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US Navy apologizes for using Pokemon Go as recruitment strategy

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The US Navy has apologized after a picture of a recruitment poster selling the army as the ultimate destination for Pokemon Go players emerged online.
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The poster promised to give Pokemon gamers an opportunity to "catch 'em all" around the world. That objective differs slightly from the Navy's official mission of "winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas" - though, to be fair, it does not specifically detail which war one would be winning.

"Would you like to play Pokemon Go around the world?" the poster enticed. Travel, weapons and endless gaming opportunities, what's not to like?

"The United States Navy has the ability to take you around the world, allow you to play Pokémon Go, and help you achieve the goal of becoming a Pokémon master!"


Officer-involved shooting in Tempe, AZ as shooter barricaded himself in senior center and later died from gunshot wound

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There has been an officer-involved shooting following an armed robbery at a pharmacy in Tempe, Arizona. The suspect barricaded himself in a local senior center after scuffling with police, and later died from a gunshot wound.

The police officer is okay, the department said. No residents have been hurt. Roads in the area have been shut down. Police appeared to have been responding to an armed robbery at a nearby Walgreens, according to KSAZ. The suspect was shot there.

A SWAT team has arrived on the scene.

Firefighters are also at the location to assist with elderly residents who have been evacuated from the senior center and into the heat, KSAZ reported. The current temperature is 102 degrees F, and feels like 106 degrees.

Piggy Bank

'The art of the deal': Trump campaign to be sued by Freedom Kids creator

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The USA Freedom Kids from Pensacola perform "Freedom's Call" which has become known as the "Trump Jam" during the U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida January 13, 2016.
The creator of the dance troop, USA Freedom Kids, whose performance at a Donald Trump rally became an internet sensation, is now suing the campaign.

Jeff Popick, creator of the musical act and father of the smallest Freedom Kid, told the Washington Post he plans to file a lawsuit against the Trump campaign for "violating its agreement with the group."

Popick had a verbal agreement to appear at a Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida in January. He originally proposed the show opener be slated for two rallies, but when one never materialized, Popick requested $2,500 for the performance in Pensacola. The campaign counter-offered, suggesting a table for the group to pre-sell their albums, to which Popick agreed.

When they arrived to perform, however, there was no table. Popick described the scene as "complete chaos," adding "they clearly had made no provisions for that."

Comment: See: Trump ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in legal fees in Doral painter's lawsuit

Heart - Black

Welsh teen beaten, starved and held captive in Saudi Arabia by her father

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A Welsh teenager was kept prisoner in a cage, beaten and starved by her father, who disagreed with her "un-Islamic lifestyle," a court has been told. The girl is reportedly still being kept against her will.

Amina al-Jeffrey, now aged 21, was born in Swansea but was allegedly sent to Saudi Arabia aged 16 because her father did not approve of her lifestyle, according to the Times.

She has reportedly been held captive in Jeddah ever since and her father will not allow her to marry a man of her choice, a family division of the High Court heard.

Al-Jeffrey holds dual British and Saudi Arabian citizenship. As British law has no power in Saudi Arabia, and as she is now an adult, it is unclear how any ruling would be applied.

Saudi authorities would not recognize her British citizenship, a spokesperson for the forced marriage unit of the Foreign Office told the newspaper, adding "steps need to be taken to ensure Amina is returned to the UK where her safety can be guaranteed."


Prosecutors drop all remaining charges against cops indicted in death of Freddie Gray

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People gather at city hall in Baltimore, Maryland
Prosecutors dropped all charges against the three remaining Baltimore Police Officers that were indicted over the death of Freddie Gray.

The decision was announced by the Baltmore City State's Attorney's Office on Wednesday morning during a motions hearing for Officer Garrett Miller. Officer William Porter was to set be retried in September, and Sgt. Alicia White was scheduled for trial in October.

The dismissal of the charges wrap up one of the highest-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history, with prosecutors winning no convictions against any of the six officers indicted for their alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray.

The remaining trials would have been presided over Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who had previously acquitted Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson and Brian Rice in bench trials in May, June and July, respectively.

Gray, a black man, was arrested on the morning of April 12, 2015, after he ran from police officers who were on bicycles. His wrists and legs were shackled, and he was loaded into a police van without seat-belted in. During the ride to the police station, Gray fell and suffered from a spiral injury that led to his death in the hospital a week later.


Would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. to be freed from psychiatric hospital after 35 years

U.S. Marshals escorted John Hinckley Jr. to a helicopter in Quantico, Va., on Aug. 8, 1981. Photo:
John W. Hinckley, Jr., will be released from a government psychiatric hospital more than 35 years after he attempted to assassinate president Ronald Reagan and shot three others outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Hinckley, 61, no longer poses a danger to himself or others and will be freed to live full-time with his mother in Williamsburg, Va., effective as soon as Aug. 5 subject to dozens of temporary treatment and monitoring conditions, U.S. District Judge Paul L Friedman of Washington wrote.

If Hinckley adheres to all restrictions, they could begin to be phased out after 12 to 18 months, removing him from court control for the first time since he was confined to St. Elizabeth's hospital after the shooting, according to the order.

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79-year-old woman raped by refugee at German cemetery

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A new rape scandal is brewing in Germany after 40-year-old man from Eritrea with official refugee status was arrested as he was sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a cemetery in North Rhine-Westphalia. The disturbing attack took place in the western German town of Iddenbueren [Ibbenbüren] on Sunday. A local resident alerted the police after he heard a cry for help coming from the cemetery.

The victim, a 79-year-old boarder of a nursing home, was provided first aid before being transferred to a medical facility for treatment. She was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The pensioner is known to visit the cemetery fairly regularly to mourn her long-dead sister, Bild reported.

The alleged perpetrator, who has been living in Germany since 2013, was charged with rape by the prosecution and placed into custody for the course of the investigation, the prosecutor's office of Munster and police for the district of Steinfurt, where the town is located, said in a joint statement. Before being arrested, the suspect was staying at a refugee shelter in the nearby town of Horstel. The assailant did not resist the police as they arrived at the scene early on Sunday morning. He faces up to 15 years behind bars if found guilty.

A wave of sexually-related offences in Germany has triggered immense public outrage and forced authorities to review existing anti-rape laws. The most notorious incident took place during this year's New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, where wide-scale sexual assaults took place.

Comment: The new law, while it may encourage victims to come forth that may have been intimidated by having to provide proof of resistance, opens the door for unsubstantiated convictions of migrants and refugees. Slippery slope.

Bizarro Earth

SITE Intel Group says 'ISIS' warns London 'next to be attacked'

Images threatening attacks in London and other major world capitals have been posted on jihadi messaging app Telegram as counter-terror police issue advice to religious institutions in the UK

London is on the next list of target cities for twisted jihadis, it has been claimed.

Images threatening attacks in London and other major world capitals have been posted on messaging app Telegram, according to analysts at SITE Intelligence Group.

Comment: SITE Intel Group quite often has an all-too-direct "link-up" with ISIS scare-mongering terror threats and their related media. That's because SITE is most certainly the propaganda arm of those intelligence agencies, military groups and government apparatchiks who are actually behind the West's 'war of terror'. No doubt that even if we can expect to see more terror events in the places predicted to receive them, its because SITE was either informed of it by the psychos, or the psychos committing them are following the narrative presented and "creating the reality" that's already been broadcasted by groups like SITE.

See: Not surprised if true! Sotloff video found by group connected to Homeland Security and responsible for releasing fake bin Laden video

One picture chillingly shows New York's Statue of Liberty engulfed in flames but with the caption "Washington soon" - referring to the US capital 225 miles away.

The threat comes as security at British churches is being ramped up amid a new terror alert after ISIS knifemen forced a French priest to kneel before slitting his throat on camera.


Bangladesh police raid kill nine militants with suspected ties to Islamic State

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Police in Bangladesh have killed nine suspected Islamist militants after a gun battle in Dhaka, officials said.

Police were searching the residential area of Kallyanpur when they were attacked by handmade bombs.

Bangladesh has seen a string of deadly attacks on secular writers, bloggers, and member of religious minorities.

Earlier this month 20 people, mostly foreigners, were killed in a bloody attack on an upmarket cafe in Dhaka.

It was not immediately clear which group the suspected militants killed on Tuesday were part of. One suspect was taken into custody by police.


Fukushima to Pokémon Go: 'Stop sending monsters into radioactive areas!'

© Eugene Hoshiko, AP
People gaze at their smartphones as they play "Pokemon Go" at Akihabara district in Tokyo, Friday, July 22, 2016. The wait is over for "Pokemon Go" fans in Japan. Users began tweeting it was available Friday morning, and the Pokemon Co. and the developer of the augmented reality game, U.S.-based Niantic Inc., confirmed its launch shortly after.
Energy officials in Japan are finding that the augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go and nuclear power plants do not mix.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has reached out to San Francisco software development company Niantic and the Tokyo-based Pokémon Company in an attempt to get them to prevent monsters from appearing in areas radioactively affected by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown of 2011.

Although so far, no game-playing trespassers have yet been reported onsite in Tepco's three major power plants (one being the dangerous Fukushima No. 1, damaged by a catastrophic earthquake), Japanese officials nonetheless became worried that they would see straying gamers attempt to catch virtual reality monsters in dangerous radiation zones after three teenagers found their way inside an Ohio plant.

Although a spokesperson for Tepco would not comment as to whether any Pokémon had been found in any nuclear facilities, The Japan Times reports that "Pokemon characters did pop up inside the compounds of some Tepco nuclear plants."

Comment: You would think that people would have enough sense to not play in radioactive areas, but it is apparent that minds are shutting off left and right, paying no attention to reality whatsoever.