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Four more deaths on traffic-jammed Everest

Four more deaths on traffic-jammed EverestA traffic jam of climbers in the Everest "death zone" was blamed for two of four new deaths reported Friday, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety on the world's highest peak. Nepal has issued a record 381 permits costing $11,000 each for the current spring climbing season, bringing in much-needed money for the impoverished Himalayan country. The four latest deaths reported on Friday, taking the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded peak to eight, include two Indians and a Nepali on the Nepal side and an Austrian on the way down on the northern Tibetan side, officials and expedition organisers said.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 7:36 AM

Pentagon mulling U.S. military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials

Pentagon mulling U.S. military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officialsTehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other, following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to try to cut Iran's oil exports to zero and beef up the U.S. military presence in the Gulf in response to what he said were Iranian threats. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the request had been made by U.S. Central Command, but added that it was not clear whether the Pentagon would approve the request. The Pentagon regularly receives - and declines - requests for additional resources from U.S. combatant commands throughout the world.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 6:48 PM

The Real Green New Deal Doesn’t Belong to AOC

The Real Green New Deal Doesn’t Belong to AOCClimate change has long been a disaster in the making, but until recently the American public tended to treat it as an afterthought. The Green New Deal brought climate change front and center, and made Americans think about big bold solutions instead of technical tweaks and half measures. The think tank Data for Progress has a plan that actually predates Ocasio-Cortez’s, but which goes into much greater detail about how to combat climate change both at home and abroad.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 10:30 AM

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on out of $85,000

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on out of $85,000A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 2:20 PM

Republicans encourage nationwide support for Alabama abortion ban, document reveals

Republicans encourage nationwide support for Alabama abortion ban, document revealsA document containing approved Republican talking points regarding Alabama’s near-total abortion ban has been uncovered.The ban is set to go into effect in 2020 and multiple members of the state legislature have said that overturning Roe v Wade is the intention of the ban.Entitled “Messaging in the Minority,” the document was produced on Wednesday by the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of House Republicans, and obtained by Vice News. It offers “messaging guidance” on the GOP’s anti-abortion platform, and is labelled as “strictly OFF-THE-RECORD.” Vice News did not say how the document was obtained.The document instructs Republicans to insist that abortion is "murder," and "traumatic" for the person undergoing the operation. The document does not offer statistics, sources, or seemingly any research or resources at all to back its claims. It appears to offer a guideline to talk around comparatively moderate Republicans, who have called the ban extreme. Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, told The Independent that the organisation will file a lawsuit against the ban, alongside Planned Parenthood, soon. He expects the case to take at least three years, based on past experiences, but stressed that abortion would remain legal in Alabama for now.Mr Marshall has been with the ACLU of Alabama for six years, and says that since his first week, "at least one if not two" abortion access cases have been on their books at all times. The difference between previous tactics and now, he says, is the bluntness of the bans.“For years, these same folks who offered up this bill came up with restrictions and they said, it's all about women's health,” Mr Marshall said. “This now lays bear the lie that they've been telling for years now. This isn't about women’s health at all; this is about controlling choices.”Non-legislative groups are also pushing for stricter laws. NPR was given access to a letter written by a coalition of anti-abortion groups led by Students for Life. The letter asks Republican leadership to "reconsider decades-old talking points" regarding rape and incest, in hopes of backing laws like Alabama’s.Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins, who is herself not a student, told NPR that she thinks now is the time to “start having the conversation.”Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a senior staff attorney at ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, told The Independent that polling suggests otherwise. “These extreme bans are actually really totally out of touch with what Americans feel these days,” Miss Kolbi-Molinas said of the 14 bans restricting access to abortion currently sweeping the nation. “Polling shows us that the majority of Americans think abortion should be safe, legal, and supported.”Still, with support from the highest offices trickling down, there’s a strong determination on the right to back near-total abortion bans, even when they ignore women’s health, physically and emotionally, entirely. On the left, no matching strategy of unification on abortion access has emerged. The Democrats have not responded to a request for comment on when or if such a plan might take shape.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 4:30 PM

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded."

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 10:31 AM

Stealth History: The F-35C Is Now Ready For War If the U.S. Navy Needs It

Stealth History: The F-35C Is Now Ready For War If the U.S. Navy Needs ItBy 2025, the Navy's aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft such as the Navy Osprey tiltrotor aircraft variant.As the F-35C becomes officially deemed “operational” and “ready for war," the Navy is adding weapons, sensors and software to the aircraft to expand its attack envelope --- and may even increase the F-35s ability to carry up to 6 air-to-air weapons in its internal weapons bay.Such a configuration, which would increase the stealth fighter’s internal weapons load by two missiles, has been designed and implemented by F-35-maker Lockheed Martin -- as an offering for the Air Force and Navy to consider.“Lockheed Martin has matured design concepts to integrate 6 air-to-air missiles within the internal weapons bays of the F-35A and F-35C variants,” Lockheed Martin spokesman Michael Friedman told Warrior in a written statement.While making a point to emphasize that any decision to increase the weapons capacity of the F-35 would of course need to come from the military services themselves, Lockheed engineers say the new “internally carried” firepower would massive increase attack options -- all while preserving the stealth configuration of the aircraft.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 3:55 AM

Photos of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Photos of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 8:00 AM

PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through Missouri

PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through MissouriA powerful tornado swept across Missouri, killing several people as it knocked down power lines and trees, smashed windows and left streets strewn with debris, officials said on Thursday.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 10:15 AM

Group seeks $100M for woman killed by US border agent

Group seeks $100M for woman killed by US border agentHOUSTON (AP) — Advocates demanded $100 million in damages Thursday on behalf of the family of a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year.

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 8:05 PM

Concord Man Agrees To Put Seven Dogs Up For Adoption In Animal Cruelty Case
A man charged with felony animal cruelty wept openly in a Martinez courtroom Thursday afternoon as he reluctantly agreed to let authorities put seven of his dogs up for adoption, rather than risk having them euthanized due to overcrowding at the shelter while his case is adjudicated. Jeremiah Weberling, 43, was arrested by the Concord […]

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 3:00 PM
Four Juveniles, Oakland Woman Arrested For Grand Theft At Dick’s Sporting Goods In Pleasant Hill
An 18-year-old woman and four juveniles were arrested for grand theft at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pleasant Hill on Wednesday, according to the Pleasant Hill Police Dept. The following information is from the Pleasant Hill Police Dept.: Suspect: Zahra McCockran (18 years of age), 4 juveniles (names withheld due to age). On Wednesday May 22 […]

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 1:23 AM
Concord Man, Pittsburg Woman Arrested In Tuolumne County
A Concord man and Pittsburg woman were arrested on various charges in the Town of Jamestown this week, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived at the home after a call came in from a concerned resident in the area who noticed something suspicious, they found 20-year-old Ronnie Conway of Concord in […]

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 11:10 PM
The Water Cooler – American Taliban John Walker Lindh
The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it. The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon. Today’s question: John Walker Lindh, the Bay Area man who fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, was released today from a […]

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 7:00 PM
California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents Will Be Out Memorial Day Weekend
The California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced it will have agents out ensuring public safety through enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws on Memorial Day weekend. ABC Agents will visit both ABC licensed businesses and some large venues to help prevent disorderly activity and reduce alcohol service to obviously intoxicated patrons and persons under 21 […]

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 5:00 PM
Panera Bread Signs Go Up In The Clayton Valley Shopping Center
As we previously reported, Panera Bread is planning to open a restaurant in the Clayton Valley shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord. The location will be directly across from Round Table Pizza, just two doors down from Wing Stop, on the Ygnacio Valley Rd. side of the center. It’s currently unknown when they […]

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 3:00 PM
Scouts BSA Troop 444 Celebrating 50th Anniversary, Looking For Alumni To Attend Event In August
Scouts BSA Troop 444 in Concord/Clayton is searching for alumni to attend their 50th anniversary celebration on Aug.3. The event will be held at Camp Herms in El Cerrito, and all former and current scouts and their families are invited to attend. The celebration starts on Saturday Aug.3 at 11 am, with an evening dinner […]

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 2:00 AM
Police In Danville Ask For Help Identifying Four Auto Burglary Suspects, Suspects Allegedly Used Stolen Credit Cards In Walnut Creek
Police in Danville are asking for the public’s help in locating four people who are wanted in connection with a vehicle burglary and alleged credit card fraud. The four suspects — two women and two men — are suspects in vehicle burglaries that occurred earlier this month at Hap Magee Ranch Park, police said. The […]

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 11:00 PM
DeSaulnier Wants Task Force To Study Impact Of Social Media Bots On Elections And Public Discourse
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the introduction of the Bots Research Act, a bill to establish a task force of experts at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine the impact of automated social media accounts, commonly known as “bots,” on elections and public discourse. “We now know that bot accounts were actively used by […]

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 8:59 PM
The Water Cooler – Should PG&E Put All Their Power Lines Underground?
The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it. The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon. Today’s question: QUESTION: Do you think PG&E should put all their power lines underground? Talk about it.

POSTED MAY 22, 2019 7:27 PM

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