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Boston Marathon Bomber’s Lawyers to Argue for New Trial

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are heading to court to urge a judge to grant him a new trial.

Judge George O’Toole Jr. is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in U.S. District Court, but only on the portion of Tsarnaev’s motion related to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued after Tsarnaev’s trial.

Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when twin bombs placed near the marathon finish line exploded on April 15, 2013. Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 federal charges and sentenced to death for his role in the attack.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers argue that a Supreme Court ruling in June puts 15 of his convictions in jeopardy. The ruling centered on the legal definition of a “crime of violence,” a distinction that can carry stiffer penalties. The court struck down part of the definition as unconstitutionally vague.

Tsarnaev’s defense team says the ruling requires throwing out Tsarnaev’s convictions on those 15 counts. They also say he should get a new trial to decide his punishment because the jury’s imposition of the death penalty on other counts likely was influenced by the 15 counts related to crimes of violence.

“The defense is urging that the (Supreme Court) decision should be a catalyst to reopening the entire penalty phase. The argument is that these convictions are in jeopardy and

Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/boston-marathon-bombers-lawyers-argue-trial-35502487

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Black Pastors Say They?re Praying to God About Donald Trump Support

It was supposed to be a match made in heaven, but in the end Donald Trump was forced to forgo 12 pearly gates and streets paved with gold in favor of his luxury office tower in Midtown Manhattan.

As The Daily Beast reported over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the GOP frontrunner was set to meet Monday with dozens of high profile black pastors and hold a subsequent press conference to tout an unprecedented group endorsement. As the sun set Sunday night—and several prominent preachers backed out—many questioned whether the event would even happen.

Pressed by their congregations and by a not-so-holy war that broke out on social media, some of the invited ministers issued flat denials, saying they agreed only to discuss key issues with the candidate and that endorsements were never a part of the bargain. Two of the biggest names on the nightclub-esque promotional flier, Los Angeles-based Bishop Clarence McClendon and Brooklyn-based Bishop Hezekiah Walker, announced Sunday they would not attend. Both issued statements on social media.

“The meeting was presented not as a meeting to endorse but as a meeting to engage in dialogue,” McClendon wrote on Facebook. Walker, who is also a chart-topping gospel music recording artist, was called an “Uncle Tom” and a “coon dancing with the devil”

Article source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/01/black-pastors-say-they-re-praying-to-god-about-donald-trump-support.html

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Guilty Verdict Is a Spur to Would-Be Reformers of Albany’s Political Culture

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Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/nyregion/guilty-verdict-is-a-spur-to-would-be-reformers-of-albanys-political-culture.html

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FIT Breaks Down the History of Fashion, Decade by Decade

Modern-day fashion lovers can watch runway shows in real time online, but in 1778 fashion plates—colorful printed illustrations—were the only way to get a glimpse at the latest styles. Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style (Yale University Press, $150) highlights 200 of these creations, a chronological visual diary of the stylish elite’s favorite looks throughout history (it weighs in at 10 pounds). Historian April Calahan teamed up with the Fashion Institute of Technology to choose the most beautiful men’s and women’s fashion plates from its impressive 6,000-piece archive. There are Parisian gowns dating from the 1820s, over-the-top puffed sleeves from the 1890s, and Art Deco dresses from the 1920s. Until now, many of the illustrations haven’t been seen since they were first printed.

Article source: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/fashion-plates-150-years-of-style-book

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Radford University, Virginia Tech helps hurt students heal after bus crash


BLACKSBURG, Va. –

Radford University spokespeople say 18 Radford University students were hurt in a bus crash near Richmond that also included students from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.

WDBJ7 is told 15 of those injured Radford University students were treated and released, three of them are still in Richmond area hospitals.

Sunday they were on their way back to Radford University and Virginia Tech from Thanksgiving break.

Monday night, those campuses continued to pull together to help those involved, injured or not.

Selma Taylor, an aunt of a Virginia Tech student involved, talked to her niece after the wreck.

“My niece said when the bus flipped over she heard the tires just spinning, the tires kept spinning, just spinning,” Taylor said.

Virginia State Police say 50 students were on the bus. 34 were taken to six Richmond area hospitals.

The driver of the bus, Thomas Chidester of Salem, is charged with reckless driving.
State police say the bus took a ramp off of the Powhite Parkway, lost control and overturned.

“Had that bus rolled one or two more times, those kids

Article source: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/radford-university-virginia-tech-helps-hurt-students-heal-after-bus-crash/36724328

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Over the past decade, the Miss World contest has forged close ties to China

Last week, the Chinese government refused to allow the reigning Miss World Canada to enter China to participate in this year’s global Miss World competition. Anastasia Lin is an outspoken human rights activist who has been critical of China’s policies on everything from human rights lawyers to Tibet, so the authoritarian government’s decision wasn’t exactly a shock.

What was a surprise, though, is that the decades-old, London-based Miss World Organization (MWO) failed to criticize the move, contact the Canadian contestant after she was barred from a plane in Hong Kong, or even issue a statement about her absence from the contest. Instead, the organization quietly removed her photo from its website.

The contest puts a heavy emphasis on “charity acts” and “selfless causes,” making the silence on the fate of a national winner with a history of human rights activism even more perplexing. Quartz tried to reach MWO through official e-mails on the group’s website, various social media accounts, and emails directly to chairwoman Julia Morley, but has received no response.

The silence comes as MWO has become heavily reliant on Chinese support, particularly from the city of Sanya, where this year’s contest is being held. Since 2003, the Miss World pageant has been held in Sanya, on China’s tropical

Article source: http://qz.com/561371/over-the-past-decade-the-miss-world-contest-has-forged-close-ties-to-china/

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World Leaders Push to Shore Up Antiterror Alliance

PARIS—World leaders struggling to sharpen their attack on Islamic State received a welcome boost from the U.K., which appeared set to join U.S.-led airstrikes against the extremist group in Syria.

At a climate summit in Paris, leaders grappled with the difficulties of forging a broader international coalition to counter the threat of the violent Islamists given persistent divisions between Russia and Western nations. French and U.S. officials said Russia’s military operations had shifted slightly in a positive direction…

Article source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-meets-putin-expresses-regret-over-jet-downing-1448912799

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US Tightens Visa-Waiver Program in Bid to Deter Militants

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Burkina Faso Has First Democratic Handover of Power Since 1960

Burkina Faso elected Roch Marc Christian Kabore as president in the first democratic handover of power since the West African nation gained independence from France more than half a century ago.

Kabore, a former prime minister, received 53.5 percent of the votes cast, compared with 29.7 percent for challenger Zephirin Diabre, according to the electoral commission. Diabre conceded defeat and offered his congratulations to Kabore in a posting on Twitter.

Burkina Faso held elections on Nov. 29, a year after a mass revolt ended President Blaise Compaore’s 27-year rule and forced him to flee to neighboring Ivory Coast. Africa’s fourth-biggest gold producer and the continent’s largest cotton grower had already experienced four coups before Compaore seized power in the wake of the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara, an army captain who gained Africa-wide fame for his revolutionary leadership style.

The interim government that organized the elections barred members of the former ruling party from participating. Kabore, 58, quit the former ruling party and founded the People’s Movement for Progress after criticizing Compaore’s plans to extend his rule in an open letter in January last year.

Until his resignation, Kabore was seen as Compaore’s chosen successor. He has held five cabinet posts and served as speaker of parliament for 10 years.

Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-30/former-pm-kabore-takes-lead-as-burkina-faso-counts-votes

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British parliament to debate Syria airstrikes Wednesday

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Nov. 30, 2015: British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses world leaders at the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, outside Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a debate and vote in Parliament on Wednesday on whether the U.K. should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria, arguing that the nation must stand with its allies in confronting extremism.

Cameron’s statement Monday comes only hours after opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn decided that Labour Party lawmakers would be allowed to vote their conscience on the matter — rather than to keep party discipline and have a unified stance.

The move by the Labour leader gave Cameron confidence he had the votes to clinch an expansion of the mandate of British forces to hit ISIS militants — also known as ISIL — not just in Iraq, but Syria as well.

“I can announce that I will be recommending to Cabinet tomorrow that we hold a debate and a vote in the House of Commons to extend the airstrikes that we have carried out against ISIL in Iraq to Syria, that we answer the call from our allies and work with them because ISIL is a threat to our country and this is the right thing to do,” he

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/12/01/british-parliament-on-verge-approving-airstrikes-in-syria/

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