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German killer nurse suspected in at least 84 patient deaths, say police

A German nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two patients may have killed up to 84 more, police say.

Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in February 2015 for killing two intensive care patients at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen.

His crimes came to light after he was convicted of attempted murder in another case, which led authorities to investigate hundreds of deaths and exhume bodies of his former patients from Delmenhorst and the nearby Oldenburg hospital.

Prosecutors have always believed he killed more people, putting the estimated figure at 43 in 2016.

However, police now say investigators exhuming and analysing more bodies have found evidence of "84 more murders", which would make Hoegel one of Germany's worst ever serial killers.

And the number could be even greater as some suspected victims were cremated, prosecutors say.

Hoegel would inject patients with an overdose of unprescribed heart medication in order to revive them and show off his nursing skills, a court heard during his initial trial.

He reportedly said he felt overjoyed when he received praise for bringing a patient back from the brink of death.


As Britain cracks down on weapons, criminals turn to acid attacks

Police chiefs say there isn’t a single motive behind the attacks, but acknowledge gangs and robberies seem to be playing a part. Some of the attackers are only teenagers — of those whose ages are known, 21 percent under the age of 18. The most common corrosive liquids are bleach, ammonia and acid.

According to leaders in London’s City Hall, “many recent acid attacks are connected to violent and aggressive organized scooter theft.” In a recent statement, they said “this is particularly frightening for people who ride scooters in London.”

Scooter drivers have staged a number of protests to highlight their concerns about being doused with acid in attempted bike robberies.

Police, victims and the gang members agree — there is just something terrifying about being splashed with acid.


Seattle mayor calling for removal of Confederate and Lenin statue in Seattle

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is now calling for the removal of the Lenin statue in Fremont and the Confederate memorial in Lake View Cemetery. Murray's statement comes after the Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill was shut down Wednesday because of angry messages they received over the Confederate memorial. An online petition has gained more than 4,500 followers asking Murray to remove the memorial. Murray said his office has contacted the cemetery regarding concerns about the memorial. The cemetery is located on private property.

In his statement Thursday, Murray noted on Seattleites expressing frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence. "Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities," Murray said. The recent action to remove the statue and memorial comes after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three people dead and dozens injured last weekend. The events in Charlottesville were sparked by a rally against plans to remove a Confederate statue.

Murray added in his statement Thursday that symbols of hate and racism should be removed, no matter what political affiliation they were associated with. "We should never forget our history, but we also should not idolize figures who have committed violent atrocities and sought to divide us based on who we are or where we came from," Murray said.


Pastor Wants Presidents Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.

A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.

Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.

“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”


Germany Urges EU Countermeasures Against U.S. Over Russia Sanctions

Source: Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - New sanctions against Russia proposed by U.S. lawmakers and which could harm European firms violate international law and the European Commission should consider counter-measures, the German economy minister was quoted on Monday as saying.

"We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple," Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. "Of course we don't want a trade war. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. This morning, I asked the European Commission to look into countermeasures. We are prepared to spend whatever it takes to help the citizens of Germany and Europe to protect our national security."

The German government and business leaders have said the new sanctions passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives could prevent German companies from working on pipeline projects that they say are essential to Germany's energy security.

Read more: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-russia-germany-idUKKBN1AG0SD?il=0

Atheist Richard Dawkins is banned from US radio station over 'hurtful' comments about Muslims

Atheist Richard Dawkins is banned from US radio station over 'hurtful' comments about Muslims, but he responds: 'Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?'

A row over free speech has broken out between scientist Richard Dawkins and a California radio station after a planned speech was cancelled.

The British biologist, a renowned atheist, had been due to speak at an event hosted by Berkeley-based station KPFA about his latest book.

But the speech was pulled, with organizers citing 'hurtful' statements made by Dawkins about Islam.

It is not known what specific remarks prompted the cancellation, but online commentators have drawn attention to a 2013 tweet in which the writer described Islam as 'the greatest force for evil in the world today'.

Dawkins himself has hit back, saying his issue is with Islamism, and pointing out that he has never been barred from events because of his criticism of Christianity.

A statement from KPFA said: 'We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people.


Move Over, Men: Millennial Women Are Winning the Job Market

For decades, young men overshadowed young women in the job market, boasting higher education levels and grabbing the better-paying entry level jobs with more opportunities for advancement. With more than half of younger women out of the labor force and raising families, the job market of 40 or 50 years ago was largely a man's world.
But that reality quietly changed, and in recent years, millennial women have surged ahead of many of their male counterparts. Close to 60 percent of all college students are women, demonstrating a growing gender gap in higher education--the so-called "ticket" to a high-paying job. A recent U.S. Census Bureau analysis shows that as more young women obtained college degrees, delayed having children, and joined the workforce, they edged out millennial men for better-paying jobs.
Strikingly, more young men "are falling to the bottom of the income ladder," as young women beat them out for jobs, the study concluded. Frequently, men have struggled to land even modest-paying blue collar jobs.
For example, in 1975 only 25 percent of men aged 25 to 34 had incomes of less than $30,000 per year, the data shows. Yet by 2016, the share of young men with incomes of less than $30,000 rose to 41 percent. By contrast, the share of young women earning less than $30,000 during that same period plummeted from 79.6 percent to 58.1 percent.
The Census Bureau analysis, highlighted on Monday by The Boston Globe, showed that many young men have been forced into low-wage service jobs or pushed out of the job market altogether, despite having college educations.
>During the past three to four decades, the median income of young women who were working increased from $23,000 to $29,000 today, while the median income for men in the same age group plateaued or began to slip.
>Indeed, between 1975 and 2016, the share of young men with incomes in the middle range of $30,000 to roughly $60,000 dropped from 49 percent to 35 percent, while their share of high-end salaries of $100,000 or more crept up from three percent to eight percent.
More than a third of young women today have a college degree or higher compared to less than a quarter of young women in 1975. And 57 percent of them have full-time, year-round jobs now, compared to just 46 percent in 1975.
Some experts warn that these income and employment trends among millennials could ultimately put a politically important cohort of society at a distinct economic disadvantage that could force many to delay the realization of the "American Dream," including buying a car, getting married and buying a home.
A telling indicator of the economic problems of many millennials is the large number who are still living with their parents.
Of the 28 million young millennials aged 18 to 24, more than half -- or 16 million -- live in their parents' home. That is a group of young people that is more likely to be enrolled in school and out of the labor force.
Elise Gould, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, told The Boston Globe that "This has an effect on their entire lives," adding, "Those first jobs are going to set you up for your lifetime of earnings."


Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is beginning to turn green


Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet.

Amid the warming of the last 50 years, the scientists found two different species of mosses undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts, with mosses that once grew less than a millimeter per year now growing over 3 millimeters per year on average.

“People will think of Antarctica quite rightly as a very icy place, but our work shows that parts of it are green, and are likely to be getting greener,” said Matthew Amesbury, a researcher with the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and lead author of the new study. “Even these relatively remote ecosystems, that people might think are relatively untouched by human kind, are showing the effects of human induced climate change.”

The study was published Thursday in Current Biology, by Amesbury and colleagues with the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Durham.

Oxford student who stabbed boyfriend could be spared jail 'because of her extraordinary talent'


An Oxford University student could be spared jail after a judge said she had an "extraordinary" talent for medicine.

Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed her Cambridge-educated boyfriend in the leg on December 30 last year following a row.

The pair had a drink and drug-fuelled argument, and Woodward punched and swiped at the victim with a bread knife.

She then stabbed the man before hurling a laptop, glass and a jam jar at him.


She admitted a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court and Judge Ian Pringle said the offence would normally mean a custodial sentence.

But he then deferred sentencing for a period of four months and hinted that she would not be jailed - because of her ''extraordinary'' talent.

He said: "It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinarily able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe.

"What you did will never, I know, leave you but it was pretty awful, and normally it would attract a custodial sentence, whether it is immediate or suspended."

The court was told her college will allow her to return to in October because she "is that bright" and has had articles published in medical journals.
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