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Trump says he canceled secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders

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President Donald Trump said Saturday that Taliban leaders were to travel to the US for secret peace talks this weekend but that the meeting has been canceled and he's called off peace talks with the militant group entirely.

Trump tweeted that he scrapped the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier.

Inviting Taliban leaders onto American soil is an unprecedented move and a significant development in America's longest running war just days from the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It comes after Trump said as recently as late last month that he is planning to withdraw thousands of US forces from Afghanistan but will keep 8,600 troops in the country at least for the time being. It's not clear if Trump's Saturday night announcement will impact that plan.

"Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday," Trump tweeted Saturday night.
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Seven Boys Charged In Food Tampering Urine, semen was placed in crepes served to their teachers

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Seven juveniles have been charged with placing either semen or urine in food that they recently served to teachers at an Ohio middle school, investigators report.

The criminal charges filed today against the minors--all boys--include felony assault and tampering counts. Six of the accused are 14, while one of the defendants is 15, according to Delaware County Sheriff's Office reports.

In mid-May, police began investigating the teenagers in connection with allegations that they placed bodily fluids in crepes that were prepared in a home economics class at Hyatts Middle School in Powell, a city 15 miles north of Columbus.

It was only after the crepes were consumed by teachers that school employees learned of a troubling video that was circulating among students. That clip appeared to show the bodily fluids being added to the crepes.

During the subsequent criminal investigation, cops seized three iPhones from students and a “clear plastic baggie with off white liquid substance,” records show.

Investigators allege that a trio of boys placed semen in the crepes, while a quartet of teens tainted food items with urine. Police reports identify two victims of the tampering, a 24-year-old female teacher and a 49-year-old male teacher.

Each of the charged defendants resides with their families in spacious private homes, while several of the teens play on local lacrosse and soccer teams.

The charges against the boys come two weeks after the opening of the new academic year. It is unclear what school disciplinary actions the juveniles could face as a result of the criminal charges (or whether they remain enrolled in the Ohio public school district).

At the time the police probe was opened, school administrators said that the “safety and security of our students and staff is of utmost importance,” and that “anyone found in violation of school policies will be held accountable for their actions.”
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San Francisco city council calls NRA 'domestic terrorist organisation'

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The San Francisco city government has formally labelled the pro-gun lobbyist National Rifle Association (NRA) a "domestic terrorist organisation".

The condemnation of the most powerful gun-ownership advocacy group in the US was unanimously passed on Tuesday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

It follows a shooting attack against the Gilroy Garlic Festival, south of the city, which killed three in July.

Democrats have often blamed the NRA's rhetoric for fuelling mass shootings.

The resolution says the US is "plagued by an epidemic of gun violence" and accuses the NRA of using "its considerable wealth and organisation strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence".

"All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association's influence," the resolution says.

The bill also urges the city and county to reconsider its relationship with companies that do business with the NRA.
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NOAA Confirms Trump Was Absolutely Right About Hurricane Dorians Early Projections

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President Trump was absolutely right when he said early projection models for Hurricane Dorian showed the storm traveling across Florida and into Alabama, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed in a statement on Friday.

BizPac Review reports: “The Friday NOAA statement included a link to a series of advisory graphics that clearly showed a progression of projected possible hurricane and tropical storm paths issued as the storm approached the U.S.”
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Here are the gun policies for America's largest retailers

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America’s largest retailers are rethinking their gun policies following a spate of mass shootings this summer in states including California, Texas and Ohio.

Retailers that ban firearms

No. 4 Costco ($101.43 billion)
“Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This isn't a new policy, and we don't customize this policy for each city/county/state/country where we do business,”

Retailers that request customers do not openly carry firearms

No. 1 Walmart ($387.66 billion)
“As it relates to safety in our stores, there have been multiple incidents since El Paso where individuals attempting to make a statement and test our response have entered our stores carrying weapons in a way that frightened or concerned our associates and customers,” CEO Doug McMillon

No. 3 Kroger ($119.70 billion)

Kroger changed its policy this week and requested customers not openly carry guns in its stores. A year ago, the company stopped selling firearms and ammunition in its Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest.
“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” ......
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Man gets 20 years in prison for running heroin and cocaine delivery service.

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Is Joker a danger to society?

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>Is Joker a danger to society?

>Some reviewers have expressed concern that the title character in Todd Phillips' film may spark copycat violence

>In the three days since Joker premiered at the Venice Film Festival, reviews have generally been positive, with some even employing the word 'masterpiece' and predicting Oscar glory for its leading man (it also reportedly earned an eight-minute standing ovation). However, many also come with a sense of unease about the character, a disenfranchised white male provoked into acts of terrible violence against the society that has rejected him.

>Joaquin Phoenix plays the title character, who starts out as loner Arthur Fleck, a clown come failed comedian, whose experiences in life twist his psyche to the point where he develops his manifesto and fully inhabits his terrifying Joker alter-ego. Reviewers have praised director Todd Phillips and Phoenix for his portrayal of the legendary character, but some have expressed concern about how the character may be interpreted by some members of the audience.

>In Robbie Collin's 4 star review of the film in The Telegraph he likens the reaction in Venice to the response to Fight Club's premiere twenty years ago when, he writes, "critics tried to work out if the film was a sly critique of meathead fascism or a feature-length recruiting advert for it."

>He adds, "To be clear, I don’t believe for a second that Phillips and his star, Joaquin Phoenix, actually think that their version of the classic Batman bad guy is in fact a hero to be glorified and emulated. But I worry that someone out there will."


Honestly, this movie sounds amazing now. But I can't count the amount of times I heard this argument made in response to an allegedly controversial piece of media.
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Walmart to stop selling handguns and short barrel rifle ammo

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Walmartsaid Tuesday it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two "horrific" shootings at Walmart stores this summer. It will also stop all handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from the handguns category.
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