But Mrs Merkel told the Die Welt newspaper she still wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone.
Greece’s left-wing Syriza party won last weekend’s election with a pledge to have half the debt written off.
Its finance minister said the “troika” of global institutions overseeing Greek debt was a “rotten committee”.
The troika – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – had agreed a €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout with the previous Greek government.
But new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has refused to work with the troika to renegotiate the bailout terms and has already begun to roll back the austerity measures the creditors had demanded of the previous government.
The Department of Motor Vehicles is so overwhelmed with requests for new driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations that it can take up to three months to get an appointment or a half-day wait in the lobby.
A DMV spokesman told KCAL9 Political Reporter Dave Bryan there has been a crush of applications for new licenses for undocumented immigrants, a program that began earlier this month. The spokesman said the DMV is working to address the problems, but some people are having to take a day off of work to handle a 15-minute transaction.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—a former U.S. Senator from New York, the former First Lady of the United States, and the Democrats’ likely frontrunner and nominee in 2016—is “yesterday’s news.”
Breitbart News asked Paul—flanked by the new addition to his campaign team, Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri—for his thoughts on Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 GOP presidential contest at the Friday evening press conference held at the Renaissance Hotel.
President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change.
The order represents a major shift for the federal government: while the Federal Emergency Management Administration published a memo three years ago saying it would take global warming into account when preparing for more severe storms, most agencies continue to rely on historic data rather than future projections for building projects.
The new standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of federal projects. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.
The White House move comes just days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a massive post-Sandy report examining flood risks for 31,200 miles of the North Atlantic coast. The research explicitly took sea level rise induced by climate change into account, and finds that “Flood risk is increasing for coastal populations and supporting infrastructure.”
An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement testified Friday during a discussion on immigration detention facilities, hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, about a “special housing unit in the Los Angeles area dedicated to the gay, bisexual and transgender detainees.”
“We have a special housing unit in the Los Angeles area dedicated to the gay, bisexual and transgender detainees,” said Kevin Landy, assistant director of the ICE office of detention policy and planning.[…]
When transgender detainees are taken into custody, they are assessed individually, and decisions about how the individual will be classified and where the individual will be placed “may not be based solely on the biological anatomy of that individual,” Landy said.
During the intake process, detainees are asked a number of questions, including “whether any of a variety of special vulnerabilities apply,” Landy said. “One of those special vulnerabilities is whether that individual might fear for their safety in detention due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. So that’s a factor being taken in immediately.”
Dontre Hamilton was a homeless man who was sleeping near the Starbucks at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee. Starbucks employees called the police on him. He was shot by an officer after grabbing the officer’s baton and allegedly hitting him in the head. Somehow, that’s Starbucks fault apparently and they were bad, for ‘racial profiling’…
As the trial date approached for the two men accused of murdering her daughter, Margaret Washington decided to seek some small measure of mercy for them. She knew that if 28-year-old Myron Jackson and 23-year-old Jeffrey Washington were convicted as charged they’d never come home again.
What she wanted, she said in a New Orleans coffee shop Wednesday afternoon, was 20 years for the two men accused of killing her “princess,” Marguerite La Joy Washington, an 18-year-old freshman at Dillard University. Margaret Washington imagined that with a finite prison sentence the two defendants could get an education, learn a trade and be released in time for them to “possibly do something with (their) life.”
After she expressed her feelings to prosecutors in District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, here’s what they came up with: The defendants could plead guilty to manslaughter and get 27 years. Subtracting the time they’d get for good behavior and the time they’d already served, they’d be left with the 20 years Margaret Washington sought.
Margaret Washington thought that Jeffrey Washington let himself be persuaded by Jackson, too. She also described pressure from the defendants’ supporters. She said they yelled “Don’t let them do that to y’all!” Thus, they mischaracterized an offer of mercy as a snare.
He eluded police for nearly two months, and has been jailed for three more. But the death-penalty trial for Eric Frein could still be more than a year away.
On Thursday, Frein pleaded not guilty to charges he plotted the ambush that killed one state trooper and wounded a second last September in nearby Blooming Grove. It was his first court appearance since prosecutors officially declared they would seek the death penalty against him.
In a brief court appearance via video feed from the Pike County prison, the self-styled survivalist remained expressionless and responded politely to County Court Judge Gregory H. Chelak.
Frein waived his formal arraignment and said he understood the charges against him, which include murder, terrorism, and possession of explosive devices.
The 31-year-old Canadensis man is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside their state police barracks on Sept. 12. Police also said they found two pipe bombs at Frein’s campsite in Monroe County. In court filings, prosecutors have said Frein planned the shootings in a bid to stir a change in the government.
It was his first court hearing since District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin filed notice this week that he is seeking the death penalty against Frein.
Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with rallying American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.
Rod Saylor says his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner.
Saylor was a flight engineer-gunner who volunteered for the risky mission that sent 80 airmen in 16 B-25s from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in April 1942 to attack Tokyo.
The mission, led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Dolittle, did little damage to military targets, but it delivered a psychological blow to the enemy while inspiring Americans after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
“They thought they couldn’t be hit. We got their attention pretty good,” Saylor once said.
He told The News Tribune in 2011 that his assignment was kept secret from him until the Hornet was out to sea. He played a critical role in repairing the engine of one of the bombers just before the raid, ensuring that all 16 planes could take off.[…]
Saylor grew up on a ranch in Brusett, Montana, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939. After his 28-year military career, Saylor settled in Tacoma.
In solidarity with local and global efforts to affirm the value of black lives, several UC Berkeley students painted the Big C red, green and black early Monday morning to represent the Pan-African flag.
Six members of the Black Student Union, or BSU, set out to paint the Big C — a large emblem of the letter C nested in a hill near campus — before 5 a.m., according to Gabrielle Shuman, co-chair of political affairs for the BSU. The gesture was intended to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a term used widely in recent nationwide protests against police killings of unarmed black men.
“It’s just a proud moment for us to be able to see, ‘Wow, we claimed that space,’ ” Shuman said. “Obviously, painting some colors isn’t going to drastically change anything — it’s not going to solve all our problems or necessarily accomplish all of our goals. For us, this is really a symbolic thing.”
The idea to express solidarity by painting the Big C arose from a conversation with friends and organizers, according to Shuman. She noted that the Big C is a major emblem of school spirit and that many student-athletes — whom Shuman does not believe are treated well by the campus — are black.
In addition, a BSU press release cited a campus climate survey, which it said showed that 50 percent of black students at UC Berkeley feel “prejudged by faculty based on their identity/background” and that 50 percent of black students feel they do not have the same opportunities for success as their classmates.
The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.
The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.
“It will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday.
“It will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.”
The department will do away with the current system that pulls cops off regular assignments to provide a beefed-up presence at certain hot spots in “critical incident” vehicles.
The unit, which will be operational by summer, will be assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau.
The Department of Homeland Security currently has a policy in place known as “catch and release,” meaning violent illegal aliens are arrested, processed and put back onto American streets if their home countries won’t take them back.
According to Judicary Comimittee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office, the policy was “created by a 2001 Supreme Court decision (Zadvydas v. Davis), which prohibits immigrants who had been ordered removed from being detained for more than six months. The Court expanded this decision to apply to all illegal immigrants in Clark v. Martinez in 2005.”
This catch and release policy is not only demoralizing to Immigration and Border Patrol Agents, but it’s dangerous and deadly. There are countless examples of violent assault and murders committed by illegal aliens after being arrested and released by federal authorities.
Buses from across the state carried several hundred Texas Muslims, many of them first-time visitors, to the state Capitol Thursday. They were met by a small but boisterous group of protesters — and harsh words from at least one legislator.
Before sunrise Thursday, a few dozen Muslims, including students from a parochial school called Radiant Stem Academy, readied for prayers at the Islamic Center of Irving.
Did you pray yet?” one fifth grader says.
After a few minutes, a young boy takes charge, and prayers begin. Later, on the bus to Austin, the kids relax.
“There’s even a bathroom on the back!” says another student. In front of the bus is Saif Islam. He’s excited about his first trip to the Capitol.
“I’m passionate about my right as a citizen of the United States, as a Muslim, to know what I should be doing, so I can contribute in a positive way,” Islam says.
He and busloads of Muslims from at least five other cities participated in what’s called Texas Muslim Capitol Day, a regular event sponsored by the local chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The idea is to show young people and adults how to participate in democracy.[…]
As the visitors arrived to the south steps of the Capitol, they saw a few dozen protesters carrying signs that said “Save America” and “Go Home, Take Obama With You.”
Some shouted “Jesus” and “No Sharia.” They tried to drown out speeches by the Muslim constituents.
Rick Ellis is a native of Fort Worth, and now lives just east of Waco. His sign read “Jesus Christ is Lord.”
“Sharia law violates the rights of persons,” he says. “We do not violate the rights of another person. They violate all over the world … whenever they deal with that … clean the trash out of their own mosques, then they can come lecture me as an American.”
Ruhim Ullah, 24, was shot by police officers in 2010 while waving an 18-inch blade at them and later sued the NYPD for $3 million. He was just awarded $5,000 in a settlement.
According to the NY Post, Ullah pleaded guilty to the 2010 confrontation when an officer shot him in the leg, stopping him from attacking other officers. Despite a guilty plea, Ullah still went ahead with the civil suit that claimed wrongdoing in his arrest, ultimately winning the $5,000 settlement.
“In light of all of the circumstances, the city concluded that this agreement to settle was in the city’s best interest,” said city Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci.
One law enforcement source called the settlement “sickening” and believes that with Ullah’s admission of guilt, the civil suit should not have happened.
“It’s sickening,” said the source. “This man pleaded guilty to a serious crime. That should have been enough to erase the civil suit.”
Staff members at a Bronx public-defenders organization took part in a rap video advocating the killing of police officers and later attempted to mislead city officials about the organization’s involvement, according to the New York City Department of Investigation.
In a report released Thursday, the DOI said two staff attorneys at the Bronx Defenders—a nonprofit group that receives public funds for its advocacy and legal representation for indigent defendants—appeared in a video called “Hands Up,” in which men are shown pointing a gun at an individual portraying an officer.
The two lawyers had encouraged the organization to participate in the music video after being approached by the company producing the video, according to the report.
The Bronx Defenders’ offices appear in the video and its name appeared as a sponsor in the credits in an earlier version of the video, city officials said.
Once it was discovered and the city started investigating, then members of the organization purportedly lied to the investigators.
Not only is this organization funded by NYC taxpayers, but it’s also American taxpayer funded through an Eric Holder Justice Department grant. According to New American, the DOJ gave this organization $1.5 million.
So here’s a question, since Bronx Defenders were featured in the video and listed as a ‘sponsor’, how much DOJ grant money/NYC taxpayer money was funneled toward this film? Was this film part of the grant money given them?
The DOJ grant was allegedly part of an Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant. Edward Byrne was a young NYPD officer who was assassinated on the job as he stood watch over a man who had been threatened.
The primary concept of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program was established via the Department of Justice is to enhance officer safety via equipment, technology and training.
Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has gone into mea culpa mode for claims it made about firearms dealers that turned out to be wrong — and that may lead at least one to file a lawsuit.
The group issued a report a few days ago that said more than 1,000 online gun ads in Vermont were posted by unlicensed dealers and therefore, leading potential buyers to bypass background checks. But Everytown for Gun Safety wrongly identified 48 ads by dealers.
At least one misidentified Vermont dealer — Bobby Richards, owner and operator of CrossFire Arms in Mount Holly — is threatening a lawsuit, The Blaze reported.
Mr. Richards, who advertises firearms sales at the online venue Armslist, said he requires every potential buyer to fill out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 and undergo a screening by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, The Blaze reported.
Everytown for Gun Safety, meanwhile, has issued an apology for the error.