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#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.6 – 58km SSW of Las Minas, Panama


2017-12-14 01:11:09 UTC
2017-12-13 20:11:09 -05:00 at epicenter
7.331°N 80.993°W
11.89 km (7.39 mi)

#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.6 – 58km SSW of Las Minas, Panama



USGS Magnitude 4.5+ Earthquakes, Past Hour

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Bermuda to end same-sex marriage and replace with domestic partnerships


Supreme court ruling in May had made same-sex marriage legal in the British island territory

Bermuda’s Senate has given final legislative approval to a measure that would end same-sex marriage in the British island territory and allow only domestic partnerships.

Senators on Wednesday approved the Domestic Partnership Act by an 8-3 vote. The House of Assembly approved it 24-10 on Friday. It must now be signed by the governor before it becomes law in the Atlantic ocean territory.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/14/bermuda-to-end-same-sex-marriage-and-replace-with-domestic-partnership

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State trooper finds nothing funny about pulling over DeLorean going 88mph

The driver of a DeLorean modded to resemble the version from Back to the Future didn’t impress a Texas state trooper for hitting 88 mph.

Mark Shields, who was driving his car to an event, told KHOU he thought the officer was joking when he pulled him over for the time-traveling speed. Shields said the trooper responded by saying he doesn’t “joke” about his job.

Shields said the trooper continued to ask about the car and questions related to the movie, but ultimately handed the butthead a ticket.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2017/12/13/state-trooper-finds-nothing-fu.html

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Two people fatally shot in murder-suicide on Penn State University branch campus

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Multiple Women Accuse Hip-Hop Producer Russell Simmons of Rape

Three women have accused music producer Russell Simmons of rape, speaking out about incidents that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The women — singer Tina Baker, music journalist Toni Sallie and label executive Drew Dixon — said Simmons behaved violently, cornered them at work or in his penthouse, sexually assaulted them, and stalled or derailed their careers in music. A fourth woman told the Times that Simmons groped her in 2014, after leading her and a friend to his hotel room.

“I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” Simmons said in a statement to the Times.

In addition, five more women accused Simmons of sexual misconduct, sharing their stories with the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. One of them, Sherri Hines, accused Simmons of raping her in 1983. He denied all of their accusations.

Simmons stepped down from his company, Def Jam Recordings, in November after facing other accusations of sexual misconduct.

One accuser, model Keri Claussen Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times that Simmons had pulled off her clothes and coerced her into performing oral sex in 1991 and then penetrated her without her consent while she was in the shower. She was 17 at the time.

Simmons is one of dozens of men who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault in the wake of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Source: http://time.com/5063733/russell-simmons-rape-allegations/

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Journalists are being jailed for ‘fake news,’ and critics blame Trump


A record 262 journalists were jailed in 2017 simply for doing their work, according to a report published Wednesday by the Committee to Project Journalists. That figure is higher even than last year’s historic peak of some 259 journalists behind bars.

The nonprofit’s annual census found that, of those arrested, an astonishing 21 were arrested on “false news” charges. Others have been jailed for vague “anti-state” charges.

In an era of regular “fake news” accusations from Donald Trump, many have pointed a finger at the president for exacerbating the situation.

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Source: http://mashable.com/2017/12/13/freedom-of-press-jailed-journalists-fake-news/