Cedar Attanasio, Michael Balsamo and Diana Heidgerd Associated Press Published 12:37 PM EDT Aug 4, 2019 El Paso, Texas – A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, police said. Hours later, another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, claimed nine lives . That gunman was killed by police. Authorities were investigating whether Saturday’s El Paso attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online shortly beforehand. Detectives sought to determine if it was written by the man who was arrested. The border city has figured prominently in the immigration debate and is home to 680,000 people, most of them Latino. Federal authorities were treating the attack as a domestic terrorism case, according to the U.S. attorney. Despite initial reports of possible multiple gunmen, the man in … [Read more...] about U.S. authorities treating Texas attack as domestic terrorism
U s military deaths by year
We have to consider the consequencesIs the U.S. too quick to use military force when conflicts arise? Yes, of course, the U.S. responds too quickly in using military force when conflicts arise. Tragically, the U.S. enters wars without considering the horrendous consequences of such actions; a peaceful solution to the dispute or conflict should always be pursued and accomplished.When U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2005 – 2015), he observed and stated, “Peace is today dangerously in deficit.” A follow-up indicator of this peace shortage clearly shows that violent conflicts in 2018 destroyed the lives and land in nine countries: Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Mexico (drug war), Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria (and Boko Haram), South Sudan and Mali.These wars in 2018 resulted in 123,643 killings, but other smaller conflicts also occurred during that same year and caused the deaths of thousands of people, … [Read more...] about Your Say: Is the U.S. too quick to threaten military action
The government shutdown earlier this year brought — among a laundry list of other things — the closing of the country’s national parks. That meant majestic Yosemite and Yellowstone were closed, as were the exotic Everglades, stark Death Valley and the spectacular Grand Canyon. The closings represented a loss to the nation’s psyche, and they also started me thinking of travel alternatives. The United States has (as of a recent survey) 8,565 state parks, ranging in diversity from New York’s Niagara Falls State Park, the nation’s oldest, to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Kansas, the newest (opening later this year). Many of these gems are often overlooked in favor of their national counterparts, and that is a shame. Following is a roundup of five of my favorite state parks, from Hawaii to Kentucky. Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii Some years back on a visit to Hawaii’s Big Island, I took a guided hike to Akaka Falls, a state park on the … [Read more...] about Beyond Yosemite: Five U.S. state parks worth a visit
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 21, 2019 at 3:24 pm | UPDATED: March 22, 2019 at 4:50 am Just days after a gunman massacred 50 people in New Zealand, the country banned military-style rifles used in the attack and touched off another searing debate in the U.S., where citizens’ right to bear arms is both a bedrock constitutional liberty and constant source of division. Soon after, U.S. leaders on the left like California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called on Americans to follow New Zealand’s example and enact bans on military-style guns. “In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic would dictate,” Feinstein said Thursday on Twitter. “The United States needs to follow these examples and take action to protect Americans from this deadly public health scourge.” In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic … [Read more...] about New Zealand banned military style guns after massacre. What about U.S.?
Kelvin Chan and Joe McDonald Associated Press Published 4:04 PM EST Jan 30, 2019 Beijing – U.S. criminal charges against Chinese electronics giant Huawei have sparked a fresh round of trans-Pacific recriminations, with Beijing demanding Tuesday that Washington back off what it called an “unreasonable crackdown” on the maker of smartphones and telecom gear. China’s foreign ministry said it would defend the “lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies” but gave no details. Huawei is the No. 2 smartphone maker and an essential player in global communications networks. A day earlier, U.S. prosecutors criminally charged Huawei and several of its officials for allegedly stealing technology secrets and violating Iran sanctions. That followed the detention in Canada of the Huawei founder’s daughter – a top company official who was named in one of the U.S. indictments, and who is now awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. Huawei has … [Read more...] about China-U.S. row over tech giant overshadows trade talks