Category: World

Radio Atlantic: The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In

Long the crossroads of civilizations, Syria has now spent seven years as the proxy warzone of great powers. With over half a million dead and millions more displaced, the conflict is now “arguably the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since World War II,” writes Andrew Tabler in The Atlantic. “The Syrian Civil War now threatens to morph into the Syria War—a…

Two Florida sheriff’s deputies shot to death through restaurant window

Keith McMillan, Mark Berman | The Washington Post Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed while eating in a restaurant Thursday afternoon by an attacker found dead outside shortly after, police said. Authorities said they did not immediately have a motivation for the sudden, shocking burst of violence in Gilchrist County, Florida, a small community in northern Florida about…

911 operator jailed for hanging up on callers: ‘Nobody got time for this’

Crenshanda Williams (Houston Police Department) HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for emergency services and sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation. The Harris County district attorney’s office says jurors on Wednesday found 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams guilty of interference with emergency…

Bitter attack on Trump by the FBI’s former director

THROUGH the first half of 2016, James Comey, then FBI director, wrestled with what he considered to be an awful problem. For almost a year his agents had been investigating Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information as secretary of state. Were this to result in a criminal charge, America would face a crisis, for Mrs Clinton was the presumptive Democratic…

Analysis: Is Sean Hannity a journalist or not?

By Paul Farhi | Washington Post Sean Hannity is one of America’s most famous TV personalities, a conservative opinion-slinger who regularly attracts more than 3 million viewers to his nightly prime-time Fox News show while also hosting a daily syndicated radio program. But lately a kind of Talmudic question has swirled around Hannity: Is he a journalist? And if not,…

Fact check: No, McDonald’s isn’t replacing play areas with pot lounges

Associated Press DENVER — McDonald’s PlayPlaces aren’t becoming pot places, not even in Colorado, the first state with legal recreational marijuana sales. The fast-food company said there is no truth to a report on social media that 15 restaurants in the state have transformed or plan to transform play areas into pot-smoking centers. Start your day with the news you…

The Supreme Court seems divided over sales tax on online purchases

BILLIONS of dollars and long-standing interstate e-commerce rules are at stake in a case that came before the justices on April 17th. The case revisits an old Supreme Court rule that retailers shipping goods to states where they have no physical presence cannot be forced to collect sales tax from their customers. This standard is outdated, South Dakota’s attorney-general told…