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Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For ...

22 Apr 2018 at 3:59am

Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing MasksNEWNAN, Ga. -- A heavily militarized police force of some 400 officers




Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20

20 Apr 2018 at 7:56pm

Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20The matriarch of the Bush family Barbara Bush died this week at the age of 92.




'Overwhelmed' Letter Carrier Allegedly Held Onto 17,000 Pieces Of Mail

21 Apr 2018 at 3:48pm

'Overwhelmed' Letter Carrier Allegedly Held Onto 17,000 Pieces Of MailAn "overwhelmed" New York City postal worker stashed more than 17,000 pieces




The Latest: Minister says Malaysia probing Palestinian death

21 Apr 2018 at 11:53am

The Latest: Minister says Malaysia probing Palestinian deathGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ? The Latest on developments related to (all times local):




Iran ex-prosecutor jailed months after sentence: media

22 Apr 2018 at 8:16am

Iran ex-prosecutor jailed months after sentence: mediaA former Iranian prosecutor has finally been taken to prison months after being sentenced over the death in custody of a protestor, the judiciary's news agency said Sunday. The delay in starting Saeed Mortazavi's two-year sentence had caused anger and ridicule in recent weeks, with mocked-up "Wanted" posters appearing for the notorious former prosecutor online and around Tehran. The former chief prosecutor for Tehran was sentenced last year over the death of a protester who had been jailed for taking part in the mass protests over alleged election-rigging in 2009.




Sen. Bob Corker Not That Excited About The Leading Republican To Replace Him

22 Apr 2018 at 4:53pm

Sen. Bob Corker Not That Excited About The Leading Republican To Replace HimRetiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) could muster up only lukewarm praise for




European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidents

20 Apr 2018 at 9:32pm

European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidentsPARIS (Reuters) - The European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday ordered emergency checks on some Boeing 737 jet engines, followed by regular inspections, in response to two Southwest Airlines engine blowouts including a deadly accident earlier this week. The order expands a previous European directive, issued in response to the 2016 incident, and was issued in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, making mandatory a fresh recommendation from engine maker CFM International. CFM is jointly owned by General Electric and France's Safran. ...




Hundreds of planes in US and EU to undergo emergency inspections after fatal ...

21 Apr 2018 at 9:12am

Hundreds of planes in US and EU to undergo emergency inspections after fatal explosion on Southwest flightEmergency inspections will be carried out on hundreds of aircraft worldwide after an explosion aboard a Southwest Airlines flight led to the death of a passenger. The announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration comes after a woman was almost sucked out of a window on a flight from New York to Dallas on Tuesday, after ?an engine failure due to a fractured fan blade". Metal fatigue was believed to have led to a piece of a fan blade coming loose, according to investigators, which then smashed through the engine casing.




Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It ...

21 Apr 2018 at 12:09am

Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo?s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.




At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes

21 Apr 2018 at 3:17am

At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security ChangesFour young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent




Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shooting

21 Apr 2018 at 7:42pm

Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shootingDiante Yarber was driving the Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers shot in the vehicle and killed him.




Past presidents, family and friends bid farewell to Barbara Bush

22 Apr 2018 at 7:08am

Past presidents, family and friends bid farewell to Barbara BushPast presidents, family and friends came together Saturday to bid a tearful farewell to Barbara Bush, the matriarch of one of America's most prominent political dynasties, at her funeral in Texas. Bush, who died Tuesday aged 92, was wife to the 41st US president and mother to the 43rd. The invitation-only service at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston was attended by four former presidents: George H.W. Bush -- Barbara's husband of 73 years -- their son George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as other former senior officials.




Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

21 Apr 2018 at 1:45am

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.




Donald Trump Rips New York Times Reporter, Denies Michael Cohen Will 'Flip'

21 Apr 2018 at 1:17pm

Donald Trump Rips New York Times Reporter, Denies Michael Cohen Will 'Flip'President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on The New York Times and one




R. Kelly's Lawyer, Publicist And Assistant Flee From Singer Amid Scandals

21 Apr 2018 at 10:40pm

R. Kelly's Lawyer, Publicist And Assistant Flee From Singer Amid ScandalsSinger R. Kelly's scandals may be too much for the people he employs. Since




Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences

20 Apr 2018 at 9:46pm

Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentencesThe driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.




Shooting at Florida high school injures 1 student

20 Apr 2018 at 6:51pm

Shooting at Florida high school injures 1 studentPanic and fear gripped another Florida school Friday when a gunman opened fire, wounding one student before being taken into custody on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said.




Korean Air boss apologises as hot-tempered daughters resign

22 Apr 2018 at 10:35am

Korean Air boss apologises as hot-tempered daughters resignKorean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho on Sunday apologised for the "immature" behaviour of his two daughters and said they would both immediately resign from their company posts following separate controversies. Cho Hyun-min, the younger daughter who is marketing executive at the South Korean flag carrier, is under police investigation for assault after she was accused of throwing water into a man's face at a business meeting. Four years ago her older sister Cho Hyun-ah made global headlines for angrily kicking a cabin crew member off a plane after being served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than a bowl -- an incident quickly dubbed "nut rage".




13 Billboards Call Out How Much Money Politicians Got From The NRA

21 Apr 2018 at 1:21am

13 Billboards Call Out How Much Money Politicians Got From The NRAOn the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting in




2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony

20 Apr 2018 at 7:36pm

2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath CeremonyA colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.




How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided Am...

20 Apr 2018 at 11:40pm

How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb. Here's what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they'd only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Starbucks first issued a terse, three-sentence apology that immediately sparked more backlash. Then, on Tuesday, the company said it would close all 8,000 of its nationwide stores on the afternoon of May 29, and give mandatory racial bias training to its 175,000 employees. SEE ALSO: The largest protests in American history are happening now. Expect them to get bigger. Considering the nearly ubiquitous place that Starbucks holds in America, experts agreed that such a training could have a wide-reaching social effects. If it's handled correctly.  @Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn?t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it?s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci ? Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018 The challenges and opportunities of anti-discrimination training  In their press release announcing the training, Starbucks said that in the weeks before May 29, it would develop a program that promised to address "implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome." The release also listed a number of notable people who would assist in developing the program, like former Attorney General Eric Holder and NAACP President Sherrilyn Ifill. However, experts agree that it's a long road between one afternoon of training and an impactful change in behavior. And some were critical that it took a viral incident for Starbuck to address the issue, calling it reactive instead of proactive.  "I think that anytime that you do racial-bias training, being proactive is the best approach," Matthew Kincaid, founder of Overcoming Racism, a consulting organization that trains corporations and schools on eliminating racial bias, said. "They should invest in doing this as part of the onboarding training. They are acting reactively rather than doing something proactively and creating a culture."  Kincaid said that many employees might be turned off by the mandatory nature of the training, and may feel like they're getting blamed for something that happened in another store.  Many also question the efficacy of taking just five weeks to develop a plan for so many employees, and wonder about the consistency of such a broad training.  "The quality control is the question," Dr. Bryant Marks, Morehouse College psychology professor and founding director of The National Training Institute on Race & Equity, said. "I don't know how they're going to standardized the experience." Starbucks to Close All U.S. Stores for Racial-Bias Education | Starbucks Newsroom He said the best way to train so many people at once would be through video, but that might have an adverse effect on engagement. He added that it's better to have a trained professional lead a video than a sub-par leader initiate a live session, but either way, he said, it would be tough for the company to make sure the message was received equally by everyone. All agreed, however, that if Starbucks is committed to educating its employees on bias and discrimination, the company will have to be in it for the long haul. "This would have to be the beginning of an ongoing body of work." Marks said. "One training is good for raising awareness, but it's only the beginning of changing a culture. " The debate on implicit bias training On top of Starbucks' decision to provide training is the question of the type of training it plans to provide. The implicit bias program that Starbucks is enacting, the company hopes, would target biases that people act upon without active awareness. Implicit biases include things like associating black people with "criminality" or mischaracterizing the age and size of black people.   But there's an ongoing debate among psychologists and sociologists about the ability of this type of training to actually affect people's behavior. There are even some studies that say implicit bias training has an "often weak" result. Marks approves of Starbucks' approach toward implicit bias training, because the situation that arose seems to have been caused specifically because of the Starbucks manager's unconscious bias towards to the two men. Though, of trainings, he said that what's most needed is a skilled leader.  "Any trainer worth their salt is going to acknowledge the levels on which bias can occur," he said. Starbucks could have chosen other forms of training. Kincaid's Overcoming Racism program, for instance, specializes in training that helps inform people how to act on their behavior rather than merely pointing out that they have it. "Racial-bias training helps us understand and recognize the biases that we have, but it doesn't help us promote actions," Kincaid said. "Anti-racism training helps us act against a system that ultimately hurts all of us. People understanding bias makes people more aware of that, but it doesn't change the system and people's thoughts and action." His consultation consists of understanding not only a specific person's biases, but also understanding the underlying systemic bias and how to personally address it. Starbucks would not offer Mashable further clarification as to how the company determined the best and most consistent course of action for the training.  Kincaid believes that a single training could not illicit the type of change that Starbucks claims to want to make. A shift in the company's culture would be needed, not only externally to customers, but also internally, regarding staffers' attitudes toward each other. And it will take some time. "I don't believe that anti-racism or racial-bias training actually changes people's behavior in the long term," Kincaid said. "What does change people's behavior is changing the culture of an institution. When we belong to organizations, we adapt to the culture of that organization. I think Starbucks has to be very thoughtful about the policies that make this a place where something like this could happen." But according to Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, what happened in Starbucks "wasn't just racist, it was anti-black." She thinks whatever training happens should address that specifically.  "Not all trainings are created equal," she said. "And not all trainings are going to do the thing you want them to do. What is key is having an important conversation on historical anti-black racism." This has been a very public affair for Starbucks, and one thing is sure: The ramifications of the company's decision is something others are keeping an eye on. "I think the incident has a lot of CEOs across the country giving some deep thought to their training and their culture," Dr. Marks said. "And I think it's a watershed moment that could have a lasting impact." Starbucks as America's problematic third place In sociological disciplines, there is the notion of a "third place." The idea is that you have a place at home and a place at work, and a healthy civic system would have a third place where people can gather and constructively interact, like a church or the shopping malls of yore.  Many have thought for a while that Starbucks has become America's third place; it's a semi-neutral gathering place where people meet and interact. In fact, the company says on their website that it hopes to be a "third place between work and home." It would be hard to argue that the coffee chain has not made progress toward this goal, what with the number of stores, convenient locations, and relatively low-priced offerings.  But that's only part of the story. As Cullors said, "For a lot of us, the way we know gentrification is happening is a Starbucks comes to their community." Even in real estate terms there's something known as a "Starbucks Effect," meaning that proximity to a Starbucks raises value on homes. Historically working class or poorer neighborhoods are the ones that tend to feel this effect, with those raised values driving people out of their established communities.  Also Starbucks has stated they want to create a ?community? atmosphere & purchases aren?t required to sit, use WiFi, etc. Employees have been on Twitter for days confirming this. ? Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) April 19, 2018 Many, including Cullors, believe that the company should be more engaged with the communities they enter. Starbucks should put money into building up those neighborhoods, serving as a part of rather than a symbol against them. The arrest of two black men only served to underscore this divide between what Starbucks wants to create and the reality of its place within some communities. Still, some are finding positives in the event. Cullors thought it was important that the woman who took the original video was white. "She was protesting what was happening," she said. "There's something about bearing witness, and in that witnessing disrupting what you're seeing. It was an amazing ally moment. We need more of that from white people." Even though this training might be a public relations reaction to bad press, it's still a chance for a company that wants to be an integral part of American lives to positively impact its employees and customers.  But Starbucks needs to follow through on its intentions. "Starbucks could become a conduit for this conversation, but it has to be in the heart of Starbucks and not something that comes with negative press," Kincaid said. "This work is being done, there are those out here who are having the conversation proactively. I really hope that this incident can be used to elevate the many warriors in this battle against racism all across the country."




US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'

20 Apr 2018 at 6:24pm

US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.




Tweeters Furious Over Trump Calling Mar-a-Lago The 'Southern White House'

22 Apr 2018 at 5:24am

Tweeters Furious Over Trump Calling Mar-a-Lago The 'Southern White House'Twitter was incensed Saturday after Donald Trump used Barbara Bush's funeral




A New Book on Leonardo da Vinci Studies All of His Paintings and Sketches

20 Apr 2018 at 9:22pm

A New Book on Leonardo da Vinci Studies All of His Paintings and Sketches




Ohio Police: 2-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shot Dead By Mom

22 Apr 2018 at 5:51am

Ohio Police: 2-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shot Dead By MomA gun being handled by a young mother in a town outside Cleveland accidentally