Judge: Florida election problems make it a ‘laughingstock’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker also rejected a request to extend the deadline later in the day for all of the state’s counties to submit the results of a machine recount. “We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this,” Walker said in court. Walker vented his anger at state lawmakers and Palm Beach County officials, saying they should have made sure they… Read More

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Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to U.S. border

TIJUANA, Mexico — Members of a migrant caravan started to meet some local resistance as they continued to arrive by the hundreds in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where a group of residents clashed with migrants camped out by the U.S. border fence. About 100 migrants declined offers of rides to shelters and had camped out late Wednesday by the steel border fence at Tijuana’s beach area, when a similar number of local residents marched up to the group shouting, “You’re not welcome,” and, “Get out!” Police kept the two sides apart. Vladimir Cruz, a migrant from El Salvador, said Thursday, “These people are the racists, because 95 percent… Read More

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It Took 17 Years to Catch the Unabomber, But 5 Days to Find Cesar Sayoc

The man law enforcement believes briefly terrorized the country with a series of mail bombs appeared in court on Thursday, pleading not guilty to a 30-count indictment including charges of mailing weapons of mass destruction. What he’s accused of was perhaps the largest attempted mass political assassination through the mail since anarchists mailed more than 30 bombs to public figures in 1919. What it wasn’t, however, was sophisticated. None of the bombs actually went off; more than one were incorrectly addressed; the packages were nearly identical, with the word “Florida” conspicuously misspelled as “Florids” on all of them. The Justice Department alleges Cesar Sayoc’s fingerprints were on two of the… Read More

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After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

LOS ANGELES — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. “I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a woman,” Avenatti told reporters Wednesday after being booked and posting $50,000 bail. Avenatti said he has been an advocate for women’s rights his entire career and is confident that he will be exonerated. Police didn’t immediately disclose details about the arrest incident but Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman, said the victim has visible injuries. Earlier, he released a statement through his law firm slamming the allegation as “completely bogus” and intended to… Read More

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US officials report a record number of tick diseases

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That’s about 43,000 cases. Traditionally about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the government each year, but experts believed there was underreporting and thought the actual number was more like 300,000. Experts say better reporting may be a reason for recent increases, but scientists have also discovered more diseases transmitted by ticks. Researchers also… Read More

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US officials report a record number of tick diseases

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That’s about 43,000 cases. Traditionally about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the government each year, but experts believed there was underreporting and thought the actual number was more like 300,000. Experts say better reporting may be a reason for recent increases, but scientists have also discovered more diseases transmitted by ticks. Researchers also… Read More

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The Inside Story of the Clinton Impeachment

In 1998, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton on one charge of perjury and one charge of obstruction of justice. The articles of impeachment had their origin in a relationship between the president and a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The intimate details, revealed by an independent counsel, had consumed the country for 11 months: part morality tale, part soap opera, part high-stakes knife fight. Politically, the country was divided—less so than now, but ferociously. We have been living with the consequences of the Clinton impeachment ever since. The political battle has stoked resentments, influenced elections, given rise to conspiracy theories, and prompted many… Read More

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Pilots spot UFO over Ireland skies; here’s why it’s not aliens

SALT LAKE CITY — Pilots in Ireland reported seeing a “very bright” unidentified flying object on Friday night, CNN reports. What happened: Airline pilots and Irish air traffic control noticed the flying object and noted it in air traffic control audio logs. At least four aviators confirmed that they saw the UFO flying in Ireland, according to CNN. One pilot asked Shannon Oceanic Control in Europe if there was any ongoing military activity. The respondent said there wasn’t. The pilot said he saw something “so fast” fly across the sky,” according to BBC News. “It came up on our left-hand side (rapidly veered) to the north, we saw a bright… Read More

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Winter is coming and so is bad air: What psychology can teach us about fixing Utah’s air quality problem

Some studies say it takes 28 days to form a habit, others say 66 days. Rob Weidmann, 40, has been taking public transportation to work for 10 years. Doing so has become automatic, like brushing his teeth or looking both ways before he crosses a street. His commute from Salt Lake to Lehi — bus to TRAX to Frontrunner — takes an hour and a half. On the way there, he catches up on email or writes in his journal. On the way home, he reads books. Every now and then, he stops to answer questions about his mask. It’s a black mouth and nose covering that he wears on… Read More

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Find out what happened when a Deseret News reporter went a week without a car

For several months, I’d been reporting on Utah’s clean air problem and trying to find a solution. I studied how cities like Oslo have made their air cleaner, and I looked into what Utah has tried, what has worked, and what the biggest obstacles are to real change. I concluded that there aren’t enough people like Weidmann. And I concluded that if I really wanted to see change, I had to start with myself. So I decided to go without a car for one week. …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News       

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