Wednesday, April 25, 2018


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Facebook releases long-secret rules on how it polices the service

MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Tuesday released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence.

Facebook for years has had “community standards” for what people can post. But only a relatively brief and general version was publicly available, while it had a far more detailed internal document to decide when individual posts or accounts should be removed.

Now, the company is providing the longer document on its website to clear up confusion and be more open about its operations, said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of product policy and counter-terrorism.

“You should, when you come to Facebook, understand where we draw these lines and what’s OK and what’s not OK,” Bickert told reporters in a briefing at Facebook’s headquarters.

Facebook has faced fierce criticism from governments and rights groups in many countries for failing to do enough to stem hate speech and prevent the service from being used to promote terrorism, stir sectarian violence and broadcast acts including murder and suicide.

At the same time, the company has also been accused of doing the bidding of repressive regimes by aggressively removing content that crosses governments and providing too little information on why certain posts and accounts are removed.

New policies will, for the first time, allow people to appeal a decision to take down an individual piece of content. Previously, only the removal of accounts, Groups and Pages could be appealed.


Teen gets 23 years in prison for brass knuckles assault

An 18-year-old Milwaukee man will be spending more than two decades in prison for what the judge called an “horrific spree of terror.”

Corleon Thomas was charged with robbery with use of force, first-degree reckless injury, armed robbery, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, along with multiple counts of taking and driving a vehicle without consent.

“This is my nightmare of a story,” a tearful victim Pa Lor said in court Friday, reading from her journals on the vicious attack last July outside a south side grocery store. She released graphic photos of her face in hopes it would help find her attacker, and it did.

“I turned my head quickly to see what the commotion was, and I was greeted with two to three punches to the left side of my face,” Lor said at Thomas’ sentencing.

The teen sat in court, listening with no expression on his face as Lor told the judge how he tried to steal her purse and car.

“He was wearing brass knuckles. The first few blows to my face were very painful, and they shook me,” Lor said. “There was blood everywhere.”

She finally fought him off using pepper spray, but said the attack left permanent damage to her face and teeth.


Southwest canceling 40 flights per day after deadly accident

Southwest Airlines has canceled 40 flights a day since they announced their voluntary inspection program following a deadly accident aboard a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

“Since we announced our voluntary, accelerated inspection program on Tuesday night, we have maintained minimal disruption to our operation and only needed to cancel about 40 flights each day — again on a total operating schedule of approximately 4,000 daily flights,” Southwest said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

Southwest implemented its inspection program after the NTSB said one of the engine fan blades on Flight 1380 snapped, hurling debris that broke a window and led to the death of a passenger who was sucked partway out of the plane.


Tulsa Police Investigate Murder-Suicide

TULSA, Oklahoma –

A woman is dead after Tulsa police say a man shot her then took his own life.

Investigators found a letter in another language, a key piece of evidence in the case.

It all started when a man called police to report his wife missing. Officers said they found out she was having an affair with another man, who ended up killing her.

Tulsa police found a man and woman dead inside a bedroom of a house near 41st and 129th East Avenue.

Officers said the woman was having an affair with the suspect and things took a dangerous turn at his house Saturday night.


Missing boy, Napoleon Her, found safe

MILWAUKEE — A massive search for a Milwaukee boy reported missing ended Monday, January 8th. Police said Napoleon Her was located around 2:00 p.m. at a home on Bender Ave. just east of 91st St.

There were embraces and tears from Her’s mother — as she was finally able to clutch her son after he was gone for 5 days. Loved ones filled a home, thankful the boy who was reported missing was home safe.

“We thank God he was found safe,” said Xiong Her, Napoleon’s uncle.

The uncle told FOX6 News police found the boy on Monday afternoon at a home near 88th and Bender.

“They went there to search the house and found Napoleon was hiding in a closet. He has no physical harm and is safe,” Her said.” We don’t know if he’d been forced or purposely hid inside of the friend’s house.”

Xiong said it was the home of the brother of Napoleon’s friend — the person he was seen with before disappearing Wednesday, January 3rd.


Jerry Brown’s last budget: 19 billion reasons to smile and two big questions

Gov. Jerry Brown has 19 billion reasons to feel optimistic when he releases his last budget proposal this week.

Eight years after he took office in the free fall of the Great Recession, the state is on pace to build a $19.3 billion surplus by July 1, 2019.

But these are not necessarily flush times, warn the liberal policy advocates who normally would be urging Brown to put the surplus into new government services.

They see two strong headwinds they expect Brown to cite when he reveals a budget that salts away revenue and avoids expensive commitments.

One comes from aftershocks created by the tax overhaul President Donald Trump signed last month.

Because Trump’s plan slashes federal revenue, California leaders expect Congress to next cut funding for social services that they consider critical. That, in turn, could blow a hole in parts of the state’s budget that depend on federal funding, like Medi-Cal.

The second drag on the upcoming budget comes from Brown’s own preoccupation with a recession. He continually warns that lean days are just around the corner even as the state exceeds its revenue targets.


Eureka man arrested for continuous sex abuse of a child

On January 5, 2018, the Eureka Police Department opened an investigation into continuous sexual abuse of a child. 35-year-old Eureka resident Seng Yang was arrested after thorough interviews with detectives and service of a search warrant at Yang’s home.

Yang was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on numerous felony charges related to continuous sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14.

In order to protect the victim’s privacy, the Eureka Police Department is not disclosing any information concerning his or her identity, age, gender, or relationship to Yang.


Koreas set for first official talks in two years

SEOUL: A high-level South Korean delegation left on Tuesday (Jan 9) for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul’s chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.

The talks come after the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year’s speech that Pyongyang was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South.

Seoul responded with an offer of a high-level dialogue, and last week the hotline between the neighbours was restored after being suspended for almost two years.

Moments before Seoul’s five-member delegation left for the talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom, Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun said the two sides would focus on the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Games but the agenda would also include ways to thaw frosty ties.

“Today, we will discuss North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics and Paralympics and the issue of improving inter-Korean relations as well”, Cho, who led the South’s delegation, told journalists.

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Trump rejects author’s accusations, calls self ‘stable genius’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is “a very stable genius.”

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency. He told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that his book is creating “the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

Trump battled back in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, which appeared to catch some in his inner circle off guard.

Trump said Democratic critics and the U.S. news media were bringing up the “old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence” since they have not been able to bring him down in other ways.

Reagan, a Republican who was the U.S. president from 1981-1989, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994 and died in 2004.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” said Trump, a former reality TV star and developer.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!”

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DMV is unveiling a new ‘secure’ license for California drivers. Here’s how to get one

Starting this month, many of California’s 26 million drivers will find themselves making a special trip to a place no one really likes to go: the local DMV office.

The reason: In October 2020, federal security officials will no longer accept the current California driver’s license as valid identification for domestic air travel.

In its place, California this month will unveil a new driver’s license, called REAL ID, that complies with a federal mandate that all states create licenses and licensing procedures deemed more secure by officials at the Transportation Security Administration.

To get the new card, though, California drivers must bring documents that prove their identity to Department of Motor Vehicles field offices. That news has caused confusion and some consternation.

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