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3 US tourists found dead under mysterious circumstances in Domninican Republic resort

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© AP Photo / Kena Betancur
A Pennsylvania woman who was on vacation with her husband at a Dominican resort unexpectedly passed away in her room, five days before a Maryland couple died in their suite at the same resort under similar circumstances, Fox News reported.

Three American tourists have passed away under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic since May, with the country's police still investigating their deaths.

The 41-year old woman, identified as Miranda Schaup-Werner, collapsed on 25 May after having a drink from the mini-bar at Bahia Principe Bouganville, Fox News reported, citing a relative of hers.

The hotel chain shared a statement via its official Twitter account clarifying that Schaup-Werner had died of a heart attack, with her husband confirming that she had a history of heart conditions.

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Yellow Vests 'Act 30': Tensions & tear gas fly high in southern France

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France's Yellow Vests took to the streets to protest government policies for the 30th weekend in a row. Tensions were particularly high in Montpellier, where clashes between demonstrators and police erupted.

Some 2,000 protesters gathered in the southern French city, considered to be one of the main strongholds of the whole Yellow Vests movement, according to police figures. The demonstration promptly escalated into clashes with police, at least 6 people were reportedly detained.

Police said the protesters pelted them with various projectiles. Law enforcement responded with tear gas that engulfed the narrow streets of the city's center.

Comment: With protests in their 30th week - nearly 9 months - and the barbarism shown by the authorities towards protestors, it's understandable numbers have dwindled, but that doesn't mean the issues which sparked the demonstrations have been resolved, because they certainly haven't. Recent EU parliament election results reflect just how unhappy citizens are, throughout Europe, with their lot: European Parliament Elections 2019: Big Wins For Nationalist Parties in The UK, France, And Italy

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Insane American hunter in viral photo of slain giraffe is 'proud to hunt' for conservation

Tess Tompson
© Facebook/Tess Talley
Images of hunters celebrating their trophies often draw widespread support and widespread condemnation - something Tess Talley knows first hand. In 2017, she killed a giraffe in South Africa. In 2018, her photo of the kill went viral and prompted worldwide outrage.

Talley joined "CBS This Morning" Friday to say that she's "absolutely" still going hunting.

"It's a hobby, it's something that I love to do," she said. Talley said that the controversial kill was part of a conservation hunt, designed to manage the amount of wildlife in a given area.

"I am proud to hunt," she said. "And I am proud of that giraffe."

In an interview with CBS News' Adam Yamaguchi, Talley said that she's made decorative pillows and a gun case out of the slain giraffe, which she described as "delicious."

"You say it's about conservation, but the smile [...] it seems like there's a lot of pleasure in it, too, a lot of joy," said "CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil.

"You do what you love to do. It's joy," she responded. "If you don't love what you do, you're not gonna continue to do it."


Comment: What a disgusting excuse for a human being.


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US Homeland Security reports 'egregious' violations at four ICE detainment facilities

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The Department of Homeland Security said it observed "egregious" violations at four facilities for housing Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

In the general report released on Thursday, DHS said it observed overly restrictive segregation, inadequate medical care, unreported security risks and food safety issues, among other violations at facilities in Adelanto, Calif., Essex County, N.J., LaSalle, La., and Aurora, Colo., that were subject to unannounced visits.

"In response to concerns raised by immigrant rights groups and complaints to the Office of Inspector General Hotline about conditions for detainees held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, we conducted unannounced inspections at four detention facilities to evaluate their compliance with ICE detention standards," DHS said.

The report stated that DHS inspectors found expired food at all four facilities and segregation practices that infringed on detainee rights and violated standards at three facilities.

Two facilities failed to provide recreation outside housing units and two had dilapidated and moldy bathrooms.

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Glenn Greenwald Rips Liberals Begging For Censorship After YouTube 'Adpocalypse'

Glenn Greenwald speaks to Tucker Carlson
© YouTube / Fox News
Glenn Greenwald speaks to Tucker Carlson
Journalist Glenn Greenwald blasted 'liberal' reporters who push for deplatforming and censorship of political opponents. "Imagine going into journalism and begging corporations to silence people," he told Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

Speaking to Carlson on Thursday, after YouTube demonetized hundreds of accounts for posting content even remotely linked to controversial topics, Greenwald excoriated Vox journalist Carlos Maza, whose clamoring against conservative shock-jock Steven Crowder triggered the crackdown.


"YouTube caved in defense of the powerful," Greenwald claimed. "That's what they will always do. Defend the mob and the powerful at the expense of those who are marginalized."

"It would never occur to me to run to social media companies to beg for censorship," he said. "In part, it comes with the territory of being a public figure. I don't want to live in a world where our discourse is policed and determined by overlords who run Silicon Valley companies and will always cater to the most powerful faction."

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Mohamed Noor, former Minneapolis police officer, sentenced to 12½ years in fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk

Police officer Mohamed Noor
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced Friday by a Minnesota judge to 12½ years in prison for the fatal shooting of a woman while responding to her 911 call.

Noor, a 33-year-old Somali-American, was convicted April 20 on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk, who had relocated from her native Australia to Minneapolis to live with her fiancé.

During the sentencing hearing, Ruszczyk's fiancé, Don Damond, read a letter in which he described weeping in a dress shop when he saw her wedding dress a week after her death.

"I had an experience of what that magical wedding night in Hawaii would have been like," he said. "I fantasized about seeing you walk on the beach in that dress toward me to exchange our vows. I fantasized kissing you as they designated us man and wife."But these are not memories but sad wishes of what will never be."

Comment: See also: What 'white privilege'? No one has been prosecuted in Justine Ruszczyk's death


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Fighting back: Google discrimination case first brought by James Damore allowed to proceed

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© Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group
James Damore, a former Google employee who wrote a controversial diversity memo, appears alongside attorney Harmeet Dhillon during a press conference Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif., announcing a lawsuit against his former employer.
A judge on Friday rejected Google's motions to throw out a lawsuit brought by fired engineer James Damore accusing the internet company of discrimination against conservatives, men and white people.

The ruling by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Brian Walsh means the case, which Damore exited late last year in favor of arbitration, can move forward into the discovery phase.

"This ruling is a significant step forward for all California workers, and sends notice to Silicon Valley that discrimination of any kind will not be escape legal scrutiny," lead plaintiffs' attorney Harmeet Dhillon said in a statement.

Comment: The backlash is only just beginning.


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Police sergeant arrested after allegedly lying about assault caught on body cam

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© Baltimore Police Department
Ethan Newberg, a 24-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, was arrested and charged with assault, misconduct and false imprisonment on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Baltimore police announced the arrest of one of their own on Thursday after reviewing officer-worn body cam footage painting a very different picture than what one of their senior officers reported.

Sgt. Ethan Newberg was charged with second-degree assault, misconduct and false imprisonment for allegedly attacking a man who did nothing wrong. The charges came after officials reviewed footage from his body-worn camera of an arrest earlier this week conducted by Newberg.

According to officials, Newberg, a 24-year veteran with the department, was running a warrant check and claimed a second man at the scene "challenged him and became combative and aggressive."

"The body worn camera that I reviewed tells a much different story," Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a press conference Thursday. "It shows the man speaking to Sgt. Newberg and walking calmly away after offering his opinion that Sgt. Newberg should have not placed the suspect on a wet sidewalk."

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Lend me your ears: Vatican Radio broadcasts news in language of Caesar

People dressed as ancient Roman soldiers
© Reuters/Max Rossi
People dressed as ancient Roman soldiers march past the Colosseum.
What's the Latin for smartphone? Listeners to Vatican Radio may soon find out as the station has launched news bulletins in the language of Caesar and Cicero.

The move is part of efforts to revive the use of Latin and the first five-minute bulletin was broadcast on Saturday morning. Mere decades ago Latin was a staple in school systems in many European countries as well as being the language of all Roman Catholic services, however its use has waned significantly.

War Whore

Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista responds following vote of no confidence

Chief Ramon Batista
Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista has responded to the results of a vote of no confidence against him.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Mesa Fraternal Order of Police said of the 564 police department employees who responded to the vote, 95% of them said they had no confidence in Chief Batista, with only 23 employees saying they had confidence in the chief.

"He is no longer welcome in the Mesa Police Department. He is no longer welcome in our home and we'd like him to leave," said Nate Gafvert, President with the Mesa Police Association.

"Morale has never been worse at the Mesa Police Department," said Will Biascoechea, President of Mesa Fraternal Order of Police, in the statement. "Through his ineffective leadership and intimidation of police officers, Chief Batista has created a toxic environment that puts both police officers and citizens in danger."