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13 captive siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower once a year

PERRIS, Calif. — The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, a prosecutor said Thursday, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year. They were allegedly beaten, choked and shackled to their beds with no access to a bathroom for months at a time for supposed offenses like “playing with water” when they washed their hands. Their parents would buy toys, the prosecutor said, but not let them play with them or even take…

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‘Smacks of fraud’: House releases Glenn Simpson Trump-dossier testimony

The House intelligence committee released 184-pages of sworn testimony on Thursday by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose opposition research into Donald Trump spawned a controversial dossier that ultimately was handed to the FBI. It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, but Simpson went into much greater detail with the House committee than he did with the Senate judiciary committee about his research into Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russians and organized crime figures, in passages that at…

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The Post film review: Meryl Streep scooping all the plaudits in Spielberg recreation

Steven Spielberg’s The Post recreates what happened almost 50 years ago and is both a fascinating history lesson and a timely reminder of the importance of defending basic democratic rights. The Post is a little slow to start as it fills in the back story. In the 1960s, secretary of defence Robert Mcnamara (Bruce Greenwood) commissioned a report on America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It concluded that the war was lost in 1965 but that successive presidents committed increasing numbers of American soldiers to the conflict rather than admitting…

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Airbnb purges thousands of San Francisco listings overnight – CNET

Airbnb deactivated thousands of San Francisco hosts to be in accordance with new legislation. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET If you were hoping to rent out a room on Airbnb in San Francisco, the pickings just got a lot slimmer. New legislation went into effect on Wednesday requiring all Airbnb hosts to register with the city. As a consequence, more than half of Airbnb’s listings in the city disappeared practically overnight. In August, Airbnb listed about 8,900 short-term rentals in San Francisco and on Wednesday that number dropped to a little over…

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Star Wars Men’s Rights edit REMOVES the WOMEN: Stars attack but do some cuts make sense?

First uploaded to Pirate Bay, the radical male-orientated cut reduces the lengthy 155 minute movie to a brisk and breezy 46 minutes. Whoever is responsible (wisely) decided to remain anonymous but titled his work: “The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit… Basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff.”  The edit has started a social media storm but it’s hard not to agree with some of his changes. After all, even some of the most hardcore devoted Star Wars fans had major issues with many Episode 8 plot points.…

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‘He’s playing a CYNICAL GAME’ Macron SLAMMED over ‘violent’ attitude towards migrants

The French president Emmanuel Macron is “keeping his endgame under wraps” as he takes advantage of the public’s opinion of Paris having to deal with the migrant crisis, a prominent member of the country’s green party claimed.  David Cormand, the national secretary of France’s Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) green party, said: “Mr Macron thinks he can do what he wants because he knows that the French have grown weary of the migrant crisis and of having to shoulder so much of the burden alone.  “Mr Macron is keeping his…

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Emmanuel Macron urged to be even TOUGHER on immigration as he meets Theresa May

His demands come as Mr Macron meets British Prime Minister Theresa May amid calls to renegotiate the Le Touquet agreement. Under the Le Touquet treaty Britain’s border is in Calais – a deal which angers the French who have to try and manage migrants making bids for Britain on a daily basis. Britain has already caved to some of France’s demands, with prime minister Theresa May pledging on Wednesday to pay some £44.5 million for extra security in Calais and take in more lone child refugees.  Mr Wauquiez, the hardline…

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‘We have to deal with BRITAIN’S immigration problems!’ French fury at Le Touqet agreement

Mr Cahn, who is also an expert in law, told French paper Le Monde: “On paper, it’s a two-way deal, but only because French police can carry out border checks in Britain.  “But the migration movement is only going in one direction. “Migrants are trying to reach the UK from France, and not the other way around. “The treaty moved the British border to France, which has been left to bear the brunt of the migrant crisis in Calais alone.” The accord allows British police to carry out immigration checks…

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13 captive siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower twice a year

The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house were allowed to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just twice a year, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told NBC News. Those disturbing details emerged just hours before David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife, Louisa Anna Turpin, 49, were expected to make their first court appearance. They face possible torture and child endangerment charges. David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin in booking photos in Riverside County, California on Jan. 15. Riverside…

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Foreign lobbyists rush to register in shadow of Mueller probe

WASHINGTON — The data firm whose work for Donald Trump’s campaign attracted the interest of Robert Mueller’s investigators recently filed paperwork showing it had helped spread negative information about Qatar, the Gulf nation targeted by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates in a bitter propaganda battle. The parent company of Cambridge Analytica filed documents with the U.S. Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit disclosing $333,000 in payments by the UAE for a 2017 social media campaign linking the Qataris to terrorism. In June the Trump administration endorsed the aggressive…

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