident. The defamation lawsuit, filed by Covington Catholic High School pupil Nick Sandmann, claims the newspaper “wrongfully targeted and bullied” him due to its “biased agenda” against Donald Trump. The 16-year-old was wearing one of the president’s signature Make America Great Again hats when he attended an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January along with classmates from his Kentucky school.




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 4:19 AM

Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powder

Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powderThe Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigate the alleged asbestos contamination of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 4:08 PM

Meet the 'New' F-21 Fighter: An F-16 On Steroids (With F-22 and F-35 DNA)?

Meet the 'New' F-21 Fighter: An F-16 On Steroids (With F-22 and F-35 DNA)?Is this the fighter India needs?




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 8:00 PM

India suspends key bus service to Pakistani part of Kashmir

India suspends key bus service to Pakistani part of KashmirMUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — India halted a key bus service with the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, cutting the only land route linking the divided Himalayan region, Pakistani and Indian officials said Wednesday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 12:49 PM

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