Day: April 5, 2017
Tent City, the jail facility set up in Arizona by controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, will soon be no more.
“This facility became more of a circus atmosphere for the general public. Starting today, the circus ends, and the tents come down,” the new sheriff, Paul Penzone, said in a news conference Tuesday.
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The closing will end a significant piece of former Sheriff Arpaio’s legacy, who opened the complex in 1993 to ease overcrowding in jails. Arpaio held the office for six terms before Penzone beat him last November.
When the facility first opened, Arpaio said the jail would have strict guidelines, including banning items such as cigarettes, having prisoners wear striped uniforms and living in tents.
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Penzone now cites the high maintenance cost and lack of “empirical evidence” that the complex reduces crime as reasons for the closing.
The cost relates to the decline in inmates at Tent City in recent years. The facility today holds about 700 to 800 inmates, compared to the 1,700 people it held during its peak. The number of staff has remained the same.
Shutting the facility down could save an estimated $4.5 million for the county, according to the sheriff’s office. It’s still unclear what the facility will be used for in the future, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
Penzone plans to close Tent City within six months. He assured no inmates will be released and estimated that half of them will be moved to other jails within the next 45 to 60 days.
One tradition started by Arpaio, making inmates wear pink underwear, has already been slowly phased out.
After Tuesday’s announcement, Arpaio criticized Penzone for calling Tent City “a circus.”
“I think he’s insulting all the circus people,” Arpaio said. “That’s disgusting, calling it a circus.”
The complex has had its share of incidents and controversies, and was the site of two riots.
In 1996, a 5-hour riot ensued because inmates were unhappy with prison conditions. Hundreds of people armed themselves with poles and took officers hostage as flames engulfed several tents. Eight officers were injured.
Another incident happened three years later when inmates threw rocks at officers and lit tents on fire.
During Tuesday’s news conference, Penzone painted a different picture, stating that inmates were given more freedom at Tent City compared to other jails.
The image of hard core inmates being punished and ‘scared straight’ through forced exposure to our hot summers was false,” Penzone said.
“All inmates could opt to stay in air-conditioned areas and their medical condition and fitness for Tents detention was constantly monitored.”
The Arizona Court of Appeals raised concerns about the security of the facility during a 2002 decision on a case involving an inmate. The court said the flaps on the tents could be easily lifted, giving inmates the freedom to roam. It also noted the flow of contraband such as drugs, knives, lighters and cigarettes into the facility.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Nivea pulled a “White Is Purity” deodorant ad after critics blasted the German skin care company for promoting white supremacy, according to reports on Wednesday.
The ad appeared on Facebook last week and was aimed at the company’s customers in the Middle East.
The spot pitching Nivea’s “Invisible for Black and White” showed a woman with her back to the camera and her dark hair flowing over a white robe.
At the bottom of the ad, in all caps, the slogan said: “WHITE IS PURITY.”
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The Facebook post ran the caption: “Keep it clean, keep it bright. Don’t let anything ruin it.”
Twitter users quickly attacked the ad for fostering a racist agenda.
.@NIVEAUSA What the HELL is this? White Purity? Shame, Shame, Shame on you. Fire your marketing person and anyone who approved this ad pic.twitter.com/vlEBYOpqVc
— Maria (@mitchellscomet) April 3, 2017
“Maybe they are targeting the KKK and Nazi market. They they should give their marcom person a raise,” wrote Jim Li on the social messaging site.
“What the HELL is this? White Purity? Shame, Shame, Shame on you,” wrote Maria on Twitter. “Fire your marketing person and anyone who approved this ad.”
The company removed the ad Tuesday over “concerns about ethnic discrimination.”
“We are deeply sorry to anyone who may take offense to this specific post. Diversity and equal opportunity are crucial values of Nivea,” the company said in a statement.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.
President Trump told Fox News on Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice “may have” committed a crime by trying to unmask the identities of Trump associates caught up in surveillance reports — though the ex-Obama official contends her actions were routine and above board.
Asked directly by Fox News if Rice may have broken a law, Trump did not mince words.
”It certainly looks like she may have,” Trump said, shortly after his joint press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House.
The president earlier told The New York Times he thinks Rice committed a crime. A Rice spokesman told the Times in response they would not “dignify the president’s ludicrous charge with a comment.”
On Tuesday, Rice adamantly defended her past requests for Americans’ identities in intelligence reports, suggesting it was part of her job. Speaking with MSNBC, Rice did not deny that she had read intelligence information with unmasked names of Trump associates but rejected the notion she had done so for political gain.
“The allegation is somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. … That’s absolutely false,” Rice said, while also denying having leaked any information.
Trump’s critics have described his widely disputed allegations of targeted wiretapping as a distraction from the broader concerns about his associates’ contacts with Russian officials.
But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is looking at both angles, and recently revealed that he’d learned Trump team members were caught up in surveillance of foreign targets.
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An ISIS-linked group of hackers has released a “kill list” of 8,786 names and addresses in the U.S. and U.K., calling for lone wolf attacks on the targets in a chilling video posted online.
The hackers, known as the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), orders those watching to: “Kill them wherever you find them.”
In a posting Sunday night on Telegram — a private messaging app — the group first warned that a release of the names was imminent.
About 10 minutes later, the hackers posted the actual list, which includes names of seemingly random inviduals from primarily the U.S. and U.K., according to the terror monitor SITE.
“More than 7,000 of the names were from the U.S.,” a source from the cyber department at SITE told Fox News on Wednesday.
The video, just under six minutes, begins with a warning for the United States.
“We have a message to the people of the U.S. and most importantly your President Trump,” the text on the screen reads.
“Know that we continue to wage war against you. Know that your counter attacks only make us stronger. The UCC will start a new step in this war against you,” the message said.
SITE is currently working to determine the primary source of the list, which includes individual phone numbers and emails.
“We’re trying to determine where the list came from and also identify a common theme among all the inviduals,” the source said.
Terror analysts say it’s not yet determined how serious a threat the list may pose in the U.S. and elsewhere.
“This group has released several ‘kill lists’ in the past and so far there’s been no confirmed incident of someone on the list being directly targeted or attacked,” the source said.
The UCC released a video on March 16 saying its leader, Osed Agha, had been killed in a U.S. airstrike. The video threatened retaliation for his death.
Facebook today introduced new tools designed to help victims of so-called revenge porn.
Going forward, if you happen to come across an intimate image on Facebook that you believe was shared without permission, it will be easier to report it. To do so, just tap on the downward arrow or “…” next to a post and click “Report.”
Once you report it, “specially trained representatives” from Facebook’s Community Operations team will review the image and, if it’s found to be in violation of the social network’s Community Standards, will take it down.
“In most cases, we will also disable the account for sharing intimate images without permission,” Facebook’s Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis wrote in a blog post. “We offer an appeals process if someone believes an image was taken down in error.”
The company also plans to use “photo-matching technologies” to prevent any subsequent attempts to share the same image on not only Facebook but also Messenger and Instagram. If someone tries to share the image after it’s been reported or removed, Facebook won’t allow it and the person will get a notification stating that the image violates the social network’s policies.
Finally, Facebook is partnering with safety organizations to offer revenge porn victims resources and support.
“These tools, developed in partnership with safety experts, are one example of the potential technology has to help keep people safe,” Davis wrote. “We look forward to building on these tools and working with other companies to explore how they could be used across the industry.”
According to a recent study from the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 93 percent of US revenge porn victims suffer “significant emotional distress” as a result of the abuse, while 82 percent report “significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas” of their life.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.
The World Cup champion women’s soccer team has a new labor contract, settling a dispute in which the players sought equitable wages to their male counterparts.
The agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation runs through 2021, meaning the players will be under contract through the 2019 World Cup in France and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The women will receive raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations.
“We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward,” U.S. Soccer and the players’ association said in a joint statement Wednesday.
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The deal comes as the national team is preparing to play an exhibition match against Russia on Thursday in Frisco, Texas. The team faces Russia again on Sunday in Houston.
The agreement was ratified by the players and the federation’s board Tuesday. The team had been playing under a memorandum of understanding that expired Dec. 31.
It also comes before the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season on April 15. U.S. Soccer pays the wages of the national team players who are allocated across the domestic league, and the terms of those salaries are outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.
“I’m proud of the tireless work that the players and our bargaining team put in to promote the game and ensure a bright future for American players,” player representative Meghan Klingenberg said in a statement. “We are excited to further strengthen the USWNTPA through our new revenue generating opportunities and abilities.”
A group of players drew attention to the fight for a better contract a year ago when they filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The women maintained that players for the men’s national team earned far more than they did in many cases despite comparable work.
Talks had stalled late last year when the players split with the union’s executive director. They picked up again over the last two months after U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association brought in a new executive director and legal representation. Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn and Christen Press were elected player representatives at the team’s January training camp.
The memorandum of understanding between U.S. Soccer and USWNTPA was struck in March 2013. Early last year U.S. Soccer took the players’ association to court to clarify that the CBA ran through 2016 after the union maintained that players could strike.
A federal judge ruled in June that the team remained bound by a no-strike provision from its 2005-12 collective bargaining agreement, heading off any labor action that could have affected last Olympics in Brazil.
The USSF has maintained that much of the pay disparity between the men’s and women’s teams resulted from separate labor agreements. The women’s team had set up its compensation structure, which included a guaranteed salary rather than a pay-for-play model like the men, in the last contract.
There has been no decision issued in the EEOC complaint, which was brought by Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd. All five were on the team that won the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“While I think there is still much progress to be made for us and for women more broadly, I think the WNTPA should be very proud of this deal and feel empowered moving forward,” Rapinoe said.
The contract announcement follows an agreement between USA Hockey and its women’s national team for better compensation following a threat by players to boycott the world championships.
The Irish women’s national soccer team also said Tuesday it could skip an upcoming international match because of a labor dispute. The players, many of them amateurs, say they aren’t compensated for time off from their daily jobs. They say they don’t even have their own team apparel, but share it with Ireland’s youth teams.
Sage Steele has been replaced by Michelle Beadle on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown.”
Steele has been with ESPN for a decade, and has been at the center of several controversies in recent months regarding her conservative political views. In January, Steele came under fire when she complained about protesters of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, causing her to miss her flights.
She also faced heat for abruptly ending an interview with Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler after he voiced his left-leaning political opinions at the NBA’s Celebrity All-Star Game, and for criticizing NFL players’ decision to kneel for the National Anthem.
Most recently, Steele found herself in hot water after saying at a conference in February that the “worst racism that I have received … is from black people.”
“There are times that I believe that we, as African-Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing,” she added.
The staffing shake-up comes amid the network’s newly-issued guidelines aimed to limit on-air talent’s political commentary.
“Given the intense interest in the most recent presidential election and the fact subsequent political and social discussions often intersected with the sports world, we found it to be an appropriate time to review our guidelines,” ESPN’s vice president of global digital content Patrick Stiegman said. “…we wanted the policy to reflect the reality of the world today. There are people talking about politics in ways we have not seen before, and we’re not immune from that.”
ESPN declined to comment and a rep for Steele did not return Fox News’ request for comment.
However, a source told Fox News, Steele is still “very much employed” by ESPN and is leading the network’s “SportsCenter on the Road” initiative. The source told us Steele’s new role was announced months ago and she is still a “big part” of the company.
Archaeologists in Austria have deployed magnetometers and ground-penetrating radar to discover the concession stands and shops that supported an ancient city’s gladiator games.
Experts from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Technology and ZAMG (The Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics), who discovered a gladiator school at the site in 2011, have made a fascinating series of discoveries around Carnuntum’s excavated amphitheater.
Scans, for example, reveal the incredible infrastructure supporting the town’s gladiator games, which have been buried in the earth for thousands of years.
“The route to the spectacles led the people through the city gates past taverns (tabernae), souvenir shops and food vendors (thermopolia), where street merchants offered their goods for sale and invited the public to linger,” explained the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, in a statement. Behind one of the taverns, researchers identified a storage building, known as an horreum, and a large oven, where bread was baked for up to 13,000 spectators. Wine and other foodstuffs were stored in underground cellars, according to the archaeologists.
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“It’s an interesting spotlight, because these are things that have never been found before,” Prof. Wolfgang Neubauer, director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, told Fox News. “We can see what these buildings looked like.”
Something of a Mystery
While the stone amphitheater was excavated during the 1920s and 1930s, the surrounding area has remained something of a mystery, with much of the city’s remains buried.
The latest discoveries, which were announced last week, are the result of an exhaustive high-tech survey of the site between 2012 and 2015. Experts scanned 3.3 square miles with ground penetrating radar that measured 1.6-inch x 3.2-inch x 0.8-inch “boxes” in the earth to a depth of 9.8 feet.
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“It’s a really huge amount of big data and a really huge amount of detail,” explained Neubauer, noting that the area with the gladiator games’ concession stands, stores, taverns and bakery, accounted for nearly 0.4 square miles of the surveyed site.
The area where Carnuntum is located became part of the Roman Empire around 15 A.D. The newly-discovered area of concession stands and stores is thought to date from around 200 A.D., when the stone amphitheater was built.
Neubauer told Fox News that the concept of panem et circenses or “bread and circuses,” was a crucial part of Roman culture, with politicians staging free gladiator games for the populace in an attempt to gain support. “It was very important for people that wanted to be elected,” he said.
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Up to 100 pairs of gladiators would fight in a single day’s games, according to the archaeologist, explaining that depictions of gladiatorial combat in modern culture are often inaccurate. “It was not so much the brutal, bloody, thing that was shown in Hollywood movies … there were very strict rules, once it was clear that one guy was winning, it was up to the people to decide if they die or not,” he said, adding that historical research shows more often than not, gladiators’ lives were spared.
The truth about Gladiators
Neubauer explained that for their masters, highly-trained gladiators were a valuable commodity. “They were expensive,” he said. “Many of them did survive six or seven shows without problems – some survived 40, 60, combats.”
Just over 1,300 feet away from the excavated amphitheater and hidden under the later city wall of Carnuntum, archaeologists also found the ground plan of an older, previously unknown, wooden amphitheater. It is not clear when the amphitheater was built, although Neubauer notes that similar remains in the German region of Bavaria typically date from the 1st century A.D. “This amphitheater was destroyed when they started to build the town wall and fortification around it,” he said.
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Construction of the city wall at Carnuntum followed its promotion to “colonia” or “colony” status within the Roman Empire in 194 A.D.
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The Pentagon now assesses the North Korean missile launch Wednesday likely was a failure, Fox News has learned.
The missile did not go as far as intended, officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence reports said. It did not reach Japanese waters and may have “pinwheeled in flight,” according to one official.
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What’s more, the missile was an older SCUD — not the advanced land version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (KN-15), as first assessed by the U.S. Pacific Command last night, a U.S. defense official confirmed. North Korea launched a KN-15 missile in February — as President Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida.
A senior administration official told Fox News the launch didn’t represent much of a provocation on North Korea’s part.
In a 23-word statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made it clear the administration was moving in a new direction: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”
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U.S. officials have said they hope China will play a larger role in easing tensions in the region. While China opposes the deployment of a U.S. military anti-ballistic missile system to North Korea, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Wednesday called for de-escalation of tensions. “China has noticed such reports, we all know that the Security Council at the United Nations has issued regulations related to the missile launch by North Korea. We think that all sides involved should exercise restraint and not do anything that will escalate the difficult situation in the region.”
The Pentagon continues to see signs North Korea is close to conducting another nuclear test, after two tests last year.
The KN-15, known as “Pukguksong-2” in North Korea, uses pre-loaded solid fuel, which shortens launch preparation times, boosts its mobility and makes it harder for outsiders to detect ahead of liftoff. Most North Korean missiles use liquid propellant, which generally must be added to the missile on the launch pad before firing.
The South Korean military said the missile was fired from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew about 40 miles.
Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Honolulu, said he was expecting North Korea would do something significant to coincide with President Trump’s first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week.
The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, Cossa said. “I’ve joked before that they don’t mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored.”
Analysts also say North Korea might time nuclear and long-range rocket tests to the April 15 birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the late grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility. Many weapons experts say the North could have a functioning nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. within a few years. North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year.
The rogue nation’s latest missile launch also came during annual military drills between the United States and South Korea. North Korea sees the drills as an invasion rehearsal.
Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews
After years of keeping his private life to himself, Barry Manilow has decided to open up about his sexuality and discuss his nearly 40-year romance with his manager husband Garry Kief.
Rumors first swirled about Manilow’s relationship with Kief in 2015, which he told People magazine was “a blessing and a curse.”
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” Manilow, 73, revealed to People.
But Manilow’s loyal fans were very supportive, he revealed.
“When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”
He said he knew he’d met the right person when he first started dating Kief in 1978.
“I knew that this was it,” Manilow recalled. “I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.”
He said he has always been a private person. He quietly married Kief in a ceremony at their home in April of 2014.
“I’m so private. I always have been.”
Manilow also spoke to People about his first marriage to Susan Deixler, his high school sweetheart whom he married right after graduation. Their union lasted just one year.
“I was in love with Susan,” Manilow said. “I just was not ready for marriage. I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats — I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.”
Of his husband Kief, Manilow gushed, “He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life — and a great guy, too.”