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FEMA announces change on funding to churches

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 09:54 AM PST

President Trump's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that it would change its policy to now allow houses of worship to apply for and receive disaster relief funds.

Previously, places of worship were not eligible for disaster relief from FEMA. But in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, three Texas churches sued the agency, seeking federal assistance to rebuild. They appealed to the Supreme Court after being denied the disaster relief and Justice Samuel A. Alito requested FEMA issue a response.

But before the court's deadline, FEMA came out with the Public Assistance and Policy Guide, "clarifying that private nonprofit houses of worship will not be singled out for disfavored treatment."

"Better late than never," was the response from Daniel Blomberg, counsel at Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit law firm representing the Texas churches. "By finally following the Constitution, FEMA is getting rid of second-class status for churches, which in the words of the Supreme Court was 'odious' to the First Amendment."

FEMA's new policy now allows private non-profit organizations, including churches, to receive financial assistance if they suffered damage on or after Aug. 23, or if they have applications currently pending as of that date, according to Tuesday's press release.

In September, Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), and Texas GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz had introduced the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act, which provides aid to houses of worship in times of disaster.

"Just like charities, houses of worship that serve our communities and are impacted by natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, should not be disqualified from disaster assistance simply because they are religious in nature," Lankford said, adding, "I'm pleased that FEMA is taking this important step."

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Business owner being deported: “This is my town” (video)

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 09:33 AM PST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A Youngstown business owner who never received American citizenship after illegally entering the U.S. from Jordan in 1979 is now facing deportation.

Known by locals as “Al,” Amer Adi Othman owns the Downtown Circle Convenience and Deli on W. Federal Street.

"We were all dreamers. We came to this country to build our lives, feel the freedom and do what we have to do, and we did," Al told the patrons of his hookah bar on Tuesday, revealing the ankle bracelet from Immigration and Customs Enforcement tracking his every move.

He recalled how he moved to San Diego, married his first wife and received a Green Card. But the two divorced after nearly three years. He then moved to Youngstown and married his wife of 29 years, Fidaa Musleh, a naturalized citizen.

Adi and his wife left the country for three years and when they returned, his green card was confiscated on a claim that his first marriage was fraudulent, according to a report from WKBN. In the early 1990s, his second wife applied for Adi to receive a new green card, and the application was denied.

As he fought against his citizenship denial, Adi successfully built several businesses and raised four daughters.

"Even though my ex-wife had filed an affidavit of 14 pages, saying that we were married, nobody listened and it went all the way down to the point I'm at right now," he said, noting that as a DACA “Dreamer,” he is one of “almost 800,000 people in the United States that are in this same situation.”

Congressman Tim Ryan previously introduced legislation to prevent Adi’s deportation and grant him legal status. Ryan released the following statement:

“The case of Amer Othman is a tragic illustration of the abject failure of our immigration system and why it must be fixed. Amer has lived in this country since the age of 19, is happily married with four children, and is a successful local business owner. He is contributing mightily to Youngstown and our country. He does not deserve to be deported, and I am proud to have introduced a bill that, for a time, prevented his deportation. It was a long-standing policy at the Department of Homeland Security not to deport people who are the subject of introduced legislation. The Trump Administration's decision to ignore this policy is what led to Amer's deportation order. Amer's wife, his children, and the entire community of people who care about him deserve better. This a disgrace and only worsens our already broken immigration system."

So far, that bill has not been passed.

"When President Trump took office, he changed a lot of those laws," Adi said. "One of those is if you're under a private bill, you cannot be protected from deportation. So you can be deported at the same time the bill is pending."

Adi and his wife leave for Jordan on Sunday, but he says he will not give up his fight to return home to Youngstown.

His four daughters will operate the family’s business while he’s gone.

"I invested my money, I invested my work, me and my family built this from scratch," he stated, adding, "This is my town, my downtown. I am from here and I hope I will be back again, here."

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Trump targeted by CAIR for criticizing Huma Abedin

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 09:23 AM PST

On Tuesday, President Trump criticized notorious aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, for transferring top secret government passwords to a personal Yahoo account right before it was hacked.

In his tweet, he wrote: “Crooked Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

A reaction has now been prompted by the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). They are claiming Trump’s attack on Abedin is unwarranted.

The Washington Examiner reports the following:

“The Council of American-Islamic Relations slammed President Trump Tuesday for implying in a tweet that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin should be jailed for her reckless handling of classified materials.

The Muslim civil rights group said Trump is attempting to use the Justice Department to shut down his opponents.

“Calling for the imprisonment of political rivals is a clear attempt by President Trump to further politicize the Department of Justice,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Every American who values the constitutional guarantee of due process should be outraged by the president’s statements.””

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House Freedom Caucus leader: No DACA in spending bill (video)

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 09:07 AM PST

In a Tuesday interview with MSNBC host Chuck Todd, Rep. Mark Meadows, R.-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that the upcoming government funding bill should not contain any action on the issue of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Meadows’ declaration is an effort to deny Democrats government shutdown leverage in the imminent DACA debate, according to Breitbart News.

In a Tuesday tweet, President Donald Trump contended that “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA —
just interested in politics.”

“Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start "falling in love" with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.”

Meadows said that lawmakers are working on bipartisan solution to the DACA issue.

"We have been working closely with the administration and some of my Democrat colleagues, even some Republicans that perhaps are more moderate than I would be, because the president set a deadline in March to deal with the 674,000 people that had deferred action," Meadows said. "So, we're going to get a deal. We have been working behind the scenes not only with members but with the White House as well to try to do that. But the president has been very specific on what he wants to see."

Meadows echoed the statement in Trump’s Dec. 29 tweet in which he wrote that “there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration.”

Meadows contended that a solution to the DACA issue should not be connected to the pending government spending bill.

Todd asked Meadows, "How connected to the government funding bill is DACA now? This Jan. 19 expiration date, does DACA have to be agreed on before that? Is that your deadline?"

“I think if you talk to Democrats, they are going to want to attach to it that funding,” Meadows said. “Conservatives have said let's keep as a separate issue.”

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Meryl Streep criticizes Melania and Ivanka for their ‘silence’ on sexual harassment

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 08:55 AM PST

Hollywood actress Meryl Streep is continuing her streak of anti-Trump rhetoric by criticizing First Lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Ivanka Trump for their ‘silence’ on sexual harassment cases.

Streep has been reveling in the release of her latest movie, The Post, which subtly jabs at the Trump administration, despite its topic being focused on The Pentagon Papers. Her actions seem to indicate she doesn’t intend to slow down the anti-Trump agenda, as she is now calling out the female Trumps to stand up and speak out.

The Washington Examiner reports the following:

“Award-winning actress Meryl Streep took a shot at first lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Ivanka Trump for their "silence" on sexual harassment.

Hollywood and Washington have been grappling with sexual misconduct allegations in recent months, and numerous well-known men in the media, politics, and the entertainment industry have been forced to resign or were fired as accusations surface.

In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday, Streep was asked about her own silence on the allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

"I don't want to hear about the silence of me. I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that's valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now," Streep responded.”

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Alaska Airlines bans man from future flights after sexual harassment claim (video)

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 08:42 AM PST

People on social media are weighing in on an incident that took place on Alaska Airlines the day after Christmas. Mike Timon, 53, told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday that he has been banned from ever flying on the airline again after he allegedly touched the attendant's buttocks while he was in first class on a flight from Portland, Ore. to San Diego.

Timon told the paper that he wanted another drink and "politely" touched the woman on her back to get her attention. He said he was immediately accused of touching her inappropriately and was escorted off the plane by police as soon as it landed.

"For me to be accused of this, and for me to be escorted off the plane by police? This is it. I'm blowing up. It's unnecessary. It's discrimination toward me," he told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Timon said he was "100 percent sober" at the time of the incident, after having had just one drink.

Alaska Airlines took a hard line against Timon in a statement, saying in a statement, "Alaska Airlines will not tolerate any type of sexual misconduct that creates an unsafe environment for our guests and crew members and we are fully committed to do our part to address this serious issue.”

The airline said it was conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.

San Diego Harbor police said that it received statements from Timon and others. No arrests were made, but people on social media are either outraged by the airline’s action or in praise of the way they handled the situation.

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New details on missing Navy sailor being found covered in feces and urine

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 08:13 AM PST

Peter Mims, the Navy sailor who went missing for a week due to his hiding out in a ship’s engine room, was apparently found covered in urine and feces.

A new report from New York Daily News claims Mims, who suffered from mental illness, was also carrying candy and snacks on him during his time hiding away from crew members aboard the Shiloh.

The report states the following:

The Navy sailor who went missing from his ship for a week was found in a sweltering engine room covered in his urine and feces, according to a report.

Peter Mims was also carrying a water bottle, Easter peep candy and an empty jar of peanut butter when a search crew found him hiding on the cruiser Shiloh on June 15, the Navy Times reported.

Mims' disappearance on June 8 sparked a manhunt in the Asia-Pacific. Officials thought he had gone overboard. He was known for making bizarre comments to his shipmates, according to the Navy Times.

"Mims was known for outlandish claims, such as he could stop running engineering department engines by pulsating electricity with his body, that he could shoot fireballs out of his hands, that he had a friend who had a motorcycle with the same engine as the ship, that he had been to space, and that before the Navy he was going to work for NASA because he had reached the pinnacle of how strong a human could be," an investigation by the outlet reveals.


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Arizona Univ. fires Rodriguez amid hostile workplace claim (video)

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:55 AM PST

Football coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired by the University of Arizona after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The notice was filed after the university began investigating allegations that Rodriguez sexually harassed a former employee. The investigation, which concluded last week, did not find enough to fire Rodriguez, but the university reportedly fired him amid concerns with the "climate and direction" of the program. They used email to deliver the bad news.

Rodriguez, 54, just finished his sixth season as the Wildcats' coach following stops at Michigan and West Virginia. He shot back at the university, vowing that he will “vigorously fight these fabricated and groundless claims” made by his former administrative assistant. The coach said he was fired by email.

“I am not a perfect man, but the claims by my former assistant are simply not true and her demands for a financial settlement are outrageous,” he wrote.

The former administrative assistant threatened a $7.5 million lawsuit alleging harassment. Rodriguez said he cooperated with the investigation and passed a voluntary polygraph test, noting the complainant did not cooperate with the investigation.

Rodriguez also acknowledged an extramarital affair with a woman not affiliated with the university, saying he apologized to his wife and family and is working to regain their trust.

Rodriguez said, "I am saddened that these accusations and investigation have caused my family additional stress."

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke announced Rodriguez's firing in a statement issued by the school and said the separation terms of his contract will be honored.

"After conducting a thorough evaluation of our football program and its leadership, both on and off the field, President Robbins and I feel it is in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction," Heeke said. "We'll move through the coaching search in an effort to identify a head coach that will build a solid foundation for our program and create an identity of Arizona football that the university, Tucson and southern Arizona communities can be proud of. We're excited about the future of our football program and we look forward to introducing our new head coach at the completion of the search process."

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Spotify sued for $1.6B over Doors and Tom Petty music

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:50 AM PST

A music publishing company which represents well-known artists filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit against streaming giant Spotify on Friday.

Documents filed in a California court revealed that Wixen Music Publishing, which handles copyright management and royalty compliance for artists including Tom Petty, The Doors and Neil Young, accused Spotify of using artists’ music “without a license and without compensation.”

More than 10,000 songs are listed in the lawsuit, including Petty’s “Free Falling,” for which Wixen is seeking the maximum award possible under the U.S. Copyright Act — $150,000 per song.

Under the U.S. Copyright Act, two separate copyrights are granted for every recorded song, one for the sound recording and another for the musical composition, which include the song’s lyrics and musical notation.

In the lawsuit, Wixen contends that Sweden-based Spotify “took a shortcut” when dealing with major labels to obtain the necessary rights to the songs’ sound recordings, and failed to acquire the equivalent rights for compositions, CNN reported.

Spotify currently faces three additional lawsuits in Tennessee that were filed by songwriters and music publishers, which accuse the company of using songs without properly paying royalties.

The music streaming service settled a $43 million class action lawsuit in May filed by a group of songwriters that accused Spotify of using their songs without a license and without paying royalties.

Spotify, which is reportedly valued at $19 billion, is expected to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in 2018.

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Brad Pitt’s flirting technique includes using his real name

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:43 AM PST

According to Page Six, Hollywood star Brad Pitt flirted with a woman and introduced himself as "William" on a coffee run at Coffee Commissary in Los Angeles.

"He arrived by motorcycle, wearing sunglasses, jeans and a leather jacket," a source told the publication.

Pitt struck up a conversation with a blonde woman standing in line.

"She was acting overly bubbly and looked a little like Kate Bosworth, but it wasn't her," the source claimed. “When the woman said, ‘I'm Lydia,’ Pitt put out his hand and said, 'Hi, I'm William.' She replied, 'Oh, you look like a Bradley.' And he responded, 'Well, that's my middle name' and smiled and winked at her."

As Lydia exited  the shop, she said, "'Nice to meet you, Bradley . . . I mean William.”

He reportedly laughed to himself, then got on his bike.

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REPORT: Prostitute gives birth and is back on the streets just 30 MINUTES later

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:37 AM PST

A prostitute in the United Kingdom returned to work on the streets only 30 minutes after giving birth due to her desperation for money.

Police Community Support Officer Jacqui Fairbanks, who has assisted sex workers for a decade, spoke to the Hull Daily Mail about the tragic backgrounds of many of the approximately 40 women who work in the Hessle Road area of Hull and the vicious cycle they are in.

"Some of these women have come from backgrounds of child abuse, both physical and sexual,” Fairbanks said. "Violence in their lives has been commonplace and many are homeless who just sofa surf.”

Many of the prostitutes suffer from mental health problems and some are victims of trafficking and coercion by pimps and boyfriends.

According to Fairbanks, “the biggest issue is drugs and many of these women are on the streets to pay for theirs and their partner's next fix.”

Fairbanks lamented some of the women’s desperation for money.

"One woman had a baby and, within half an hour, was back out on the streets. That's how desperate some of these women are," Fairbanks said. “We had one woman come out because her washing machine had broken and she needed some cash to have it fixed.”

Despite the conditions, Fairbanks said that it is challenging to get the prostitutes to stop working the streets.

“Our problem is that these women will not come and deal with us. Their self-esteem is so low that they enjoy the attention they receive and that is really sad,” Fairbanks said, adding, “This isn’t Pretty Woman, I’m afraid. Some rich punter isn’t going to come along and sweep these women off their feet and live happily ever after.”

The police work closely with social services agencies and private organizations in an effort to assist the women.

“There is a perception that these women are all on benefits but that is not always the case,” Fairbanks said. “For many, this is their only source of income.”

Fairbanks is sympathetic to the women’s plight.

“At the end of the day these women are somebody’s daughter,” she said about the women on Hessle Road, who are mostly in their 20s and 30s. “I try to tell them they are better than this. But all we can do is offer them the help through the different agencies.”

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Trump honored as ‘Pro-Life Person’ of 2017

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:26 AM PST

President Donald Trump has finished 2017 earning the title of ‘Pro-Life Person of the Year,’ according to a pro-life group in the U.S.

The group, known as Operation Rescue, honored Trump for his pro-life achievements and goals since taking office earlier last January.

Breitbart reports the following:

“"Since Trump took office, he has accomplished more for the pro-life agenda than any other president," according to Operation Rescue, one of the most visible and effective pro-life activist groups in the country.

Operation Rescue gives its annual Malachi Award "to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born," their website states.

The group's president, Troy Newman, had high praise for Mr. Trump, announcing that he "has proven to be the most pro-life president we have had in modern history and has backed up his pro-life rhetoric with action like no other before him."”

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Dog found frozen on New Year’s Day

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:24 AM PST

Animal cruelty charges are expected to be filed after police recovered the frozen corpse of a dog that was chained outside a Connecticut home on New Year's Day.

Hartford police investigating the animal’s death said the dog was found dead and frozen inside its doghouse, lying in fecal material which was found frozen on its body.

Investigators believe the dog might have been outside for as long as a month before it was discovered by police.

According to WTIC-TV, the dog's owner has been in jail for months on drug charges and claimed to have made arrangements for the dog's care.

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Study: Rise in violence blamed on influx of young male migrants

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 07:11 AM PST

The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants has led to an increase in violent crime in Germany, according to a study funded by the German government which was published on Wednesday.

Criminologist Christian Pfeiffer examined the impact refugee arrivals had on crime in 2015 and 2016 using data from the northern state of Lower Saxony. The study attributes a 10.4 percent rise in violent crimes in the state during those two years almost exclusively to refugees.

In an analysis of all 142 terrorist plots that took place throughout Europe from January 2014 to May 2017, The Heritage Foundation's Robin Simcox found that Germany, in particular, has been hit hardest since 2016, coinciding with the country's increased acceptance of middle eastern refugees.

"The increase in the threat to Germany is especially stark," writes the report's author. "There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold. There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees."

Since Chancellor Angela Merkel's opening of the borders in 2015, the numbers of terror plots in Germany have steadily climbed. In 2016, the country was forced to deal with 11 terror plots, whereas in the years of 2014 and 2015, there were three plots on the entire continent.

The latest study notes that young, mostly male refugees traveling alone are more likely to commit crimes if they feel they have no hope about their future, and that most come from Muslim countries "characterized by male dominance."

According to Families Ministry spokeswoman Verena Herb, the study confirms the need for greater integration efforts in Germany.

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Colbert attacks Trump for commercial aviation tweet

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:33 AM PST

"The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert attacked President Trump late Tuesday for accrediting himself for the safest year in commercial aviation.

"Trump took credit for no one dying in a plane crash this year," Colbert said during his broadcast. "That explains his new campaign slogan, 'Trump 2020: You got to Tulsa, didn't you?'"

In a tweet earlier Tuesday, Trump took credit for the safest year in commercial air travel after it was confirmed by reports that no commercial passenger jets crashed in 2017.

"Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!"

A spokesperson for Trump said Tuesday that the president "raised the bar" for the United States' "aviation safety and security."

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Morning Joe: nuclear button tweet shows Trump is ‘deranged and demented’

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:25 AM PST

It’s no secret MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts love constantly bashing President Trump. On Wednesday morning, the panel of hosts and guests took turns to bash the president for his latest tweet provoking North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In his tweet, Trump writes: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the "Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times." Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

Panel member John Heilemann said, "He is not merely being cavalier with a threat about nuclear war. He's being cavalier in a way that makes him seem demented and deranged… Anybody who treated this cavalierly would be roundly condemned by all serious people if both parties."

Trump’s tweet on Tuesday was one of 16 tweets covering a range of subjects.  In addition to taunting North Korea, Trump also announced he would unveil a "The Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards of the Year."

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Defense Dept studies unauthorized drone flights near Pentagon

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:06 AM PST

A recent survey of drone activity near U.S. military bases revealed that the Defense Department detected nearly 100 unauthorized drones flying near the Pentagon over a two-month period in 2017.

The study followed a ban by the Federal Aviation Administration of unauthorized drone flights over 133 military bases, which was implemented amid concerns that terrorists and spies could employ drones for surveillance, espionage and attacks, Stars and Stripes reported.

Although officials did not provide a list of the military bases involved in the survey, Michael Howard, public affairs director at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, said that drone-detection equipment was deployed last year at two bases near the nation's capital — Fort Lesley J. McNair from July 19 to Aug. 24 and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall from Aug. 24 to Sept. 23.

"We detected 95 instances of drone activity," Howard said. "We did not attempt to determine the nature of the drone activity, whether it was recreational or something else."

McNair and Myer-Henderson Hall are located less than two miles from the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and inside the 15-mile radius inner ring of a "no drone zone" where flights of remotely piloted aircraft are prohibited "without specific FAA authorization."

According to Howard, the purpose of the study was to determine if drones were being deployed over military installations and to initiate a dialogue regarding threats that drones might present to the bases.

Pablo Estrada, a spokesman for airspace security company Dedrone, which assisted the Defense Department in conducting the survey, noted concerns regarding U.S. adversaries utilizing drones to monitor troop movements, supply levels or training exercises inside military facilities.

Dedrone's sensors monitor radio signals from drones and are capable of determining their manufacturer, model and distance, Estrada noted, adding that many of the drones detected near the military installations were small models that consumers can easily obtain.

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Following protests, Iranians hold pro-govt. rallies

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:00 AM PST

The unrest in Iran has hit levels not seen since the protests and demonstrations from 2009. Iranians across the country have gathered in protest against the current regime, which has resulted in over 20 people killed.

The anarchy was semi-quelled Wednesday with a few pro-government rallies being formed following the violent and turbulent week.

The Associated Press reports the following:
“Tens of thousands of Iranians took part in pro-government demonstrations in several cities across the country on Wednesday, Iranian state media reported, a move apparently seeking to calm nerves after a week of protests and unrest that have killed at least 21 people.

While the rallies showed support among Iran's 80 million people for its clerically overseen government, smaller and smaller towns in the Iranian countryside appear to be experiencing the unrest that has already swept through urban areas, according to protesters' online videos.

Official and semi-official media did not immediately offer new details of the unrest Wednesday. Demonstrators' videos corresponded with The Associated Press reporting from outside of Iran, though individual protesters themselves remain unreachable. The protests for now also appear to remain leaderless.


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