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U.S. Appeals Court Orders EPA To Ban Pesticide Said To Harm Children

 A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely-used pesticide that critics say can endanger children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA commissioner Scott Pruitt’s March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to halt the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. Pruitt’s ruling had reversed a 2015 Obama administration recommendation to extend to food a 2000 ban on chlorpyrifos that covered most household settings. “This shows that the EPA can’t just ignore the science that this pesticide damages children’s brains,” Marisa Ordonia, a lawyer for Earthjustice, which represented the petitioners, said in an interview. “The Trump administration has to follow the law, as does everyone else.”  ...Read more

Vice President Pence Outlines Plan For New Space Force By 2020

Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020. Pence says it’s needed to ensure America’s dominance in space amid heightened competition and threats from China and Russia. He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.President Donald Trump has called for a “separate but equal” space force. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military’s space warfighting forces but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service. However, any proposal to create a new service would require congressional action. ...Read more

Trump Administration To Impose New Sanctions On Russia Over Nerve Agent Attack

The Trump administration said Wednesday it would impose new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal. The pair were found unconscious on a bench after they came into contact with a Novichok nerve agent. They were taken to the hospital in critical condition and have now been released. The State Department announced Wednesday it had determined the Russian government had “used chemical or biological weapons” in violation of international law. The administration’s announcement came after demands from the GOP chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce of California. Royce called on the administration to hold Russia accountable for the Skripal poisonings. British officials have blamed Russia for the poisonings, but Russia has denied any involvement. ...Read more

New York Congressman Chris Collins Pleads Not Guilty To Insider Trading Charges

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to federal insider trading charges. The congressman was arrested earlier in the day on charges that he shared non-public information with family and friends related to Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics, on which Collins served as a board member. An indictment released Wednesday alleges that Collins, 68, called his son from the White House lawn and share information with him about a failed drug trial, and that his son and others then sold stock based on that tip before the trial results became public. Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, 25, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky, 66, were also charged, according to the court filing. All three pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and will be released on $500,000 bond. The next court hearing is set for Oct. 11, less than a month before Collins will face reelection.  ...Read more

Remains Of Unidentified Young Boy Found At New Mexico Compound

Searchers found the remains of a boy after raiding a makeshift compound last week in search of a missing Georgia child, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were found Monday during a search in Amalia, near the Colorado border; authorities were awaiting positive identification of the remains. The search for Abdul-ghani of Georgia led authorities Friday to the squalid compound where they found Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of the missing boy, along with four other adults and 11 children living in filthy conditions. Wahhaj told the boy’s mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child, who suffered from seizures, because he believed the 3-year-old was possessed by the devil. The mother told police that Wahhaj took the boy for a trip to a park and never returned. Wahhaj was armed with several guns, including a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, when he was taken into custody without incident at the compound, the sheriff said. Children ages 1 to 15 were rescued from the compound that had been under investigation for months. ...Read more

West Hollywood Council Urges Removal Of Donald Trump’s “Walk Of Fame” Star

The West Hollywood City Council voted for the removal of President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this according to the city’s mayor. The neighborhood’s City Council passed the resolution, citing Trump’s “attacks” on “minorities, immigrants” and other groups, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran said. The council does not have any direct authority over the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but did share the resolution with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which does have authority. In a statement, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler said his group would refer the council’s resolution to its executive committee “for consideration at their next meeting. “As of now, there are no plans to remove any stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Gubler said. Trump’s star has been vandalized repeatedly in recent years. Last month, a man with a pickax smashed it to pieces, and in 2016 a man dressed as a construction worker also smashed the star with a pickax and sledgehammer. ...Read more

Facebook, Apple, YouTube And Spotify Remove Conspiracy Therist Alex Jones Podcasts And Other Content

Apple Inc, YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards. Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.  Facebook said it removed the pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.” And Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company “does not tolerate hate speech” and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.  Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted that the take-downs amounted to censorship and were intended to help Democrats in the national election this fall.  ...Read more

Star Witness Rick Gates Testifies He And Paul Manafort Conspired To Commit Fraud

Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud. Manafort, facing charges of bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Gates is considered a star witness against Manafort, and struck a plea deal with prosecutors to cooperate in the case against his former business partner.  During his testimony, Gates read out loud the language from his indictment charging him with conspiracy and making false statements to the government. Gates testified that he and Manafort under-reported income an d failed to file Foreign Bank Account Report forms. He also testified that he lied to Manafort’s bookkeeper and accountants. Manafort served as chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign during the summer of 2016, and was forced out in August of that year amid news stories about his ties to then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. ...Read more

Member Of Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Points To ‘Troubling Bias’

President Donald Trump’s dismantled voter fraud commission uncovered no evidence to prove his claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, according to an analysis of administration documents by a former member. Maine’s Secretary of State and former commission member, Matthew Dunlap stated in a letter issued Friday “that the Commission predicted it would find widespread evidence of fraud actually reveals a troubling bias.” Dunlap, a Democrat, wrote that he joined the commission in “good faith” and with “optimism,” but that his experience with the bipartisan group left him skeptical of the intention of the study. The commission released documents on June 27 after Dunlap filed a lawsuit in November against it in an effort to gain access to materials and documentation he felt was being kept from him and other members of the committee. ...Read more

At Least 82 Killed In Devastating Indonesian Islands Earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 82 people, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen. The latest quake damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation center. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the toll had risen to 82 with hundreds others injured. Thousands of homes were damaged and most people were killed by collapsing houses, he said. A total of 65 of the deaths were in North Lombok district, nine in West Lombok district, four in the provincial capital Mataram and two each in Central Lombok and East Lombok districts, Nugroho said. The quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 6 miles in the northern part of Lombok. ...Read more