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Bernie Sanders says felons, even Boston Marathon bomber, should have right to vote in prison

Bernie Sanders says felons, even Boston Marathon bomber, should have right to vote in prisonBernie Sanders offered his stance at a CNN town hall Monday when asked whether he thought felons should be allowed to vote while they’re incarcerated.




POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 11:42 AM

Police search for woman who tossed bag of 7 live puppies into Coachella dumpster

Police search for woman who tossed bag of 7 live puppies into Coachella dumpsterAuthorities in California are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman caught on surveillance tossing a bag of 3-day-old puppies into a dumpster.




POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 2:12 PM

Demoted and sidelined: Google walkout organizers say company retaliated

Demoted and sidelined: Google walkout organizers say company retaliatedStaff who organized mass protests say in internal letter their roles were changed after November 2018 demonstration Workers protest against Google on 1 November 2019 in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP They helped to organize an unprecedented global protest that saw tens of thousands of Google employees walk off the job in November 2018. Now two Google employees, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, are alleging that Google is retaliating against them and other employee activists. “Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities,” reads a letter from Whittaker, Stapleton and 10 other employees that was published internally on Monday and seen by the Guardian. “Retaliation isn’t always obvious. It’s often confusing and drawn out, consisting of icy conversations, gaslighting, project cancellations, transition rejections, or demotions. Behavior that tells someone the problem isn’t that they stood up to the company, it’s that they’re not good enough and don’t belong.” Stapleton, a nearly 12-year veteran at Google, wrote that two months after the walkout, she was demoted, had a previously approved project cancelled, and was “told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick”. “Only after I hired a lawyer and had her contact Google did management conduct an investigation and walked back my demotion, at least on paper,” she wrote. “While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day.” Whittaker, who co-founded the AI Now Institute, wrote that after Google decided to scrap its AI ethics council, she was told that her “role would be changed dramatically”. “I’m told that to remain at the company, I will have to abandon my work on AI ethics and the AI Now Institute,” she wrote. Neither Whittaker nor Stapleton responded immediately to a request for comment. The letter was first reported by Wired. A Google spokeswoman said that the company has already investigated these cases and determined there was no retaliation. “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace, and investigate all allegations,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “Employees and teams are regularly and commonly given new assignments, or reorganized, to keep pace with evolving business needs. There has been no retaliation here.” Google employees have been at the forefront of a wave of tech worker activism that has swept the industry over the past year. Employee-organized protests have taken aim both at the company’s business decisions – such as its work for a Department of Defense drone project or plans to build a censored search engine for China – and its treatment of employees and contractors. The November walkout was sparked by a New York Times report that revealed that a former executive, Andy Rubin, had received a $90m severance package despite being forced out over an allegation that he had forced a female employee to perform oral sex. The report unleashed a flood of anger and frustration among Google employees who had faced harassment or discrimination. In Monday’s letter, the organizers say that they “collected over 350 stories” during the walkout, and discovered a “sad pattern”: “People who stand up and report discrimination, abuse, and unethical conduct are punished, sidelined, and pushed out. Perpetrators often go unimpeded, or are even rewarded.” The organizers are planning to host a Retaliation Town Hall for workers on Friday. They have reserved conference rooms and plan to live stream the discussion internally. Have you experienced retaliation for workplace activism in the tech industry? Contact the author: julia.wong@theguardian.com or julia.carrie.wong@protonmail.com




POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 6:25 PM

The Latest: UK intercepts total of 36 migrants in Channel

The Latest: UK intercepts total of 36 migrants in ChannelTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants in Europe (all times local):




POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 11:16 AM

Sri Lanka Easter Bombings Were ‘Retaliation’ For New Zealand Mosque Shootings, Official Says

Sri Lanka Easter Bombings Were ‘Retaliation’ For New Zealand Mosque Shootings, Official SaysA top Sri Lankan official said Tuesday that the rash of bombings that killed more than 300 people in churches and hotels in the nation's capital on Sunday were intended as “retaliation” for the recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.“The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch," state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament. Wijewardene did not explain what led him to that conclusion.Fifty people were gunned down at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 by a white supremacist who live-streamed the massacre online.321 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in a series of eight bombings that tore through Catholic churches and luxury hotels on Easter morning in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.A local Islamist group, National Thowfeek Jamaath (NTJ), carried out the attack with the help of an “international network” of fellow Islamic terrorists, officials said Monday. The Islamic State also claimed credit for the attack via their propaganda network, Amaq.The Sri Lankan intelligence services were warned on April 11 that suicide bombers were planning to attack “prominent churches” but failed to take the proper precautions.




POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 7:25 AM

Saudis Pledge to Ensure Oil Supply If Iran Exports Collapse

Saudis Pledge to Ensure Oil Supply If Iran Exports CollapseThe Saudis are closely monitoring oil-market developments after the U.S. announcement regarding export sanctions on Iran, Al-Falih said in a statement. @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Any nation continuing to buy Iranian oil will face U.S. sanctions, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Monday after announcing that temporary waivers granted to some nations late last year won’t be renewed when they expire next month.




POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 3:08 AM

WWII shipwreck discovered off Australian coast

WWII shipwreck discovered off Australian coastThe SS Iron Crown, an Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II, has been discovered.




POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 9:00 AM

Twitter reports surprise quarterly user growth, revenue beats

Twitter reports surprise quarterly user growth, revenue beatsTwitter Inc on Tuesday posted better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and a surprise rise in the number of monthly active users, a sign that the social media platform may be on a sustainable path after a year of stagnant user growth. Twitter, which has been focusing on improving the quality of its platform by removing thousands of spam and suspicious accounts, would no longer disclose MAUs from next quarter. Monetizable daily active users or mDAU rose to 134 million in the first quarter, up 12 percent from a year ago, Twitter said.




POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 7:04 AM

Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attack

Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attackTurkish police on Monday were holding six people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after a mob attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that sparked widespread criticism. Kilicdaroglu, 70, of the Republican People's Party (CHP) was assaulted on Sunday in a crowd as he attended a funeral in Ankara for a soldier killed fighting Kurdish militants in the southeast. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP in March 31 local elections, seen as a major setback for the ruling party after a decade-and-a-half in power.




POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 12:52 PM

Armed militia on US border 'training to kill Hillary Clinton, George Soros and Barack Obama'

Armed militia on US border 'training to kill Hillary Clinton, George Soros and Barack Obama'The head of a far-right New Mexico militia group known for detaining undocumented families at gunpoint has been accused of claiming to train a group to assassinate Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.The accusations follow after Larry Mitchell Hopkins, a 69-year-old who lives in a borer town near El Paso, was arrested on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition. He had previously been convicted in 2006 on charges and firearm possession.The FBI now claims that Mr Hopkins told witnesses during a 2017 investigation that his militia was planning to assassinate the three Democratic figures, according to Reuters.Mr Hopkins’ militia group is called the United Constitutional Patriots, which has a Facebook page claiming it is composed of “Americans that believe in the constitution and the rights of every American that will stand up for there[sic] rights in unity and help keep America safe”.The group detained some 200 migrants as they crossed the US-Mexico border last week seeking asylum. Many of those detained by the militia were reportedly Central Americans, according to the New York Times.The group is said to have detained some 5,600 migrants in the past 60 days alone.The group that Mr Hopkins leads in southern New Mexico is one of many militia groups that have been operating on the US-Mexico border for years, with the stated goal of stopping or slowing illegal US immigration flows.Civil rights groups and immigrant advocates have criticised the tactics, and claim that these militia groups illegally detain migrants and kidnap them by impersonating law enforcement.Allegra Love, the executive director of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, a group that provides free legal services to immigrants, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the militias are outrageous.“We don’t need citizens confronting them at gunpoint,” Ms Love said, referring to migrants seeking asylum in the United States and coming from violent nations like Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.




POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 1:20 PM

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