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Sessions Releases Memo to All 94 US Attorneys Calling for Reversal of Holder-era Policy – Fox News

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Reuters Published May 12, 2017 | Fox News Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ office sent out a letter late Thursday to the nation’s federal prosecutors instructing them to pursue the most serious charges possible against most criminal suspects. The move will send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Officials at the Department of Justice said the new guidelines are a direct rebuttal of…

Pope Francis Announces Two New Saints On 100-Year Anniversary of Their Vision – NPR

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Fatima, Portugal Saturday, where Pope Francis canonized two new saints. Jacinta and Francisco Marto were children 100 years ago when their visions of the Virgin Mary marked this place as an important Catholic shrine. Paulo Novais/AP hide caption toggle caption Paulo Novais/AP Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Fatima, Portugal Saturday, where Pope Francis canonized two new saints. Jacinta and Francisco Marto…

NHS cyber-attack: Amber Rudd says lessons must be learnt – BBC News

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Media captionAmber Rudd: NHS trusts must learn and upgrade The NHS “must learn” from Friday’s cyber-attack and upgrade its IT systems, the home secretary has said. Amber Rudd told the BBC the services of 45 NHS organisations in England and Scotland had been disrupted amid a global attack that affected organisations across the world. She stressed there was no evidence patient data had been compromised. The head of the UK’s…

Trump’s frustrations are boiling over after Comey dismissal – Washington Post

Saturday, May 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — After four months in office, President Donald Trump has become distrustful of some of his White House staff, heavily reliant on a handful of family members and longtime aides, and furious that the White House’s attempts to quell the firestorm over the FBI and congressional Russia investigations only seem to add more fuel. Trump’s frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James…

Trump: ‘In America we don’t worship government, we worship God’ – The Hill

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Speaking to a friendly crowd at the country’s largest Christian university on Saturday, President Trump told the graduating class that “in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.” “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers,” Trump told those gathered at Liberty University. “When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked…

Trump lawyers outline president’s Russian income but provide no documents – Washington Post

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The White House on Friday released a letter from two tax attorneys for President Trump claiming that his only income from Russian sources in the past 10 years came from fees for hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, his sale of a Palm Beach mansion to a Russian businessman in 2008 and his company’s routine sales of condo units and rounds of golf to Russians. The attorneys…

Global cyber attack hits hospitals and companies, threat seen fading for now – Reuters

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SINGAPORE/LONDON A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting Britain’s health system and global shipper FedEx. Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files. The ransomware encrypted data on the computers,…

Trump gives America a week like no other – CNN

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Sessions restores tough drug war policies that trigger mandatory minimum sentences – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ordering federal prosecutors on Friday to crack down on drug offenders, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions made clear he wants the Justice Department to turn the clock back to an earlier, tougher era in the four-decades-long war on drugs. In a memo, Sessions said federal prosecutors should “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” in drug cases, even when that would trigger mandatory minimum sentencing. Mandatory sentencing laws for…

MP3 is dead, long live AAC – Engadget

Saturday, May 13, 2017

In its place, the director of the Fraunhofer Institute told NPR, the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format has become the “de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones.” It’s simply more efficient and has greater functionality, as streaming TV and radio broadcasting use the format to deliver higher-quality audio at lower bitrates than MP3. Basic research in audio encoding began at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in…

New Music Friday: 16 releases to hear now – EW.com (blog)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From Harry Styles’ anticipated solo debut to Miley Cyrus’ latest stylistic shift, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Harry Styles, Harry Styles The members of One Direction may have begun their careers as teen pop idols, but by their later albums, the boys were channeling…

DJ Khaled added to 2017 BET Experience lineup, fan fest details unveiled – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, May 13, 2017

DJ Khaled has been added to the already stacked lineup of this year’s BET Experience. The producer-DJ joins a roster that includes Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Bryson Tiller, ASAP Rocky and Jhené Aiko as headliners. Migos, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Jidenna, Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd, Keyshia Cole, Pusha T, THEY., H.E.R. and Khalid also top the bill for the four-day festival, slated for June 22-25 at multiple…

Notes and observations from Upstream Music Fest Day 1 – The Seattle Times

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Notes and observations from Paul Allen’s Upstream Music Fest: The first band of the day (Thursday, May 11) was Los Angeles three-piece Midnight Faces, one of Thursday’s few non-Northwest acts. At the open-to-the-public stage in Occidental Park, the group played slick new-wave rock to a late-afternoon crowd of passersby and curious office workers. A larger crowd turned up when rapper and Sub Pop signee Porter Ray played the same stage…

Trump’s own words add fuel to questions about the legality of firing Comey – Washington Post

Saturday, May 13, 2017

With his own words over the past two days, President Trump has vastly escalated the stakes and potential consequences of his decision to fire James B. Comey as FBI director, provoking questions about whether his motivations and tactics may have run afoul of the law. The president also suggested via Twitter that he may have “tapes” of private conversations with Comey, evoking echoes of Watergate and demands by Democrats that…

What you need to know about the massive hack that hit the British health-care system and elsewhere – Washington Post

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It was first reported in England — hackers gained access to the National Health Service computers, effectively shuttering the entire system. Patients were told to stay home; doctors and nurses were unable to access email or medical records and had to take notes by hand. The hackers demanded a ransom, to be paid in bitcoin. By Friday afternoon, though, it was clear that this was not a limited attack. Businesses in at…

Police chief, 2 nursing home employees killed; shooter dead – Fox News

Saturday, May 13, 2017

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio –  An armed man gunned down a new village police chief on an Ohio street on Friday and then killed two employees in a nearby nursing home, where he later was found dead, a sheriff said. No nursing home residents were injured, nor were two hostages briefly held by the alleged gunman. The slain police chief, Steven Eric Disario, had headed the Kirkersville Police Department for only…

Michelle Obama on Trump rollback: ‘Think about why someone is okay with your kids eating crap’ – Washington Post

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A fiery Michelle Obama vigorously defended the healthy eating initiative that was her biggest legacy as First Lady on Friday, telling a public health summit in Washington D.C. that something was “wrong” with an administration that did not want to give consumers nutrition information or teach children to eat healthily. “We gotta make sure we don’t let anybody take us back,” Obama said. “This is where you really have to look…