LBN- Special Report- Tuesday December 20, 2016

Berlin Cops: We May Have the Wrong Guy:

German police say the driver who rammed his truck into a crowded Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring another nearly 50 on Monday, did so intentionally. Early Tuesday, Germany’s top security official indicated the suspect was from Pakistan and had applied for asylum, entering the country  this year—but Berlin’s police chief later said it was unclear if they had the right man in custody. He denied any involvement and reportedly had no blood on his clothes. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “shocked, shaken, and deeply saddened” by the news of the incident. The attacker reportedly sped the 18-wheeler through the wooden Christmas stalls for about 150 feet, crushing shoppers in his wake. “There is still a lot that we don’t know about this act with sufficient certainty,” Merkel told reporters. “But we must, as things stand, assume it was a terrorist attack.” Berlin police wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that investigators were “working on the assumption that the truck was intentionally driven into the crowd at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz.”

Obama Plans to Transfer 17 More Gitmo Detainees:

Officials in President Obama’s administration plan to tell Congress of his intention to transfer 17 or 18 of the final 59 detainees still held in the prison at Guantánamo Bay, according to a report in The New York Times. People in that group will go to Oman, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Obama will likely fail to achieve his campaign promise of emptying and closing the entire prison. About 178 prisoners have so far been released under his presidency. President-elect Donald Trump has said he will keep the detention center open and “load it up with some bad dudes.

Turkey, Russia Vow Cooperation After Assassination:

Officials from Russia and Turkey have both said they will continue working to repair their already fractured relationship following the Monday assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara. Ambassador Andrei Karlov was killed by a 22-year-old Turkish policeman, authorities have said. Afterward, the gunman shouted slogans about the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and pointed his weapon at those in the audience who were listening to Karlov’s speech, before he himself was shot and killed by police. Turkey and Russia are on opposing sides of the war in Syria, but otherwise police have not spoken about the officer’s motive. Foreign ministers from both nations attended a previously scheduled meeting in Moscow on Tuesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the two nations would work together to determine who was behind the “heinous terror attack” against Karlov.

CLASS OF ’17 –  Pearl Jam, 2Pac, Joan Baez Lead Rock Hall’s Class of 2017:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday officially announced the inductees at next year’s ceremony: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, and Joan Baez will all join the class of 2017. Chic’s Nile Rodgers will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence. Grunge legends Pearl Jam and the late rap icon Tupac join the hall in their first year of eligibility. The nominated artists who did not make the final cut include Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Steppenwolf, MC5, and The Cars. The induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on April 7, 2017; and a pre-taped, edited version of the program will air later in the year on HBO.

Tennis Star Petra Kvitova Attacked by Armed Intruder:

Tennis star Petra Kvitova was injured by a knife-wielding attacker who broke into her home Tuesday. The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered wounds to her hand in the burglary. “What happened to me was certainly not pleasant, but it’s behind me,” Kvitova said in a statement on Facebook. “The main thing for me now is that the doctors find out what is the condition of my hand. I trust them and believe that everything will end up well. I have the best possible care and I’m in touch with my loved ones. The worst is behind me.” The event happened at her home in the Czech town of Prostejov.


LBN-INVESTIGATES: Going grey due to stress and anxiety is an inseparable part of being human, but new research suggests we are not alone. A pioneering study of dogs found has found that the famously loyal four-legged animals may be suffering exactly the same fate. A survey of more than 400 canines established that going grey around the mouth and face was not only a sign of distinguished old age.

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China Returns Snatched U.S. Navy Underwater Drone:

China has returned the U.S. Navy underwater drone it seized in the South China Sea last week, bringing a peaceful end to a diplomatic spat between Beijing and Washington. In a statement early Tuesday, China’s defense ministry said the vessel was transferred after days of “friendly negotiations. ” A Pentagon statement didn’t show such friendliness: The incident was “inconsistent with both international law and standards of professionalism for conduct between navies at sea,” according to the Pentagon statement, and the U.S. “called on Chinese authorities to comply with their obligations under international law and to refrain from further efforts to impede lawful U.S. activities.” Chinese naval forces had picked up the device near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, north of  Subic Bay in the Philippines and implied the U.S. had been spying. The U.S. side insisted the unmanned underwater vehicle was used legally, as part of an oceanographic survey conducted by the USS Bowditch, when a Chinese warship snatched it from the water.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Power attorney Robert Shapiro will be the guest-of-honor at the next “City Talk” event on Monday, January 9th at 6pm at Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Some of the voters who helped Hillary Clinton win the popular vote were at Café Carlyle Friday night as she, Bill ClintonChelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky attended Steve Tyrell’s 8:45 p.m. show. Hillary and Bill held hands during “The Way You Look Tonight.” But the high point came when Tyrell closed the show with “That’s Life,” the anthem that Frank Sinatra turned into a hit.

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LBN COMMENTARY by Adam Heller (Founder of Zero Pain Now): My New Year’s resolution is passionately pursue what is real, what is true and use all my energy to use that knowledge to improve as many lives as possible.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Louis Harris, the nation’s best-known 20th-century pollster, who refined interpretive polling methods and took the pulse of voters and consumers through four decades of elections, wars, racial troubles and cultural revolutions that ran from tail fins to the internet, died on Saturday at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 95. His death was confirmed by a grandson, Zachary Louis Harris.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Cher has reached out to her dying ex- husband Gregg Allman to make peace with the music legend who once turned her life into a living hell! Cher was devastated when she learned that Gregg, who underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, canceled recent tour dates to seek emergency treatment by Mayo Clinic doctors.   ***Prince owes $599,735.63 to a divorce lawyer in West Palm Beach, says a lawyer. Patrick Cousins, of Cousins Law Firm, has filed a claim with the late star’s estate, according to TMZ. Cousins says he handled Prince’s divorce from second wife Manuela Testolini in 2006. But it’s been 10 years since Prince and Manuela split and Cousins has not been paid for his services.   ***The actor who portrayed the tights-clad Batman in the 1960s TV series is selling paintings he has created of villains from the show at an art gallery in the central Idaho resort town of Ketchum near where he now lives. The opening night of “Criminals on Canvas” is Wednesday at the Gilman Contemporary art gallery, and Adam West is scheduled to attend.


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