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Republicans Beg Supreme Court To Let Them Keep Using An Unconstitutional Map

draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2018 election.” data-reactid=”16″>Republicans from Pennsylvania and six other states on Monday offered a slew of reasons why the U.S. Supreme Court should give the Keystone State permission not to comply with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order to draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2018 election.

long-shot Republican effort to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state court’s ruling that Pennsylvania’s latest congressional map so egregiously benefited Republicans that it “clearly, plainly and palpably” violated the state constitution. While top GOP state lawmakers say that the high court can review the case because there are federal issues at stake, lawyers for the plaintiffs say that the justices cannot because the case only presents a question under Pennsylvania law.” data-reactid=”17″>Their briefs were part of a long-shot Republican effort to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state court’s ruling that Pennsylvania’s latest congressional map so egregiously benefited Republicans that it “clearly, plainly and palpably” violated the state constitution. While top GOP state lawmakers say that the high court can review the case because there are federal issues at stake, lawyers for the plaintiffs say that the justices cannot because the case only presents a question under Pennsylvania law.

But first the state lawmakers and their allies need an emergency stay of the Pennsylvania court’s redistricting order, the pleas for which are hitting Justice Samuel Alito’s desk. Alito is responsible for overseeing such appeals from the 3rd Circuit.

filed a joint amicus brief on Monday arguing that Pennsylvania could reasonably wait another few years to fix its congressional map. They said that Pennsylvania lawmakers could abide by any new restrictions on partisan gerrymandering during the next round of redistricting in 2021.” data-reactid=”19″>Six Republican secretaries of state ― from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina ― filed a joint amicus brief on Monday arguing that Pennsylvania could reasonably wait another few years to fix its congressional map. They said that Pennsylvania lawmakers could abide by any new restrictions on partisan gerrymandering during the next round of redistricting in 2021.

That would mean that two more federal elections ― in 2018 and 2020 ― would take place under a congressional map that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found unconstitutional.

Drawing new congressional boundaries just a few weeks before the state’s election process begins would cause chaos and confusion among voters, the Republican officials said.

“The Census will be conducted in 2020, the results distributed in the first quarter of 2021, and the states will have to put new congressional plans in place for 2022,” they wrote in a brief funded by the Republican State Leadership Committee and the National Republican Redistricting Trust, a group that supports GOP redistricting efforts. “In that next round of redistricting, any newly-developed parameters of any limitation on political gerrymandering can be taken into account.”

“Put simply, there is no need to hurry,” they added.

The brief was striking because Pennsylvania election officials themselves have said they could keep the election on schedule as long as the new maps were in place by Feb. 20.

At oral argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this month, the plaintiffs’ lawyers said it would be unacceptable to wait any longer for new maps. Pennsylvanians have already gone through three elections with the current maps in place, they noted. In each of those elections, Republicans took 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats while winning only about 50 percent of the total vote.

asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block the lower court’s order. They said the new maps would cause confusion and make it more difficult for them to circulate petitions and campaign for office.” data-reactid=”26″>The Republican Party of Pennsylvania and 11 of the state’s GOP congressmen similarly filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block the lower court’s order. They said the new maps would cause confusion and make it more difficult for them to circulate petitions and campaign for office.

The lawmakers also argued that new maps would harm donors and that their campaigns would have to spend more money.

“In the 2018 election cycle, Pennsylvanians contributed over $1.2 million specifically to congressional candidates running in their congressional districts. Conventional wisdom and common experience dictate that a significant portion of these contributors donated as an expression of support for a candidate to represent them in Congress,” the House members wrote. “If the State Court’s [order] is not stayed, the effort and monetary contributions of many Pennsylvanians will have been made to support individuals who do not and/or cannot represent them in Congress.”

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court wants the state legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, to come up with a revised redistricting plan by Feb. 9 and Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to decide whether to veto it by Feb. 15. On Friday, the court announced it would appoint Stanford professor Nathaniel Persily as a special master to draw the maps should the legislature and the governor not comply.

Wolf told HuffPost on Monday that he wasn’t concerned with the quick timeline.

“It takes a heck of a lot more effort to draw a gerrymandered map than it does to draw a fair one,” Wolf said. “Can we come up with the maps on a timely basis? I think we should.”

As for the question of whether voters can adjust, he said, “We do that every 10 years anyway. I think yeah, that’s a normal part of being a voter in the United States.”

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'Disgusting' photos show vendors bring shopping carts full of raw, unpackaged meat into grocery store

A grocery store in San Jose, California, is under investigation after a customer snapped photos of a vendor bringing shopping carts full of unpackaged meat into the facility.

Loretta Seto, allegedly show vendors transporting a massive haul of raw, uncovered meat slabs into 99 Ranch Market using Costco shopping carts.” data-reactid=”6″>The nauseating photos, shared on Facebook by Loretta Seto, allegedly show vendors transporting a massive haul of raw, uncovered meat slabs into 99 Ranch Market using Costco shopping carts.

“Beware: Costco shopping carts,” Seto wrote in her now-viral post.

“We were at the 99 Ranch Market across from this Costco and saw their vendors delivering meat with Costco shopping carts!! Talk about disgusting! I’m usually okay with sticking the kids in the seat of the basket, but this is a whole new level of gross. Beware.”

The stomach-turning photos have been shared over 2,000 times since they were posted on Thursday.

WPMT, 99 Ranch Market commented on the post saying that the store “immediately discarded on-hand inventories of the related pork products” and filed a complaint against the vendor, identified as Jim’s Farm Meat.” data-reactid=”12″>According to WPMT, 99 Ranch Market commented on the post saying that the store “immediately discarded on-hand inventories of the related pork products” and filed a complaint against the vendor, identified as Jim’s Farm Meat.

Modesto Bee that the employees seen pushing the carts in the viral photos have been fired.” data-reactid=”13″>Maria Moon, a spokeswoman from Jim’s Farm Meat, told the Modesto Bee that the employees seen pushing the carts in the viral photos have been fired.

“We are thoroughly investigating the incident,” she told the outlet. “This isn’t anything we typically do. When we send our products out, they are always in a combo bin and wrapped. That’s how it left our facility.”

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Are narcissism and racism linked? They may be, in Donald Trump.


Like many 1950s-era schoolkids — maybe even Donald Trump — I learned much of what I knew about the world, such as the major exports of Bolivia, from an encyclopedia. Before Wikipedia existed, families like mine boasted a shelf full of impressively bound cream-colored volumes, a compilation of random facts in term-paper-ready nuggets. In idle moments, I would browse the pages, picking up odd bits of information that have stayed with me, such as the fact that Bolivia produces a tremendous amount of tin, which is used to make tin cans.

Another entry that has stuck with me was “The Races of Man” — “man” being the term back then for what we now call “people.” There were three or four of them, carefully rendered illustrations of a Platonic ideal of the “Caucasian,” the “Negro,” the “Asian” and the “Amerindian,” annotated to show the defining characteristics of each: skin and eye color, hair texture, nose shape, and so on.

At the time, this seemed both obvious and inoffensive. The entry did not — as it might have a half-century earlier — make invidious comparisons among the “races,” in which you-know-who would have inevitably come out on top. It did not imply that one nose shape is better than another. Nevertheless, it proceeded from the harmful assumption that racial categories are fundamental, representing an essential aspect of being, rather than a way of describing superficial traits that happen to be frequently found together.

How to think about race is sometimes treated as a question for scientists, and it’s true that the field of molecular genetics, which didn’t exist in those years, can certainly shed light on it. But the question is really a philosophical one. In practice, in daily life, race is an inescapable construct. We are programmed to think in categories, and we label others — and ourselves, for that matter — as a form of mental shorthand. The government recognizes race, sometimes euphemistically disguised as “ethnicity,” in all kinds of ways as well. But as members of a democratic society that enshrines equality in its founding documents, we also have an obligation to avoid racism.


Every human being is an individual first rather than a member of an identity group. The moment we forget that is the moment we enter into a phase of moral descent.”” data-reactid=”40″>You don’t have to take my word for it — or, say, Bernie Sanders’s. You can ask Dr. Ben Carson, a member of Trump’s Cabinet, who tweeted in 2016: “Every human being is an individual first rather than a member of an identity group. The moment we forget that is the moment we enter into a phase of moral descent.”

vehement insistence on the contrary. How many times has he proclaimed that he is “the least racist person” there is? Trump has lived his whole life in New York, a city in which racial minorities commit a disproportionate share of violent crime. (They are also disproportionately the victims of violent crime.) You can interpret those statistics in light of your knowledge that sticking up a grocery store is something only poor people do — just as insider trading or hedge-fund fraud are crimes typically committed by rich people, who are more likely to be white. Or you can, as Trump appears to have done, conclude that dark skin goes along with undesirable social behavior, and disparage African nations as “shitholes” and express disdain for Haitians, in contrast to people from Norway — a country whose inhabitants tend to look a lot like Donald Trump.” data-reactid=”41″>To keep that in mind, though, takes some mental effort, which Trump doesn’t seem willing or able to make. He is largely a product of his prejudices — an observation, as is often the case with Trump, whose truth is vouchsafed by his vehement insistence on the contrary. How many times has he proclaimed that he is “the least racist person” there is? Trump has lived his whole life in New York, a city in which racial minorities commit a disproportionate share of violent crime. (They are also disproportionately the victims of violent crime.) You can interpret those statistics in light of your knowledge that sticking up a grocery store is something only poor people do — just as insider trading or hedge-fund fraud are crimes typically committed by rich people, who are more likely to be white. Or you can, as Trump appears to have done, conclude that dark skin goes along with undesirable social behavior, and disparage African nations as “shitholes” and express disdain for Haitians, in contrast to people from Norway — a country whose inhabitants tend to look a lot like Donald Trump.


Wrongly convicted members of the “Central Park Five” (from left, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson and Yusef Salaam) attend a news conference at City Hall in New York, June 27, 2014. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

he and his father were sued by the federal government for systematically discriminating against black prospective tenants. It is the flip side of his frequent insistence that some people, namely he himself, are superior on the basis of their genetic endowments. And we can infer his views from more recent episodes, such as his response to the infamous Central Park Five case in New York, involving five minority teenagers who were accused of the brutal rape of a (white) woman jogger. Trump’s response — this was back in 1989, long before he had embarked on a political career — was to take out full-page ads in the New York newspapers calling for a return of the death penalty. “Maybe hate is what we need,” he said in an interview with Larry King. The issue resurfaced during his campaign in 2016 — years after someone else had confessed to the rape, the five had been cleared by DNA evidence, released from prison, and been paid a large settlement by the city. Trump, incredibly, refused to retract his original position. Sarah Burns, a co-director of a documentary about the case, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that “we are left with Mr. Trump’s presumption that because they were black and brown teenagers from Harlem, they must have committed a crime.”” data-reactid=”55″>Belief in the inferiority of certain groups has been a long-running theme in Trump’s public life, going back to his earliest days in business, when he and his father were sued by the federal government for systematically discriminating against black prospective tenants. It is the flip side of his frequent insistence that some people, namely he himself, are superior on the basis of their genetic endowments. And we can infer his views from more recent episodes, such as his response to the infamous Central Park Five case in New York, involving five minority teenagers who were accused of the brutal rape of a (white) woman jogger. Trump’s response — this was back in 1989, long before he had embarked on a political career — was to take out full-page ads in the New York newspapers calling for a return of the death penalty. “Maybe hate is what we need,” he said in an interview with Larry King. The issue resurfaced during his campaign in 2016 — years after someone else had confessed to the rape, the five had been cleared by DNA evidence, released from prison, and been paid a large settlement by the city. Trump, incredibly, refused to retract his original position. Sarah Burns, a co-director of a documentary about the case, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that “we are left with Mr. Trump’s presumption that because they were black and brown teenagers from Harlem, they must have committed a crime.”

“You could be dark as charcoal or lily white, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re nice to him.” (“You can be the pope and criticize him, it doesn’t matter,” Graham added. “He’ll go after the pope.”) That seems to speak to another trait that observers have imputed to Trump: narcissism. Could we have been misunderstanding Trump all along? Or could those traits be somehow linked?” data-reactid=”56″>On the other hand, we have the testimony of someone who knows Trump well, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who defended the president against charges of racism by telling CNN: “You could be dark as charcoal or lily white, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re nice to him.” (“You can be the pope and criticize him, it doesn’t matter,” Graham added. “He’ll go after the pope.”) That seems to speak to another trait that observers have imputed to Trump: narcissism. Could we have been misunderstanding Trump all along? Or could those traits be somehow linked?


“Racism: A Symptom of the Narcissistic Personality,” by Dr. Carl C. Bell, now an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bell has written extensively on racism, and argued, unsuccessfully, for the profession to recognize it as a form of mental illness. With the caveat that he would abide by the “Goldwater Rule” that prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, Bell sent me the draft of a new essay in which he draws explicit parallels between racism and narcissism. Narcissists “are exploitative and they lack empathy,” the ability to take into consideration what another person is feeling. Those are also, Bell told me, “very much the characteristics of racist behavior.” Narcissists and racists “have vulnerable self-esteem issues, which makes them very susceptible to any form of criticism and makes them prone to counterattack impulsively. They are also prone to being denigrating and rageful toward others.”” data-reactid=”64″>In researching that question, I came across a 1980 monograph titled “Racism: A Symptom of the Narcissistic Personality,” by Dr. Carl C. Bell, now an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bell has written extensively on racism, and argued, unsuccessfully, for the profession to recognize it as a form of mental illness. With the caveat that he would abide by the “Goldwater Rule” that prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, Bell sent me the draft of a new essay in which he draws explicit parallels between racism and narcissism. Narcissists “are exploitative and they lack empathy,” the ability to take into consideration what another person is feeling. Those are also, Bell told me, “very much the characteristics of racist behavior.” Narcissists and racists “have vulnerable self-esteem issues, which makes them very susceptible to any form of criticism and makes them prone to counterattack impulsively. They are also prone to being denigrating and rageful toward others.”

Does that sound like anyone you’ve heard of recently?

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    Watch a Man Allegedly Kidnap a Young Girl off the Street in Broad Daylight

    A young girl was seen in the middle of her kidnapping off an Illinois street in a troubling video recently released by the FBI.

    The man allegedly responsible, who has since been arrested, can be seen parking his red SUV near an alley as the young girl walks by him in the Dec. 20 footage.

    In the clip, which was released Friday, the suspect is seen grabbing the girl, putting her in his Ford Explorer and rushing away from the scene in the vehicle.

    Police said the young girl was able to escape after being assaulted inside the car. The assault took place in an alley, authorities said.

    Prosecutors said the girl flagged down a passing vehicle and authorities were called.

    Police arrested 38-year-old Bryan Protho on Dec. 27. He was charged Friday with kidnapping and remains in federal custody.

    The FBI’s Chicago bureau said they released the video as part of an ongoing investigation to see if the vehicle may be connected to any other crimes.

    Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or suspect seen in the video is asked to contact the FBI Chicago Field office at (312) 421-6700 or chicago@fbi.gov.

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    Lindsey Graham Urges RNC To Consider Returning Funds Steve Wynn Raised

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says the Republican National Committee should donate or return any money raised by Steve Wynn if the sexual misconduct allegations against the billionaire casino mogul “have merit.”

    ″Yeah, we should do of ourselves what we ask of the Democratic Party if these allegations have merit,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I don’t think we should have a double standard for ourselves.”

    resigned his post as the RNC’s finance chair on Saturday, one day after The Wall Street Journal reported numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him that spanned several decades. The accusations ranged from lewd comments and inappropriate touching to soliciting sex acts from women who worked as manicurists and massage therapists in his Las Vegas casinos.” data-reactid=”19″>Wynn resigned his post as the RNC’s finance chair on Saturday, one day after The Wall Street Journal reported numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him that spanned several decades. The accusations ranged from lewd comments and inappropriate touching to soliciting sex acts from women who worked as manicurists and massage therapists in his Las Vegas casinos.

    Wynn, 76, has vehemently denied the accusations.

    “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous,” Wynn said in a statement Friday. “We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits.”

    The RNC has been noticeably silent on what they will do with money raised by Wynn, despite quickly calling on the Democratic National Committee to return contributions from Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a major Democratic fundraiser, after the flood of sexual misconduct allegations against him in early October.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and several Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, returned or donated Weinstein’s contributions shortly after news broke of the allegations.

    But their Republicans counterparts haven’t made any such announcements about Wynn’s contributions. Graham said Sunday that RNC chair Ronna McDaniel should be given “a chance to see how deep” the Wynn allegations go first.

    “If it’s ― you know, the allegations have merit, then we should return the money like we asked of the Democrats,” Graham said.

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    Congressman saw aide as 'soul mate,' but denies misconduct

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who settled a former aide’s sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money said Tuesday that he developed a deep affection for her and reacted badly when she began dating another man, but never harassed her or pursued a romantic relationship.

    Rep. Pat Meehan said Tuesday that he intends to run for re-election in his suburban Philadelphia district and maintained that he did nothing wrong.

    The four-term congressman, who is 62 and married, told the Philadelphia Inquirer he once told the woman he saw her as a “soul mate” and reacted “selfishly” when he discovered the decades-younger woman was in a serious relationship with another man.

    The complaint by the former aide came to light Saturday in a New York Times report that cited unnamed people.

    The settlement had been kept secret, and Meehan’s office has declined to answer repeated questions about how much taxpayer money Meehan paid out in it. The accuser’s lawyer, Alexis Ronickher, has called the allegations “well-grounded” and a “serious sexual harassment claim.”

    The revelation comes amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace. Four members of Congress have either resigned or said they won’t run again amid complaints from women about sexual misconduct.

    The former aide made the complaint last summer to the congressional Office of Compliance after Meehan became hostile toward her when she did not reciprocate his romantic interest, and she left the job, the Times reported.

    The Times did not identify the accuser and said she did not speak to the newspaper.

    On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an Ethics Committee investigation and Meehan’s removal from the committee. He also told Meehan to repay the money, his office said.

    Meehan said he would repay the public money if the House Ethics Committee concludes that he harassed her. He called the payment a “severance,” not a “settlement,” and has said he followed the advice of House lawyers and Ethics Committee guidance.

    Meehan said he “developed an affection” for the woman and acknowledged that he lashed out in his office when he was told of her relationship with another man. He attributed it to a tense period around House votes on health care legislation.

    To express his feelings, he invited the woman out for ice cream, where Meehan told her he saw her as a “soul mate” after years of working closely together, the Inquirer reported. They hugged, he said, “maybe longer that night than needed to be.”

    Later that night in May, he penned a hand-written letter, which Meehan shared with reporters. In it, he wished her well, and thanked God “for putting you into my life and for all that we have seen and experienced and genuinely shared together.”

    She texted him the next day thanking him “for your very kind words and for your friendship,” according to texts shared with reporters.

    Meehan said he never sought a romantic or sexual relationship and has remained loyal to his wife.

    “I did not seek a relationship. What I did was try to communicate that I was struggling with the idea that I might if I … wasn’t able to keep things in the proper perspective,” Meehan told the Inquirer.

    After the Times published its story, Meehan pushed to dissolve the confidentiality provisions in the agreement “to ensure a full and open airing of all the facts.”

    Ronickher rejected that, calling it a “dirty political maneuver” by Meehan that violated the agreement’s confidentiality terms and would victimize her client again by revealing the woman’s identity publicly.

    Ronickher also said Meehan had demanded confidentiality to settle the complaint.

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    This story has been corrected to show that Meehan invited the women out for ice cream, not the other way around.

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    Female Journalists Were Blocked Behind Male Colleagues While Covering Pence's Israel Trip

    Mike Pence’s trip to Israel this week were literally blocked from doing their jobs on Tuesday morning.” data-reactid=”16″>Female journalists who traveled around the world to report on Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Israel this week were literally blocked from doing their jobs on Tuesday morning.

    Instead of watching and snapping photos of Pence, who was praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, this is what they saw:

    #PenceFence.” data-reactid=”19″>The women were led to a fenced off area behind their male colleagues, which obstructed their vantage point and prompted many to decry the segregation on social media with the hashtag #PenceFence.

    Men and women are customarily separated during prayer at the Western Wall, which is under the authority of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

    statement issued to The Washington Post. “We reject any attempt to divert the discussion from the important and moving visit of the U.S. Vice President and his wife at the Western Wall.” ” data-reactid=”21″>“It was the same situation during President Trump’s visit to the Western Wall in May 2017,” the foundation said in a statement issued to The Washington Post. “We reject any attempt to divert the discussion from the important and moving visit of the U.S. Vice President and his wife at the Western Wall.”

    Tal Schneider, a political correspondent with business newspaper Globes, said she felt like “a second-class citizen” from behind the fence at the wall.

    “I find it offensive,” she told HuffPost. “The discriminatory treatment of women is infuriating and inappropriate for a modern state [like] Israel.”

    a disgrace.”” data-reactid=”24″>Reporter Noga Tarnopolsky called the situation “a disgrace.”

    an aberrant first,” she tweeted. ” data-reactid=”25″>“I have covered many visits; this was an aberrant first,” she tweeted.

    Donald Trump sparked massive protests and international condemnation when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ― a move that upended decades of American foreign policy and threatens to stall the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” data-reactid=”26″>The outrage adds tension to a visit already shadowed by controversy. Last month, President Donald Trump sparked massive protests and international condemnation when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ― a move that upended decades of American foreign policy and threatens to stall the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    faced angry protests during his two-day trip in response to the contentious shift in U.S. policy.” data-reactid=”27″>Pence also faced angry protests during his two-day trip in response to the contentious shift in U.S. policy.

    reportedly strip searched and told to remove her bra during a security check, apparently as a result of her Palestinian descent. According to reports, she refused to comply and was barred from visiting the prime minister’s office to cover Pence’s arrival on Monday.” data-reactid=”28″>The “Pence Fence” fiasco also came one day after a Finnish female journalist in Israel was reportedly strip searched and told to remove her bra during a security check, apparently as a result of her Palestinian descent. According to reports, she refused to comply and was barred from visiting the prime minister’s office to cover Pence’s arrival on Monday.

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    Multiple casualties in Kentucky high school shooting

    A person opened fire inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing one and injuring nine others. Police led a suspect away in handcuffs and said there is no reason to suspect anyone else in the nation’s first fatal school shooting of 2018.

    Hundreds of students ran for their lives out of Marshall County High School, jumping into cars and running down a highway, some not stopping until they reached a McDonald’s restaurant more than a mile away.

    “They was running and crying and screaming,” said Mitchell Garland, who provided shelter to between 50 and 100 students inside his nearby business. “They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”

    A half-dozen ambulances and numerous police cars converged on the school, along with officers in black fatigues carrying assault rifles. Federal authorities responded, and Sen. Mitch McConnell sent staffers. Gov. Matt Bevin rushed from the Capitol to the scene. Parents left their cars on both sides of an adjacent road, desperately trying to find their teenagers.

    Authorities released no immediate details on the shooter or motive. Kentucky State Police have no reason to suspect anyone else, detective Jody Cash told the Murray Ledger & Times. (AP)

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    One killed as avalanche engulfs skiers after volcano erupts at Japanese resort

    By Elaine Lies

    TOKYO (Reuters) – One man was killed and at least 11 people injured, some critically, when rocks from an erupting volcano rained down on skiers at a mountain resort in central Japan on Tuesday and an avalanche soon after the eruption engulfed about a dozen skiers.

    Seven of those struck by rocks were members of Japan’s Ground Self Defence Force (SDF) engaged in winter training maneuvers, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

    All were rescued, with one dying later, it added.

    Japanese media said at least 12 people were injured, many apparently hit by volcanic rocks. Two were critically injured and three seriously, national broadcaster NHK said.

    One person was trapped in the avalanche for some time before being dug out by rescuers, who included SDF members.

    Kusatsu-Shirane, a 2,160-metre (7,090 ft) volcano, erupted on Tuesday morning, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. The agency warned that further eruptions could not be ruled out and that rocks could be thrown as far as 2 km (1 mile) from the peak.

    Video footage from the top of the resort’s gondola showed skiers gliding down the slopes as black rocks plummeted from the skies and snow billowed up as they struck the ground, sometimes just missing skiers. A cloud of black smoke later drifted in.

    “There was this huge boom, and a big plume of totally black smoke rose up,” one skier told NHK. “I had absolutely no idea what had happened.”

    A photograph taken at the site and shown on NHK depicted a gondola with a shattered window. At least several of the injuries were due to broken glass.

    “Other people appeared to be hurt by the stones, which appeared to be around 10 to 20 cm in size,” another skier told NHK.

    The resort temporarily lost power, leaving a number of skiers suspended in gondolas for around half an hour until they resumed moving. About 80 skiers, including some non-Japanese at a hut at the top of the mountain, were later rescued by helicopters on Tuesday afternoon.

    It was unclear whether the avalanche was caused by the volcanic activity but they occurred nearly simultaneously.

    The warning level for the peak was raised to 3, meaning that people should not climb the mountain, the JMA said.

    Japan has 110 active volcanoes and monitors 47 of them around the clock. In September 2014, 63 people were killed on Mount Ontake, the worst volcanic disaster in Japan for nearly 90 years.

    (Additional reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo and Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Clarence Fernandez)

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