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Police waiting at Chris Brown’s home after woman seeks help

KSN - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 15:09

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities waited for a search warrant outside singer Chris Brown’s Los Angeles home Tuesday after a getting a woman’s call for help, officials said. Inside, the entertainer, who has a history of legal problems, posted videos to social media declaring his innocence.

The call came in around 3 a.m. from outside the sprawling hillside property in the San Fernando Valley area, police Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters. Ramirez didn’t say what assistance the woman needed.

“Detectives are trying to make contact with Mr. Brown,” Ramirez said. They also want to talk with the woman and any witnesses, he said.

Police were waiting for a judge to approve a search warrant, Officer Lyle Knight told The Associated Press. Several police cars were parked outside the home.

Meanwhile, Brown posted a least three online videos dismissing TV reports that he was barricaded inside.

“I don’t care. Y’all gonna stop playing with me like I’m the villain out here, like I’m going crazy,” Brown said in one Instagram video, waving a cigarette and looking at the camera. “When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing. You idiots.”

Calls and emails seeking comments from Brown’s lawyer and other representatives were not returned Tuesday.

Brown, who won a Grammy for his 2011 album “F.A.M.E.,” has been in repeated legal trouble since his felony conviction in the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. After several missteps, he completed his probation in that case last year.

In 2013, Brown struck a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel and was charged with misdemeanor assault. The singer was ordered into rehab but was dismissed from the facility for violating its rules. He spent 2½ months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for court hearings.

In another incident while in treatment, Brown was accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car following a counseling session. It came after Brown had completed court-ordered anger management classes.

In January, a Las Vegas woman alleged that Brown hit her and took her cellphone. Police investigated but did not find evidence to file charges.

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US general: ISIS forces defied orders to fight to the death

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 15:09
A top US general said Tuesday that ISIS fighters defied their leader's orders to fight to the death in a recent battle, instead retreating to the north.
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US general: ISIS forces defied orders to fight to the death

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 15:09
A top US general said Tuesday that ISIS fighters defied their leader's orders to fight to the death in a recent battle, instead retreating to the north.
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Kerry: US increasing counter-terror work with Bangladesh

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:56
The United States is increasing its counter-terror coordination with Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry announced during his trip this week to South Asia.
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Trump's son: Dad's immigration position not 'softening on anything'

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:47
Donald Trump Jr. defended his father's immigration position Tuesday ahead of the Republican presidential candidate's detailed policy speech this week, saying the real estate mogul "wasn't softening on anything."
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Don Jr. says Trump not softening on immigration

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:45
Donald Trump Jr. defends his father's immigration position ahead of the Republican presidential candidate's detailed policy speech this week, saying the real estate mogul "wasn't softening on anything."
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Larry the Cable Guy: Clinton 'will be the end of the country'

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:44
Larry the Cable Guy said that while he is still on the fence about who he is voting for in November, he think Hillary Clinton "will be the end of the country."
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Kellyanne Conway: If women, men had equal strength, 'rape would not exist'

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:42
Donald Trump's new campaign manager said "rape would not exist" if women and men had equal physical capabilities in a television appearance that has been resurfaced by critics who say Trump has a problem with women.
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'Planet Nine' at solar system's edge?

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:29
Even with an entire universe to explore, our own solar system is still full of mysteries. Welcome the newest members of our space family, found only recently in the "no man's land" beyond Neptune.
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This man tried to kill a president

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:54
CNN's Richard Roth explains who John Hinckley Jr. is, and why he says he attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
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Judge tosses Kansas jail inmate’s religious-rights lawsuit

KSN - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:22

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge in Kansas has thrown out a Muslim inmate’s lawsuit that accused a county jail of violating the convicted killer’s religious rights.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse in Topeka dismissed Eddie Gordon Sr.’s 2014 lawsuit against the Shawnee County Jail and its administrators.

Acting as his own attorney, Gordon alleged he wasn’t fed for 28 hours during the season of Ramadan, when Muslims for 30 days fast from dawn until after sunset. He also said jail officials served him cold, unbearable meals so close to his prayer time that he couldn’t eat them before fasting.

Waxse dismissed the lawsuit after Gordon failed to show in a timely manner how the alleged conduct harmed him physically or intentionally interfered with his religion.

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Could signal be from an advanced civilization?

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:17
Experts are skeptical, but say that if the signal is artificial, it was likely made by a civilization more advanced than our own.
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Poll: Clinton has comfortable lead in Pennsylvania

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:08
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Pennsylvania by a comfortable 8-point margin, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
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McCain, Wasserman Schultz show strength in do-or-die primaries

KSN - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:06

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — Two Washington rainmakers find themselves in make or break moments today as insurgent primary challengers try to knock them off their powerful perches.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) both entered this election cycle relatively strong, only to later find themselves facing primary opponents who pose real electoral threats.

Congress is notoriously unpopular. Its current approval rating is a whopping 18 percent.

But sitting D.C. legislators are surprisingly successful when it comes to having their own backs, winning approximately 95 percent of congressional re-election races.

Today’s two races could point to a termination or continuation of that trend.

McCain’s Sixth Term

John McCain, 80, survived five years as a Vietnam prisoner of war and triumphed in five back-to-back Senate bids.

Will he be able to hold on for a sixth term?

All signs point to yes.

McCain led opponent Dr. Kelli Ward by double-digits in the latest CNN poll of likely GOP voters. The longtime senator received 55 percent of support compared to Ward’s 29 percent.

But Ward is not going down without a fight.

Just last week, Ward, a physician by trade, told MSNBC that McCain has “gotten weak, he’s gotten old” and warned that as a professional, “I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life.”

If McCain prevails, his sixth term would last through his 86th birthday.

Arizona uses an open primary system, meaning independents, who may lean toward a more moderate candidate like McCain, will be permitted to vote in his race.

In a theoretical general election November matchup against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Real Clear Politics estimates that McCain would have an eight-point advantage.

Florida Infighting

The leader of the Democratic National Committee rarely finds themselves in a street fight for their own political survival — much less at the hands of a challenger from their own party.

But that is precisely where Debbie Wasserman Schultz stands today.

Tim Canova, backed by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is challenging the Florida congresswoman who’s been in office since 2005.

Following the suspected Russian hack of DNC emails, the contents of which indicated that party leaders aided Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and were devastatingly revealed just ahead of the Democratic National Convention in July, led to Wasserman Schultz’s ouster as her party’s leader.

Sanders pledged to oversee Wasserman Schultz’s demise and has followed through with great enthusiasm.

Supporters of the Democratic-Socialist senator followed suit with “a whopping $3.8 million dollars worth of Berniecrat anger at Wasserman Schultz,” reports NBC News.

Despite the big bucks and impassioned Sanders crowd, Wasserman Schultz is still projected to win today’s race.

A recent poll by the South Florida Sun Sentinel gave Wasserman Schultz a 10-point lead over Canova (50-40).

Significance for 2016

If both incumbents ultimately survive their primary challenges, it would be an encouraging sign for other lawmakers who feared being swept away in this unpredictable Year of Trump.

Freshman Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also faces a primary today and is expected to win.

Voters clearly want change, but maybe not a complete sea change.

This trend would also be a welcome sign for Clinton, since her candidacy is widely seen as an extension of President Barack Obama’s progressive two terms, unlike Trump’s bulldoze-the-place campaign pitch.

Follow Chance Seales on Twitter: @ChanceSeales

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Governor considering resigning after voicemail

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:56
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he is considering resigning in the wake of a profanity-laced voicemail he left for a state representative last week.
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Maine Gov. LePage says he's considering resigning

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:56
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he is considering resigning in the wake of a profanity-laced voicemail he left for a state representative last week.
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Oklahoma woman accused of killing daughter with crucifix

KSN - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:48

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of killing her daughter by forcing a crucifix down her throat told police she believed the 33-year-old woman had been possessed by the devil.

KFOR-TV (http://bit.ly/2bG9vQL ) reports that police went to the suspect’s Oklahoma City home Saturday afternoon and found Geneva Gomez dead on the ground with a crucifix placed on her chest. Officers say they found Gomez’s body arranged in the shape of a cross.

Court records say 49-year-old Juanita Gomez told police she believed her daughter was possessed by the devil. She said she punched her daughter and forced a crucifix and a religious medallion down her throat.

The woman faces a first-degree murder charge and is being held without bond.

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Rapper flips out over Beyonce encounter

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:43
Chance the Rapper couldn't contain his enthusiasm when Beyonce crashed his backstage interview at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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US Department of Agriculture closes 6 offices after threats

CNN Politics - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:39
The US Department of Agriculture has temporarily closed six offices in five states after receiving several anonymous threats, USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said Tuesday.
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Good boy! Dogs know what you’re saying, study suggests

KSN - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:26

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying.

Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using.

They found that dogs processed words with the left hemisphere, while intonation was processed with the right hemisphere — just like humans.

What’s more, the dogs only registered that they were being praised if the words and intonation were positive; meaningless words spoken in an encouraging voice, or meaningful words in a neutral tone, didn’t have the same effect.

“Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it,” said lead researcher Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. “Praise can work as a reward only if both word meaning and intonation match.”

Andics said the findings suggest that the mental ability to process language evolved earlier than previously believed and that what sets humans apart from other species is the invention of words.

“The neural capacities to process words that were thought by many to be uniquely human are actually shared with other species,” he said. “This suggests that the big change that made humans able to start using words was not a big change in neural capacity.”

While other species probably also have the mental ability to understand language like dogs do, their lack of interest in human speech makes it difficult to test, said Andics.

Dogs, on the other hand, have socialized with humans for thousands of years, meaning they are more attentive to what people say to them and how.

The study was published in the journal Science.

Andics also noted that all of the dogs were awake, unrestrained and happy during the tests. “They participated voluntarily,” he said.

 

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