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BREAKING: 19 killed, 45 injured as knife-wielding man goes on rampage at medical facility near Tokyo

A man was arrested after killing 19 people and injuring 45 others in a stabbing rampage at a facility for the disabled in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo, local media reported, citing authorities.

Twenty of the injured are in critical condition, the national fire department, which also performs emergency medical care, has said.

A 20-year-old man was arrested by police after the attack, national broadcaster NHK reported. He was said to be holding a knife.

Attention

Nitrous oxide kills newborn, leaves second critical in hospital negligence

© Damir Sagolj / Reuters
One baby has died and another is in a critical condition after being mistakenly administered nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, instead of oxygen at a hospital in Sydney, Australia.

The newborns were being treated at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital when they were accidentally given the gas, which had been incorrectly installed in a neo-natal resuscitation unit.

The babies were administered the gas, which is both colorless and odorless, in June and July.

Although the oxygen and nitrous oxide tanks advertised on the manufacturer's website differ in color - one is black, the other light blue - the error was spotted only on Thursday after concerns were raised by a pediatrician following the death of one of the infants, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Handcuffs

Oklahoma sheriff arrested after allegations of selling, using drugs; forcing intoxicated women to dance, strip in his home

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A 62-year-old sheriff from Oklahoma has been accused of turning his own home into a drug den where his son dealt methamphetamine, while it is also believed he helped to cover up a missing person's case in which another family member is the main suspect.

Sheriff Marion 'Joe' Russell has been the long arm of the law in Love County in southern Oklahoma on the Texan border since 2000, but this may not be the case for much longer. A grand jury is accusing him of corruption, housing a fugitive and neglect of duty.

The evidence that has been compiled against Russell does not make for good reading. His own son, George 'Willie' Russell, has already admitted to federal charges of methamphetamine distribution and is awaiting sentencing.

"There has been drug use for a number of years in Willie's house that he shares with the sheriff, drug purchases, drug sales ... and that has been going on with no consequences," FBI Special Agent Steve West said, according to the Oklahoma-based publication NewsOK, while also adding that Willie used his father's police vehicle to peddle the drug.

Sheriff Russell is also accused of harboring a fugitive for a number of weeks in 2015. Sara Bamburg, who had four warrants for her arrest, was dating his son Willie at the time and according to the affidavit, "willfully maintained a dwelling where drugs are kept," the Daily Beast reported.

Comment: Read Brently Kopopolous' latest SOTT Focus for more on the state of 'law enforcement' in the U.S. and horrific stories of police brutality:

Police State Roundup: Cops assault, rape, and shoot civilians - lie about it - and get away with it


Pistol

Man pulls gun, threatens father inside Kentucky movie theater after child kicks his seat

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An Illinois man is accused of pulling a gun inside a Paducah, Kentucky movie theater on Saturday morning, July 23. Paducah police say they will seek charges against the man.

According to police, they were called to the Cinemark Theater on Hinkleville Road at around 11:50 a.m. on Saturday after a fight broke out inside the theater. A man told one of the officers that he and his son were sitting behind another man and the son was kicking the back of the man's seat.

According to witnesses, the man got up and cursed at the boy, asking if he was going to continue kicking his seat. Police say the boy's father broke in and a fight began between the two men. They say as the father got the upper hand in the fight, witnesses told them the other man pulled a gun and said, "What the [expletive] are you going to do now?"

According to police, other people in the theater saw the gun and began running for the exit. Three men, including theater employees and patrons, escorted the man from the theater and were outside with him when police arrived.

Cupcake Pink

People lined up for 'cronuts' at New York bakery unfazed by dead body on nearby bench

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Dominique Ansel's cronut
People were waiting in line outside the SoHo bakery famous for creating the "Cronut," despite a dead body slouched on a nearby bench.

When EMS responded, most people reportedly stayed in line, 1010 WINS Roger Stern reported. Alex, a woman visiting from Indiana, said she would have stayed for a chance at scoring the tasty treat. "I just heard that they're so good so might as well just wait," she said.

John from the East Village had a different take and said he would've have left. "I doubt I would have stayed. That's just too much, just to get a Cronut, that's too much of an experience," he said.

As for the man on the bench, sources said he's from the area and that his death does not appear to be suspicious.

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'Lock her up': Chorus of outrage over Clinton misdeeds grows as Bernie supporters call for indictment

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Hundreds of environmentalists and Bernie Sanders supporters march through downtown before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia.
It's not just Republicans that want presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in prison.

At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of "lock her up," "Hillary for Prison" signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention.

Republicans used last week's Republican National Convention to make the case that Mrs. Clinton's perceived ethical lapses made her unfit for office. Delegates to the Republican convention could be heard chanting "Lock her up!" while "Hillary for Prison" shirts and bumper stickers have proliferated across the country.

Comment: The world is indeed looking on in horror as Killary heads to Philadelphia to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for president: Hillary Clinton, a threat to humanity - Her candidacy must be opposed


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Idiocracy: Moronic rapper shoots himself in face for publicity [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

© Kasper Knight / Facebook
The rapper said the shot wasn't that painful.
50 Cent has been shot nine times, but his boasts are nothing compared to Kasper Knight who laughs off a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. The Indianapolis rapper's bizarre video has been viewed nearly 600,000 times on Facebook.

"I actually wanted to put this in a music video/ but no cameraman wanted to film it. So I did it myself since I felt like taking a bullet to the face," Knight said of the video, in which he can be seen firing a gun into his right cheek.

Blood can be seen pouring from his face and mouth but Knight doesn't seem too upset, instead laughing in the car in which he's a passenger, as he spits out blood.

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Heartless! Bipolar rape victim ordered to jail because authorities didn't want to provide her services over the Christmas break

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After surviving a brutal rape, an anonymous Texas woman found herself remanded to jail — where she suffered beatings and psychological terror — because the possibly criminally-inept authorities weren't in the mood to care for her over Christmas break.

Now, the rape victim is suing over what amounts to re-victimization due to incompetence by officials whose desire for worry-free vacation trumped responsibility to protect a state witness.

In court documents cited by NPR's The Two-Way, "Jane Doe found herself hopelessly trapped in a bizarre plot pulled from a Kafka novel," and "was imprisoned in the hellhole of the Harris County Jail for no reason other than being a rape victim who struggles with a mental disability."

Jane, an obvious pseudonym employed to maintain privacy, suffers from bipolar disorder and, as NPR paraphrased court documents, in December 2015 experienced 'a mental breakdown while testifying against her rapist, and authorities checked her into the general population at Houston's Harris county jail because they feared she would flee before finishing her testimony.'

USA

Protester arrested and charged for hanging upside-down flag on his house wins $55K civil suit

A man from central Pennsylvania was kidnapped by police and deprived of his rights for doing nothing more than hanging an American flag upside down on his own property. Joshua Brubaker has since settled a civil rights lawsuit against the city for more than $55,000.

The Altoona Mirror reports Friday that supervisors in Allegheny Township, Blair County, have approved letting their insurance company pay the money to Joshua Brubaker.

In May of 2014, Brubaker said he was standing up for his American Indian heritage when he hung the upside down flag outside of his home with the letters AIM spray painted on it. AIM stands for American Indian Movement.

The flag was to protest the plans to route the proposed Keystone Pipeline through the site of the Wounded Knee confrontation in South Dakota.

Attention

Germany in tension: Four attacks in one week

© Michaela Rehle / Reuters
Police secure the area after an explosion in Ansbach, Germany, July 25, 2016.
Four violent attacks against the public in Germany in a matter of just one week have left the country stunned and fearful that another incident could take place anywhere and at any time. German officials have said that attacks will only intensify.

Ansbach blast

The latest attack took place on Sunday in the Bavarian city of Ansbach, where a 27-year-old Syrian who had been rejected asylum set off a bomb reportedly containing metal fragments designed to maximize injuries. The blast from the improvised device, hidden in a backpack, killed the bomber and injured at least 12 people. The man reportedly tried to initiate the explosion twice, also trying to enter a music festival where about 2,500 people were gathered. After being denied entry to the event, the man blew himself up in front of a nearby restaurant.

"My personal view is that it is unfortunately very likely that a real Islamist suicide attack took place here," German newspaper Die Welt quoted Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann as saying.


Comment: Is he suggesting that fake Islamist suicide attacks have taken place in Germany or elsewhere? Very interesting!


Comment: RFE/RL reports:
German authorities are investigating 60 asylum seekers suspected of possible links to terrorist organizations, including Islamic State, the Federal Criminal Police Office BKA said on July 25.

"Considering the ongoing migration movement into Germany, we have to assume that there are active or former members, supporters and sympathizers of terrorist organizations and Islamist war criminals among the refugees," the BKA said in a statement.

The statement said police did not currently have any concrete indications of attack plans.

Police have received a total of 410 tip-offs from local authorities in Germany's 16 federal states on possible terrorists among refugees, the statement said.