German Minister Warns Women to Travel in Groups on New Year’s Eve


Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul, of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has advised women to visit New Year’s Eve celebrations in groups.

North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state in Germany and Cologne is its largest city. During New Year’s Eve 2015 – 2016, at least 500 women were sexually assaulted in Cologne, by 1,400 mostly migrant men.

The 65-year-old CDU politician said about this year’s celebrations:

“I would say to my three daughters: If possible, do not go alone, but in groups… When it starts to get dangerous, you make a loud noise and if all this does not help, call the 110 as soon as possible – rather too much than too little.”

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18 States Raising Minimum Wage in 2018


Minimum wage workers in 18 states will get a pay hike next week when higher wage floors go into effect around the country for 2018.


With the federal minimum wage remaining just $7.25 per hour, more and more states have opted to implement their own, higher rates that local employers must observe. Many of the bumps slated for New Year’s Day come courtesy of recent ballot initiatives approved by voters or bills passed by statehouses, in red and blue states alike.


Some of those states have laws requiring that the minimum wage is adjusted each year according to an inflation index, to rise with the cost of living. So several of the raises amount to less than a quarter an hour.


But other states that recently enacted new laws will have more significant increases. Maine’s will move a full dollar, to $10. Hawaii’s will rise 85 cents, to $10.10. And Colorado’s will increase 90 cents, to $10.20.


Here are the states with new minimum wages, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank that tracks minimum wage legislation:

  • Alaska: $9.84, $.04 increase
  • Arizona: $10.50, $.50 increase
  • California: $11.00, $.50 increase
  • Colorado: $10.20, $.90 increase
  • Florida: $8.25, $.15 increase
  • Hawaii: $10.10, $.85 increase
  • Maine: $10.00, $1.00 increase
  • Michigan: $9.25, $.35 increase
  • Minnesota: $9.65, $.15 increase
  • Missouri: $7.85, $.15 increase
  • Montana: $8.30, $.15 increase
  • New Jersey: $8.60, $.16 increase
  • New York: $10.40, $.70 increase
  • Ohio: $8.30, $.15 increase
  • Rhode Island: $10.10, $.50 increase
  • South Dakota: $8.85, $.20 increase
  • Vermont: $10.50, $.50 increase
  • Washington: $11.50, $.50 increase


Fatality, Injuries Reported in Colorado ‘Ambush Attack’


A New Year’s Eve domestic disturbance call sparked an “ambush-style” attack that left one deputy dead, four others injured and two civilians wounded at an apartment complex just south of Denver.

The suspect fired off around 100 rounds with a rifle at the Copper Canyon apartment community in Highlands Ranch, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

“They all went down, almost within seconds of each other,” Spurlock said.

The unnamed suspect, who died during the attack, was known to law enforcement, Spurlock said. He did not reveal exactly how the suspect died.

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FL Implements Texting While Driving Ban

There are 43 states that currently treat texting while driving as a primary offense, but Florida isn’t one of them — you have to break another law before texting enters the picture. However, less-than-attentive commuters might not get away with it for much longer. The state legislature is about to consider a bill that would make texting a primary offense. In other words, officers could finally pull drivers over without waiting until they speed or otherwise put other road-goers at risk.

Whether or not the measure works is another story. The AP notes that there are conflicting studies on the effectiveness of these laws. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that those states without texting as a main offense had higher-than-average highway death rates, but also stated that existing bans haven’t led to a decrease in accidents despite many people putting their phones down.


Netflix Promises More Propaganda-Laced Content in 2018


In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century.

From creator and executive producer, Veena Sud (“The Killing”) comes “Seven Seconds” – a thrilling new anthological crime drama that explores the human stories behind the headlines.

The series stars two-time Emmy winner Regina King (“American Crime”) alongside breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey (“Doctor Foster”), Russell Hornsby (“Fences”), Beau Knapp (Sand Castle), Michael Mosely (“Ozark”), David Lyons (Safe Haven), Raul Castillo (“Special Correspondents”), and Zackary Momoh (A United Kingdom).

“Seven Seconds” launches on Friday, February 23, 2018, on Netflix.


CNN Pro-Iran Regime Coverage Blows Up in Their Face


CNN’s recent coverage of protests in Iran have sparked outrage on social media after the liberal news outlet appeared to report only on pro-regime demonstrations.

After virtually no coverage Friday, CNN put out an article Saturday morning originally titled “Iranians Hold Pro-Government Rallies,” which got the attention of conservatives in both media and Congress.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also weighed in, evoking the Soviet Communist Party propaganda “newspaper” Pravda in a tweet.

“Guys, when you’re being accused of being fake news propaganda, maybe try not to write stories that read like Iranian Pravda….(or the Onion!)”


Saudi Air Raid Kills 68 Civilians


The United Nations says two air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen’s civil war killed at least 68 civilians in a single day this week.

Humanitarian co-ordinator Jamie McGoldrick said Tuesday’s first raid, on a busy market in Taiz province, left 54 people dead.

The second, in Hudaydah province, killed 14 members of the same family.

Mr McGoldrick said the incidents proved the “complete disregard for human life” by all parties to this “absurd war”.

More than 8,750 people have been killed and 50,000 injured since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in the conflict between forces loyal to Yemen’s government and the rebel Houthi movement in March 2015, according to the UN.

The fighting and a blockade by the coalition has also left 20.7 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world’s largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have killed 2,227 people since April.


Shopping Malls Are Almost Gone

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Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio, opened in 1975 to great fanfare as the premier shopping destination for the surrounding community.

But customer traffic started to slow more than a decade ago, several department stores abandoned their leases, and the mall began to fail. It lost its last store tenant in 2013.

Over that period, the mall was the scene of several crimes. A homeless man was sentenced to a year in prison for living inside a vacant store, another man was electrocuted trying to steal copper wire from the mall, and the body of a likely murder victim was found behind the shopping center.

The mall was still vacant last year, and it remained a safety concern — the mayor of Akron instructed residents in July to “stay clear of the area.” The city began the process of demolishing the rotting shopping center in late October.

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