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More young people in UK identify as bisexual than gay or lesbian

© Neil Hall / Reuters
The number of young people identifying as bisexual has overtaken the number of those who consider themselves gay or lesbian for the first time, new figures have revealed.

Figures for 2015 released by the Office for National Statistic (ONS) indicate that 1.8 percent of people aged 16-24 identify as bisexual, up from 1 percent in 2012.

Meanwhile, 1.5 percent of people in this age bracket identified as gay or lesbian, a 0.1 percent drop over four years.

The figures, collected as part of the Annual Population Survey, also show that overall, one in 30 young people in UK now identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), compared with one in 38 in 2012. The national average across all age groups is one in 60.

In every age group except the 16 to 24s, the number of individuals identifying as lesbian or gay was greater than that of those who identified as bisexual, according to the survey, which polled some 320,000 people.


Karma: Israeli fighter jet crashes after bombing Gaza, pilot killed

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An Israeli Air Force pilot died on Wednesday as he ejected from his F-16 fighter jet upon returning from an airstrike mission in the Gaza Strip. The jet caught fire and crashed moments later outside Ramon Air Force base in southern Israel.

The pilot died while landing the jet on Wednesday evening, Anadolu news agency reported citing an army statement.

He was identified as 34-year-old Major Ohad Cohen Nov, who was only recently appointed squadron deputy commander. The pilot's navigator ejected successfully and sustained only minor injuries. He has been hospitalized.

The F-16 apparently caught fire on descent, forcing the crew to abandon the aircraft. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Israeli Air Force commander Major General Amir Eshel ordered an investigation into the incident.

The aircraft was returning from an airstrike mission in which Israeli warplanes shelled several positions in Gaza after a rocket fired from Gaza territory exploded in Israel's southern city of Sderot, the Israeli army said in a statement.

The plane was an F-16I two-seater jet fighter, also known as the "Storm," which was specifically made for Israel by US-based Lockheed Martin. It had been in service with the IAF for over 10 years. The incident became IAF's first fatality since 2010, when an F-16 crashed in southern Israel during a drill, killing both the pilot and navigator.

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California man dies after police shoot him with Taser, brother arrested for assault

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A California man in his 60s has died after police subdued him with a Taser. Authorities say he verbally and physically assaulted officers. Police also arrested the victim's brother, who they said threatened them with a handgun and barricaded himself in a house.

The fatal interaction between the Burbank PD officers and 66-year-old Thomas Binkley took place Tuesday evening, when a woman reported criminal threats. The caller said Binkley was her ex-father-in-law, who came to her house and was making threats on her life.

Two officers responded to the call, which came from a private house in the 500 block of N. Mariposa St.

"While speaking with the officers, Thomas Binkley became verbally confrontational and ultimately physically assaulted the officers," the Burbank police said in a press release.

Comment: See also: Only one month into the school year and cops have already tasered at least four children

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Italian mafia boss found in secret 'wardrobe' hideout in his own home

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Fugitive mafia boss Antonio Pelle, on the run since 2011, has finally been caught stowed away in a secret hideout in his own home.

The 54-year-old criminal, who was wanted for drugs and arms trafficking as well as mafia association, was found hiding in a small space built between his son's bedroom and the bathroom in his home in Bovalino in Calabria, southern Italy. Footage from the Italian police shows the mafioso talking to officers from the top of a wardrobe before climbing down and being taken into custody.

"It wasn't easy," Francesco Ratta of the Reggio Calabria Mobile Squad told la Repubblica. "Fifty of us sifted through the two-story house where Pelle had always lived, but it took a very attentive eye to discover his hiding place."


Not a single NYPD officer wears a body camera

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One of the reforms stemming from a federal court case on racial discrimination in the New York Police Department's "stop, question and frisk" policy was a pilot program outfitting officers with body cameras. A report shows not one officer wears one.


Police fatally shoot machete-wielding man at University of Colorado

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An unusual and deadly battle played out in the University of Colorado's athletics department when a man began threatening people with a machete. The suspect was shot and killed by police when he refused to obey commands to drop his weapon.

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Lawyer of Paris hotel cleaner sexually abused by Qatari guest speaks out

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The five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
The lawyer for a female cleaner who was molested by a Qatari guest at a luxury Paris hotel has shared details of the case with RT, saying "all procedures" in France generally last a long time when they touch "prominent people."

The five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome hotel in Paris was told to pay a former employee some €57,000 ($64,000) last week after an incident in July 2010, when she was sexually assaulted by an unidentified member of Qatari Prince Al-Thani's entourage.

"The woman I am defending [...] was sexually abused by one of the members of the Qatari prince['s] delegation in one of the Park-Hyatt hotel rooms. Later on, after the abuse, she came to the hotel's security department and on the video from surveillance cameras she recognized the aggressor among the delegation members," lawyer Maude Beckers told RT following the court ruling.

She claimed that following the incident, the hotel authorities tried to hush up the scandal, allowing the man to escape justice.


Rhodes airport is evacuated with passengers 'suffering from burning eyes and fume inhalation' forced to gather outside

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Rhodes Airport in Greece has been evacuated amid reports passengers are suffering from 'burning eyes' and fume inhalation.

Passengers are being told to wait outside the building with large crowds building up.

Some have taken to social media talking about a possible pepper spray attack.

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More security theater: New bill wants TSA at bus and train stations

A new bill hopes to put the Transportation Security Administration to work, policing passengers who are hoping to escape the hectic scene at the airport and enjoy a bus or a train ride. Although the TSA has had a miserable track record at airports around the United States, the Department of Homeland Security won't be happy until everyone who walks, rides a bike or pogo-sticks down the street, is subject to heavy and intrusive security screenings. The new bill was prompted by the recent "terror attacks" in New York, according to law makers.

The bill was introduced by Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The bill entails the implementation of a "risk-based security model" for trains and buses. It also allots money for the expansion of the TSA to work in nearly every bus and train station in America. While this appears to be a government takeover of private transportation, officials claim otherwise. "This is very much not creating for bus or rail transportation the [security] model that exists for aviation," stated Frederick Hill, a spokesman for the Senate committee governing the proposal.

Comment: The growing surveillance state is the whole point. Monitoring the populations every move, restricting freedom of travel and otherwise keeping the herd fearful and in line is the purpose of the TSA. Protecting Americans from terrorists has nothing to do with it.


Your money or your life: The war on cash

What is this war on cash? In this episode of On Target, John W. Whitehead discusses the government's concerted campaign to do away with large bills such as $20s, $50s, $100s and shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce—one that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient.

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