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Was Buffalo, NY mom Kiarre Harris jailed over homeschooling decision?

Single mother Kiarre Harris started researching homeschooling last November. She says her two elementary school aged children weren't excelling at their failing Buffalo Public Schools.

"I felt that the district was failing my children and that's when I made the decision to homeschool," she said.

Harris says she filed documents at Buffalo City Hall, following all the steps, informing the district of her intent to homeschool her children. According to documents she provided to 7 Eyewitness News, they're dated December 7th and the district says it received her paperwork.

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Hackers "linked to ISIS" attack UK health services websites

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Hackers linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have carried out an attack on a series of National Health Service (NHS) websites, exposing serious flaws in security systems holding personal information, it has emerged.

Graphic images of violence from the war in Syria were put up on the sites by a group based in North Africa, which declared it was carrying out the cyberattack in retaliation for the West's aggression in the Middle East.

The Tunisian Fallaga Team attacked the six websites three weeks ago. The sites, all based in the southwest of England, dealt with subjects like child care and funding, according to the Independent.

Patient data was vulnerable in the attacks, but initial checks do not indicate that any information was compromised. It is the first time an IS-linked group has carried out a concerted attack on the NHS.

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Northwestern University investigating alleged sexual assaults and drugging at frat houses

© Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston
Northwestern University is investigating anonymous reports that allege at least three students were sexually assaulted and may also have been drugged at fraternity houses in recent weeks, school officials said.

Administrators at the Evanston campus issued a security alert to students Monday after being told that as many as four female students may have been given a date-rape drug during an event Jan. 21 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. Two of those women believe they were then sexually assaulted, according to the report, though it's not clear how the person who reported the alleged incidents knew of them.

The anonymous allegation was made last Thursday, a day before the university received a second anonymous report about a sexual assault at another fraternity house. According to the second report, the attack may have involved a date-rape drug as well.

School officials have not publicly identified the second fraternity. It's unclear if they know the identity of the female student involved in the incident.

Comment: Despite the controversial Rolling Stone rape story at the University of Virginia that turned out be false, campus rape is a very real and ongoing problem in the West. Many students arrive surrounded by a culture of rape, along with a society that too often looks to blame the victim of rape rather than the rapist. More needs to be done to get rid of these cultural norms. See also:


Investigation launched after headless swan found in Exeter Quayside, UK

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The swan was spotted under the blue bridge on Exeter Quay.
Commuters heading to work in Exeter this morning were shocked by the sight of a 'headless' swan found under a bridge at the Quay.

The Echo has had several reports of the dead animal spotted under the bridge next to Samuel Jones pub.

Lisa Prescott reported the gruesome sight this morning adding it had been 'decapitated' and was 'in full view'.

Thomas Prideaux, who works at On The Waterfront, spotted the swan on the way to work this morning, and said he has never seen anything like this. Thomas, 22, is a kitchen supervisor at the restaurant, and said he was walking along the blue bridge at 6.30am when he noticed the dead animal.


71-year-old Georgia man dies in home explosion; several houses damaged, pushed off foundation

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Edgar Brummett, 71, died in a home explosion Friday in North Georgia.
Edgar Brummett had a lot to be thankful for. The 71-year-old had just celebrated his birthday a week and a half earlier.

"He had 71 shots for his birthday, instead of blowing out 71 candles," daughter Ginevra Boyes told Channel 2 Action News.

On Friday, the beloved grandfather died in a White County home explosion when he went to check on the heat after the furnace went out. The explosion reportedly damaged seven homes in the area and pushed some off their foundation.

"Losing the house and all of our grandparents' belongings was one thing," granddaughter Katie McDonald told Channel 2, "but when you lose a loved one, the stuff doesn't even matter anymore."

According to officials, a propane gas leak inside the home led to the explosion along 64 Rhododendron Lane in the unincorporated Sautee Nacoochee community. All indications are that the leak came from inside the home, according to David Murphy, the White County director of public safety.


Irish Data Protection Commissioner challenges Facebook over personal data transfer

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The transfer of user's personal information by Facebook from the European Union to the US faces another legal hurdle. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) has started the referral process to Europe's top court.

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon wants the EU Court of Justice to determine the validity of Facebook's "model contracts" that are represented by common legal arrangements used by thousands of firms to move personal data outside the bloc.

Dixon suggests some of the complaints against the model contracts are "well founded," according to Michael Collins, a lawyer for the commissioner.


Tests reveal lead in drinking water at New York school higher than in Flint, Michigan

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A public school in the Bronx has been found to have 16 times the level of lead in its water supply than was recorded in Flint, Michigan, according to recent Department of Education (DOE) tests.

The tests were carried out by the DOE in conjunction with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Two schools, P.S.41 and I.S.158, had lead levels exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency's 'action level' threshold. The threshold, of 15 parts per billion, was passed multiple times by both schools, with P.S .41 faring particularly badly.

Five faucets at the school tested more than 100 ppb, with one a staggering 442 ppb. I.S.158 fared better with the highest level of lead coming in at 63.8 ppb. To put this into context, during the Flint crisis 90 percent of homes tested had a lead rating of 27 ppb.


Majority of Europeans say Muslim immigration should be stopped

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More than 55 percent of Europeans say that immigration from Muslim-majority countries should be stopped, a poll from a London-based think tank says.

The poll, carried out by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, a group which analyzes major international issues and current affairs, was released on Tuesday.

More than 10,000 people from 10 European states took part in the survey. The respondents were given the following statement: "All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped."


San Francisco reaches deal for free tuition at City College

© Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle
Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim
City College of San Francisco will be free of charge to all city residents under a deal announced Monday by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim that college trustees hope will lead to an enrollment jolt and more state funding for the school.

Under the agreement, which is expected to take effect in the fall, the city will pay $5.4 million a year to buy out the $46-a-credit fee usually paid by students.

The city's contribution will also provide $250 a semester to full-time, low-income students who already receive a state-funded fee waiver. They will be able to use the money to pay for books, transportation, school supplies and health fees. Part-time students with fee waivers will get $100 a semester for the same purpose.

"Now we can say to California resident students that your City College is free," Lee said at a City Hall news conference with Kim, City College trustees, faculty members, acting Chancellor Susan Lamb and others. "This is a good story."


France shocked by death of 5yo boy beaten by stepfather for bedwetting

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Yanis Notre Ange
The shocking death of a 5-year-old boy who was found near the side of a town canal only in socks and underwear with multiple head fractures has stirred the French media. The boy is said to have been cruelly punished by his stepfather for wetting the bed.

The incident took place in the commune of Aire-sur-la-Lys, located in northern French Pas-de-Calais department at about 2:45am on Monday. The boy, identified as Yanis, was found some 200 meters from the house of his stepfather, 30, and his mother, 22, police said, Le Parisien newspaper reports. La Voix Du Nord newspaper, however, reported that the house belonged to the boys' stepfather and his mother lived at a different place.

The couple, which had not been known to police before, were unemployed. Married since August 2015, they did not have any other children.

Rescuers from CODIS (Departmental Operational Center of Fire and Rescue) who arrived at the scene of the incident said the boy died of "cardiac arrest." Police stated that the stepfather alerted them about the incident, saying that the child was found unconscious.

The child's parents were taken for questioning on suspicion of "voluntary violence causing death without intention" into police custody in near-by Saint-Omer commune, police said. French media cited sources as saying the boy had a broken nose and traces of old injuries.