The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing. Surfers and gawkers crowded beaches Tuesday while workers hurried to fortify beaches and sandbag low-lying areas against flooding from the serious surf expected to peak Wednesday, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast.
An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
“We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain’s presence in Syria and can confirm his death,” U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
“We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return,” Hayden said.
Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head and died after being airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas.
The girl was at the shooting range with her parents, who filmed the lesson.
The footage shows the instructor coaching her as she fires a single shot at a target at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona.
The Uzi then appears to be switched to automatic as the girl pulls the trigger and loses her grip of the weapon.
The video, edited and released by the Mojave County Sheriff’s office, ends abruptly before the instructor is shot.
Islamic State militants have committed “mass atrocities” in Syria, including the recruitment of children as fighters, the United Nations says.
Investigators have also accused the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in western Syria this year.
Islamic State (IS), which now controls areas of Syria, is one of the groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
Some 200,000 have died since the conflict began in early 2011.
Heavyweight chargers Kelly Slater and John John Florence lineup for a rematch of last year at Pipe Masters.
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Tim Cole can finally rest in peace.
Exactly 28 years after he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, the Fort Worth man unjustly convicted of rape — who died in prison and was exonerated years later — will have a new legacy unveiled.
In Lubbock, the site of the crime Cole didn’t commit, a more than 10-foot-tall bronze statue in his image will be unveiled next month not far from the Texas Tech University Law School.
“When he left Lubbock, he left with his head bowed down in disbelief, feeling he had brought shame to his family even though he knew he was innocent,” said Cory Session, Cole’s younger brother. “Now he’s returning.
“And he will forever be there standing tall.”
On Sept. 17, Session will be joined for a dedication ceremony by family, friends and a bipartisan politically star-studded crowd including Gov. Rick Perry, state Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sens. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
They will honor Cole, the first person posthumously exonerated in Texas, with a statue they hope will send the message that there is no time limit on justice.
“This has been a long time coming,” Session said.
Cole’s family never stopped fighting to prove that the former Texas Tech student and Army veteran, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, was wrongly accused and wrongly convicted.
One person who won’t be there is Cole’s mother, Ruby Cole Session, who lived to see the exoneration of her son but died last October.
Bob Cesca has a new article in the Daily Banter arguing that Democrats aren’t doomed in the upcoming midterm elections. While this is true for the Senate, he should not have pretended that Democrats are even close to retaking the House. Democrats are ahead in the polls by only 1% or so in the Realclearpolitics average, Cesca argues.
The problem is that Cesca does not provide context. Is a 1% lead enough for Democrats to overcome a 35-seat deficit? He does not say. Here’s some help. Political scientist Alan Abramowitz tells us what to expect depending on the Democrats’ generic ballot lead:
Even with a 5% lead, Democrats would win just 3 seats.
And remember, this 1% lead in RCP includes both Register Voter and Likely Voter samples. RV polls are guaranteed to be biased in favor of Democrats, because Democrats are historically more likely than Republicans to stay home, as we all know.
Cesca also failed to mention Larry Sabato’s current forecast: “Republicans net 5-8 House seats”
In conclusion, the House of Representatives is out of Democrats’ reach. Cesca’s analysis is wishful thinking.
Birmingham attorney Donald Watkins has been on a campaign in the past few weeks to see federal judge Mark Fuller removed from the bench in the wake of the judge’s arrest on a domestic violence charge in Georgia earlier this month.
On Monday, Watkins stepped up his efforts in a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In that letter, Watkins complains about a “flagrant display of hypocrisy in the federal judiciary in Alabama” that Watkins says is due to the judges’ political stripes.
“I will not allow Mark Fuller’s sleazy conduct to stain the impeccable record of all of the distinguished men and women who serve this great nation’s federal judiciary,” Watkins stated in an email to al.com regarding his letter to Roberts. “As a long-time member of the federal bar, I will do everything within my power to make sure that a violent wife-beater and known philanderer is removed from the federal bench.”
This makes sense, in some galaxy far, far away. Do as I say and not as I do and do and do and do. It’s tough, ya know. So what’s a grifter to do? Seek suffrage? Compare notes? Watch movies? Go for a ride?