‘You failed up there’: Hawaii approves $1.4bn telescope despite sacred land protests

Computer rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope. © TMT Observatory Corporation / Wikipedia

The Hawaii land board has approved the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Mauna Kea mountain which has for years been the subject of of contentious debate and protests that it will desecrate a mountain sacred to the natives.

On Thursday, after weeks of hearings, the Hawaii Land Board decided to allow the TMT project to move forward in a five to two …

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Black Lives Matter is a social movement and can’t be sued, Louisiana judge says

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A federal judge has ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement rather than an entity and therefore cannot be sued, dismissing the complaint against the group and one of its activists by a Louisiana police officer.

“Although many entities have utilized the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ in their titles or business designations, ‘Black Lives Matter’ itself is not an entity of any sort,” US District Judge Brian Jackson …

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‘Sorry it was a mistake’ not enough: Afghan decries US strike that wounded 6 in his family (VIDEO)

‘Sorry it was a mistake’ not enough: Afghan decries US strike that wounded 6 in his family (VIDEO)

Ghulam Rabani witnessed a US airstrike destroy his house in residential Kabul, injuring six of his family members, including four children. NATO expressed regret over the Wednesday bombing, but the family told RT’s Ruptly video agency it’s not enough.

Rabani showed Ruptly the destruction at his house, with missile fragments lying on the ground.

He said he …

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Roughed up and pepper-sprayed: Filmmakers sue St. Louis police for unlawful arrest & assault

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Two documentary filmmakers are suing the St. Louis, Missouri police for arresting them during recent protests that erupted after the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black man.

Drew and Jennifer Burbridge filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging their constitutional rights were violated by three St. Louis police officers during a mass arrest, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Residents …

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‘Lingerie football’ players stand for anthem amid NFL #TakeAKnee protest (VIDEO)

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A female-only league in which the athletes are obliged to wear skimpy outfits will not back the NFL #TakeAKnee demonstrations because the national anthem is “too sacred” to protest.

The Legends Football League (LFL) – formerly known as the Lingerie Football League – issued a statement Wednesday suggesting the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ should not be subject to protest.

READ MORE: ‘We’ll show games when you show respect’: Restaurants boycott NFL over #TakeAKnee

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Written testimony of DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland”

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee, I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to testify on the threats facing our great Nation and what we are doing to confront them. First though, I would like to recognize the service of former Secretary John Kelly. While his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended early, his

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Written testimony of DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland”

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee, I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to testify on the threats facing our great Nation and what we are doing to confront them. First though, I would like to recognize the service of former Secretary John Kelly. While his tenure at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended early, his

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Patient of nurse arrested in viral blood sample stand-off dies (VIDEO)

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The patient at the center of a blood sample furore in which a Utah nurse was arrested has died from his injuries. Salt Lake City police had tried to take a blood sample from the patient as he lay unconscious, but nurse Alex Wubbels refused to allow it.

William Gray, a truck driver and reserve police officer with Idaho police, was seriously injured in a traffic collision and …

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Police chiefs stage their own protest against NFL players

Buffalo Bills players kneel in protest during the National Anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Sep 24, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA © Reuters / Free

Police chiefs are unimpressed with the NFL players “taking a knee” in protest over police brutality and have warned their officers not to participate, while threatening to burn NFL merchandise and boycott security.

The Chicago Police Department promised to reprimand two black officers …

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Million dollar shroom den uncovered by police in California (PHOTOS)

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Warring lovers inadvertently attracted California police to a million dollar ‘magic mushroom’ mound when their arguing resulted in officers making an unexpected house call.

On Saturday, Berkeley Police uncovered nearly 700 pounds (317.5 kg) of mushrooms with an estimated street value of at least $1 million.

The police had been responding to a domestic disturbance call at the Alcatraz Avenue property and became suspicious when the couple at the center …

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