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Ohio teen who was "hero to her family" for killing abusive father agrees to manslaughter charge and reduced jail time

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An Ohio teenager has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge for the killing of her allegedly abusive father. She was given a sentence of a year and a day in juvenile jail, but may be released in eight months to relatives who consider her a "hero."

Bresha Meadows, 15, entered a plea of "true" to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter on Monday. She was charged with fatally shooting her father, Jonathan Meadows, 41, in the head while he slept in the family home last July.

A plea of true in juvenile court is similar to a guilty plea in adult court.

Meadows' attorneys argued that she was acting in self-defense to protect her family.

"This is a good child," said Ian Friedman, Meadows' attorney, according to the Huffington Post. "She grew up in an environment where every adult failed her. This did not have to happen."

Comment: See: Ohio teen facing murder charges for killing father is a 'hero' to her family

Red Flag

Delusional: White supremacist teenager converts to Islam, kills Neo-Nazi roommates for insulting his faith

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A white supremacist who converted to Islam killed his two Neo-Nazi roommates because they had offended his new faith, local media reported, citing police, who also found bomb-making materials, radioactive substances, and Nazi-propaganda at the crime scene.

The incident came to light on Friday when a man identified as Devon Arthurs, 18, led police to two deceased men in Tampa, Florida that he said he had murdered, police reported.

However, on Monday, police disclosed new details about what had initially been thought to be a common homicide. It appears that Arthurs is a former white supremacist who converted to Islam, police Detective Kenneth Nightlinger said in his report, as cited by Tampa Bay newspaper.


Twitter responds to McCain: 'Butt-hurt, Russia-obsessed' Senator 'has lost his mind'

© AP Photo/ Rick Scuteri
John McCain, the hawkish Arizona senator well-known in Russia for his Russophobic outbursts, launched another tirade against Moscow on Sunday, calling President Putin a "thug and a murderer" and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a "stooge" and "propagandist." Russian officials responded to the offensive remarks. So did Twitter users.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, McCain lashed out against President Trump for hosting the Russian foreign minister in the White House. Lavrov, the senator said, "had no business in the Oval Office."

McCain went on to call the foreign minister "the stooge of a thug and murderer," his choice of words to describe the Russian president, and claimed that President Putin had "committed human rights violations all over the place."

Heart - Black

Crowds cheer on public caning of two gay men in Indonesia

An Indonesian man (C), one of two to be publicly caned for having sex, is caned in Banda Aceh on May 23, 2017 Chaideer Mahyuddin / AFP
Two men caught having sex in March were subjected to a public caning in the Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday. A crowd of about 1,000 people watched the punishment, many cheering and filming the event.

The public caning took place in a square in front of a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. The pair, aged 20 and 23, each received over 82 strikes with thin rattan canes. Their original sentence of 85 lashes was reduced due to time spent in detention.

At least eight other men and women were caned along with the gay pair for offenses such as adultery, which is a crime under Sharia law. The beating was carried out by some 10 officials, who were wearing brown robes and had hoods covering their faces. The officials took turns during the beating and paused briefly when those being punished indicated that they were in too much pain, Reuters reported.

A crowd of some 1,000 people witnessed the punishment. Some cheered or filmed the caning or livestreamed the event on the internet.


Cosa Nostra: Mafia don assassinated while biking in Sicily

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Legendary crime kingpin, Guiseppe Dainotti, who was released from prison last year, was shot dead in broad daylight in a Palermo street by two killers, according to Italian police.

"When some people claim the mafia no longer exists or has been destroyed, something always happens to confirm it is still there," said Palermo prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi in a statement to the media. "When necessary, it shoots again, in a clear and symbolic way."

Photographs circulated on Monday showed a blood-splattered white bicycle lying on the ground, following what police said was the first mafia don slaying in Sicily for three years.

Snakes in Suits

CEOs of top US companies got highest pay raise since 2013 last year

© Lucas Jackson / Reuters
A study by executive data firm Equilar for the Associated Press (AP) found a typical chief executive officer of the largest US companies got an 8.5 percent pay raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock, and other compensation.

According to the research, over the last five years, median CEO pay has jumped by 19.6 percent, not accounting for inflation. That's nearly double the 10.9 percent rise in the average weekly paycheck for full-time employees across the country.

It also found compensation dropped for nine of the ten companies scoring the lowest on "Say on Pay" votes, where shareholders have the right to vote on the remuneration of executives.

"It's all out of whack right now," Heather Slavkin Corzo, director of the AFL-CIO Office of Investment told AP, adding CEOs for major US companies make 347 times more than the average worker.

Arrow Up

Olive oil prices spike sharply due to Mediterranean drought

© Marcelo del Pozo / Reuters
The drought that hit major olive producers around the Mediterranean has had a significant effect on consumers all over the world with the price of extra virgin olive oil surging by nearly a quarter this year.

Olive oil production in Greece, Italy, Tunisia and, to a lesser extent, Spain is expected to decrease in 2017 sharply.

"Italy is terrible, Greece is terrible, and Tunisia is terrible. Can you imagine if Spain had also been down sharply?" said Panayotis Karantonis, director of the Athens-based Greek Association of Olive Oil Processors and Packers, as quoted by FT.

The International Olive Council (IOC) expects global output to fall 14 percent in this year, while in Italy production may be halved in the 12 months to September.

Greece will be down 20 percent and Tunisia 17 percent, while Spanish output is likely to face a drop of seven percent.


'Bigger than WannaCry': New malware employs 7 NSA exploits, Croatian expert warns

© Thomas Samson / AFP
Seven cyber exploits purportedly stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) have been identified in 'EternalRocks', a new type of malware detected by a Croatian tech security advisor.

Similar to the WannaCry malware which struck hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide this month, EternalRocks apparently draws on NSA-identified network exploits EternalBlue, EternalChampion, EternalRoman, and EternalSynergy.

The worm utilizes DoublePulsar, Architouch and SMBtouch, a series of tools released in an apparent NSA leak by hacking group ShadowBrokers.


10 music legends who were killed by the war on drugs and big pharma

"Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled," Vicky Cornell, wife of late Soundgarden and Audioslave musician, Chris Cornell, lamented in a statement. "As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend."

Vicky, reverently recalling Chris' time spent with their children over Mother's Day and plans for a Memorial Day vacation, expressed pain and grief in that Friday morning announcement following his death in the wee hours Thursday morning.

But she also suggested a pharmaceutical frequently prescribed to combat addiction played a role in the rocker's death — Ativan, a benzodiazepine similar to Valium or Xanax, came up in Vicky's last conversation with Cornell.

People 2

Remarkably pathological ads that exemplify how the advertising industry degrades women and men

With all the scientific developments in neuroscience, perhaps none have been utilized so thoroughly and so effectively for social engineering as in the advertising industry.

If you thought you could get away from the influence of this machine, you're mistaken. Nearly a century after Coca-Cola took cocaine out of its most popular beverage, neuroscientists have found that soft drinks still work like illicit drugs, as does fat, salt, and sugar on our brains - but strangely, so do the images we "consume." Are you sure that you are motivated by your own, sovereign mind or are other forces at play?

Comment: Depends on the type of fat, we need the salt, and yes sugar is quite bad for us.

This massive industry manufactures societal problems such as sexism, gender, race, and age division, depression, etc. by using subtle (and not so subtle) programming that is plugged directly into the brains of millions of people across the globe.