LBN – Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

*Toronto Van Attack Suspect Charged With Murder

The suspected driver in the Toronto van attack on Monday that killed 10 people and injured 15 others was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, according to CTV News. Alek Minassian, 25, also faces 13 counts of attempted murder. Minassian, who appeared in court Tuesday morning, allegedly drove a white van through a crowd of pedestrians on a sidewalk along a major Toronto thoroughfare. He was apprehended by police not long after the incident. One of the victims of the attack was identified as Anne Marie D’Amico, who “succumbed to her injuries,” according to a statement from her employer obtained by CBC News.

*Report: George H.W. Bush Is in Intensive Care, Condition Is ‘Very Serious’

Former President George H.W. Bush is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with a blood infection that reportedly has led to sepsis, threatening the life of the 93-year-old just days after he buried his wife, Barbara. CNN reports sources close to the Bush family said the 41st president’s blood pressure significantly dropped “a couple of times” and there was “serious concern about whether he was going to come through,” but has stabilized. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” Bush’s office said in a statement. Bush was admitted to the hospital Sunday morning, hours after the funeral services for the former first lady over the weekend.

*Top Dem: Ronny Jackson’s VA Confirmation Hearing Postponed

The Senate confirmation hearing for Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of veterans’ affairs, has been postponed as lawmakers review potentially damaging allegations against Jackson, according to a top Democratic senator. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, told The Daily Beast that the hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, would be delayed. The chairman and ranking member of the committee, Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT), later confirmed the postponement, adding that they sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday asking for information on “improper conduct” regarding Jackson’s tenure as the White House physician. Senior White House officials, including top aides on legislative strategy, are planning an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss next steps and how to best apply pressure on the congressional side to salvage Jackson’s nomination, according to two administration officials. One official noted that while the position of the White House is to stand firm on Jackson, efforts to prop up Jackson could “implode” at any moment. A source familiar with the matter previously told The Daily Beast that the committee was “investigating serious allegations against [Jackson] that could delay his hearing.” Lawmakers have been mum about the nature of the allegations, which reportedly involve Jackson’s workplace behavior.

*Trump: Kim Jong Un Has Been ‘Very Honorable’

President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “very honorable” while answering reporters’ questions at the White House Tuesday morning. Trump said that North Korea wants to hold a meeting “as soon as possible, and we think that’s a great thing for the world.” “Kim Jong Un—he really has been very open and I think very honorable from everything we’re seeing,” he said. “Maybe it will be wonderful,” Trump added. “And maybe it won’t. … unlike past administrations, I will walk away from the table.” The president also said he thinks “we have a chance of doing something very special, with respect to North Korea. Good for them, good for us, good for everybody.” This comes as direct talks between the U.S. and North Korea have been ramping up ahead of the bilateral summit that’s expected to be held in May or June.

*Officials: Three Mexican Film Students Were Killed, Dissolved in Acid

Mexican authorities announced that three Mexican film students who disappeared last month were beaten to death, and their bodies were dissolved in acid, the Los Angeles Times reported. Two suspects have been arrested and six other warrants have been issued in relation to the crime, according to the Jalisco state attorney general’s office. Dissolving bodies in acid is a tactic often used by Mexican drug cartels—and prosecutors suspect that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is behind the crime. University of Audiovisual Media students Javier Salomon Aceves, Jesus Daniel Diaz, and Marco Garcia Avalos didn’t have ties to criminal gangs, but had been doing work in a home that belonged to one of the students’ aunts. That home was also associated with the “Nueva Plaza” cartel, a rival of the “New Generation” cartel, according to The Washington Post. Authorities said the home was being watched by the “rival traffickers,” and their presence likely aroused suspicion.

*Report: Center for American Progress Struggled to Address Sexual-Harassment Claims

The Center for American Progress, a bastion of Democratic policy that has often written about sexual harassment in the workplace, struggled to properly prevent and respond to sexual-harassment allegations within its offices, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. The organization’s employee union drafted a memo for CAP President Neera Tanden, outlining concerns that included the group’s insufficient “employment action” against those accused of sexual assault, its failure to establish a “safe space,” and failure to inform employees how to properly report sexual harassment. A junior staffer, who was sent lewd text messages by another staffer, was moved to another team after she reported the incident to HR, according to the report. She then quit, writing in her exit memo that she “surely expected better out of an organization that housed a national campaign on sexual assault.” CAP claims only some portions of the memo were mentioned by the union in a meeting with Tanden, and says the organization appropriately investigated the allegations against the employee. He admitted to “acting inappropriately” with the junior staffer to HR, and was subsequently suspended “with pay for three days.”

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*Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages to Parked Cars

Amazon will start delivering packages to parked cars starting Tuesday, according to The New York Times. The rollout of the new delivery method, available in 37 U.S. cities for those who have the proper technology in their vehicles, allows a courier to pop the trunk or open the back door with a “few taps on a smartphone screen.” A package would then be dropped off in the trunk or left on the back seat. The delivery method is only available for customers with 2015 or later models of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Volvo cars equipped with roadside-assistance technology, the Times reported. Amazon intends to expand the service to other car makers over time, and will only allow couriers to unlock the vehicle once during delivery. This comes as the company recently rolled out Amazon Key, which allows a package to be dropped off directly inside a home to avoid thieves.

*Facebook Reveals Secret Rulebook for Deleting Posts and Accounts

Facebook has released its detailed rulebook for the types of posts and accounts it allows, giving a far greater insight into how it decides what kind of content should be removed from the social-media platform. The rules—far more detailed than the “community standards” that were previously available—set out what kind of posts are permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech, and inciting violence. “You should, when you come to Facebook, understand where we draw these lines and what’s OK and what’s not OK,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of product policy and counterterrorism. The document, which is 8,000 words long, includes guidelines such as avoiding posts that “admit to personal use of non-medical drugs,” prohibiting content that comes from a hacked source “except in limited cases of newsworthiness,” and outlawing videos of people wounded by cannibalism unless they are “in a medical setting.”

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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: While jellyfish do not have a brain, they have an elementary nervous system with receptors that detect light, vibrations, and chemicals in the water. These abilities, along with the sense of gravity, allow the jellyfish to orient and guide itself in the water.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Carl Sandburg: Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.


India is the birthplace of chess. The original word for “chess” is the Sanskrit chaturanga, meaning “four members of an army”-which were mostly likely elephants, horses, chariots, and foot soldiers.


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LBN – Monday, April 23rd, 2018

*Nashville Schools on Lockout Amid Manhunt for Waffle House Shooting Suspect

Nashville schools will stage a lockout Monday as a manhunt for the suspect in the Waffle House shooting continues. The schools affected have been searched and cleared by local police and, although students will be able to move freely within the building, no guests or visitors will be allowed inside. The lockouts at the designated schools will continue until the manhunt has ended or the police say the suspect is no longer in the area, according to an announcement by Metro Nashville Public Schools. Travis Reinking, 29, is the suspect in the shootings early Sunday morning that killed four people and injured several others. Reinking allegedly fled the scene of the shooting completely naked except for a jacket, and police believe he went to his apartment, put on a pair of pants, and may have escaped into the woods. SWAT officers cleared his apartment late Sunday.

*Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. The boy, whose name has not yet been announced, is William and Kate’s third child and is now fifth in line to the British throne. The news was announced by Kensington Palace on Monday morning with a tweet saying: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

*Armenian Prime Minister Resigns After 11 Days of Protests

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has announced he’ll step down after 11 days of mass protests against him. Police arrested opposition leader and parliament member Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday, which angered many demonstrators. Pashinyan was released soon after, due to the backlash. “Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong. The situation has several solutions, but I will not take any of them. That is not mine. I am leaving office of the country’s leader, of prime minister,” Sargsyan said in a statement. “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.” The protests were sparked by Sargsyan’s decision to take the PM role after serving a decade as the country’s president, and shortly after changes were made to the presidency to give the post more power.

*DeVos Cuts Down on Civil-Rights Investigations in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos has rolled back on civil-rights investigations in schools, giving districts room to discriminate in their disciplinary systems, ProPublica reports. A leaked June 2017 memo shows DeVos ordered investigators put in place during the Obama administration to “limit proactive civil-rights probes rather than expanding them to identify systemic patterns.” The change has resulted in a move away from finding unfair racial disparities in schools and given more power to regional offices to resolve cases themselves. Under DeVos’ tenure, the Department of Education has closed “65 school-discipline investigations opened under Obama,” saying that a majority of them had “‘moot’ allegations or insufficient evidence or details.” In one case that was closed in Bryan, Texas, a school was found to discipline black students four times more than it did with white students, according to a ProPublica analysis. The Department of Education claimed the changes are working toward trying to solve civil-rights cases in a “more timely and efficient manner[.]”

*Paris Attack Suspect Salah Abdeslam Found Guilty of Brussels Shootout

The sole surviving suspect of the 2015 Paris terror attacks has been found guilty of terrorism-related attempted murder over his involvement in a police shootout in Brussels in 2016 daysbefore his capture. Salah Abdeslam, who’s still awaiting trial for his suspected role in the Paris attacks of November 2015 which killed 130 people, was found guilty for his involvement in a shootout with police in Brussels ahead of his capture in 2016, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. A court in the Belgian capital said “there can be no doubt” about Salah Abdeslam and his co-defendant Sofiane Ayari’s involvement in extremism. Four police officers were wounded in the gun battle after police received a tip-off over the Paris attacks and raided a flat in the Forest area of Brussels on 15 March 2016. Abdeslam was arrested three days later. He remains in jail in France awaiting a separate trial over the 2015 Paris attacks.

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*Complaints Filed Against 18 Students Over ‘Extremely Racist’ Theta Tau Video

The Department of Public Safety and Student Affairs at Syracuse University has filed complaints against 18 students who are connected to videos that showed Theta Tau fraternity brothers using racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs, according to The Daily Orange. Bobby Maldonado, chief of the Department of Public Safety, said the students were removed from classes out of an “abundance of caution” and concern for the community. They’ll attend “alternate class and study arrangements” as the school’s judicial process goes forward, the student newspaper reported. The fraternity chapter was permanently expelled from Syracuse on Saturday. Students have staged protests on campus demanding the release of the videos—but Maldonado said the school “will not be party” to distributing the “hateful and hurtful content.” Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email to students last week that the videos were, “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities.”

*Man Fined for Hate Crime After Filming Pug’s ‘Nazi Salutes’

A Scottish man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes and uploaded the footage to YouTube has been fined £800 (around $1,120). Mark Meechan, who goes by the name of Count Dankula on his social-media pages, recorded his girlfriend’s pug responding to statements such as “Sieg Heil” and “Gas the Jews” by raising its paw. Meechan, from Coatbridge in Scotland, was found guilty last month of committing a hate crime and was in court to hear his sentence Monday. His case has been taken up by free-speech campaigners and comedians such as Ricky Gervais, who tweeted last month: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive.’ If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive,’ then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.” Meechan has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he made the video to annoy his girlfriend.

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Pew Research Center: Social and Demographic Trends

The Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives.

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LBN – Sunday, April 22, 2018

*Bloomberg to Cut $4.5 Million Check for Paris Climate Accord
Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and current UN special envoy for climate change, has pledged to write a $4.5 million check to cover Washington’s financial commitment to the Paris climate accord after President Trump withdrew last year. Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Bloomberg said the money would come out of his pocket personally. “America made a commitment and as an American if the government’s not going to do it, we all have responsibility,” he said. “I’m able to do it … I’m going to send them a check for the monies that America had promised to the organization as though they got it from the federal government.” The billionaire also urged Trump to “change his mind” after pulling out of the climate pact, saying America is “part of the problem” and should therefore “go in and help the world stop a potential disaster.” The U.S. became the only country to reject the agreement last year after Trump claimed it placed an unfair burden on Washington.

*Naked Gunman Opens Fire in Nashville Waffle House, Killing 4

Nashville police say a man wearing nothing but a jacket entered a Waffle House in the suburb of Antioch early Sunday morning and opened fire on customers, killing four and wounding several others. The gunman, described as a white man with short hair, is said to have abandoned his jacket and fled naked and on foot after a customer wrestled his rifle away from him. Police have asked the public to keep an eye out for a person of interest identified as 29-year-old Illinois resident Travis Reinking. “Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual—if you see a nude guy walking around this morning—call the police department immediately,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

*Romney Fails to Win GOP Nomination for Utah Senate Bid, Forced to Enter Primary

Mitt Romney on Saturday was unable to secure the Utah Republican Party’s nomination to run unopposed for the U.S. Senate seat belonging to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee fell short of the required 60 percent of votes, earning only 49 percent, according to CNN. Romney, who got a ringing endorsement from his on-again, off-again foe President Trump in February, will now have to square off against 11 other contenders in a June primary. He said he’s looking forward to it, however. “ This is terrific for the people of Utah, and I really want to thank the delegates who stayed so late to give me the kind of boost that I got here today,” he said late Saturday. “We’re going to have a good primary.”

*Trump Considers ‘Full Pardon’ of Late Boxer Jack Johnson After Sylvester Stallone Call

President Trump says he is considering issuing a “full pardon” for a boxer who died in 1946 after getting a call from Sylvester Stallone. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Trump tweeted late Saturday. “Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” he said. Johnson became the first black heavyweight boxing champion in 1908 and dominated the boxing scene for years. But in 1913, he was convicted by an all-white jury for transporting his white girlfriend across state lines, a charge for which he spent a year in prison. He died in 1946. Johnson’s great-great niece and several lawmakers have called for a posthumous pardon for years, but previous presidents have declined to grant one. Justice Department guidelines advise against posthumous pardons, saying “the pardon and commutation requests of living persons” are generally preferred.

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*Pippa Middleton Expecting Her First Child

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is reportedly expecting her first child with husbandJames Matthews. Sources cited in British media say she has already revealed the big news to family and friends after getting a 12-week scan last week. Kate Middleton, who is about to give birth to her third child with Prince William, reportedly “could not have been more delighted” with the news. A friend quoted by the Sunday Express said Pippa’s pregnancy had provided “much-needed happiness” to the family. The news comes just weeks after David Matthews, Pippa’s father-in-law, was charged by French authorities for the alleged rape of a minor.

*LBN- ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: A Quiet Place has climbed back to the top spot in theaters in its third weekend, earning $22 million. The thriller, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who also directs the film, so far boasts a total domestic haul of $132 million less than a month after its release. Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, an action flick about animals that mutated into monsters, dropped down to second place this weekend with $21 million. Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty debuted to $16.2 million, claiming third place despite less than stellar reviews.

*LBN- FACT OF THE DAY:  In rare instances, some spider bites can cause blood disorders. For example, the brown recluse venom may cause red blood cells to burst. This can lead to other symptoms, such as acute kidney injury and jaundice.

*LBN- THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.” – William Shakespeare

*LBN- R.I.P.: Nabi Tajima, the world’s oldest known person and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday in a Japanese hospital. She was 117. “She passed away as if falling asleep. As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her ‘rest well,’” Hiroyuki, her 65-year-old grandson, told Japan’s Kyodo News. Tajima was hospitalized about a month ago, but she spent most of her recent years bedridden. Born on April 4, 1900, she raised seven sons and two daughters, and at the time of her death reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including several great-great-great-grandchildren. With Tajima’s passing, the title of world’s oldest person has been handed over to another Japanese woman, 116-year-old Chiyo Miyako.

*LBN- FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Jack Nicholson (1937)

Jack Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for more than 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. His most known and celebrated films include the road drama Easy Rider (1969), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment(1983), and the horror film The Shining (1980).


USGS: Earthquake Map

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*LBN OVERHEARD:   ***Jay-Z appeared to give Cardi B and her forthcoming baby his blessing this weekend during round 2 of Beyonce‘s Coachella set by rubbing her belly and giving her prayer hands.   ***Verne Troyer — best known for playing Mini-Me in the ‘Austin Powers‘ comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world — has died. Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We’d been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning. Verne’s family says during the recent adversity, “he was baptized while surrounded by his family.”   ***Kourtney Kardashian celebrated big the year before her big 4-0 … at the happiest place on earth. The 39-year-old and her extended brood hit up Disneyland Saturday.  Boyfriend Younes BendjimaKris JennerCorey Gamble, and her children, Mason and Penelope joined her.   ***Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his son Billy’s first birthday on Saturday. Billy was diagnosed with tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia and underwent open-heart surgery at 3 days old. In December, at 7-months old, Billy underwent his second heart surgery. Since going public with his family’s troubles, Kimmel has become outspoken about the health care in America. He publicly slammed the GOP health care bill last fall.


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