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February 3, 2024

Pakistan Ex-PM Imran Khan and Wife Jailed for 7 Years for Unlawful Marriage

Source: Reuters

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Khan were sentenced to seven years in prison and fined on Saturday by a court that ruled their 2018 marriage broke the law, his party said.

It was the third ruling against Khan this week and comes ahead of national elections on Thursday that he is barred from contesting.

Khan, 71, has in recent days been sentenced to 10 years for leaking state secrets and 14 years along with this wife for illegally selling state gifts. His representatives say he will launch appeals in all three cases.

It was not immediately clear if his various sentences would run concurrently.

Khan is in prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, while his wife will serve her sentence at their hilltop mansion in nearby Islamabad. He already faces a 10-year disqualification from holding public office.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2024-02-03/pakistan-ex-pm-imran-khan-wife-get-7-years-for-unlawful-marriage-ary-news

February 3, 2024

Biden Can't Beat the MAGA Meme Machine Online, Kingmaker Clyburn Says

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s reelection bid won't be won by million-dollar ad buys or social media sound bites, says U.S. Representative James Clyburn, the man who was key to Biden’s 2020 win.

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s supporters have built a “MAGA wall” online of memes and social media noise that is overwhelming news about Biden’s economic and policy wins, making it impossible to get Democrats’ message across, Clyburn said in a recent interview in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

Clyburn, who at 83 is arguably the most influential Black political voice in the United States, says Biden's campaign needs to focus more attention on building a historic ground game filled with "voices and validators" who can energize voters and combat a looming disinformation campaign."If we are going to be successful in this campaign, we are going to have to have what I call hand-to-hand combat, boots on the ground. We are going to have to do what is necessary to circumvent, or smash through that MAGA wall that is being built on sound bites,” Clyburn said, referring to the acronym for Trump's Make America Great Again slogan.

The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

January 29, 2024

Opinion: Trump is wrong. This is the real terror threat in America

Trump is already in general election mode and he knows that the southern border is a weak spot for President Joe Biden. Trump also surely recalls that conflating terrorism and immigration was a winner for him back in the 2016 presidential race — remember the “Muslim ban”? So why not go back to this electorally proven well again?

But is Trump right? Let’s take his first claim, that terrorists are pouring into the US from all over the globe. If this were true, wouldn’t that be kind of a big news story? When terrorists get arrested anywhere in the US, the media covers such stories intensively, as it did in the case of an Uzbek man sentenced to life in prison last year for his role in a terrorist attack in Manhattan that killed eight people.

Strangely, we aren’t hearing stories of terror attacks across the US by people who infiltrated the southern border. It must be the lamestream media covering up for the terrorists!

In fact, what Trump appears to be referring to are US Customs and Border Protection statistics about encounters with individuals at US borders who are on the US terrorism watch list. To be clear, being on this terrorism watchlist does not mean you are a terrorist.


January 22, 2024

Narco-sub with $27m of 'scorpion' cocaine seized in Colombia

Source: BBC

A semi-submersible carrying almost 800kg of cocaine, including parcels stamped with a scorpion symbol, has been intercepted by the Colombian Navy.

The 15m-long (50ft) "narco-sub", the first to be detected this year, was seized in Colombian waters.
The navy estimated the haul was worth $27m (£21m) and said the sub was believed to be on its way to the US or Europe.
Three people who were on board the craft have been arrested.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-68059754?utm_source=flipboard&utm_content=BBCNews%2Fmagazine%2FWorld

January 21, 2024

AI could flag patients' dangerous alcohol use before surgery

AI could flag patients' dangerous alcohol use before surgery Misusing alcohol around a surgery is associated with higher infection rates, longer hospital stays and other surgical complications.

Alcohol can cause risky surgical complications for patients who drink in the days leading up to a procedure, but signs of dangerous alcohol use aren't always obvious on a patient's chart.

The study, published in the journal Alcohol: Clinical & Experimental Research, used a natural language processing model to assess the medical records of 53,811 patients who underwent surgery between 2012 and 2019.

Patients' electronic medical records contain diagnostic codes, but they can also include information such as notes, test results or billing data that may hint at risky alcohol use.

To pick up on contextual clues, the researchers programmed a natural language processing model to identify both diagnostic codes and other indicators of risky alcohol use, such as drinks per week exceeding recommended thresholds or a history of medical issues associated with alcohol misuse.

Misusing alcohol around a surgery is associated with higher infection rates, longer hospital stays and other surgical complications.

Among the patients studied, 4.8 percent had charts that included a diagnosis code related to alcohol use.


January 21, 2024

As Trump Treats Trials Like Rallies, Judges Study How to Rein Him In

Two weeks ago, a New York judge, Arthur Engoron, permitted Trump to personally deliver a closing argument in his civil fraud trial as long as he stuck to the facts and avoided a courtroom "Campaign speech." Trump bulldozed through the restrictions, repeated his familiar claim of a "Political witch hunt" and assailed the judge to his face.

What has made Trump's appearances challenging is that he may be making the calculation that disobeying a judge or perhaps even losing a legal argument could be politically advantageous.

In Carroll's defamation trial, Trump seemed almost to be goading Kaplan into throwing him out of the courtroom.

After his two recent confrontations with the judges, Trump held news conferences in front of cheering supporters in the lobby of his building at 40 Wall St. Standing before a row of American flags, he repeated his themes of personal persecution.

Kaplan already ruled Trump and his lawyers may not contest the jury's finding in May that Trump sexually abused Carroll or that his statements about her were defamatory.

If Trump is again disruptive or even removed from the courtroom, the trial should be able to continue, said Michael B. Mukasey, who was a Manhattan federal judge for nearly two decades.

One condition Engoron set appeared to be effective: He told Trump that if he attacked the judge's staff members - violating a gag order - he would be removed from the courtroom and fined at least $50,000.


January 16, 2024

In Michigan, the state Republican Party had $93,000 in its bank accounts as of July 2023. A recent draft report shared b

Several state Republican parties are reportedly going bankrupt and struggling to raise funds while being weakened by infighting, in a year when some of these states could be crucial for the election of America's next president.

In Arizona and Michigan, two states where the GOP presidential candidate will likely have to win a majority of suburban voters to get back in the White House, the state Republican parties are running critically short on money. In Arizona, the state GOP has just $14,800 left in the bank at the end of August, as reported by the Arizona Mirror.

In Michigan, the state Republican Party had $93,000 in its bank accounts as of July 2023. A recent draft report shared by insiders with MLive in early December said that the party was on "the brink of bankruptcy."

According to the report drafted by an attorney hired by GOP activist Warren Carpenter: "In only a matter of a few months, the party is essentially non-functional and, worse yet, the party and others associated with the party are now facing potential civil and criminal consequences for breaking laws."


December 31, 2023

Bronxville, N.Y., police sergeant kills wife, children in suspected murder-suicide

Source: UPI

- A sergeant with the Bronxville Police Department in New York is believed to have killed his wife and two sons before shooting himself dead in a suspected murder-suicide, police said.

Watson Morgan, 49, had failed to appear for his evening shift on Friday so his colleagues called the Clarkstown Police Department where he lived in New City to perform a wellness check, the Bronxville Police Department said in a statement

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2023/12/31/bronxville-police-murder-suicide/9561704033432/

December 31, 2023

Scary': House explosion in Michigan kills 4, hurts 2, shakes residents miles away

Source: ABC News

At least four people were killed and two others were critically injured when a house in a rural area of Michigan exploded and sent debris a mile away, authorities said.

The blast unfolded around 4 p.m. Saturday in Whitmore Lake near Northfield Township, about 14 miles north of Ann Arbor, and completely leveled a home, leaving just its foundation surrounded by splintered wood and other blast debris, Lt. David Powell of the Northfield Township Police Department said.

Six people were inside the home when the explosion occurred, Powell said. The names of those who perished have not been released, pending notification of their relatives.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/house-explosion-michigan-kills-4-hurts-2/story?id=106017250

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