August 14, 2018

WWE wrestler Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies aged 63

WWE wrestler Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies aged 63 Image copyright WWE Image caption Jim Neidhart (right) with tag team partner Bret Hart WWE wrestler Jim Neidhart has died at the age of 63. Also known by his stage name The Anvil, Jim was part of the Hart Foundation tag team with his brother-in-law Bret Hart. The American wrestler was also father to Natalya, a WWE Women's and Divas champion who says her dad was "always a fighter". The WWE did not share a cause for Jim's death, but paid tribute to him on its Monday night show and urged Natalya to "stay strong". WWE legend Triple H led the tributes on Twitter, saying: "The only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart." Skip Twitter post by @TripleH The only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart loved performing with & spending time with his family...and he made us all smile while doing it. Thinking of @NatbyNature, @TJWilson, & the entire Hart family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ahWuWGXInv — Triple H (@TripleH) August 13, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @TripleH Jim won two World Tag Team Championships while competing in the 1980s and 90s with Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Bret said he was "stunned and saddened" by the news. Skip Twitter post by @BretHart Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz — Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @BretHart Jim's daughter Natalya said she "can't put into words" how difficult it is to "say goodbye to my dad". She also thanked fans for messages of support. Skip Twitter post by @NatbyNature pic.twitter.com/3Djk4eHfuE — Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 13, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @NatbyNature Former wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan called Jim "a real friend through the good and bad". Skip Twitter post by @HulkHogan I am overwhelmed with grief, love and sympathy by the passing of Jim Neidhart. L..
August 13, 2018

New Mexico compound boy ‘died in ritual ceremony’

New Mexico compound boy 'died in ritual ceremony' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police described the location where the children were found as a "makeshift compound" A boy whose remains were found in a remote desert compound in New Mexico died during a ritual ceremony, US prosecutors say. The boy's remains were discovered after police rescued 11 malnourished children who were being held at the site. The children were trained to use weapons to defend the compound from police and carry out school shootings, prosecutors say. Five adults have been arrested on charges of abusing the children. They have all pleaded not guilty. Police raided the compound, near Amalia, on 6 August as part of their search for a missing three-year-old boy, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. US children 'trained to attack schools' Boy's remains found at New Mexico site Abdul-Ghani's father, Siraj Wahhaj, was arrested at the site, along with Lucas Morten, Jany Leveille, Hujhrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj. Image copyright AFP Image caption Suspects Siraj Wahhaj (L) and Lucas Morton Mr Wahhaj is suspected of abducting the boy from his Georgia home in December. Abdul-Ghani was not among the 11 children rescued from the compound - but police said they later found the remains of a young boy there. On Monday, during a court hearing, prosecutors said the remains belonged to Abdul-Ghani and that the other children said the boy had died during a "religious ritual". It was "a ritual intended to cast out demonic spirits," Taos Country prosecutor John Lovelace told the court. Abdul-Ghani suffered from seizures, according to the missing person's report filed by his mother. But Mr Wahhaj believed the boy was possessed by the devil and needed to be exorcised, court papers say. Image copyright Taos County Sheriff's Office Image caption From left to right: Jany Leveille, Hujhrah Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj The discovery of the 11 children earlier this month had shoc..
August 13, 2018

Omarosa: The secretly recorded audio tapes

August 13, 2018

‘Grannies’ on a mission to the US-Mexico border

'Grannies' on a mission to the US-Mexico border Image caption Mary Ann Bohlk from New Orleans One month after President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the reunification of migrant families separated at the border, a group of self-described "grannies" has travelled across the country to help. The final step of their journey was small. Crossing the bridge from Brownsville, Texas, into Matamoros, Mexico, requires a short walk, a $1 toll - in quarters - and a perfunctory customs stop. But for the members of "Grannies Respond" or "Abuelas Responden", these last few metres marked the culmination of a week-long, 2,000-mile journey, provoked by outrage at new US border policies. The group, calling themselves the "grannies," travelled from New York City to border town McAllen, Texas, to challenge the administration's policies with a message "of basic human decency." Now, moving in a loose two-by-two formation, the grannies greeted families sitting under tents at the border, providing food and words of support to those waiting to cross into the US. For Kathleen Mellen, mother-of-three and grandmother-of-two, her time on board had brought her far from her home in Northampton, Massachusetts. "You can't really prepare for something like this," she says. "To see people basically sitting on gravel with tarps over them… it breaks your heart." Like most others on board, Ms Mellen's motivation for joining - a belief in the "designed, intentional cruelty" of the administration's immigration policies - was deepened by maternal experience. "Being a mother and a grandmother I know the incredible connection I feel toward my children and my grandbabies, and you put their faces on these children," Ms. Mellen said. "I can't imagine the pain." Image caption Kathleen Mellen shows off her Grannies Respond ribbons Of more than 2,500 children taken from their parents by US officials, over 500 remain in federal custody, yet to be reuni..
August 13, 2018

US pushes back on foreign takeover deals

US pushes back on foreign takeover deals Image copyright AFP Image caption President Donald Trump signed a military spending bill that includes tougher measures on foreign investment The US has passed a new law that strengthens the government's power to review - and potentially block - business deals involving foreign firms. US President Donald Trump signed the bill, which is part of a broader military spending measure, on Monday. The measure was spurred by US concerns that Chinese companies are using investments and acquisitions to gain access to new technology. Those worries are also behind new US tariffs on Chinese goods. The law was supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, which approved the measure earlier this year. It comes as other countries, including the UK, consider ways to toughen their scrutiny of foreign deals with an eye to China. UK ramps up powers to block foreign takeover deals Chinese takeover of German firm Leifeld collapses Details of the billThe new law expands the type of deals subject to potential review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), which vets foreign investments to see if they pose a risk to national security. For example, it directs the committee to consider how potential transactions might affect personal data and cyber security and whether an investment gives foreigners access to "material" non-public information. It also strengthens export controls, allowing the US to review overseas deals, such as joint ventures. The new law does not specifically name China. However, it directs CFIUS officials to consider whether the transaction involves a "country of special concern that has a demonstrated or declared strategic goal of acquiring a type of critical technology or critical infrastructure". US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he welcomed the new law. Skip Twitter post by @stevenmnuchin1 Glad to see FIRRMA signed into law today. It will strengthen CFIUS and enhance the Government’s..
August 13, 2018

The dos and don’ts of the Situation Room

The dos and don'ts of the Situation Room Image copyright DOMINICK REUTER Former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman surreptitiously recorded a conversation that took place in a secure area, the Situation Room, in a violation of security protocol. Here's an insider's guide to the Situation Room rules - and why her violation of the security protocol matters. In December Chief of Staff John Kelly met Ms Manigault Newman in the Situation Room and told her that job had come to an end. She secretly recorded their conversation and later allowed the audio to be played on national television. It's not clear why he brought her into the Situation Room, an area that's reserved for high-level national-security meetings, for their discussion. He'd reportedly asked other staffers to speak with him in the Situation Room about possible "breaches, including problems with their clearances", according to Axios. That might have played a role. Still it's an unusual setting for an ousting. Speaking on NBC's Today show, she defended her decision to disclose details about her private conversation within the secure confines of the Situation Room. She said she didn't trust the president or his aides to present an accurate portrayal of her departure from the White House, and so she wanted to provide evidence for what she says happened. Her decision to record her conversation with Mr Kelly in the Situation Room without his knowledge and to release the tape to the public raises important issues, however. According to former White House officials and intelligence analysts, these matters concern security, trust and integrity within the Trump White House as well as the security practices in the Situation Room itself. He explains: "It is the place where US forces, including nuclear forces, can be controlled, and it is where intelligence operations can be monitored." Image copyright The White House Image caption Obama oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid fro..
August 13, 2018

Florida gunman who killed man in parking row charged

Florida gunman who killed man in parking row charged Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStand your ground: No charges after man shot dead in Florida parking row A white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man over a parking dispute in Florida has now been charged with manslaughter, prosecutors say. Michael Drejka, 47, shot Markeis McGlockton after a fight broke out over a disabled parking space on 19 July. He was not immediately arrested due to the state's "stand your ground" law, which protects those claiming self-defence after a violent incident. Police arrested him on Monday. His bail has been set at $100,000 (£78,000). Four 'stand your ground' cases America's gun culture in 10 charts The statistics behind the violence Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe said his office "filed the charge we think we can prove", the Tampa Bay Times newspaper reported. He did not offer further comment about the case. According to the arrest warrant, viewed by the Times, police noted Mr McGlockton had immediately stepped back "when confronted with the firearm" and turned away from Mr Drejka. Investigators also found Mr Drejka was around 12 ft (3.6m) away from Mr McGlockton when he shot him. Mr McGlockton's family said in a statement that the arrest was "a small measure of comfort in our time of profound mourning," US media reported. "While this decision cannot bring back our partner, our son, our father, we take solace in knowing our voices are being heard as we work for justice. "This man killed Markeis in cold blood, without a second thought about the devastating impact his actions would have on our family, but this charge gives us a measure of hope that the truth will win and justice will prevail in the end." The family's lawyer, Benjamin Crump - who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin - said in a statement on Monday "it's about time" Mr Drejka was arrested. "This self-appointed wannabe cop attemp..
August 13, 2018

Golden State Killer suspect charged with 13th murder

Golden State Killer suspect charged with 13th murder Image copyright Reuters Image caption Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, appeared in court in April A man accused of a string of murders, rapes and burglaries in California as the so-called Golden State Killer has been charged with another murder. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, has now been charged with 13 murders after his DNA was allegedly linked to the crimes. Investigators accused the suspect of killing a 16-year-old girl's father after he tried to intervene in a 1975 attempted kidnapping. The Golden State Killer terrorised California in the 1970s and 1980s. Mr DeAngelo, a former police officer, is accused of murdering Claude Snelling, 45, in the backyard of his home in Visalia, California. The 40-year hunt for a killer Golden State Killer suspect in court Mr Snelling was shot and killed while trying to save his 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Hupp, from a man attempting to abduct her. Ms Hupp described to KFSN-TV what happened on that night 42 years ago. She said that she remembered being woken up by a man in a ski mask, and that her father had seen from a window in the kitchen that she was being led out of the home by a man. "He couldn't believe what he was seeing and he just charged out the back door and the man pushed me down," Ms Hupp said. "And he shot my dad twice and then took off running." Mr Snelling was a journalism professor at the College of the Sequoias. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A woman holds up a photo of Cheri Domingo and her boyfriend Gregory Sanchez, who were killed by the Golden State Killer in 1981 The murder was originally attributed to a man that police had nicknamed the Visalia Ransacker, who had been linked to more than 85 burglaries in Tulare County, California. But with DNA evidence, investigators now believe the crimes were committed by the same suspect that had been called "the Golden State Killer" in other parts of the state. "With this filing, we have officially..
August 13, 2018

Race against time for dogs in wildfires

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