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Oregon Republican Party mocks armed militia threat, despite capitol building being closed due to armed militia threat

Oregon Republican Party mocks armed militia threat, despite capitol building being closed due to armed militia threatOregon's Republican Party appears to have made light of right-wing threats made against politicians in the state stemming from opposition to planned climate change legislation.Oregon’s state capitol was forced to close at the weekend due to a “possible militia threat” against legislators.On Sunday the Oregon GOP Twitter account posted a photograph of peaceful protesters at the building.“Heavily armed militia lays siege to Oregon’s Capitol as Senate Democrats cower in fear,” the party tweeted, apparently mocking the threats of harm to politicians.Democrats in the coastal state are hoping to pass landmark climate legislation which would dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions in Oregon by 2050.But the bill has stalled after Republican lawmakers walked out of the legislature in an attempt to deny the Democrats, the majority party, enough votes to proceed.Several fled the state to avoid the vote, leading Kate Brown, the governor, to order police officers to track them down.Under the proposed law, Oregon would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution “allowances”.Those opposed to the plan say it would exacerbate a growing divide between the liberal and urban parts of Oregon.The state Democrats have a majority of 18 to 12, but require a quorum of 20 to proceed.The bill has already passed the state House.A group of local Republicans were set to protest inside the Capitol on 23 June when lawmakers were present, and anti-government groups threatened to join, prompting the statehouse shutdown.> Heavily armed militia lays siege to Oregon’s Capitol as Senate Democrats cower in fear. orpol orleg capkillsjobs hb2020 Oregon11 orcot pic.twitter.com/XQHCEb3D59> > — Oregon GOP (@Oregon_GOP) > > June 23, 2019“The Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat,” a spokesperson for Senate president Peter Courtney said on Friday.The governors’ office also confirmed the threats.Lawmakers in Oregon have previously grappled with the danger of militias.One of the groups set to join Saturday’s protest, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.Dozens of people occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands.The standoff began to unravel when authorities fatally shot the group’s spokesperson and arrested key leaders as they headed to a community meeting.The Oregon Republican Party’s tweet attracted outrage online, with many condemning the tone of the post.“Oregon GOP endorses domestic terrorism. There’s your headline,” wrote Tyler Huffman, a Twitter user, in reply to the post.“I have to think this tweet will be deleted when the grown-ups see it,” said Ben M Schorr, in another reply.Democrats planned to return to the capitol on Monday.It is unclear if the state Republicans will continue their walkout in an attempt to derail the climate change legislation.If passed the proposed legislative package would be only the second of its kind in the US, after California passed a similar bill in 2013.



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White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports say

White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports sayThe White House was put under lockdown on Monday morning, according to reporters who cover the administration. Journalists posted messages on social media announcing the lockdown as they were assembled in the White House press briefing room, where they have not had a briefing in nearly 100 days. “We are literally locked in here,” wrote Megan Pratz, a reporter for Cheddar. “We can’t see much but Secret Service officers just ran across the lawn.”The Secret Service posted a statement on Twitter minutes later saying the agency was “responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave.”Nearby pedestrian traffic routes were closed on Monday, the Secret Service added. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. > Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers are responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave. Pedestrian traffic is closed along Pennsylvania Ave. between 15th and 17th streets to include Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/t7veePoDb7> > — U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) > > June 24, 2019More follows…



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Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police

Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by policeSometimes, when life in the wild all gets a bit much, a clean cupboard in a warm home is a much more inviting place for a nap.A black bear broke into a family house, locked itself into a laundry room and then went to sleep on the wardrobe shelf, defying all efforts to lure it out.Police were unable at first to reach the furry intruder because it had managed to bolt the door from the inside as it ripped apart the homeowners’ belongings.When officers knocked on the window to wake the bear, it just yawned, they said.Eventually, they managed to unlock the door to allow wildlife experts to tranquillise the animal to get it out and return it to the wild.The homeowners, in Butler Creek in the US state of Montana, were alarmed to find the animal had barricaded itself in during the night.The Missoula County sheriff’s office posted on social media: “Wow!!! What a day!”They explained: “When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside.“After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.“When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door.“Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.”Officers added: “The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities.”Residents were warned to lock up their homes as the bear had reportedly tried at least two other doors.



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Malaysian PM says Russia being made a scapegoat for downing of flight MH17

Malaysian PM says Russia being made a scapegoat for downing of flight MH17Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday Russia is being made a scapegoat for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and questioned the objectivity of the investigations into the 2014 disaster. The international investigative team set up to look into the crash said on Wednesday three Russians and one Ukrainian will face murder charges for the deaths of 298 people aboard the flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine. “We are very unhappy, because from the very beginning it was a political issue on how to accuse Russia of the wrongdoing,” Mahathir told reporters at a government event.



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Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treatedBLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday.



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US tourist and driver freed after being kidnapped by gunmen in Uganda

US tourist and driver freed after being kidnapped by gunmen in UgandaAn American tourist and her tour guide who were abducted in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park last week have been rescued, officials confirmed on Sunday. Kimberly Sue Endicott, a US tourist, was captured along with her guide during an evening game drive by an armed gang who demanded $ 500,000 (£383,427) in ransom for her safe release. "Both were rescued from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are safely back in Kanungu district in Uganda," Ofwono Opondo, a spokesperson for the Ugandan government, said in a statement. "They are back at the lodge and she is expected to be in Kampala tomorrow."Police also confirmed the safe release, saying in a statement “the duo are in good health [and] in the safe hands of the joint security team.”Ugandan security teams had been hunting down the gunmen after the kidnapping took place within the national park that is popular with tourists.They were ambushed on 2 April in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a protected area near the porous border with Congo, according to Ugandan authorities.It remains unclear if a ransom was paid in the case of Ms Endicott, who is from Costa Mesa, California, where she has a small skin care shop.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said at a Tuesday event for families of US citizens held captive overseas that he understands some people want to do anything to get their loved ones back but paying ransom would just lead to more kidnappings.In a Friday statement the State Department said that the safety and security of US citizens abroad is its highest priority.Additional reporting by AP. More follows…



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Florida man arrested for burglarizing cars in jail parking lot moments after being released

Florida man arrested for burglarizing cars in jail parking lot moments after being releasedMichael Lewis had just been released after being arrested on grand theft charges when he allegedly began stealing from cars in the jail parking lot.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Congress amended the Constitution to prevent FDR from being re-elected

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Congress amended the Constitution to prevent FDR from being re-electedFormer President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 194, the 22nd Amendment was approved by Congress in 1947.



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Ben Shapiro responds to being called 'alt-right' and 'radical' by media

Ben Shapiro responds to being called 'alt-right' and 'radical' by mediaThe Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro reacts to the media's attacks against him on 'Fox & Friends.'



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Migrants being held in Texas enclosure as surge overwhelms El Paso

Migrants being held in Texas enclosure as surge overwhelms El PasoThe enclosure holds migrants crossing the border illegally in metropolitan El Paso as they wait to be processed at a nearby Border Patrol station, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ramiro Cordero said by phone. How long they remain in the enclosure, set up late last month below the city’s Paso del Norte International Bridge to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, depends on how many migrants cross the border, he said. Migrants at the enclosure are given thermal blankets and can get shelter, food, water and a medical evaluation, officials said.



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