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  1. Najib Razak Corruption Scandal: Malaysian Police Arrest Lawyer Of Politician Critical Of Najib
    The Malaysian police Thursday arrested a lawyer of a local politician who has been urging the United States to investigate the corruption scandal involving Prime Minister Najib Razak. The lawyer, identified by Reuters as Matthias Chang, was visiting Khairuddin Abu Hassan, a former member of the country’s ruling party who was also arrested last month. “Matthias and I visited Mr. Khairuddin this afternoon at 2 p.m. for about 30 minutes,” lawyer Mohd Akmal Afiq Mohd told the Wall Street Journal. “When we came out, police informed Matthias he was being arrested.”
  2. Randall Kerrick, North Carolina Officer Who Shot Unarmed Black Man, Gets Nearly $180K In Settlement
    A North Carolina police officer, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter of a black man in 2013, will get nearly $180,000 after the case ended with a deadlocked jury, authorities said Thursday. Randall Kerrick also resigned from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department effective Oct. 2.
  3. Libya Crisis: UN Proposes National Unity Government, Warring Factions Denounce 'Unwise' Decision
    The United Nations Thursday put forward a proposal for a national unity government in Libya in its latest attempt to end the conflict in the region. Since 2014, Libya has been caught up in bloody conflict that has pitted the internationally recognized government in the country’s east against the Islamist-backed one that controls Tripoli.
  4. Australia Negotiating With Philippines Over Refugee Resettlement Deal, Reportedly Offers $150M Over 5 Years
    Australia is seeking refugee resettlement deal with the Philippines to accommodate asylum-seekers being held indefinitely in controversial detention centers on remote islands, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday. The deal with the Philippines has not been finalized, but according to a local report, cited by the Guardian, Australia offered funding of $150 million over five years in initial talks. 
  5. Israeli Prime Minister Bars Cabinet Ministers, Members Of Knesset From Jerusalem Holy Site
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday barred all Cabinet ministers and members of the Knesset -- Israel's parliament -- from visiting a disputed holy site in Jerusalem, the Associated Press reported. Violence has engulfed the country for weeks, and Netanyahu ordered the ban because he was concerned that any visits to the site could spur even more violence. 
  6. Ben Carson: Holocaust Less Likely 'If The People Had Been Armed'
    In an interview with CNN Thursday, GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson made contentious comments suggesting that the Holocaust would have been less deadly if more people in Europe had been armed. His comments came only a few days after he made controversial statements -- that some people interpreted as a form of victim-blaming -- about the Oregon massacre.
  7. Benghazi: Hillary Clinton Adviser Sidney Blumenthal Had Financial Stake In US Libya Policy, Says GOP Lawmaker
    Sidney Blumenthal was a principal character in Hillary Clinton's Libyan policy discussions, even though he was neither an official adviser nor an impartial party, according to the Republican chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. In a letter, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina claims there was a financial stake for Blumenthal in Libya as he pressed for Clinton to intervene.
  8. US Navy Considers Sailing Near Disputed Islands In South China Sea
    The U.S. Navy is considering sailing a warship within 12 miles of the disputed artificial islands in the South China Sea. The action could take place within days, according to military officials, but awaits final approval from the White House, the Navy Times reported Thursday. Sailing a U.S. Navy ship in those waters would signal the U.S. does not recognize China’s claims of the islands and considers the area international waters.
  9. University Of Missouri Students Burn ISIS Flag On Campus
    Students in an organization at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, burned a homemade Islamic State group flag Thursday. The flag burning was organized by the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the university in an effort to unify students in opposition to ISIS, KOMU-TV8 reported.
  10. ‘The Truth’ About ‘Teen Mom 2’ Stars Leah Messer And Corey Simms: She’s ‘Really Hurt’ By Him, Source Says
    The meeting with MTV's “Teen Mom 2” reality stars Leah Messer and Corey Simms was so intense the young mother had to call her “safe word” multiple times during Part 2 of the reunion special Wednesday.
  11. Morocco Western Sahara Territory Dispute: Sahrawis Growing Restless With Economic Capital At Stake And Little Hope For Solution
    Nearly 40 years have passed since Morocco invaded and seized part of Western Sahara, a North African territory where the indigenous inhabitants, the Sahrawis, as well as the Moroccan government, both lay claim to the arid land that is rich in minerals and has a coastline full of fish. The minister of foreign affairs for the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic of Western Sahara reiterated Thursday his people's call to the United Nations to finally deliver a long-promised referendum on independence to settle the decades-old dispute.
  12. NROL-55 Secret Spy Satellite Launch Patch Is The Most Metal Thing Ever
    The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched the NROL-55 mission early Thursday morning. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried a classified payload along with 13 CubeSats to Earth's orbit. The NRO is in charge of secret spy satellite launches, but seems to like having fun with job titles. NRO launches are anticipated for the opportunity to discuss secret things the government may -- or may not -- be doing, along with their cool mission patches. NROL-55 continues the tradition with a patch featuring a blacksmith who looks like a Viking. The blacksmith, covered in tattoos, is forging a sword, with his hand holding a hammer up to strike. The patch features the Latin inscription "sustentantes bellatores de caelis," which roughly translates to "supporting the warriors of heaven." The #NROL55 Mission Patch. pic.twitter.com/hlDRDfIlt4 — NRO (@NatReconOfc) October 7, 2015 NROL-55's main payload is classified, but the rocket was carrying 13 small satellites as part of the Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment. Nine CubeSats were sponsored by NRO and four were sponsored by NASA. The nine NRO Cubesats include SNaP-3, developed by the Army's Space and Missile Defense Center. "A total of three CubeSats, weighing 4.5 kilogram each, whose mission is to develop user software-defined radios to provide beyond-line-of-sight communication for disadvantaged users in remote location," reads the SNaP-3 description. NASA's CubeSats were developed by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Salish Kootenai College, a tribal college in Montana and Washington, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Some of the miniature satellites weigh as little as 2.2 pounds. "The GRACE CubeSats will perform missions demonstrating tracking technologies, software-defined radio communications and will also conduct other measurements and experiments," Jim Sponnick, the United Launch Alliance's vice president for Atlas and Delta programs, said in a statement. Thursday's launch marked the 101st for the alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. #NROL35 Mission Patch. @NatReconOfc pic.twitter.com/2QdnhfKqLC — NRO (@NatReconOfc) December 13, 2014 NRO launches gained widespread attention when the Internet discovered the inventive patches. The NROL-39 patch featured an octopus with its tentacles wrapping around Warth. The inscription stated "nothing is beyond our reach." All the patches have imaginative, well-crafted designs with cryptic slogans. One particular patch features a teddy bear covered in stars. Smithsonian magazine has a good collection of the NROL patches, and a Google search will reveal even more interesting patches. Yesnrol-55, nrol-55 mission, nrol-55 launch, nrol-55 mission patch, nrol-55 patch, secret spy satellite launch, spy satellite, secret spy satellite, spy satellite launch, national reconnaissance office, nro spy satellite, nro patches, nro spy patchesNROL-55 Patch Continues Awesome TrendELIBTimes
  13. Did Matt Barnes Spit In Gloria Govan’s Face? Draya Michele Responds
    Not only did Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes drive 95 miles to fight New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, he also spit in the face of Gloria Govan, his estranged wife and a star on VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives: LA,” the New York Post reported Wednesday.
  14. China Military Plans To Recruit More Civilian Personnel: Report
    China plans to recruit more civilian personnel for jobs in its People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest standing army, the Economic Times reported Thursday. Spouses and children of military personnel who died while serving, as well as spouses of current military members, will be eligible to apply. 
  15. Missouri Marijuana Legalization 2015: Will Medical Cannabis Proposal Appear On The 2016 Ballot?
    Missouri voters could decide on medical marijuana next year. One group in support of medical marijuana, New Approach Missouri, filed petitions with the Missouri secretary of state's office Thursday for a measure to legalize cannabis for medical purposes.
  16. Chef Paul Prudhomme Dead: How To Make His Recipes Like Gumbo, Jambalaya, Dirty Rice And More
    Chef Paul Prudhomme died Thursday in the wake of a “brief illness,” according to K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, the New Orleans restaurant he had owned. One of the nation’s first celebrity chefs, Prudhomme, 75, was best known for popularizing Cajun and Creole cuisine, CNN reported. 
  17. US Employment Update: Jobless Claims Nearly Hit 42-Year Low
    Fewer Americans than expected filed jobless claims last week, bringing the number of applications for jobless benefits close to a 42-year low, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor. Mid-July of this year marked the lowest point of jobless claims since 1973, but last week came very close to that, Reuters reported.
  18. House Speaker Paul Ryan? John Boehner Asks Wisconsin Republican To Head GOP
    After House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., abruptly dropped out of the race for speaker Thursday, current House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, asked Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan  to run for his position, the Washington Post's Robert Costa tweeted. BREAKING: BOEHNER IS PERSONALLY ASKING RYAN TO STEP UP AND BE SPEAKER, have spoken twice today by phone...
  19. Lyft Teams With Shell, Hertz To Challenge Uber, Give Drivers More Benefits
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Lyft is giving drivers more incentive to choose the pink-mustached ride-hailing service over Uber with a new instant-pay feature and new partnerships with Shell and Hertz that will give them discounts on gas and let them rent cars at lower rates. 
  20. Dell XPS 12, XPS 13 And XPS 15 Hands-On: Ultra-Thin Bezel Laptops Get Windows 10, Intel Skylake And Thunderbolt 3
    When Dell's XPS 13 launched earlier this year, it turned heads. Its 5.2 mm bezel made it seem like the screen was almost invisible. Not only that, but the smaller bezel contributed to an overall smaller footprint. It felt like the future.

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