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New Nuclear Threats to the U.S.: Better to Deter Them or Play Dead? by Peter Huessy  •  Gatestone Institute At present, exactly zero percent of America's nuclear platforms are modernized. Worse, when, in 2017, General Hyten... warned of the Russian threat, a common counter-narrative in the U.S. arms control community – and shared by some members of Congress -- was that simply by proposing to modernize a then-rusting nuclear deterrent, the United States was "leading an arms race." Even these critics, however, had to know that it takes years to research, develop, test, and then build highly complex nuclear forces, so that no new U.S. nuclear deployments would even be able to start until 2029. Russia has already completed 87% of its arms race while the US is just putting on its track shoes. The door to an arms race was opened long ago -- but by Russia, not the...
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California faces a perilous fire season as coronavirus threatens firefighters by Joseph Serna, LA Times As forecasters predict higher-than-normal chances of large fires in Northern California this year — as well as the usual risk of "large significant" burning in Southern California — fire authorities are growing increasingly concerned over their ability to muster a large, healthy force of firefighters in the face of COVID-19.Realizing that wildfire smoke will steadily impair a firefighter's immune system, and that traditional base camps can magnify the risk of infection, federal, state and county officials are urging a blitzkrieg approach to wildfires that will rely heavily on the use of aircraft.With the coronavirus still circulating, they say they cannot allow even the smallest secluded fire to smolder for the sake of forest ecology. All fires, they say, must be extinguished as quickly as possible. Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-crisis-raises-worries-over-140017726.html...
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NorthJersey.com 'Wouldn't you face the devil for your mother?' Cop who gave CPR to mom recovers from COVID-19 by Lindy Washburn, NorthJersey.com Twenty-two days after he was hospitalized with a high fever and low oxygen levels, Octavio Robles, a Union City police officer, walked out of Holy Name Medical Center on his own Tuesday to the cheers of the hospital staff and his fellow police officers.  “When Octavio went into the hospital, honestly we weren't hopeful initially,” said Union City Police Chief Nikki Luster. “I can’t tell you how relieved and grateful everybody is today. From the bottom or our hearts, thank you.”  The 41-year-old father of three spent more than two weeks on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. Read more: https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2020/05/12/coronavirus-union-city-nj-police-officer-cpr-mom-recovers/3115494001/...
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  ABC News FBI Offers $1 Million For Information Leading To Former Taliban Hostage's Captors The reward comes as the US seems to step up efforts to free another American. By James Gordon Meek and Conor Finnegan The U.S. government on Tuesday offered $1 million for information leading to the capture of the Taliban militants who kidnapped and held Caitlan Coleman and her three children who were born during her five years in captivity.The FBI "seeking information" flier posted online Tuesday offers a substantial reward to anyone with credible information on those who abducted the Pennsylvania woman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle in Afghanistan in October 2012 and held them until 2017 in Pakistan."I'm certainly happy to hear they're taking this step and hopeful that it will make justice possible," Caitlan Coleman told ABC News on Tuesday. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-offers-million-information-leading-taliban-hostages-captors/story?id=70642891...
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Some imported face masks failing to protect first responders from coronavirusCBS News VideosFace masks have been in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic, but first responders in Massachusetts have discovered some imported masks from China have failed to block 95% of airborne particles. Holly Williams takes a look. Watch Video at https://sports.yahoo.com/imported-face-masks-failing-protect-230119777.html...
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Clarion Project Scottsdale Community College Censors Islamic Terror Course Material Scottsdale Community College (SCC) failed to serve as scholars in an academic institution when the college buckled to local Muslim pressure surrounding three quiz questions. Teaching a course on Islamic terrorism, Dr. Nicholas Damask, who wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject and has taught at Scottsdale Community College for 24 years, asked the following questions in a class quiz: Who do terrorists strive to emulate? (Answer: Mohammed) Where is terrorism encouraged in Islamic doctrine and law? (Answer: The Medina verses [i.e., the portion of the Qur’an traditionally understood as having been revealed later in Muhammad’s prophetic career]) Terrorism is _______ in Islam. (Answer: Justified within the context of jihad.) Read more: https://clarionproject.org/scottsdale-community-college-censors-islamic-terrorism-course-material/...
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BBC News IS Regional Leader Sheikh Khorasani 'Arrested In Afghanistan' The leader of the Islamic State group in South Asia and the Far East has been arrested in Kabul, Afghanistan's intelligence service says.Zia ul-Haq, also known as Sheikh Omar Khorasani, was held with two other senior leaders of the militant group.The Taliban are the main militant group in Afghanistan but IS has been active in some areas and has carried out several bomb attacks in Kabul.Correspondents say the arrest will be a major breakthrough if confirmed.The other two were named as his spokesman Saheeb and chief of intelligence Abu Ali. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52623291...
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  More than 100 firefighters battle blaze at Phoenix industrial building KTVK PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- More than 100 firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at a big, Phoenix industrial facility engulfed in flames Sunday afternoon. It happened on 19th Avenue, between I-17 and Lower Buckeye Road. Fire officials say a large column of smoke coming from the building could be seen from miles away. Due to the fire involvement and the size of the building, crews decided to start battling the fire from the outside. The blaze was attacked from an elevated position with the use of aerial ladder water streams. Flames in the main part of the building were eventually controlled. Crews spent some time extinguishing hot spots and maintaining the structure of the building. Traffic on the north and south lanes of 19th Avenue were restricted between I-17 and Lower Buckeye Road. No one was injured during...
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UPDATE: GBI arrests man after social media threat to Ahmaud Arbery protests By WSBTV.com News StaffGLYNN COUNTY, Ga. — The GBI has arrested a man after a post on social media apparently threatening people protesting the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery has caught the eye of investigators.The GBI tweeted Sunday that it is investigating a Facebook post that contains a threat to future protests connected to Arbery, who would have turned 26 on Friday, but was shot and killed Feb. 23.On Sunday night, the agency said it had arrested Rashawn Smith, 20, and charged him with dissemination of information relating to terroristic acts. He was taken into custody in Midway, Ga. Read more: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gbi-investigating-social-media-threat-ahmaud-arbery-supporters/2SXZ3IUVFFAJRCDLLYKTWIYZLA/...
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The National Spanish Police Arrest Man In Barcelona Over ISIS Terror Plot by Nick Harley Spanish police have arrested a man in Barcelona over a suspected ISIS terror plot.The Guardia Civil force said it arrested the Moroccan man, described as deeply radicalized, on Friday after a joint investigation with security forces in Morocco and the United States."The suspect intended to carry out a terrorist act, the details of which are unknown," police said in a statement on Friday.It comes just weeks after one of the UK's top ISIS suspects was apprehended in Spain.Abdel Majed Abdel Bary, 28, one of Europe’s most high-profile ISIS terrorists, had taken advantage of the Spanish lockdown to enter the country and was using a face mask to disguise himself, authorities said. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/spanish-police-arrest-man-in-barcelona-over-isis-terror-plot-1.1016626...
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Spaceflight Now U.S. military tracking unguided re-entry of large Chinese rocketby Stephen Clark A Chinese rocket measuring around 100 feet long that launched earlier this month will likely plunge back into Earth’s atmosphere some time Monday, becoming the most massive object in decades to fall out of orbit in an uncontrolled manner.The core stage of China’s Long March 5B rocket is expected to fall back to Earth unguided after nearly a week in orbit. The Long March 5B rocket launched May 5 with a prototype for a next-generation Chinese crew capsule.As of Saturday, the rocket stage was circling Earth in an elliptical orbit ranging between 94 miles (152 kilometers) and 167 miles (270 kilometers) in altitude, according to U.S. military tracking data. A prediction issued Saturday by the U.S. military, which tracks objects in orbit, forecasts the rocket’s re-entry in a 24-hour period between 2335 GMT (7:35 p.m. EDT) Sunday...
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Firefighters continue battling fires in Florida PanhandleHouston Chronicle MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida firefighters were working to hold containment lines around a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) fire in the state's Panhandle, where winds were expected to shift Friday and push it toward homes.The firebreak was about a half-mile from a neighborhood, officials said. While no evacuations have been issued, they urged residents to be ready to leave their homes should they be given the word to do so.“People should be prepared and be ready,” said Ludie Bond, a spokeswoman for the Florida Forest Service.Daniel Felder escaped flames Wednesday when the fire invaded his neighborhood near Milton, Florida, where fire crews were staging to combat the fire from a church parking lot. Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Firefighters-continue-battling-fires-in-Florida-15256559.php...
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Al Monitor Kurdish And Coalition Forces Target Islamic State In Eastern Syria by Al Monitor Staff The operation comes at a time of recent IS attacks in Syria and Iraq. Kurdish-led and international coalition forces raided Islamic State (IS) positions yesterday in eastern Syria — a site of recent IS activity.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out an operation in Deir ez-Zor on Wednesday night. They were supported by Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the official name of the US-led international coalition against IS in Syria and Iraq. The raid led to the arrest of an IS fighter, the coalition spokesman Col. Myles Caggins said on Twitter today.The coalition supports the multiethnic SDF, which is led by the Kurdish group the People’s Protection Units (YPG), but also includes Arab and Syriac Christian divisions. The SDF said the arrested IS fighter was being questioned. The operation took place in a...
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Wall Street Journal Coronavirus Has Changed Everything for Police Across the Country By Zusha Elinson Officers enforce social distancing with drones, quarantine at home after shifts and grieve colleagues who died of Covid-19 SANTA ROSA, Calif.—On a recent evening here, Sgt. Michael Clark urged caution when enforcing a new face mask requirement for residents to the 10 officers circled around him in what the police department now uses as a briefing room: the parking lot.“If it’s something where you’re trying to educate somebody, there’s no violation of law, and they’re not wanting to wear their mask, then remove yourself from the situation,” said the 47-year-old sergeant, who was wearing a blue mask that matched his uniform and standing 6 feet... Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-has-changed-everything-for-police-across-the-country-11588843801...

DHS moving biometrics database to Amazon Cloud

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  DHS moving biometrics database to Amazon Cloud by John Bowden The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun the process of migrating the nation's biometric information database to the Amazon Cloud as part of a new system updating the federal government's decades-old database.A privacy impact assessment drafted by DHS officials in February and first reported upon its publication this week by Nextgov indicated that the project will consist of four phases, with the majority of the government's existing database being migrated to cloud-based storage in the first phase.The time frame for such a task was not clear, but will mean that information such as facial recognition data, fingerprints, Social Security numbers and other identifying information will soon be hosted on Amazon's cloud-based service. Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/496624-dhs-moving-biometrics-database-to-amazon-cloud...
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Press Release April 30, 2020 ODNI News Release No. 11-20Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of COVID-19WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence today issued the following Intelligence Community (IC) statement:“The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China. The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.“As we do in all crises, the Community’s experts respond by surging resources and producing critical intelligence on issues vital to U.S. national security. The IC will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.” Source: https://www.odni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/item/2112-intelligence-community-statement-on-origins-of-covid-19  ...
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Turkey hits Daesh in counterterrorism efforts, arrests 76 members Daily Sabah As one of the countries that gave the greatest struggle against the Daesh terrorist organization and became its target several times, Turkey continues its efforts to combat the group with successful domestic operationsTurkish security forces dealt a heavy blow to the Daesh terrorist organization in the first four months of the year with a series of successful domestic counterterrorism operations in which 354 suspects were detained and 76 were arrested including high-level members.According to information compiled by Anadolu Agency (AA), police, gendarmerie and border forces have detained 354 suspects, and seized several documents, weapons and ammunition from the terrorist organization. Some of the 76 arrested terrorists were deported while the legal proceedings of others continue.The security officials arrested five foreign nationals preparing for a terror attack in the capital Ankara on New Year's Eve; four of them were sent...
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Brookline To Test Coronavirus Antibodies Among First Responders YAHOO! Jenna Fisher, Patch BROOKLINE, MA —Brookline is set to give antibody tests to first responders and a select number of people in town who haven't had symptoms of the coronavirus next week in an effort to shed light on the extent of impact the virus has had on Brookline.As of May 5, some 508 Brookline residents have reportedly tested positive for the virus and 33 people have died here. Health officials say that it's likely many more have contracted the virus, but are asymptomatic.Antibody testing helps to identify how widespread the coronavirus has spread undetected within the community, and can clarify for public health and medical professionals how many people have contracted the virus without developing symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/brookline-test-coronavirus-antibodies-among-211755566.html...
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The Telegraph Convicted Terrorist Wins First Round Of Legal Battle Against Government Ban On Early Release From Prison A judge has ruled that the Government's ban on early release of terrorists may be a breach of their human rights By Charles Hymas, Home Affairs Editor A Sunderland shopkeeper jailed for encouraging terrorism has won the first stage of a legal battle to overturn new rules barring terror offenders from being released early from prison.Lawyers for Mohammed Zahir Khan, who tweeted support for Islamic State (ISIL) and called for "death to Shias" say the emergency laws introduced by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland breach his human rights.It is the first legal appeal against the Government decision to force some 50 convicted terrorists who had been due to be freed automatically halfway through their sentences to serve at least two thirds before a parole board decides if they are safe to release. Read...

Will first responders receive COVID-19 hazard pay?

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Fire Rescue 1 Treasury secretary says first responders could receive COVID-19 hazard payU.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said a fourth stimulus package could include hazard pay for those on the front lines of the crisis By Laura FrenchWASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that hazard pay for first responders could be included in future legislation to address the COVID-19 national health emergency.Mnuchin told CNN Monday that his department has not yet begun work on a fourth stimulus package, as it works to implement the third package passed by the Senate last week, but that hazard pay for first responders and healthcare workers is “definitely something we will put in the next bill.” Read more: https://www.firerescue1.com/legislation-funding/articles/treasury-secretary-says-first-responders-could-receive-covid-19-hazard-pay-nXri7X54WNfZQrNj/...