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 Trump Waives Jones Act Shipping Restrictions For Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

(WFB) — President Donald Trump has waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, loosening shipping restrictions that officials said were hindering efforts to provide aid to the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision on Twitter Thursday, writing that Trump authorized the waiver at the request of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossellσ.

A growing number of lawmakers had called on Trump to lift the Jones Act, a nearly 100-year-old protectionist shipping law that requires ships carrying goods between American ports to be built in the U.S. and crewed and owned by Americans. They argued the 1920 law slowed down recovery aid from getting to Puerto Rico and forced the island to absorb extra shipping costs because of the expenses for imported goods.
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Some USAA Members Call For Company To Drop NFL Sponsorship After Several Players Take A Knee

(Biz Journals) — A cohort of USAA members – via social media posts, an online petition and message boards on USAA's website – are pressuring the San Antonio-based financial services and insurance company to drop its sponsorship of the National Football League.

USAAThose USAA members view the actions of dozens of NFL players who knelt or stayed in their locker rooms during the national anthem before kickoff as disrespectful to members of the military. Players this week reacted in a show of unity, often supported by their teams' owners, against President Donald Trump's call to fire players who don't stand while the song is played.

An online petition had more than 1,000 signatures, out of 100,000 sought, as of midday Sept. 25.
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GERMANY: Far-right Lesbian Candidate Takes On
Angela Merkel With 13% Of The Vote


(Daily Mail) — One of the key figures in Germany's resurgent far-right party Alternative fόr Deutschland party is a lesbian mother-of-two who has faced claims she employed an illegal immigrant as a cleaner – and is against gay marriage.

Dr Alice Weidel, 38, stormed to victory last night with the AfD claiming almost 13 per cent of the vote and due to hold 94 of the 709 seats in the Bundestag, the first time a right-wing party will sit in the Bundestag since the defeat of the Nazis in 1945.

The dynamic former Goldman Sachs banker, who speaks Chinese, has used her sexuality on the campaign trail as an example of how her party is misunderstood, telling a rally in Viernheim last week: 'I am homosexual. I waited on purpose to see, but nobody seems to have got up and walked out. Which is of course a surprise as the AfD is a homophobic party. I read this everyday!'
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Lawsuit: CCTV Video Shows Bronx Man When He Slips Into Coma After Nine Hours Of Neglect At Hospital

(NY Daily News) — On a sultry July night in 2014, an ambulance crew brought Angel Rivera to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx after the handyman got punched in the head.

Rivera slipped into a coma and wound up dead due to negligence, a lawsuit charges.

Startling hospital security video obtained by the Daily News shows Lincoln's emergency room staff left Rivera unattended for nine hours, failing to monitor his condition until a nurse noticed him slumped unconscious and bleeding from the mouth in a hallway chair.

Bleeding of the brain had plunged the 53-year-old Rivera into a coma. He would remain comatose for two years before dying of a heart attack. The video and records obtained by The News indicate that hospital staff lost track of Rivera.
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Opposing Team's Fans Chant Lord's Prayer After Loudspeaker Prayer Banned In Alabama County

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) — The players of Smiths Station High School's football team got a friendly surprise from their opponents this Friday night.

As the loudspeaker announced a moment of silence before the game, the Central High School student section began reciting the Lord's Prayer, loudly. This comes after the Smiths Station football team faced backlash for using a school provided loudspeaker during their pre-game prayer.

The Lee County School System banning the practice after a spectator complained and threatened to sue saying they were offended when they heard the pre-game prayer tradition over the loudspeaker.
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Tucker Goes Off On 'DISGUSTING' NFL Protesters: 'Pampered Millionaires' Giving The Finger To America

(The DC) — Fox News' Tucker Carlson went off on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, characterizing the "pampered millionaires" as "disgusting."

Carlson stated, "In Washington, D.C. last night, virtually every player on the Raiders sat in protest as a military Army guard carried an American flag onto the field. Now, the sight of pampered millionaires giving the rhetorical finger to the country that made them rich is obviously disgusting, so it was no surprise that in stadiums across America fans booed when they saw this."

Tucker also called out the difference in left-wing tolerance for free speech of liberal athletes versus tolerance for free speech of conservatives.
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Trump Administration Proposes Repealing
Obama-Era Fracking Law

(Heartland.org) — President Donald Trump's Department of the Interior has proposed repealing a 2015 Obama-era rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands.

The new rule would hand over the regulation and enforcement of fracking on federal and Indian lands from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to state and tribal governments.

The 2015 regulation set standards for fracking-related activities, including the disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process and standards to maintain the integrity of well casings. Trump administration officials say the regulation largely duplicates existing state and tribal standards and imposes as much as $45 million in annual compliance costs on the oil and gas industry, inhibiting domestic exploration and development.
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Austria Becomes Latest Of Five European Countries
To Ban Burqas

(USA Today) — Austria on Sunday becomes the fifth European country to ban wearing full face veils such as the burqa and niqab in public, a move prompted by the recent wave of migrants from Muslim countries seeking asylum.

The prohibition will also apply to scarves, masks and clown paint that cover faces to avoid discriminating against Muslim dress.

The Anti-Face-Veiling Act applies to anyone in public places and buildings, including schools, shopping malls and public transportation.

Other measures aimed at refugees to promote integrating them into Austria include compulsory courses to learn German and the country's values.
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 Egypt "Hunting Down" Gays,
Conducting Forced Anal Exams

CAIRO (Reuters) — Six Egyptian men arrested for "promoting sexual deviancy" and "debauchery" on social media will be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their Oct. 1 trial, Amnesty International said on Saturday.

Their arrest is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started last week when a group of people were seen raising a rainbow flag at a concert, a rare public show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the conservative Muslim country.

At least 11 people have since been arrested, Amnesty said, and one man has been sentenced to six years in jail after local media launched a highly critical campaign against those who raised the rainbow flag at a Mashrou' Leila concert, a popular Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead singer is openly gay.
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New Species Of Giant Rat Discovered Is So Big
It Can Crack Coconuts With Its Teeth


(Mirror) — A new species of giant rat has been discovered which is so strong it can crack open coconuts with its teeth.

Measuring one-and-a-half feet long and weighing more than a kilo (2lbs), it is five times bigger than your average rodent.

The elusive creature lives in 30ft trees on Vangulu in the Solomon Islands. It had only ever been spotted by natives, leading to suspicions it was mythical.

Mammalogist Dr Tyrone Lavery first heard rumours of the giant, possum-like rat that lived in trees and cracked open coconuts with its teeth on his first trip there in 2010.

After seven years of searching and a race against deforestation destroying the rat's would-be home his team finally found it.
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