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Western allies back UK over tanker seizure

Western allies back UK over tanker seizureIran's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has ramped up tensions in the Gulf region after the US military claimed it had downed an Iranian drone. US President Donald Trump said he would hold talks with Britain about the tanker's seizure by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

POSTED JULY 20, 2019 10:41 AM

Alleged American ISIS Sniper Brought Home by the Defense Department to Face Charges

Alleged American ISIS Sniper Brought Home by the Defense Department to Face ChargesAn American citizen who allegedly served as a sniper for ISIS and became a leader for the terrorist group is expected to appear in federal court on Friday after being returned to the United States by the Defense Department, officials said.Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, who was born in Kazakhstan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Justice Department announced on Friday.A U.S. official confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Defense Department had transported Asainov from Syria to the United States. Asainov had been in the custody of Syrian Democratic Forces.No further information about the military's role in transporting Asainov, to the United States was immediately available.Asainov is accused of leaving Brooklyn in December 2013 to fight for ISIS in Syria, a Justice Department news release says. After becoming an ISIS sniper, he was promoted to become an "emir" in charge of training fighters how to use weapons and also tried to recruit someone else to leave the United States and become an ISIS fighter.Prosecutors claim Asainov tried to buy a scope for his rile by paying roughly $2,800 to a confidential informant, the news release says."Asainov subsequently sent the confidential informant two photographs depicting the defendant holding an assault rifle fitted with a scope," the news release says. "He messaged one associate exclaiming, in reference to ISIS, 'We are the worst terrorist organization in the world that has ever existed' and stating that he wished to die on the battlefield."

POSTED JULY 20, 2019 4:49 AM

A Passenger Was Fined $105,000 and Banned for Life for 'Extremely Disruptive Behavior' on an Airplane

A Passenger Was Fined $105,000 and Banned for Life for 'Extremely Disruptive Behavior' on an AirplaneShe was also banned for life by British budget carrier Jet2

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:09 PM

Five guys arrested for fighting at Five Guys burgers in Florida

Five guys arrested for fighting at Five Guys burgers in FloridaAn appropriate number of guys were arrested when a fight broke out at a FiveGuys restaurant in Florida on Wednesday

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 12:09 PM

1 killed, 4 injured when Alaska flight aborted on takeoff

1 killed, 4 injured when Alaska flight aborted on takeoffA Maryland man visiting Alaska with his family was killed and one of his three children was critically injured Friday after their floatplane's takeoff was aborted. Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased man as Joseph Patenella, 57. The critically hurt child was flown to Anchorage for treatment, along with two other family members.

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 9:53 PM

California father drowns in Oregon river after trying to help his daughter

California father drowns in Oregon river after trying to help his daughterA California man drowned Thursday afternoon after he jumped in the Santiam River to save his daughter in Marion County.

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 1:58 PM

Ex-NRA Ad Firm: Um, Wayne LaPierre is Lying

Ex-NRA Ad Firm: Um, Wayne LaPierre is LyingLucas Jackson/ReutersIn a new filing against the National Rifle Association, lawyers for ad agency Ackerman McQueen suggest that longtime NRA executive Wayne LaPierre is lying about a critical moment in the gun rights group’s recent leadership shake up. At issue is multi-million-dollar litigation between the NRA and its ex-ad firm. In court filings of its own, the NRA has alleged that Oliver North, the groups's former president, was ousted in part because he withheld information from the NRA about payments he took from Ackerman McQueen, which had served as the gun rights group’s primary ad contractor until just months ago. The NRA claims North kept the nature of his deal with Ackerman McQueen a secret from LaPierre and the gun group’s leadership. But in a July 16 filing that was reviewed by The Daily Beast, Ackerman McQueen alleges that LaPierre himself helped negotiate the deal between their firm and North. And they hint that they have documentation to prove it. In a statement, the NRA denied the suggestions. “The facts are clear – Mr. LaPierre and the NRA had no idea that Col. North was negotiating to become an employee of Ackerman McQueen,” said Andrew Arulanandam, managing director of NRA Public Affairs. “And to the extent Col. North was pushing a contrived narrative about Mr. LaPierre and the NRA, he was conflicted. He was an employee of Ackerman at the time he was allegedly scheming with the agency to unseat Mr. LaPierre.”  It’s a messy new chapter in the months-long legal battle between the NRA and the ad firm it used for more than three decades. And it comes as the gun group has jettisoned senior staff and faced revolts from grassroots activists and donors. “LaPierre negotiated the terms of the North Contract directly with Lt. Col. North and a detailed term sheet was sent to AMc [Ackerman McQueen] for completion of the formal agreement,” the filing reads. The NRA’s then-treasurer, Wilson “Woody” Phillips, also reviewed and approved North’s contract with the firm, according to the filing, and the NRA board’s audit committee green-lit the contract as well. “On at least two occasions, counsel for the NRA has reviewed the North Contract,” the filing adds. NRA Pulls the Plug on NRATVAckerman McQueen’s insistence that NRA officials were aware of the contract with North is directly at odds with the contention the NRA made in a suit it filed against the ad agency in April. North was ousted from the NRA that month during the group’s annual meeting and has since accused LaPierre of gross mismanagement and making highly questionable expenditures. The NRA, meanwhile, has alleged that North tried to oust LaPierre in a coup. And in a separate suit in May, it accused Ackerman McQueen of breach of contract by leaking information about both LaPierre and the NRA’s finances. Ackerman McQueen had been a central force behind the NRA’s evolution from a gun rights group to a conservative cultural institution. As part of that mission, the ad firm helped launch and manage NRATV, the NRA’s recently shuttered internet-video arm. The NRA has alleged in court that Ackerman McQueen had refused to share its analytics with the gun group. But In its July 16 filing, Ackerman McQueen claims that the opposite is true. “Two days before the lawsuit was filed, LaPierre was in AMc’s office and was in attendance for the presentation of the NRATV analytics,” it reads. “LaPierre walked out of the meeting.” A spokesperson for the NRA’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The filing indicates that the fight between the NRA and Ackerman shows no signs of losing steam. Earlier this week, longtime NRA director of public affairs Jennifer Baker left the group. And a month ago, the group parted ways with its longtime top lobbyist, Chris Cox. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 1:46 PM

AOC confronts Trump administration official over 'images of my violent rape' on Facebook

AOC confronts Trump administration official over 'images of my violent rape' on FacebookAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has powerfully confronted a Trump administration official over a secret Facebook group for border agents, that contained twisted jokes about migrant children and showed computer generated images of her being raped and sexually assaulted.The existence of the group, consisting of current and former members of the nation’s border patrol agency often referred to as CBP, was revealed earlier this month by an investigative journalism site.This week, the New York congresswoman, who recently visited migrant detention facilities overseen by the US authorities and spoke of her horror at what she saw, questioned the acting head of the department of homeland security about the Facebook group and its contents. It existence was detailed by ProPublica.“Did you see the posts planning physical harm to myself and congresswoman Escobar,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez asked Kevin McAleenan, referring to Veronica Escobar, another Democratic congresswoman who visited the facilities.Mr McAleenan, the acting homeland security secretary, replied: “Yes. And I directed an investigation within minutes of reading the article.”She continued: “Did you see the images of officers circulating photoshopped images of my violent rape?”Mr McAleenan replied: “Yes, I did.”Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who last year became the youngest women elected to Congress, asked if those people who made the posts were still working and responsible for the care of women and children. “We’ve already put individuals on administrative duties, I don’t know which ones correspond to which posts and we’ve issued cease and desist orders to dozens more,” he replied.Speaking at a hearing of the House of Representative’s overnight and reform committee, the congresswoman asked Mr McAleenan if the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy had led to a “dehumanising culture” within the agency. “We do not have a dehumanising culture at CBP,” said Mr McAleenan. “This is an agency that rescues 4,000 people a year.”According to The Hill, Ms Ocasio-Cortez responded: “So you don’t think that having 10,000 officers in a violent, racist group sharing rape memes of members of Congress points to any concern of a dehumanised culture?”

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 11:17 AM

The Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Could Put the F-35 in a Museum

The Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Could Put the F-35 in a MuseumNew much-longer range sensors and weapons, incorporating emerging iterations of AI, are expected to make warfare more disaggregated, and much less of a linear force on force type of engagement. Such a phenomenon, driven by new technology, underscores warfare reliance upon sensors and information networks. All of this, naturally, requires the expansive "embedded ISR" discussed by the paper. Network reliant warfare is of course potentially much more effective in improving targeting and reducing sensor-to-shooter time over long distances, yet it brings a significant need to organize and optimize the vast, yet crucial, flow of information.The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18.(This first appeared earlier in the year.)The Navy program, called Next-Generation Air Dominance, has moved beyond a purely conceptual phase and begun exploration of prototype systems and airframes as it pursues a new, carrier-launched 6th-Gen fighter to emerge in 2030 and beyond, service officials explained.“Some important areas of consideration include derivative and developmental air vehicle designs, advanced engines, propulsion, weapons, mission systems, electronic warfare and other emerging technologies,” Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Chatmas told Warrior earlier this year.A formal Analysis of Alternatives, expected to complete this year, is weighing the advantages of leveraging nearer-term existing technologies such as new variants or upgrades to cutting edge weapons, sensors and stealth configurations - or allowing more time for leap-ahead developmental systems to emerge.

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 3:47 AM

2.2 earthquake rattles Berks County, Pa.

2.2 earthquake rattles Berks County, Pa.A small earthquake was recorded in parts of Berks County on Friday.

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:21 PM

News – Insurance Journal

California Safety Board Oks Regulation to Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has adopted an emergency regulation designed to protect workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke. The regulation is expected to go into effect in early August and be effective for one year. …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:06 PM
Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Expands Commercial Auto into Delaware, Kentucky, D.C.
Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies have expanded its commercial automobile product into Delaware, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. The company’s policy is designed for local and intermediate travel exposures up to a 200-mile radius. The commercial auto product is …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:00 PM
Going to Monte Carlo for the Rendezvous? What’s It Like?
Have you been to the Reinsurance Rendezvous in Monte Carlo? What would you tell someone thinking of going for the first time about the experience? Carrier Management is looking to compile stories and advice from professionals who have been to …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:46 PM
Illinois Medical Instrument Sterilization Plant to Reopen with Emission Control Equipment
The operator of a closed suburban Chicago plant where medical instruments were sterilized with a cancer-causing chemical has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois that will allow the plant to reopen, both sides announced on July 12. Attorney …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:45 PM
CoreLogic Estimates Barry Flood, Wind Losses at $500M to $900M
The total cost of losses from damage caused by Hurricane Barry will likely fall between $500 million and $900 million, Irvine, California-based property information and data analytics provider CoreLogic says. CoreLogic estimates Barry-related flood loss for residential and commercial properties …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:20 PM
Judge Permits Short-Term Health Plans in Blow to Obamacare Supporters
The Trump administration can expand the sale of short-term health insurance policies that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act, a federal judge ruled, advancing the government’s efforts to undo Obamacare. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:13 PM
PTSD Coverage for First Responders Left Out of Ohio Workers’ Comp Budget
Lawmakers have approved a two-year budget for Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers after missing the initial deadline at the end of June and covering the gap with a temporary budget. The nearly $645 million funding measure for the Bureau …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 3:55 PM
Berkshire Hathaway’s Applied Underwriters Settles Workers’ Comp Dispute with New York
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Applied Underwriters will voluntarily halt the selling of a reinsurance-based, loss-sensitive workers’ compensation product in New York under an agreement with the state regulator who first raised questions about the product three years ago. Applied Underwriters will …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 3:49 PM
Arizona Suit Names Former Opioid Manufacturer Executives
Arizona’s top attorney is accusing former opioid manufacturer executives of trying to sell a prescription drug through unethical means. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit Wednesday against Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics Inc. The state …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:39 PM
Nevada Wants Feds to Restudy Seismic Risk at Nuke Dump Site
Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:35 PM

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