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Tennessee Inmate Asks For Electric Chair Execution Over Lethal Injection

The state of Tennessee has denied the request by Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski to die in the electric chair, his attorney says, and plans to proceed with plans to execute him Thursday by lethal injection.

Kelley Henry, Zagorski’s attorney, said she was considering legal options on Zagorski’s behalf. State officials could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Henry had asked the U.S.…

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As Hurricane Michael Spins Into Florida, New Rabbi Spins Up Aid Effort

While tens of thousands were busying themselves with storm prep or heading out of town to escape the worst of Hurricane Michael –  now approaching the Florida Panhandle as Category 4 storm with sustained winds topping 130 mph – Rabbi Mendel and Nechama Danow were just moving into their new home in Pensacola, where they will serve as Chabad emissaries.

Despite the fact that neither has ever experienced a hurricane before – she is from Israel and he grew up in Sweden – the Danows are ready to help where they can.…

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Florida Panhandle Bracing for Category 4 Hit from Michael

Michael’s leading edge careened onto northwest Florida’s white-sand beaches as a still-growing Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, lashing the coast with tropical storm-force winds and rain and pushing a storm surge that could cause catastrophic damage well inland once it makes landfall.

The unexpected brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression and grew swiftly into the worst hurricane in recorded history for this stretch of the Florida coast, carrying destructive wind, up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 13 feet (4 meters).…

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BREAKING: Trump Has Accepted Nikki Haley’s Resignation

President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, according to two sources briefed on their conversation. The timing of her departure is still unclear, the president promised a “big announcement” with her at 10:30 a.m.

Axios, which first reported the news, reported that Haley discussed her resignation last week when she visited Trump at the White House. The outlet reported that the news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the administration.…

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CATEGORY 2: Hurricane Michael, Takes Aim At North Florida

Hurricane Michael intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane. Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit.

A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye off the western tip of Cuba found wind speeds rising.…

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Outcry As Jews Create Own Group In German Far-Right Party

Jewish members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, met in the southwestern German city of Wiesbaden on Sunday to create a Jewish section within the party — a move that drew strong condemnation from other Jews.

Nineteen people joined the new “Jews in the AfD” group, local media reported.

A leading member of the group, Wolfgang Fuhl, told the German news agency dpa, that only AfD members who were ethnically or religiously considered Jewish, could participate in the new group.…

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GLOBAL WARMING? UN Says ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed to Protect Earth; “Life-or-Death Situation”

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.…

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China Tells US To Stop Criticism, Says Relations Suffering

Chinese officials appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to repair relations they said have been damaged by U.S. tariff hikes and support for Taiwan, as their governments press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Pompeo said at the start of his talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Washington has a “fundamental disagreement” and “great concerns” about Chinese actions and looked forward to discussing them.…

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Poll: Young Americans Say Online Bullying A Serious Problem

Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse.

That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, which also finds that about half of both young people and their parents view social media as having a mostly negative effect on the younger generation.…

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Israel Police Question Netanyahu For A 12th Time In Corruption Probes

Israeli police are questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a 12th time as part of their investigations into corruption allegations.

Investigators arrived Friday at Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem as protesters gathered outside with a large banner bearing Netanyahu’s face and the words “crime minister” and chanting slogans calling for justice.

Media reported that Netanyahu is to be questioned concerning two corruptions cases in which police have already recommended indictments.…

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TOUGH TALK: Iran Supreme Leader Promises To ‘Slap’ US, Defeat Sanctions

Iran’s supreme leader says the Islamic Republic will “slap” the United States by defeating new American sanctions targeting the nation.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comments Thursday in a speech in Tehran before thousands of members of the Basij, an all-volunteer force under Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

Khamenei says he heard President Donald Trump tell European leaders that the Islamic Republic would collapse in the coming months over American sanctions, something he dismissed.…

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French Police Arrest Notorious Gangster Who Disguised As Orthodox Jew & Burqa Woman After Daring Prison Escape

Three months after his spectacular helicopter escape from a French prison, police caught one of France’s most wanted men in a pre-dawn raid Wednesday, finding the gangster holed up in his hometown north of Paris.

Authorities said Redoine Faid — who is infamous in France for twice escaping from behind bars — had tried to elude surveillance by disguising himself as a woman in a burqa.…

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Lawyer, 99, Will Retire ‘When They Carry Me Out of Here’

Attorney Morton Katz, 99, recalls just one client assigned to him as a special public defender who made an issue of his age.

That man, charged with stealing a car while on probation, was unhappy about how long it was taking to resolve his case.

“He wrote me the most vicious letters,” Katz said. “The mildest one began, you senile old son of a — well I won’t quote all the language he used, but it got pretty violent.”

Katz became a lawyer in 1951, after serving in World War II, and continues working on a contract basis with the state of Connecticut as a special public defender.…

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Russia Delivers S-300 Air Defenses To Syria

Russia has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Syria, the Russian defense minister said Tuesday.

Sergei Shoigu said in televised remarks that Russia has delivered four S-300 launchers along with radars and support vehicles. Speaking during a Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin, Shoigu said it will take three months to train Syrian personnel to operate the system.…

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New York Finally Corrects Misspelling Of Verrazzano Bridge

A mistake that caused the name of New York City’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to be misspelled for more than 50 years has finally been corrected.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill adding a second letter ‘Z’ to the name of the country’s longest suspension bridge, which links Brooklyn with Staten Island.

The name had been spelled with one ‘Z’, even though it should have had two to reflect the name of Giovanni da Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who discovered New York harbor in 1524.…

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NY Law Takes 16-Year-Olds Out Of Adult Criminal System

A state law that takes most 16-year-olds charged with offenses out of the adult criminal justice system went into effect on Monday, the first part of legislation that raises New York’s age of criminal responsibility to 18.

New York passed the Raise the Age legislation last year, the next-to-last state in the U.S. to decide to stop automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.…

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