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Italy: Human Traffickers 'Stabbed 60 Migrants to Death' in Latest Boat Tragedy

Italian police have arrested five human traffickers under allegations of stabbing 60 migrants to death and throwing their bodies into the sea off the coast of Lampedusa.

Asylum-seekers rescued by the Danish petrol tanker Torm Lotte between Libya and Malta and taken to Messina told investigators that the sinking fishing boat was carrying between 700 and 750 people, according to Italian media.

Only 569 people were rescued by the Danish freighter, while the others died drowning or were allegedly stabbed or beaten to death by the traffickers in the fishing boat's hold and then hurled into the sea.

Due to its southern location, Lampedusa is a favourite target of migrant smugglers who usually set sail from Libya's loosely patrolled coast.

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/italy-human-traffickers-stabbed-60-migrants-death-latest-boat-tragedy-1457821

Israel Gaza Crisis: German Protesters Chant 'Gas the Jews' in Anti-Israel Rallies

Berlin authorities have ordered pro-Gaza demonstrators to stop chanting anti-semitic messages, after protesters were reportedly heard shouting 'Gas the Jews'.

Sizeable anti-Israel rallies have been held in the German capital, with people taking to the streets allegedly chanting anti-semitic slogans. Some of the demonstrations are said to be organised by Muslim immigrants and neo-Nazi groups.

The Berlin authorities are also investigating anti-semitic behaviour by a radical Imam in the city, after a video uploaded by Israeli daily Haaretz showed an Imam calling for the obliteration of Jews, telling his followers to "kill them to the very last one".

Condemning the anti-semitism, Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was quoted by AFP as saying: "We are currently experiencing in this country an explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews, which shocks and dismays all of us."

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/israel-gaza-crisis-german-protesters-chant-gas-jews-anti-israel-rallies-1457714

Carlton Complex Fire is largest in Washington history, over 4 times the size of Seattle

NEAR CARLTON, Wash. — The Carlton Complex Fire in north-central Washington has grown to 244,000 acres, or 381 square miles — more than four times the size of Seattle — and is the largest wildfire in state history. An estimated 185 homes have been destroyed so far in the flames that are only 2 percent contained.

The largest previous wildfire was the Yacolt Burn Fire at 238,000 acres in 1902.

Moreover, a new wildfire called the Bugg Road Fire, about 8 miles east of Tonasket, along Highway 97, broke out Monday and quickly grew from 300 acres to 1,100 acroes. “Multiple structures threatened,” the Washington Department of Natural Resources tweeted. Mandatory Level 3 evacuation orders were issued for Tonasket, and from Siwash Road at North Siwash Road and Oberg Road.

There are a total of five fires, including the Carlton Complex, burning in the state of Washington as of Monday night.



Read more: http://q13fox.com/2014/07/21/carlton-complex-fire-is-largest-in-washington-history-over-4-times-the-size-of-seattle/

Saving Democracy in Florida

BY JEFFREY TOOBIN

A Supreme Court decision that relatively few people have heard of continues to haunt American politics. A decade ago, in the case of Richard Vieth et al. v. Jubelirer, a group of Pennsylvania voters challenged a partisan gerrymander that Republicans had engineered in the state after the 2000 census. By a five-to-four margin, the Court’s conservative majority ruled against the plaintiffs and found, in effect, that state representatives had free rein to draw district lines—even when they were designed solely to protect members of their political party.

With that green light from the Justices, partisan gerrymandering has become more of a blight in the past ten years. Armed with sophisticated software, state lawmakers can draw districts with ever-greater precision to include or exclude voters of one party or another. The result is that the vast majority of seats in the House of Representatives (and state legislatures) are not competitive. The constituents don’t pick their representatives; rather, the representatives pick their constituents. Both parties engage in the practice, but Republicans have had better opportunities in recent years, especially since 2010, when the census coincided with a Republican landslide. The G.O.P. locked in gains in a range of states, including Pennsylvania (again), Ohio, and Florida.

The redistricting behavior of state legislators has become so craven that a modest political backlash has developed, and a few hopeful signs have emerged. One came last month, in Florida. The Supreme Court had ruled out challenges to partisan redistricting under the United States Constitution, but states remain free to limit the practice under their own laws. In 2010, Florida voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that banned the creation of legislative districts “with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent.” Republicans in Tallahassee fought to keep the law from going into effect, but the state Supreme Court rejected their efforts, and then a group of voters, in a case led by the lawyers David King and John Devaney, challenged the congressional lines that the Republicans drew in 2010.

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http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/saving-democracy-florida

Manatee's Protected Species Status In Danger Because Of A Libertarian Boat Group

The West Indian manatee has been a protected species in Florida since 1967, and an endangered animal since the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Now thanks to a petition and lawsuit by the conservative libertarian group the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), all that could change.

The PLF is urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to downgrade the manatee’s status to threatened, thereby loosening the restrictions on the water inhabited by the manatee.

The PLF is representing an organization called Save Crystal River, who acts as an environmental group but based on their website is more concerned with promoting recreational water-based pastimes that have been limited by the Endangered Species Act.

"Traditional enjoyment of Florida’s natural resources and waterways have been vital historic components of our community," the Save Crystal River site says, boasting that everything from fishing to paddle boating are part of the "valued Florida-wide recreational lifestyle."

If the organization can convince the FWS to downgrade the manatee's protected status, they will be able to open up the river to new areas of exploitation.

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https://www.thedodo.com/-fellows-pitch-group-wants-to--637536796.html

Self-centered assholes

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

The Obama administration immediately declared that those policyholders would keep getting financial aid for their premiums as it seeks review of the ruling. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the decision would have "no practical impact" on tax credits as the case works its way through further appeals.

In the case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business owners argued that the law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states — not by the federal government.

A divided court agreed, in a 2-1 decision that could mean premium increases for more than half the 8 million Americans who have purchased taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the law. The ruling affects consumers who bought coverage in the 36 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, or exchange.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/federal-appeals-court-deals-blow-health-law

Hey idiot wingnuts: Illegal immigration still near record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children.

Here's a look at some numbers on the immigration situation.

—In the last budget year, Border Patrol agents arrested about 420,000 people, most of them along the Mexican border. That followed a three-year trend of near record low numbers of apprehensions.

—Overall, the number of immigrants caught sneaking across the border remains at near historic low levels.

—The last time so few people were arrested at the country's borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests.

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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/despite-crush-children-illegal-immigration-low

From the way the wingnuts howl, you would think billions were crossing.....

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

The Obama administration immediately declared that those policyholders would keep getting financial aid for their premiums as it seeks review of the ruling. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the decision would have "no practical impact" on tax credits as the case works its way through further appeals.

In the case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business owners argued that the law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states — not by the federal government.

A divided court agreed, in a 2-1 decision that could mean premium increases for more than half the 8 million Americans who have purchased taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the law. The ruling affects consumers who bought coverage in the 36 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, or exchange.


Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/federal-appeals-court-deals-blow-health-law



Note this is about the Administration's response

Bond set at $5M each for suspects in murders of 2 homeless men

Three teenagers, two of them clad in gray T-shirts and dark blue pants given to them at the juvenile detention center, appeared before a judge Monday to face murder charges in the beating death of two homeless Navajo men – a savage attack that shocked Albuquerque, New Mexico and the nation.

The two victims, who had not been identified late Monday, were beaten so brutally with cinder block and a pole that they were unrecognizable.

But a homeless man named Emerson Roanhorse, 62, waiting at a bus stop Monday near the vacant lot in northwest Albuquerque where the beating occurred said he knew the slain men as “Coyboy” and “Yazzie.”

Roanhorse said both were Navajo, like him. He had been drinking with the two men Friday night and had slept in a corner of the vacant lot, and he saw part of the attack before running away. He said he saw the boys hit one of the homeless men with what looked like a bat.

“The man was just sleeping. Can you hit a man like that? A homeless man? I don’t like it,” an emotional Roanhorse said. He said the boys were cowards.

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http://www.abqjournal.com/433167/news/bond-is-5m-each-for-suspects-in-2-murders.html

Woman Lets God Drive Car, God Immediately Runs Down Guy On

A woman who smashed into and ran over a motorcyclist in Fort Wayne, Indiana, told police that she had let God drive her car when she ran down 47-year-old Anthony Oliveri, leaving him with serious injuries — but “ecstatic to be alive.”

Prionda Hill, 25, also rammed the back of a Ford pickup truck before running her 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix off the road onto a median next to a Rally’s burger restaurant, according to a police report.

The bizarre accident took place around 9:45 pm on July 11. Hill appeared in court last Thursday where she was charged with failing to stop after an accident, criminal recklessness and two counts of criminal mischief.

According to police, when they found Hill at the Rally’s fast food joint, she told them that she was driving along normally on Jefferson Boulevard near Jackson Street in Fort Wayne, when “out of nowhere God told her that He would take it from here and she let go of the wheel and let Him take it.”


Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1365065/woman-lets-god-drive-car-anthony-oliveri/
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