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Police: 6 dead in murder-suicide in Virginia

six dead in murder suicide in VirginiaSix people are dead in what police here are calling a murder-suicide.

The deaths were found in two locations in Chesapeake, a community in the southeastern part of Virginia about 24 miles west of Virginia Beach.

Chesapeake Police were called to a home Wednesday afternoon to perform a welfare check. When they arrived, they said they found a dead body.

While investigating that scene, they were lead to a nearby home, where an armed person was barricaded inside.


How Planned Parenthood's accusers became the accused in Texas case

Planned Parenthood becomes the accuserAn aggressive legal strategy pursued by U.S. women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood may have been critical in turning the tables on opponents who were seeking to prosecute it in Texas for allegedly profiting from sales of aborted fetal tissue.

In a surprise move disclosed on Monday, a grand jury in Harris County not only cleared Planned Parenthood's Gulf Coast affiliate but also indicted the two anti-abortion activists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who had prompted the probe in the first place.


Three protesters arrested at Oregon refuge as standoff winds down

three protesters arrested at Oregon standoff Three protesters who were involved in the weeks-long Malheur National Wildlife Refuge armed occupation were arrested early Thursday at a checkpoint outside the compound, the FBI said.

Duane Leo Ehmer, 45, Dylan Wade Anderson, 34, and Jason S. Patrick, 43, each face a felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats. It's the same charge leveled against other protesters arrested Tuesday. Five other people who left the compound early Thursday were released, the FBI said. The FBI said the arrests were without incident.


Sweden plans to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers

Sweden to expel tens of thousands of immigrantsSweden intends to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers who arrived in 2015 and whose applications for asylum have been rejected, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said Wednesday.

"We are talking about 60,000 people, but the number could climb to 80,000," the minister was quoted as saying by Swedish media, adding that the government had asked the police and authorities in charge of asylum-seekers to organize their expulsion.


Carly Fiorina benefited from company using aborted fetal stem cells

Fiorina profited from fetal stem cell researchRepublican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, a staunch opponent of abortion, made at least $83,000 serving on the board of directors of Merck & Co. at a time when the pharmaceutical company was producing vaccines using fetal stem cell lines derived from aborted fetuses, according to corporate documents reviewed by Al Jazeera America.

The program “Inside Story” with Ray Suarez also obtained documents indicating that during Fiorina’s tenure on the board, anti-abortion groups had asked Merck to stop producing such vaccines, and that the company had refused.


Zika virus to see 'explosive' growth, could affect 4 million: UN agency

Zika virus spreadingThe Zika virus, blamed for thousands of deformities in babies in what is a growing crisis across Latin America, could see “explosive” growth and affect up to 4 million people globally, experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

Margaret Chan, director-general of the U.N.’s health agency, said the organization will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to decide if Zika should be declared an international emergency. She added that the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.


Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific

Radioactive water from Fukushima leaking into Pacific"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Truthout shortly after a 9.0 earthquake in Japan caused a tsunami that destroyed the cooling system of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

While this statement might sound overdramatic, Gundersen may be right.

Several nuclear reactor meltdowns in the plant, which at the time forced the mandatory evacuations of thousands of people living within a 15-mile radius of the damaged power plant, persist, and experts like Gundersen continue to warn that this problem is not going to go away.


I am Tyra Patterson: celebrities and activists call for release of Ohio woman

I am Tyra PattersonCelebrities, activists and criminal justice officials have called for the release from prison of Tyra Patterson, an Ohio woman who was convicted of murder over 20 years ago despite the fact that she and her co-defendants all vehemently deny she was involved.

In a new video entitled I am Tyra Patterson, figures such as Michelle Alexander and former Ohio attorney general Jim Petro lend their names to Patterson’s cause.


Meet The New Leader Of The Oregon Standoff

Jason PatrickWith the Oregon standoff's leaders either dead or in custody, a Georgia man has emerged overnight as the new leader of the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

If federal law enforcement had hoped taking out the standoff's leaders while they were away from the refuge would decapitate the movement, the emergence of Jason Patrick as the new leader may not be welcome news. According to the Anti-Defamation League's Mark Pitcavage, Patrick–a sympathizer with the Three Percenter movement– has a history of right-wing extremism.


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