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Today in History

The Theresian Military Academy is founded in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
George Washington dies on his Mount Vernon estate.
Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.
Prince Albert of England, one of the Union’s strongest advocates, dies.
Confederate General James Longstreet attacks Union troops at Bean’s Station, Tenn.
Max Planck presents the quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
The first U1 submarine is brought into service in Germany.
The first truly representative Turkish Parliament opens.
The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a “declaration of war” on U.S. Steel.
Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole.
The League of Nations creates a credit system to aid Europe.
The League of Nations drops the Soviet Union from its membership.
German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel orders the construction of defensive positions along the European coastline.
The United Nations adopt a disarmament resolution prohibiting the A-Bomb.
Bulgarian ex-Premier Traicho Kostov is sentenced to die for treason in Sofia.
A U.S. Boeing B-52 bomber sets a 10,000-mile non-stop record without refueling.
NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the d├ętente between the East and the West.
Israel’s Knesset passes the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the Golan Heights area.
Construction begins on China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris establishing a general framework for ending the Bosnian War between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.
Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
The Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge, official opens near Millau, France.
Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.
At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.

Extremely rare Charles Darwin letter sells for $125,000

Charles Darwin—the scientist renowned for his work on the theory of natural selection—detailed his life through thousands of letters over the course of his life. One of those letters details Darwin's reconciliation between the belief of an all-creating Dog and the naturalist's theory of evolution—and it was sold for $125,000 Tuesday at a New York City auction. That was over twice the expected price.
Extremely rare Charles Darwin letter sells for $125,000

Two Ohio families have burned down their homes trying to kill bed bugs in two weeks

Those who have suffered from bed bugs know how difficult it is to get rid of them.

US soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.
One of the Cold War’s strangest dramas began in 1965 when Charles Robert Jenkins, then a 24-year-old army sergeant nicknamed “Scooter” from tiny Rich Square in North Carolina, disappeared one January night while on patrol near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.
At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins – who had never gone to high school – said he deserted to avoid hazardous duty in South Korea and escape combat in Vietnam.

The median net worth of African-Americans in Boston: $8

Boston's reputation as a racist city was put to the test by The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team of reporters. They analyzed data, surveys and conducted hundreds of interviews to determine whether the reputation is warranted.
The first part of their investigation was released Sunday. Spotlight concluded that despite important stopgaps, racism is alive and well in The Cradle of Liberty.
The median net worth of African-Americans in Boston: $8

Study finds men with older brothers likely to be gay

In 1962, a team of researchers led by American-Canadian sexologist Ray Blanchard published a study that said the greater number of brothers a boy has, the more likely he is to be gay. This was called the fraternal birth order effect. Now, researchers believe they found the biological reason behind such a pattern and it is linked to a phenomenon that happens in the womb due to the Y chromosome, which women do not possess.

Brain-Wave Treatment for Alzheimer's Is Promising

For-Profit Medical Companies Are Making Tons of Money Taking Poor Peoples’ Blood

US not granting loan relief to defrauded students

The U.S. Education Department under Dumbass Trump and DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.

Facebook Executive Criticizes Social Network For 'Destroying How Society Works'

Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.
Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

We Can't Let Dumbass Trump End Net Neutrality

Dumbass Trump junta is trying to argue that young Americans do not have a Constitutional right to a stable climate

Three judges in San Francisco potentially have the power to decide how the US government deals with climate change. Later today, 21 young Americans will make the case that Dumbass Trump has endangered their future by aiding and abetting the dirty industries responsible for the global crisis. And they will argue that they can hold him legally accountable.

Why Aren't Leaders Held Accountable for War

Suspect evidence informed a momentous Supreme Court decision on criminal sentencing

More than 30 years ago, Congress identified what it said was a grave threat to the American promise of equal justice for all: Federal judges were giving wildly different punishments to defendants who had committed the same crimes.
The worries were many. Some lawmakers feared lenient judges were giving criminals too little time in prison. Others suspected African-American defendants were being unfairly sentenced to steeper prison terms than white defendants.
In 1984, Congress created the U.S. Sentencing Commission with remarkable bipartisan support. The commission would set firm punishment rules, called “guidelines,” for every offense. The measure, signed by President Ronald Reagan, largely stripped federal judges of their sentencing powers; they were now to use a chart to decide penalties for each conviction, with few exceptions.
Five years later, a legal challenge to the sentencing commission wound up before the U.S. Supreme Court. In a case titled Mistretta v. U.S., the court was asked to consider whether Congress had overreached by taking on what seemed to be a role for the judiciary. In an 8-1 decision, the justices determined that the sentencing commission was constitutional. And they took care to say that the commission was also needed — to end the widespread and “shameful” sentencing disparities produced by the biases of individual judges.
Mistretta was a momentous decision, but it’s now clear the high court relied on evidence that was flimsy and even flat-out wrong.

Child marriage is still legal in every single state of America

The recent outrage over Alabama wingnut pervert Roy Moore targeting teenage girls for sex has elicited reports that evangelical cults actually encourage teenage girls to date older men.
Child marriage is still legal in every single state of America

Brooklyn teen used her last breath to identify man who shot her after she rejected his advances

According to the New York Daily News, a Brooklyn teen used her last breath to tell police who shot her after the man reportedly became enraged when she told him she wouldn’t become his girlfriend.

Google employee found dead in San Francisco Bay

A woman whose body was found in the water along the San Francisco Bay Trail in Sunnyvale, California was identified as a Google employee by the company Monday.
Chuchu Ma, 23, was found dead half naked in the water near the trail Dec. 7. KTVU reported the body was found by a bicyclist on the trail shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday. He called 911 and reported a dead body floating face down in a drainage canal in Baylands waterway.

Texas shooting range employee kills customer

A routine gun cleaning procedure went horribly wrong Tuesday morning at a shooting range in Cypress, Texas. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, an unidentified man died in an accidental shooting.

Missouri man kills 3-year-old for not wearing pajamas

A Missouri man killed his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in a violent rage after she refused to wear her pajamas, cops said.
Missouri man kills 3-year-old for not wearing pajamas

Incentive for Terrorism

Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime worse than Nazis

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees a system of political prisons that are worse than the Nazi concentration camps of World War II, according to an Auschwitz survivor serving on panel probing human rights violations carried out by the isolated regime.
Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime worse than Nazis: report

The alt-right tried to make their own Internet after being banned from social media

After being banned from sites like Twitter, Facebook, GoFundMe and YouTube, alt-righters quested to create their own version of the Internet — but their “alt-tech” sites might not be a great as they’d hoped.
The alt-right tried to make their own Internet after being banned from social media -- and failed miserably

US citizen arrested for trying to aid Islamic State

An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, who is a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Friday in Houston after the filing of a criminal complaint by federal prosecutors, the Justice Department said in an emailed statement.

Los Angeles cops kept secret list of officer misconduct

Nearly 300 deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are on a highly secret list of law enforcement officers with a history of misconduct that includes sexually assaulting a teenager, forcing a woman into oral sex, and faking evidence with taco sauce.

Michigan Police Won't Explain Why They Arrested an 11-Year-Old Girl at Gunpoint

Religio-wingnut leader accused of sexually abusing teenage boy

Pressler is a leading figure among the religio-wingnuts in Texas and was a key player in the “wingnut resurgence” of southern baptism, a movement in the 1970s and 1980s that aimed to oust liberals and moderates from the cult’s organizational structure.

Facing Sexual Assault Charges, KY Wingnut Sings 'Christian' Hymn Before Calling Accuser A Liar

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