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Polanski cancels appearance for 'lifetime achievement award' after the Swiss remind him that he's a paedophile

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The Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been forced to pull out of an appearance at the Locarno film festival, where he was due to pick up a lifetime achievement award, after Swiss politicians and newspapers accused him of being a paedophile.

The 80-year-old director of Chinatown and The Pianist, who is still wanted in the US on nearly 40-year-old sexual-assault charges, issued a statement apologising for his decision not to travel from his home in France. The film-maker had been due to present his new film Venus in Fur, which stars his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, at an outdoor screening in Locarno's Piazza Grande on Thursday.

"Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit," he said. "I am deeply saddened to disappoint you."

Polanski fled the US for France in 1977 after he was accused of plying 13-year-old Samantha Geimer with champagne and Quaaludes during a modelling shoot at his friend Jack Nicholson's house in Los Angeles, then raping her. He skipped the country after it became clear he could face a 50-year sentence, despite having already served 42 days behind bars as part of a 90-day plea bargain in which he accepted a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor that he had assumed deferred the possibility of further punishment.


Former Marine sniper involved in controversial 2010 video of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses found dead

Then Sgt. Robert Richards served as the scout sniper platoon team leader for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, during its 2011 tour. His attorney said he'll be buried with full military honors.
A Marine Corps combat veteran who endured a long, public legal battle with the service's senior leadership was found dead Wednesday night.

Retired Cpl. Robert Richards, 28, died at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to Guy Womack, Richards' attorney and friend. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, Womack said, adding that it does not appear to be self-inflicted. A medical examiner will look at the mix of medication Richards was taking, he said.

Richards was a scout sniper with multiple deployments to Afghanistan, including one in 2010 during which he sustained severe injuries. Peers and superiors alike praised him for his combat prowess and leadership skills, evidenced by his being hand-selected to serve as the scout sniper platoon team leader for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, during its 2011 tour.

It was during that deployment when Richards and three other Marines made a video of themselves urinating on Taliban corpses. The video surfaced online in January 2012, causing an international uproar. But the Marine Corps' prosecution of Richards and others connected to the incident would become overshadowed by allegations that the service's commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, and his legal advisers manipulated the military justice process to ensure they were punished harshly. A Pentagon investigation did not substantiate those claims.


Picture posted on social media of high school lunch outrages Kentucky parents

More than 700 students eat lunch at Warren East High School each day.
Someone posted a picture of Tuesday's lunch, and it spread on social media, causing concern among parents over the food's quality. "They said someone's mom posted it and said, 'This is what they're feeding my 6'3" boy,'" explained Khalil Brit, a junior at the high school. Several parents even contacted WBKO -- saying students leave hungry.

"In today's social media age nothing ceases to amaze me," said Rob Clayton, the superintendent of Warren County Public Schools. The next day (Wednesday) students said the picture on Facebook is not accurate. "Some people said it was stupid. Some said they saw it, but didn't really comment on it," said, Sabrina Bowman, another student at the high school. After seeing the photo, the superintendent stopped by for lunch.

"We want their feedback, and I've been pleasantly surprised when I spoke to dozens of students today. I can't find any individual who claims that yesterday's lunch was not good," Clayton said.Lunch plates were piled high, and when asked if they have enough to eat, students said yes.

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Militarized Police: St. Louis County police were supplied with military-grade weapons by Pentagon during Ferguson protests

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Images coming from a tense Ferguson, Missouri this week show local police armed to the teeth and appearing as an occupying force in attempts to suppress citizen outrage over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer.

Through its 1033 program, the Pentagon offers hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to police forces throughout the US. St. Louis County, which encompasses Ferguson, is part of the program, according to Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency.

"St. Louis County law enforcement agencies received twelve 5.56 millimeter rifles and six .45 caliber pistols from the Department of Defense between Aug. 2, 2010, and Feb. 13, 2013," a Missouri public safety official confirmed to USA Today.


Homeland security predicts rise of 'anti-government violence'

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A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis predicts increased "anti-government violence over the next year." The document says the inspiration for violence is Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville standoff with the Bureau of Land Management from earlier in the year.

DHS's seven-page report entitled "Domestic Violent Extremists Pose a Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement" points to the recent murders of two Las Vegas law enforcement officers as evidence that there is a "growing trend of anti-government violence compared to the previous four years and inspired by perceived government overreach and oppression" and the "perceived victory at Bunkervile" will "likely prompt more violence."

Bundy's 20-year legal dispute with the BLM over grazing fees on federal land escalated when the agency attempted to seize his cattle in the beginning of April. An armed stand off between the BLM and supporters of Bundy ensued until the feds backed off before any serious violence erupted and left the 67-year-old rancher's land.

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
John F. Kennedy


Mother arrested for leaving her kids in a park while she went to a food bank

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Police arrested Ashley Richardson, a mother in Winter Haven, Florida, on Tuesday after they found her four children playing alone in a park while she went to a local food bank.

An officer saw the children, who range in age from six to eight, playing in a park alone and said they waved her over when the eight-year-old got stuck in a toddler's swing, which required assistance from fire rescue personnel to get him out. She also said they played near a road and in water along the lakefront.

When Richardson, 28, returned to the park, she was arrested. She told the officers that she had gone to a food bank and didn't think it would take as long as it had. She's now facing four counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm.

While the situation for her children is far less than ideal, Police Chief Gary Hester had strong words for her. "I met some pretty mature 6, 7, 8-year-olds but you don't leave them unattended," he said. "I guess the question we should be asking is this 28-year-old mother, should she be left unattended. Doesn't look like she's mature enough to be a parent. She's being supervised today in the county jail. Hopefully she learns her lesson."

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Common Core idiocy triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home.

The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year, reports. As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; that's 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school.

While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the public schools in the first place. "Common Core is a big factor that I hear people talk about," Beth Herbert, founder of Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association, told

"They're not happy with the work their kids are coming home with. They've decided to take their children home." In-the-know parents understand that Common Core's plodding approach to math instruction leaves students unprepared for college study in STEM courses - science, technology, engineering and math.


Cops kill man in Walmart over toy gun, bystander dies from incident as well

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Young father John Crawford was shot and killed by police this week at a Wal-Mart store in Ohio, because he was apparently carrying around a toy gun that was available for purchase in the store. Police were called to the store by an irresponsible couple who had seen Crawford walking around with the gun pointed in the air.

According to the victim's girlfriend, the police had shot Crawford before they even gave him a chance to put down the gun.

"We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said, 'It's not real,' and the police start shooting and they said, 'Get on the ground,' but he was already on the ground because they had shot him, and I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human," LeeCee Johnson, the victim's girlfriend told reporters.

"He had a lot of family members that cared about him, and his kids. They're not going to be able to know their dad. They're too young, only 4 months and a year old, to even know how wonderful he was to them," she added.


The working class is sinking and dragging Walmart down with it

Another quarter, another disappointment.
Business continues to disappoint at Walmart's U.S. locations. The big-box retailer reported on Thursday that sales at existing stores were flat in the latest quarter after declining for the previous five. It said traffic dipped 1.1 percent (though customers who made it in chose to spend slightly more) and cut its full-year earnings outlook on higher-than-expected health care costs and company spending on e-commerce.

Walmart has now spent months explaining away the poor performance of its U.S. division. In the first quarter it blamed the weather; in Q4 2013 it cited cuts to government benefits and increased taxes; and in Q3 2014 it gave perhaps the vaguest excuse of all, a "challenging global economy and negative currency exchange rate fluctuations." In a sign that it might be finally shouldering some responsibility for its results, Walmart a few weeks ago ousted U.S. chief Bill Simon and appointed former Walmart Asia head Greg Foran to replace him.


Arrested federal judge keeps getting $200K salary

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An Alabama federal judge stripped of his caseload following his arrest on domestic violence charges in Atlanta will continue receiving his annual salary of nearly $200,000.

Legal experts say federal judicial rules don't include a provision for withholding the pay of U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller while a disciplinary committee reviews the case.