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Martin Luther King Jr. discusses JFK in rediscovered 1960 tape

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In this Dec. 17, 1962 file photo, Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Ga., at the White House in Washington with President John F. Kennedy at right. The meeting occurred as Kennedy met with members of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa. Historians generally agree that Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960, and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released, helped JFK win the White House that fall. King himself, while appreciative, wasn't as quick to credit the Kennedys alone with getting him out of jail, according to a previously unreleased portion of the interview with the civil rights leader days after Kennedy's election.
As the nation reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., an audiotape of an interview with the civil rights leader discovered in a Tennessee attic sheds new light on a famous phone call John F. Kennedy made to King's wife more than 50 years ago.

Historians generally agree that Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960 - and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released - helped JFK win the White House that fall.

King himself, while appreciative, wasn't as quick to credit the Kennedys alone with getting him out of jail, according to a previously unreleased portion of the interview with the civil rights leader days after Kennedy's election.

"The Kennedy family did have some part ... in the release," King says in the recording, which was discovered in 2012. "But I must make it clear that many other forces worked to bring it about also."

A copy of the original recording will be played for visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for a "King Day" event on Jan. 20.

King was arrested a few weeks before the presidential election at an Atlanta sit-in. Charges were dropped, but King was held for allegedly violating probation for an earlier traffic offense and transferred to the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Ga.

The Kennedys intervened, and King was released. Their intervention won the support of black voters who helped give Kennedy the winning edge in several key states.

Despite their help, however, King was careful not to give them too much credit.

"I think Dr. King was aware in the tape that he probably did more for John F. Kennedy than perhaps John F. Kennedy did for him," said Keya Morgan, a New York-based collector and expert on historical artifacts. Morgan acquired the reel-to-reel audiotape from Chattanooga, Tenn., resident Stephon Tull, who discovered it while cleaning out his father's attic.

Raymond Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Maryland's Morgan State University, said Kennedy's call to King's wife was political in nature because the Kennedys had been slow to get involved in the civil rights movement.

He said John Kennedy didn't actually commit to the movement until a few months before his assassination when civil rights leader Medgar Evers was gunned down by a Klansman outside his Jackson, Miss., home just after midnight on June 12, 1963.

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Indictment in bizarre plot - FBI says ex-GE worker conspired to make, use radiological death ray

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© Lori Van Buren/Times Union
Home of Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Providence, N.Y. Crawford is accused in a federal complaint of developing a "radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death against Crawford's enemies," states the complaint attributed to an FBI agent. He is also allegedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Albany - A Galway man has been indicted on federal charges of plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was arrested in June along with Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson after an FBI task force said the men conspired to sell a homemade radiation weapon to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan.

A federal grand jury in Albany handed up a three-count felony indictment Thursday charging Crawford with attempting to produce and use a radiological device, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and distribution of information relating to weapons of mass destruction.

Both men have been in jail since their arrests.

Feight, whose alleged role was to design and build an electronic triggering device so the weapon could be activated from a distance, has not been indicted but remains charged under a federal complaint. He is negotiating a plea agreement with the Justice Department, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Crawford, who worked as a General Electric Co. industrial mechanic, and Feight, a computer software expert, are accused of designing and trying to operate a vehicle-mounted radiation device that was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity at humans. The concept was that victims would mysteriously die from radiation poisoning within days.

Crawford and Feight are acquaintances who over the course of a year devised a plan to sell the weapon to a terrorist organization, according to the FBI. Crawford's role was to design and build the radiation device and its power supply, according to a federal complaint.

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Cher tweeted Thursday that she has lost trust in Obama

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Liberal self ascribed feminist Cher tweeted Thursday that she has lost trust in the government.

Cher apparently lost her trust in the federal government on Thursday.
I Wanted 2 share a Sad feeling.When I Was Young,WE DIDNT TRUST GOV.Later,I Had HOPE Now I know not 2 hope& may never trust in it again Joe

- Cher (@cher) January 16, 2014
The cause of the star's angst with government is unknown but Twitchy speculates it might have to do with a tweet about fracking:

Bad Guys

Oil leak on massive pipeline pushing tar sands through the Great Lakes

Enbridge Energy has just reported that their Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline is being shut down because they have spilled over 5000 gallons of oil. The spill happened in Saskatchewan, Canada, and it is not yet clear what has caused the leak. Enbridge has reported that the spill occurred at one of their pumping stations but some of the oil has sprayed onto nearby private property.

This latest spill is yet another example on why Enbridge should focus a lot more time on pipeline safety instead of rushing and pushing through massive amounts of pipeline expansion projects throughout Canada and the US.

In fact, Enbridge is currently trying to gain approval in both canada and the US to expand the Alberta Clipper pipeline. They want to increase pressure on this pipeline from 450,000 barrels per day to 880,000 barrels per day!

The Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline is the beginning point for all the Enbridge expansions throughout the Great Lakes, which will make the largest freshwater system, in the world, a super highway for transporting and refining tar sands. Enbridge is even one of the companies behind the recent proposal to ship tar sands, via tankers, throughout the Great Lakes.

Phoenix

Fire devours historic Norwegian village, 90 people hospitalized

 A fire blasts over a house, destroying many of the famed 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses
© AFP Photo / NTB / Arne Veum Norway
A fire blasts over a house, destroying many of the famed 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses in the village Laerdal, southern Norway, on January 19, 2014.
Ninety people have been treated in hospital and 30 properties burnt to the ground in a massive fire in the western Norwegian village Laerdal, on Sognefjord fjord listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Scores of people have been evacuated from the heritage village of 1,150 as around 100 personal from the emergency services battle to put out the flames. Police also fear that gas canisters at a nearby industrial facility may explode and the area has been cordoned off.

The work of firefighters is being hampered by strong winds and police told Norwegian TV they were trying to bring in a helicopter to help contain the fire but that it was being delayed by media drones, which were operating in the area.

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Philadelphia teen suffers ruptured testicle during police 'patdown'

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16-year old Darrin Manning
A straight-A student suffered a ruptured testicle during a patdown by Philadelphia police and was then charged with resisting arrest.

Darrin Manning told The Philadelphia Inquirer he got off the subway Jan. 7 on his way to play in a high school basketball game with a dozen teammates wearing their team uniforms and hats, gloves and scarves given to them by a teacher.

Police claim the boys were wearing ski masks, but the teens said they had covered their faces with scarves because it was cold outside.

The 16-year-old student at Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School said one of his teammates may have smarted off to an officer staring them down, and he said the boys ran when the police officer approached them.

Manning admits that he ran at first out of fear, but then he stopped.

"I didn't do anything wrong," he said.

Police records show that Manning, who is black, fought with Officer Thomas Purcell, who is white, after he stopped running, striking the officer three times and ripping off his police radio.

Manning said he was roughed up, struck with handcuffs and then placed in those handcuffs, and the teen said a female officer pulled his genitals so hard during a patdown that one of his testicles ruptured.

"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts, and then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop," Manning said.

Pistol

Illinois school put into prison-style lockdown when single .22 caliber round found in gym

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© WTHI TV
Palestine - A high school was put into complete lockdown when someone found a single .22 caliber round in the gymnasium.

Not a gun. Just a single bullet.

The incident happened Wednesday, January 15th at around 11:00 a.m. Someone found the tiny bullet and - instead of discarding it - took things to the absolute extreme. Superintendent Joe Sornberger placed the school into lockdown and called for police to search the entire school.

Students were confined to their classrooms for two and a half hours, as police searched the school and all of their personal property. The bullet was used as probable cause to warrantlessly search students' lockers and their personal vehicles that were parked on school property, according to WTHI TV. Anything inside lockers or vehicles was evidently fair game for a search: purses, backpacks, coat pockets, and whatever else the police felt like snooping through.

The Palestine Police Department and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office participated in the lockdown and warrantless search.

Nothing was reported found. After an extensive search, the lockdown was lifted at 1:30 p.m.

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"Oops, I did it again": Serial killer Joanna Dennehy bragged about murders to accomplice before two more stabbings

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Trial: Joanna Dennehy
Stony-faced serial killer Joanna Dennehy bragged about her killing spree to an alleged accomplice by glibly remarking: "Oops, I did it again."

A court heard of the chilling admission along with two terrifying accounts of men who survived separate knife attacks by evil Dennehy.

During one of the bloodthirsty assaults, Dennehy told her petrified victim, "I'm going to f***ing kill you" as she repeatedly stabbed him.

A friend of hers also claimed how Dennehy had boasted about killing a total of eight people.

It came to light during the trial of Gary Stretch, 47, and Leslie Layton, 37, who are accused of helping Dennehy, 31.

The twisted mother-of-two has already admitted murdering John Chapman, 56, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and her landlord Kevin Lee, 49.

She stabbed the three men in the heart and dumped their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire in late March last year.

However, a retired firefighter told Cambridge crown court how he almost became another victim when she launched an attack on him days later in April.

Bizarro Earth

Mad world: Two toddlers stabbed to death by their own mother who thought she was performing exorcism

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Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
A Germantown mother and another woman accused of killing two toddlers and trying to kill two other children believed that they were releasing demonic spirits that had possessed the siblings, Montgomery County police said Saturday.

The two dead children - a boy, Norell Harris, 1, and a girl, Zyana Harris, 2 - were found Friday morning on their mother's bed in a Germantown townhouse. Both had been stabbed repeatedly, police said. A sister, Taniya Harris, 5, and a brother, Martello Harris, 8, were seriously injured but are expected to survive.

Police said the women thought that they were performing an exorcism, although it did not appear they had followed any ritual.

"This was all about what was in their minds," said Capt. Marcus Jones, commander of the county's major crimes unit. "They felt like there was something bad going on with the children, and they were trying to release it."

Road Cone

Controversy over pubic hair on NYC store window mannequins

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US clothing chain American Apparel has sparked controversy by putting mannequins sprouting pubic hair in the windows of their shop in New York's boho Lower East Side.

Passersby stopped to gawk, take photographs, chuckle or raise a horrified eyebrow at the stick-thin plastic models decked out in see-through bras and panties, with bushy bikini lines.

Many people consider women's body hair a private embarrassment requiring painful grooming at beauty salons, and find the display shocking and provocative.

But American Apparel, which in the past has been accused of sexist and controversial marketing campaigns, said it was celebrating "natural beauty" in the run-up to the Valentine's Day rush.

"We invite passers-by to explore the idea of what is 'sexy,' consider their comfort with the natural female form - and perhaps most importantly - to come in and try on some of our favorite styles of the season," said creative director Iris Alonzo.

Layla Khabiri, who works in a wine bar and lives round the corner, called it a "cheap ploy" designed to drive up sales, but found it interesting for being a "little counter-culture."