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The Latest: Pope meets with powerful Myanmar military chief

The Latest: Pope meets with powerful Myanmar military chief

The Latest on Pope Francis’s trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh (all times local): 7 p.m. Pope Francis has met with Myanmar’s powerful military chief and spoken about the “great responsibility” that authorities have in Myanmar’s transition. The Vatican said the meeting with Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and three officials from Myanmar’s bureau of special operations took place Monday evening at the residence of the Myanmar archbishop and lasted about 15 minutes. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke didn’t provide d…
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Pakistan law minister resigns, Islamists celebrate victory

Pakistani Islamists celebrated their victory over the government and called off their sit-in on Monday after the country’s law minister resigned, caving in to the fundamentalist protesters who have been demanding his ouster in a three-week-long rally. After Zahid Hamid’s resignation, the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party, which was behind the sit-in in Islamabad and protests in other cities and towns across Pakistan, said they were dispersing peacefully under an agreement with the government. The development underscored how a small Islamist party was able to pressure the Pakistani government and force it to accept its demands through a protracted standoff that started earlier in November. The Islamists had demanded Hamid’s resignation over an omitted reference to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill. He apologized for the omission in the bill, saying it was a clerical error that was later corrected. But the Islamists persisted, taking to the streets and setting up their sit-in at the Faizabad intersection on the edge of the Pakistani capital. The Islamists effectively blocked the country’s key highway, the Grand Trunk Road motorway, linking Islamabad with the eastern Punjab province and the northwest, disrupting life and forcing commuters to look for alternate routes. Clashes erupted on Saturday when riot police tried to disperse the Islamabad sit-in and descended on the protesters with tear gas and batons, leaving six dead and dozens injured. The violent crackdown also triggered solidarity protests by Islamists in other Pakistani cities and towns, leading to what could have been a major political crisis that could have paralyzed many urban areas. Hamid, the law minister, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi late on Sunday after security forces held back from another attempt to disperse the protesters, three security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told Justice Shaukat Sadiqui of the Islamabad High Court on Monday that the government signed an agreement with the rally organizers to avoid a “civil-war like situation.” Islamabad-based analyst Imtiaz Gul described the outcome of the standoff as a “retreat” by the state. He said Saturday’s crackdown “was a miserably planned and poorly executed.” “This operation was launched by thousands of security forces against Islamists and it ended up with the state’s retreat,” Gul told The Associated Press. At the Faizabad intersection, jubilant Islamists kissed the hand of their leader and party chief, firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, handed out sweets and chanted, “God is Great” and “Prophet, we are here for you.” In announcing the deal with the government, Rizvi told supporters they “are immediately ending” the rally. He also thanked the army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, for facilitating the agreement under which Hamid would resign and all detained party activists would be freed. Rizvi asked his followers to pack up but await the return of their detained activists so they could all go back together to the city of Lahore, the party’s base. Buses lined up near the site amid tight security to take them back to Lahore later Monday. After Rizvi spoke, security forces began removing shipping containers surrounding the sit-in that had meant to prevent the protest from spreading deeper into the city. Under the deal, the Islamists also agreed not to issue a fatwa, or Muslim edict that could endanger Hamid. The minister’s home in eastern Punjab province was twice attacked by Islamists in recent days though he was not there at the time. The government agreed not to seek any compensation from the organizers for the damage caused to government and public property during Saturday’s violence in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and in other parts of the country. Ghulam Nabi Joya, a middle-aged bearded man from the district of Jhang in Punjab province, was among those celebrating Hamid’s resignation at Faizabad. “This is the greatest news I ever heard in my life. Our efforts in love of the Prophet bore fruit,” said. Shahid Irfan, 22, who was wounded in face and right hand in Saturday’s clashes, said he was overjoyed. “What else we can want from Allah after this,” he asked. “I think we are all on a pathway to heaven. … Prophet, we are here for you.”
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XXXTentacion to Host Anti-Rape Event at 2017 Art Basel in Miami

XXXTentacion has announced that he’ll host an anti-rape event during this year’s Art Basel in Miami. The Florida rapper says the event will encourage rape victims and allow them to share their stories and receive support in a safe space. “At Art Basel this month, I will be hosting an anti-rape event where basically rape victims can come to this event and tell their stories and help others, and support others who have been through a similar instance,” he said in a video post…
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Refugees escaping Myanmar hope Pope’s visit will bring peace

Many of the refugees who have been flooding into Bangladesh to escape the Myanmar military say they’re hopeful that a visit to the region by Pope Francis will help bring peace. Francis will be treading a difficult diplomatic line on his visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar, where he is due to arrive Monday afternoon. While the international community has condemned Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as “ethnic cleansing,” the Catholic church has resisted the term and defended Myanmar’s civilian …
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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHICH BRITISH ROYAL IS ENGAGED Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring. 2. TRUMP’S MAR-A-LAGO STAY A WELCOME BREAK FROM DC CHALLENGES The president draws a wiggly line between work, play and business at the private club he calls his “winter White House.” 3. FBI LEAVES U.S. TARGETS OF RUSSIAN HACKERS IN THE DARK The Associa…
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Former Arizona football player to serve 5 years for assault

Former Arizona football player to serve 5 years for assault

A former University of Arizona football player accused of domestic violence will serve five years in prison. A Tucson judge sentenced Orlando Bradford on Monday and also ordered him to pay $22,000 in restitution. The former running back pleaded guilty in September to two felony counts of aggravated assault. He initially faced going to trial for 10 felonies related to assault. Police arrested Bradford in September 2016 after his girlfriend at the time said he hit and choked her. A second woman c…
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India ruling party member offers bounty for director, star

A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film “Padmavati” rumored to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Sunday. The film’s producers postponed the release of the…
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Stephen Curry Warns Fans to Be ‘Mindful’ When Trying #CurryChallenge Trick Shot

A Twitter post of a fan’s attempts to replicate Curry’s layup-line shot recently went viral, featuring some disruptions to unsuspecting people: “I will just say be very mindful of the repercussions of messing with people’s stuff,” Curry said of the video, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. “I do not condone violence. That is the only thing. I do not condone violence.” The #CurryChallenge began after the Golden State Warriors star hit a high floater prior to his team’s Nov. 6 game against the Miami H…
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DJ Khaled and Son Asahd: Love Is the Answer

Can DJ Khaled save the world? Of course not, you’re saying to yourself. But you probably didn’t expect the underground DJ from Miami to turn Snapchat into an art form, to become a household name before he ever rapped on a track, or to coast to the top of the Billboard charts on a wave of pure braggadocio, perseverance, and positivity. Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. “My son is my biggest bl…
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Can art help end violence? Guitars Over Guns lets students ‘find their sound’ and choose a better …

By ANALISA TROFIMUK Homicide Watch Miah Scott says participating in the Guitars Over Guns program during her final semester at Beethoven Elementary School helped her find the strength to get through some tough times and help her peers in Chicago do the same. “I know Guitars Over Guns pulled that out of me. It helped me find that little itty bit of strength I needed to get through hard times,” the 14-year-old said. Guitars Over Guns is a nonprofit, arts-based mentoring program…
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Florida man who killed abortion doc gets 2043 release date

Florida man who killed abortion doc gets 2043 release date

A man who shot and killed a doctor outside a Florida abortion clinic in 1993 should not be released from prison for 25 more years, Florida’s parole board decided Wednesday. The state’s Commission on Offender Review set a March 9, 2043, release date for Michael Griffin, who was convicted of shooting Dr. David Gunn three times in the back on March 10, 1993, as Gunn arrived to work at an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida. Griffin, who turned 56 on Sept. 11, is serving a life sentence at Blackw…
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Ukraine police detain 52 for Champions League fan violence

Ukrainian police say they have detained 52 people for fan violence ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dutch club Feyenoord. Police say they arrived at a bar in the city of Kharkiv where “a conflict had occurred between Dutch and Ukrainian fans” and took 52 people to a police station for questioning. Police say windows were broken and the interior of the bar was damaged. Ukraine is hosting this season’s Champions League final but has a record of soccer-relate…
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Former prosecutor nominated as US attorney in Maryland

President Donald Trump nominated a Justice Department official Wednesday as Maryland’s new U.S. attorney. Robert Hur, 44, of Silver Spring, is among seven U.S. attorney nominations the White House announced in a statement. Hur is currently principal associate deputy attorney general and a top aide to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom Hur would replace as Maryland’s federal prosecutor. Stephen Schenning has been interim U.S. attorney since Rosenstein’s move to Washington early th…
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No More Tears Continues Efforts to Eliminate Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking in South …

“Abuse can happen to anyone,” said Somy Ali , founder of No More Tears. “As we have seen with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, many people who have been assaulted or harassed are afraid to speak up, and we help give both women and men a voice. We want to empower them to seek help and rise above their tragic experiences.” Ali does not take a salary working with No More Tears; everyone is a volunteer, and 100 percent of every donation received goes directly to the nonprofit’s victims’ assistance pro…
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Kenyan lawmakers call for peace in tense rural area

Kenyan police have killed 13 protesters in opposition strongholds since Thursday’s repeat presidential election, which the main opposition group boycotted, a local civil rights group said Wednesday. The Independent Medico Legal Unit said it recorded 64 cases of use of excessive force by police, including 34 people being shot, between Oct. 25 and Oct. 28. The rights group uses medical evidence to help victims build up cases against human rights abuses. Peter Kiama, the group’s executive director…
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Florida engineer fatally stabbed at house party, left outside to die

Florida engineer fatally stabbed at house party, left outside to die

Police are hunting for answers in the stabbing of a nuclear engineer at a Florida house party, who was attacked and then left outside to die. Alexander Restrepo, a nuclear engineer at the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, died Saturday from multiple stab wounds to the back, NBC Miami reported. Miami-Dade Police Detective Argemis Colome said the 33-year-old Florida native was getting ready to leave the home just before 3 a.m. when a confrontation erupted and escalated into violence. “Th…
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Draft UN resolution would condemn attacks on Rohingyas

Associated Press Britain has circulated a draft U.N. resolution that would condemn violence that has sent more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh and call on Myanmar’s government to immediately halt military operations in Rakhine state. If adopted by the Security Council, the resolution would be the first in many years on Myanmar. But diplomats say it faces opposition from China, a neighbor and ally of the country formerly known as Burma which is shifting from deca…
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Database seeks to highlight attacks on energy infrastructure

An oil and gas industry group is seeking to highlight what it says is an increase in protester attacks on energy infrastructure such as oil pipelines through an online database cataloguing incidents of “eco-terrorism, sabotage, arson, vandalism and violence.” The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance announced the database through its affiliated Energy Builders coalition Wednesday, two days after a bipartisan group of 84 members of Congress sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions…
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AP Explains: Why Kenya is voting again for president

Kenyans vote Thursday in a repeat presidential election that has East Africa’s economic power on edge once more. The Supreme Court shocked Africa last month by nullifying the president’s re-election citing illegalities and irregularities. The opposition leader has since dropped out of the race, saying adequate reforms haven’t been made. Top election officials say they can’t guarantee the vote will be credible. The elections are set to take place amid fears of intimidation and violence. Who know…
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Video game enabling fantasy pipeline attacks draws fire

A video game developed by a Michigan State University assistant professor supports “eco-terrorism” by enabling players to zap imaginary oil pipelines with lightning bolts, an industry group said Wednesday, although the designer countered that it’s not meant to incite violence. “Thunderbird Strike” is based on an indigenous cultural figure called a thunderbird, said Elizabeth LaPensee, who led the project. It traces the bird’s path through areas of Canada and Michigan where oil production and tr…
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Twitter CEO vows to police sexual harassment, hate, violence

Twitter CEO vows to police sexual harassment, hate, violence

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promising the company will do a better job weeding out sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups from its short messaging service. The pledge issued in a series of tweets late Friday followed a boycott organized by women supporting actress Rose McGowan after she said Twitter temporarily suspended her account for posting about the alleged misconduct of film producer Harvey Weinstein. The movie mogul was fired last Sunday by the company he co-founded amid ac…
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Will Johnson cleared to play for Orlando City

Will Johnson has been cleared to play for Orlando City after prosecutors decided not to pursue domectic violence charges against the Canadian midfielder. Major League Soccer said Friday that Johnson reached a verbal agreement with the state to enter a yearlong diversion program that includes a 26-week domestic violence program. Johnson has already served a five-game suspension. He returned to training Monday. Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery Sept. 6. Orlando City holes the…
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The Latest: Sheriff: Violence part of NC prison break plan

The Latest on an attempted escape from a North Carolina prison that killed two employees (all times local): 5:30 p.m. North Carolina’s governor is ordering extra safety measures after an attempted prison breakout left two corrections officers dead and a dozen other prison workers and inmates injured. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday suspended the inmate work program at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, the scene of Thursday’s attempted escape by four inmates. Authorities said the …
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University of Wisconsin approves protest punishment policy

University of Wisconsin approves protest punishment policy

University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations, saying students need to listen to all sides of issues and arguments. The Board of Regents adopted the language on a voice vote during a meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. The policy states that students found to have twice engaged in violence or other disorderly conduct that disrupts others’ free speech would be s…
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Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday that her government would continue to support nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighboring Myanmar to escape violence. Hasina said the government was pursuing a plan to build temporary shelters for the Rohingya on an island with the help of international aid agencies whom she praised for their support. She made the statement at Dhaka airport on her return from New York after attending the U.N. General Assembly session. The U…
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Las Vegas gunman’s vast arsenal included tracer bullets

After five days of scouring the life of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock and chasing 1,000 leads, investigators confessed Friday they still don’t know what drove him to mass murder, and they announced plans to put up billboards appealing for the public’s help. In their effort to find any hint of his motive, investigators were looking into whether he was with a prostitute days before the shooting, scrutinizing cruises he took and trying to make sense of a cryptic note with numbers jotted on it f…
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Police in Maryland report 3 dead in gang-related violence

Three bodies, the victims of gang-related violence, have been found in the county that surrounds Maryland’s capital, and several arrests have been made in the case, police said. Those were the only details Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare offered about the crimes at a news conference he conducted Friday, which he said at the beginning might be “an exercise in frustration.” But the chief repeatedly urged that anyone who is in fear of gangs, which he said are present in each Anne…
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The Latest: Mother of Arizona murder suspect speaks out

The Latest on a quadruple shooting in Casa Grande, Arizona. (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The mother of one of the suspects in a quadruple shooting in Casa Grande, Arizona, says she feels shock, horror and dismay. Mary Lou Rodriguez said in a written statement that she is the mother of Alec Javier Perez, one of two suspects held in the slaying of four people Thursday in the southern Arizona city. Rodriguez says she loves her son but does not condone or accept violent behavior. Rodriguez expresse…
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The Latest: Islam spiritual leader blasts Myanmar violence

The Latest: Islam spiritual leader blasts Myanmar violence

The Latest on violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local): 6 p.m. The spiritual leader of Islam’s majority Sunnis has blasted Myanmar for the “massacres” against Rohingya Muslims, calling for swift political and economic pressure by the international community on the Buddhist-majority nation. The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the world’s foremost seat of Sunni Islamic learning, also warned in a televised statement aired from Cairo on…
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The Latest: UN has plan to help 300000 fleeing Myanmar

The Latest on violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local): 6:35 a.m. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum says it’s horrified by the ongoing attacks on Rohingya civilians and is calling on Myamar’s government to cease its military operations. Cameron Hudson, director of the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, says “government efforts to deny Rohingya citizenship rights, restrict their freedom of …
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Disturbing New Details Emerge In XXXTentacion Domestic Violence Case

As previously reported, last October XXXTentacion was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and witness-tampering. If convicted at trial this coming fall, the 19-year-old faces a potentially lengthy prison sentence. In Pitchfork-obtained excerpts from the alleged victim’s 142-page testimony, the Florida rapper is accused of frequent and extensive abuse. According to the testimony, XXXTentacion—whose real name is Jahseh O…
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Michigan State hires law firm for Title IX program review

A law firm has been hired to review Michigan State University’s Title IX program. The school said Friday that the Husch Blackwell firm was hired this month as part of its commitment to “strengthening efforts to combat sexual violence.” The firm is to focus on Title IX compliance, crisis and advocacy support services, prevention and education programs, awareness and outreach and campus feedback. Michigan State says the review is expected to take several months. The school conducted a Title IX in…
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The Latest: Victims of Colombia’s conflict gather for pope

The Latest on the pope’s visit to Colombia (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Pope Francis is urging victims and ex-fighters in Colombia’s long-running conflict to reconcile so Colombia can move forward. Francis presided over a reconciliation event in Villavincencio, a city south of Bogota that is surrounded by lands formerly controlled by leftist rebels. He said he wanted to be there to listen to its people and weep with them. He embraced victims and ex-fighters standing at the foot of the ruined to…
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UF, facing lawsuit, opens door for white nationalist to speak — but at new date

UF, facing lawsuit, opens door for white nationalist to speak — but at new date

The University of Florida on Friday cleared the way for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on the Gainesville campus — but at a new date yet to be determined. The move, announced Friday, came as the university faced a First Amendment lawsuit over a controversial event originally planned for Sept. 12 that could set up the small college town as the next potential free-speech showdown between racist groups and the protesters who show up to oppose them. In a letter to Gainesville-based la…
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The Latest: Man pleads guilty to blocking KKK from park

The Latest on the aftermath of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A judge in Virginia says he will decide later whether a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. can proceed to trial. After a hearing Friday, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore said he may have a decision within two to three weeks. Controversy over the statue sparked an Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally t…
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Rohingya refugees stream into Bangladesh by land and sea

Tens of thousands more people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last 24 hours as they flee violence in western Myanmar, the UNHCR said Saturday. Both Myanmar’s security officials and insurgents from the Rohingya ethnic minority are accusing each other of burning down villages and committing atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The military has said nearly 400 people, most of them insurgents, have died in armed clashes. The violence has triggered a flood of refugees cross…
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Mayor: Nov. 23 to honor black Thibodaux Massacre victims

The mayor of a Louisiana town where 30 to 60 black people were killed 130 years ago is calling for a moment of silence in November to honor those victims. Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh) Mayor Tommy Eschete (ESH-tay) plans to give a proclamation Tuesday that will declare Nov. 23 “1887 Commemoration Day” to a descendant of one of the victims of the violence. The Louisiana 1887 Memorial Committee says the mayor will present the proclamation to Sylvester Jackson. It says the city condemns the violence and …
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Armed militia at peaceful Missouri protests raises concerns

Unarmed protesters are raising concerns that armed militia members who have been attending rallies at an upscale shopping and dining district in Kansas City might eventually spark violence. The Kansas City Star reports that the militia has shown up several times this summer at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza. The militia is part of the Three Percenters movement, which gets its name from the belief that just 3 percent of colonists rose up to fight the British. Local …
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Marist Brothers say member abused 14 minors at Chile schools

Marist Brothers say member abused 14 minors at Chile schools

The Marist Brothers in Chile say a brother who worked at two of the order’s schools abused at least 14 minors from the 1970s until 2000, according to a document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. A statement by the Marists to parents and teachers said the order has begun legal action against Abel Perez, and its leaders have met with victims and will donate money to a non-government group that protects children. Perez acknowledged the abuse to his superiors in 2010 and was later transfe…
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Exclusive: Surveillance Tape Captures Possible Serial Burglars In South Miami

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Miami Police say new surveillance tape shows some young suspects who may be serial burglars and were arrested after an alert homeowner called 911. The tape obtained exclusively by CBS4’s Peter D’Oench shows an alarming image: two males wearing backpacks and darting through a home that they have broken into just before 4:30 p.m. on Monday. “From this residence they took $40,000 worth of jewelry,” said South Miami Polic…
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White supremacist found guilty after willing to kill for undercover FBI agents

A Broward County white supremacist has been convicted of multiple felonies in federal court in Fort Lauderdale after rolling to Georgia to commit murder. But Adrian Apodaca’s murder target didn’t really exist. Also, he found himself under investigation mainly because of a white supremacist informing for the FBI, according to the Sun Sentinel. In fact, so little around Apodaca — nicknamed “Skitz” — was as it seemed to the two-time convicted felon that defense counsel Neison Marks asked the jury to consider his client an entrapment victim. While the FBI conned Apodaca, Marks said, he was working his own put-on by lying about previous criminal activities. The jury didn’t buy it. They found Apodaca guilty on Tuesday of two counts of attempting to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire; Hobbs Act robbery; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime or drug trafficking crime; and possession of ammunition by a convicted person. He will be sentenced Dec. 8 Apodaca lived behind the Dirty White Boys motorcycle club in Davie, the Sun Sentinel reported, in 2015 when he met Steven Watt — club member, white supremacist and, since 2009, FBI informant. Watt dropped dime to the FBI on illegal activities and unprovoked violence, which he felt hurt the white supremacist cause. After Apodaca allegedly told Watt that he had committed murders in New Mexico and Arizona, Watt told the FBI and the FBI got interested in Apodaca. According to the criminal complaint, “The case was opened to mitigate any potential threats posed by Apodaca and to determine whether he was engaging in criminal activities.” Not only did he claim to be the founder of the Vinlander Social Club, characterized as a “violent white supremacist organization” by the FBI, but his rap sheet included criminal confinement, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting law enforcement from arrests in 1999 and 2012. He was arrested in Indiana and Arizona, respectively, on those charges. After doing time for the firearm possession conviction, Apodaca moved to Broward County. The FBI sent in undercover agents posing as members of an affluent and violent white supremacist crime organization. Apodaca bragged to one agent in a recorded conversation that he had “killed a lot of people” while with the Vinlander Social Club in Arizona. Also, he spoke of imitating cops while ripping off a drug house for a million-dollar haul. The faux white supremacist group used Apodaca for some minor faux jobs before he agreed to kill “Tony” over a debt owed to the group. The criminal complaint described a very enthusiastic, thorough thinking Apodaca: “Yeah, I just need to get a silencer, a weapon, a drop off point, a picture.” Apodaca also requested surveillance and intelligence regarding Tony, stating, “If we can get eyes on him and, like, find out what his habits are … I wanna find out when he takes a piss. I wanna fînd out when he (expletives) leaves his house …what his random habits are.” Apodaca also asked UCE-6259 what type of security Tony has around him and what time he comes home at night.” Then, Apodaca provided a list of his hitman needs, headlined by “a good high capacity round handgun w/suppressor, at least 5-10+ rnd magazines, Xtreme Penetrator from Lehigh Defense (ammo type).” He also wanted a gas mask, body armor and Bear Off pepper spray. An undercover agent paid Apodaca $2,500 and told him another $2,500 would be paid upon job completion. Apodaca drove to Valdosta, Georgia, with the undercover agent, where they met a second undercover agent. And where Apodaca got arrested.
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UF expects legal action after rebuffing white nationalists

University of Florida officials say a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer is threatening legal action after the school refused to rent it space on campus for a September event. UF President W. Kent Fuchs said in a statement Wednesday that representatives of the National Policy Institute informed school officials that the group has retained legal counsel and plans to pursue efforts to hold the event as originally requested. No formal complaint has been filed, but Fuchs says they’re…
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Postal workers charged with taking bribes to deliver drugs

Sixteen postal workers in Atlanta and the surrounding area accepted bribes to deliver packages of cocaine, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. In exchange for bribery payments, the postal workers provided special addresses on their routes where the drugs could be shipped and then intercepted the packages and delivered them to a person they believed was a drug trafficker using the postal system to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine at a time into the area, U.S. Attorney John Horn said. But it wa…
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Nick Gordon catches a break; domestic violence charges dropped

Nick Gordon catches a break; domestic violence charges dropped

Nick Gordon is a free man. Florida prosecutors have dropped all domestic battery and false imprisonment charges against Bobbi Kristina Brown’s onetime boyfriend, TMZ reports. Back in June, Gordon was arrested in Sanford after an argument with his then girlfriend Laura Leal, who told The Daily Mail that he punched her so hard that she saw stars. TMZ adds the case was dropped because Leal is not cooperating with investigators. Gordon still has legal issues, having been found legally respons…
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Right-wing group cancels Saturday San Francisco rally

Two right-wing rallies planned for the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area were canceled Friday, with organizers citing threats from left-wing agitators, but local officials said they remained concerned about the potential for violence. A Saturday “freedom rally” planned near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was canceled by the group Patriot Prayer, which said it would hold a news conference at a city park instead. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson said his followers would instead atte…
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The Profit’s Marcus Lemonis under fire for Trump comments

Miami’s Marcus Lemonis is under fire, and he’s fighting back. In a recent interview with CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” “The Profit” star said that consumers who “are in favor of what [Trump] said” about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests should not do business with him. The Camping World CEO added: “It’s scary right now.” The host asked whether businesses should be worried about how they look dealing with the current administration. “There’s no doubt that there is proba…
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Barcelona readies for massive rally against violence

Thousands of people are expected to flood the streets of Barcelona to reject violence after the deadly attacks on Aug. 17-18 that killed 15 people and wounded over 120. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that used vehicles and knives, Spain’s deadliest in more than a decade. Eight suspects are dead, two are jailed under preliminary charges and two more remain under investigation. The slogan of the march — “I’m not afraid” in the local Catalan language— has…
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Fishing captain, inventor once were lovebirds; now they’re suing each other, and it’s not pretty

A local female fishing captain and her rich inventor former boyfriend are entangled in a pair of ugly lawsuits that hint at a violence-filled relationship. Capt. Lace Allenius, 32, owner of Fishing Adventures With Lace, and Fort Lauderdale multi-millionaire Merrill Brooks Smith, her 62-year-old ex-beau, have been flinging ugly allegations of gold-digging and domestic abuse at each other in a Palm Beach County court. Smith, known for his pioneering of pre-paid cards and computer point-of-sale te…
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