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Fears Of Violence As Richard Spencer Brings Racist Movement To Gainesville, FL

(SL) USA Today reports, As the clock ticked closer to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, the campus was on edge amid concerns over potential violence between supporters and counter-protesters.

Students and faculty expressed fear and worry about Spencer’s Thursday appearance and the increased security presence.

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“The students are scared, especially our students who are from minority communities,” said Vincent Adejumo, a lecturer in African-American studies. “Many of them have already left town. Parents have great concern.

“It’s basically a powder keg right now.”

Sophomore Rachel Guttman said her Jewish sorority advised its members against wearing their letters on Thursday. “Honestly, everyone’s kind of scared right now and we don’t know what to expect,” she said.

But there were signs of a unifying response and a desire to rebut hate speech and racism.

Painted sheets hang from the facades of fraternities and sororities at the University of Florida repeating “Love not hate #TogetherUF.”

457911E400000578-0-image-a-34_1508387879207Reportedly, more than 500 police officers will be present when Richard Spencer speaks.

University President W. Kent Fuchs said officials have been preparing for the controversial alt-right leader’s visit for the past few weeks and have banned an extensive list of items including torches, masks, umbrellas and shields.

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Some students are surprised that they cannot ban hate speech from a public university.

UF, the state’s second-largest university with more than 52,000 students, initially denied Spencer’s request to speak here in September, but in a letter to the UF community, president Kent Fuchs said the First Amendment required the university to allow the event.

The National Policy Institute, which Spencer runs, paid $10,564 to rent the 1,700-seat Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. No UF organization invited Spencer, the university said.

The university president estimates that it is going to cost $600,000 for the extra security and other expenses.

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Canadian Among Three Arrested In ISIS-Inspired Terror Plot Against NYC

(SL) – Three men are accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired terror attack against several New York City targets. Federal authorities believe the men wanted to bomb or shoot up Times Square, the subway system, or concert venues around the holiday of Ramadan.

The FBI and NYPD took down the operation last summer, but the details are just being revealed. Authorities say a 19-year-old Canadian already pleaded guilty after buying bomb-making materials and traveling to the U.S. to get ready. A U.S. citizen from Pakistan and a Philippines man are also in custody and awaiting extradition.

The Canadian was captured in New Jersey well over a year ago. Officials say the suspects used a messaging app on their phones, not knowing that they were talking to an undercover agent

Top Headlines: Trump Rolling Back Federal Mandate On Contraceptives, Girlfriend Of Vegas Shooter Speaks, Tropical Storm Nate Headed For Gulf Coast And More……

(SL) –States on the Gulf Coast are bracing for Tropical Storm Nate as it is expected to hit the region as a Category One hurricane. The eye of the storm is expected to come within 50 miles east of New Orleans Saturday or early Sunday. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.

Tropical Storm Nate is being blamed for 22 deaths in Central America as it tracks toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm dumped heavy rain and caused widespread flooding in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is likely to strengthen today, before a possible hurricane-strength hit near Cancun, Mexico.

donald-trump-featured_1024The Trump administration is rolling back a federal mandate on contraceptives. The Obamacare rule required employers to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans. The new rule will allow more employers and insurers to exempt themselves for moral and religious reasons. Millions of woman currently have free access to contraceptives because of the federal mandate.

article-nasty-1005President Trump is once again saying the federal government is doing a great job in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During a White House event today, Trump said the government has been doing a great job there adding that Puerto Rico has been through a lot. The administration has come under fire for its initial response to the natural disaster.

2017-10-03t22-35-13-166z--1280x720.nbcnews-ux-1080-600The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter is giving new details about the gunman. Marilou Danley told investigators Stephen Paddock showed some symptoms of mental illness. She said she remembers him lying in bed, moaning and screaming “Oh, my God.” State and federal law enforcement officials confirmed that Paddock had been prescribed anti-anxiety medication Valium in the past.

2017-10-04T224057Z_1_LYNXMPED93235-OUSHE_RTROPTP_3_HEALTH-US-CIGNA-OPIOIDSInsurance giant Cigna will be ending coverage for most OxyContin prescriptions. Starting January 1st, Cigna will not cover most prescriptions for the widely-prescribed opioid in group health insurance plans. The change announced this week is part of Cigna’s efforts to help rein in a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse.

171006114954-rip-aim-thumbnail-1024x576A-O-L’s is wrapping up its instant messaging service. The company announced today that A-O-L Instant Messenger will be discontinued on December 15th, after 20 years of chat history online. The long-running instant messaging service was many people’s first social experience on the internet. Launching back in 1997, the service preceded the ever-growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Slack.

Trump Worries About Muslims But The Top Mass Shooter Profile In America Belongs To Homegrown White Men

(SL) – The Independent reportsIn all the mass shootings that have occurred since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the perpetrator has been more likely to be a white male citizen of the US than a Muslim from a foreign country.

According to a study by the think tank New America, between 2001 and 2015 more Americans have been killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by terrorists espousing Islamism.

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archives, since President Trump took office on 20 January 2017, shows that 323 people have died and 1249 people injured in a mass shootings.

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The mass shooting in Las Vegas, resulting in 59 deaths was, according to police, carried out by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada.

Speaking from the podium of the White House on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said now was ‘not the time’ to discuss stricter gun control.

In January, the President signed an executive order, since revised, that banned citizens of seven Muslim Majority countries from entering the United States, done in part on grounds of security.

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Marilou Danley Arrives Back In U.S. As It’s Revealed She Is A Person Of Interest In Las Vegas Shooting

(SL) – The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock arrived back in the U.S at LAX Tuesday night as authorities confirm that she is in fact a person of interest. In a wheelchair and wearing a hat, she was met by FBI agents.

Danley, who is rumored to have been dating Paddock for the past year was visiting family in the Philippines when he opened fire on attendees at the Route 91 Harvest Festvial in Las Vegas.

In the end 58 people would be dead with another 527 injured.

Family members of the 62-year old claim she knew nothing about Paddock’s plans but admit that he sent her away on September 15th. A week before the shooting he wired $100,000 dollars to an account in the Philippines.

Authorities have confirmed the transaction but have not disclosed the name on the account.

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{Video} Stephen Paddock’s Brother Eric Speaks About Horrific Vegas Shooting From His Home In Orlando, FL.

(SL) – The brother of the Mass murderer Stephen Paddock spoke with the press moments ago saying his family doesn’t know what happened or why his brother would commit the horrific crime in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured over 500.

Eric Paddock say Stephen was a normal guy who must have ‘snapped’ before carrying out the worst mass shooting in American history. He went on to say  that there was ‘absolutely no indication he could do something like this’ and said that Stephen had no political or religious affiliation.

 “He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something.”

Speaking from his home in Orlando, FL Eric said, “We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded.”

Mass Casualties and Devastation As 58 Are Left Dead And More Than 500 Injured In Route 61 Harvest Festival Shooting

(SL) – More terror in the United States as a gunman unloaded on attendees at the Route 61 Harvest Festival. 64-year old Stephen Paddock reportedly had more than 10 rifles and semi-automatic guns in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel; and killed himself as police entered the room.

The hunting enthusiasts and licensed pilot committed suicide, it’s believed that he fired more than 200 rounds over the course of 10 minutes.

Raining gunfire down on innocent concert goers, more than 515 people were injured with 12 of those being listed as critical and 58 people have been confirmed dead and that number could rise. It’s the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

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The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by 22,000 and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

Police say the shooter,  a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, unloaded on the festival  at the Las Vegas Village, from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10:08 pm. At this point, authorities say there is no connection to international terrorists.

Investigators are currently raiding Paddock’s $400,000 home in a retirement community in Mesquite, which he shared with a woman named Marilou Danley who is currently out of the country.  Paddock reportedly used her credit cards over the last few days as he had been in Vegas since Sept. 28th.

Some reports state that Paddock was going through a divorce at the time. Paddock’s brother Eric described Marilou as his brother’s girlfriend whom he was living with.

Investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive. Paddock has no arrest record.

Authorities are asking for blood donations in the area.

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While Hurricane Harvey Was Hitting Texas, Trump Pardoned Racist Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio And Formally Banned Transgenders From Joining The Military

(Washington, DC) – While most people were glued to their televisions and social media sites following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on Texas, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.  Arpaio is the former Arizona Sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants  landed him with a criminal conviction.

The New York Times reports, Mr. Arpaio, 85, served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix , building a national reputation for harsh conditions in his county jail, and for his campaign against undocumented immigrants.

_97561664_aa16b4ad-3b87-47c5-bcd8-d5ae0ac30084Mr. Arpaio had touted himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” making inmates wear pink underwear and serving jail food that at least some prisoners called inedible. He was also at the forefront of the so-called birther movement that aimed to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

In 2011, a federal district judge hearing the case ordered Mr. Arpaio to stop detaining people based solely on suspicion of their immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. But the sheriff insisted that his tactics were legal and that he would continue employing them.

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Police Arrest 12 In Stabbing Spree That Left 7 Dead In Yet Another London Attack

(SL) –  Fox News and the Associated Press report, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “evil ideology” behind the London terror attacks that killed seven people and injured dozens more late Saturday night.

May addressed the attacks Sunday after a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee. She called for a tougher stance against extremists and tougher controls on cyberspace to prevent its use by extremists.

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She said the measures were needed because “terrorism breeds terrorism” and attackers copy each other.

Her remarks came as counter terrorism police carried out raids in east London and arrested 12 people in connection with the attacks.

The homes raided included one belonging to one of the three terrorists who carried out the attacks, Sky News reported.

“He’s lived here for about three years,” neighbor Damien Pettit said. “He’s one of our neighbors. I’ve said hello in passing more than 50, 60 occasions. He has two young kids. He was a very nice guy.”

Saturday’s horror began around 10 p.m. local time when a white van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge. The van’s three occupants then jumped out with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police said.

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Elizabeth O’Neill said her son was stabbed in the stomach by a man who approached him and yelled “this is for Islam.”

Daniel O’Neill, 23, suffered a 7-inch knife wound, she said, according to Sky News. He was recovering.

“He had just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said ‘this is for my family, this is for Islam’ and stuck a knife straight in him,” the mother said.

Gerard Vowles, 47, told local media that he saw the three attackers stabbing a woman at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.

“They went ‘this is for Allah’ and then they just started stabbing her multiple times,” he told Sky News.

The Guardian quoted Vowles as saying, “They kept coming to try to stab me. They were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people.”

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