Keith Rush - Biography
 Keith began his broadcasting career on Febuary 16, 1952 at the age of 20 left New Orleans for full time position, KLOU in Lake Charles, Louisiana... Keith is considered by many as the "Father of Talk Radio" in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1st "Honorary" member of LSU statewide Alumni Association in history of LSU. Received many awards, but most proud of Freedom's Foundation Award 1972 for fight against "Filth" in radio and television. Representatives came to New Orleans Louisiana to make the presentation. During period 1953 - 1956 (still broadcasting) booked acts on the Louisiana Hayride, such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, The Browns and brought Elvis Presley to New Orleans (1954) for 1st apperance ever. (Lost Money)   1957 - 1959 United States Army 4th Infantry Division Fort Lewis Washington, 2 years active duty.
 
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NEWS   THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016   NEWS

Clinton: America Can't Take A Chance On 'Loose Cannon' Trump
Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she is certain that Americans won't take a chance with Donald Trump in November because he is a "loose cannon."
"I don't think we can take a risk on a loose cannon like Donald Trump running our country," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview. "I do think he is a loose cannon, and loose cannons tend to misfire." In the interview, which aired one day after Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, Clinton also weighed in on the ongoing Democratic primary and comments she made about the coal industry in March, when she said "we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." CNN
VOA VIEW: A loose cannon is better than a socialist thief.

Obama Tells Flint Residents: 'I've Got Your Back'
President Barack Obama is promising the people of Flint, Michigan, that he will make sure leaders at all levels of government "don't rest" until every drop of water that flows through city pipes is safe. He says clean water is a basic responsibility of government in the U.S. and says what happened in Flint was a manmade disaster that didn't have to happen. Obama also says he understands why they are scared and angry and feeling let down. Flint's water became contaminated with lead after the city began drawing water from the Flint River and officials failed to treat it properly, causing a lead-contamination crisis. CNS News

Kerry Warns Assad, Regime Backers To Start Political Transition By August
Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria and its allies in Moscow and Tehran Tuesday that they have until August for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the five-year conflict. Kerry failed to specify what type of consequences the Syrian government and its backers face if Assad isn’t ousted. It’s unlikely the White House would approve a more active American combat role in the country. The administration is more likely to approve giving Saudi Arabia and the moderate rebels new weapons to fight Assad. "The target date for the transition is 1st of August," Kerry told reporters at the State Department.  Fox News

Sanders Can't Win With Pledged Delegates, But Could Block Clinton
It is mathematically impossible for Bernie Sanders to win enough delegates in the remaining Democratic contests to secure the nomination, but his aides see a path through a convention battle in Philadelphia that would target the party's superdelegates. The Democratic nominee must win 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination, but with only 933 delegates up for grabs in the remaining contests, it is impossible for Sanders to get there just by winning contests against front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator has racked up 1,444 delegates, according to the latest CNN delegate tally, but would need to win more than 100% of the remaining delegates. Asked about this hurdle Wednesday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver dismissed it. CNN

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For Clinton, 2016 Race Might Get Worse Before It Gets Better
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Indiana is likely to extend the Democratic primary battle for at least another month, complicating Hillary Clinton's efforts to focus on presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump even as she remains a virtual lock for her party's nomination. After a losing streak last month, Sanders predicted he'll follow up his Indiana win with "more victories" in the coming weeks. The race turns next week to West Virginia, where polls show Sanders in the lead, and then to Kentucky and Oregon where he could face a similar reception. “I understand that Secretary Clinton thinks that this campaign is over. I have some bad news for her,” the Vermont senator said Tuesday night in his victory speech. Fox News

Clinton: 'We Need to Invest in Coal Communities'
Making a pitch for votes in Appalachia Tuesday, Hillary Clinton admitted it's an uphill battle in coal country, where "I'm going to try to earn every vote I can." "At a time when our energy sector is changing rapidly, we need to invest in coal communities," Clinton said. "We need to figure out how to bring new jobs and industries to them." Later, she said "doing better for families" in coal country...means coming together, making a real plan to invest..." Clinton didn't offer a "real plan," except to support "cutting-edge work" in "carbon capture and sequestration technology." (Last fall, Clinton promised to "invest" $30 billion in coal communities that have suffered so much.) By contrast, Republican Donald Trump told his supporters on Tuesday night that "the miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania...and Ohio and all over, they're going to start to work again, believe me. They're going to be proud again to be miners." CNS News

North Carolina Transgender Law Violates Civil Rights Law
Federal authorities told North Carolina's governor on Wednesday that a new state law limiting restroom access for transgender people violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act. In a letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory the Justice Department said North Carolina was "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees." The letter, seen by Reuters, said the state had until Monday to say whether it would remedy the violations. McCrory said in a statement that his office will review the letter "to determine the next steps." "The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy," McCrory said. Reuters

Class Action Status OK'd In Major Post-Katrina Flood Case
A federal judge who ruled last year that the federal government is responsible for some of the flooding that hit the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina and other storms granted class-action status in the case Wednesday, meaning numerous property owners - not just the handful in the original 2005 lawsuit - could be in line for compensation. How much money and how many properties could eventually be involved wasn't immediately clear. And the ruling made clear that nothing is imminent, pending an appeal court review. The case centers on flooding in New Orleans' Ninth Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish blamed on the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. Philadelphia Inquirer

Australia Says Most Dangerous Australian IS Operative Killed
Australia's most dangerous known Islamic State movement operative had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, the government said Thursday. The United States had confirmed that Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, was killed in Mosul on Friday, Attorney-General George Brandis said. The 24-year-old Australian citizen of Cambodian and Fijian heritage converted from Buddhism in 2012 and traveled to Syria a year later. The former rapper from Melbourne city featured in Islamic State recruitment videos, was linked to several terrorist attack plans in Australia and had urged lone wolf attacks against the United States. Philadelphia Inquirer

Here’s What Bookies Think Of A Trump-Clinton Showdown
Donald Trump may feel invincible right now, but he’s still an underdog going into the general election. Hillary Clinton is the favorite to win in November at odds of 4-11, according to the online bookmaker Ladbrokes — meaning you’d have to wager $11 to win $4. The New York City tycoon, meanwhile, is a 9-4 underdog, according to the bookmaker’s Web site. Betting on the presidential race is illegal in the United States, but the online odds capture the current zeitgeist. “The interest is huge,” said UK-based Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue. “We can’t get Donald Trump off the pages of our newspapers and our TV screens.” So, who do the oddsmakers like for vice president? Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was the last man standing against Trump before he quit Wednesday, comes in at 4-1. Right behind him is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 6-1, according to Ladbrokes. NY Post

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Takata Airbag Recall, Largest In U.S. History, Just Got Even Bigger
The largest safety recall in automotive history is about to get even bigger, with federal regulators ordering embattled Japanese supplier Takata to recall as many as 40 million additional airbags linked to a defect already blamed for at least 11 deaths. The previous recall involved about 24 million vehicles sold in the U.S. over roughly the last decade, with 14 manufacturers impacted. Virtually every other major carmaker will now be pulled into the latest recall. Do you think your car might have Takata airbags? To find out, go to safercar.gov and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). "This is the largest recall in American history," National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters on Wednesday. MSNBC

Infected Mosquitoes Can't Transmit Zika Virus
Infecting mosquitoes with a strain of bacteria known as Wolbachia significantly reduced their ability to transmit the Zika virus, Brazilian researchers said on Wednesday, raising hope for this biological method of blocking transmission of the deadly virus. Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria have been released in several countries including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam as part of strategies to control dengue, and the new finding shows the method also works with Zika, a close relative of dengue. Zika has been linked with the birth defect microcephaly that has been sweeping through South and Central America and the Caribbean and making its way north to the United States. MSNCB

Trump Open To Making Ted Cruz His Running Mate
He called him “Lyin Ted” during their bruising primary battles, but Donald Trump said Wednesday he’d be open to making former rival Ted Cruz his running mate. “I respect Ted,” Trump said on Fox News. “He was a very strong competitor. He really competed hard and tough.” The praise from Trump came just one day after he implied that Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination. Cruz responded with furious tirade in which he called Trump “amoral” and a “pathological liar.”
Nevertheless, Trump said Cruz as veep was “something we can think about.” NY Post

Here's How 'President Trump' Says His First 100 Days Would Look
Shortly after the Nov. 8 election, President-elect Trump and his vice president ? most likely a governor or member of Congress ? would begin interviewing candidates for the open Supreme Court seat and quickly settle on a nominee in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia. He would launch a charm offensive to start "building a government based on relationships," perhaps inviting Republican leaders Paul D. Ryan and Mitch McConnell to escape the chilly Washington fall and schmooze at Mar-a-Lago over golf and 2-pound lobsters. On Inauguration Day, he would go to a "beautiful" gala ball or two, but focus mostly on rescinding Obama executive orders on immigration and calling up company executives to threaten punitive measures if they shift jobs out of the United States. And by the end of his first 100 days as the nation's 45th leader, the wall with Mexico would be designed, the immigration ban on Muslims would be in place, the audit of the Federal Reserve would be underway and plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be in motion. Tampa Bay Times
VOA VIEW: Real change sounds good.

Trump Makes History And Changes Politics, GOP
Once a joke, then a phenomenon and now something else: presumptive Republican Party nominee for president of the United States. Donald Trump's rise is a history-making event that will change American politics and the Republican Party, according to analysts — and the story isn't over yet. To his critics, Trump is the ultimate triumph of celebrity politics, the beneficiary of free TV time and a campaign style that values insults over facts — the inevitable product of a party and conservative movement that has disdained government for decades, and the harbinger of celebrity candidates to come. To his backers, Trump is the tribune of voters who have been failed by politicians, by immigration policies that undermine the nation's identity, by trade deals that have sent American jobs to other countries and by political elites who do not understand or care about their problems. USA Today

Top Georgia Politicians Close Ranks Around Donald Trump
Georgia’s top elected GOP officials are closing ranks around presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Attorney General Sam Olens all sent word they would support the party’s nominee despite backing his rivals in the primary. So did Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, who stayed out of the race for president (though Perdue had been rather effusive in his praise for the billionaire all along.) “Our country cannot afford another Obama-like administration,” Cagle said in a statement. “I think it’s important that our party unites behind the Republican candidate, and Mr. Trump has ignited a diverse and loyal group of supporters unlike anything we have seen in recent presidential elections.” Atlanta Journal

Justice Department Program To No Lnger Use ‘Disparaging’ Terms ‘Felons’ And ‘Convicts’
The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is eschewing the terms “felon” and “convict” when officials refer to individuals convicted of crimes, opting instead for less “disparaging labels,” Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason announced Wednesday. The Office of Justice Programs plans to substitute terminology such as “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated” in speeches and other communications as part of an effort to remove barriers that officials say hinder progress of those who re-enter society after completing their prison sentences. Washington Times

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U.S. To Boost Airport Staffing To Manage Long Security Lines
With airlines worried that long security lines may discourage summer travelers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday it will add airport staff and bomb-sniffing dogs and ramp up pre-screening enrollment efforts. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will add officers at airports expected to have the highest passenger volumes, said Jeh Johnson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement on Wednesday. He added that he has asked Congress to approve additional funds to pay for officers' overtime and to meet "critical short-term needs." Reuters

Working-Class Voters, Clinton Fatigue Are Key To Donald Trump’s General Election Success
Donald Trump’s path to victory in November runs through disaffected white working voters who the GOP hopes can force the election into Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and other states that haven’t been in play for decades. Analysts said it’s a tricky path, fraught with potential pitfalls — not least of which is Mr. Trump’s own brash style, which could alienate millions of moderate and independent voters and could help keep minority turnout at the 2008 and 2012 rates that powered President Obama to two victories. Washington Times

Medical Errors Now 3rd Leading Cause Of Death In U.S.
Medical errors, including wrong diagnoses, botched surgeries and medication mistakes, are the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study suggests.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins found that more than 250,000 Americans die due to medical mishaps every year, greater than the toll from any major medical condition except heart disease or cancer. The findings, published in The BMJ, come from an analysis of death rate records spanning eight years. Study author Dr. Martin Makary, surgical director of the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreas Clinic and a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said rates for deaths related to "medical care gone awry" aren't tracked in a standardized way. CBS

House Bill Would Curb Regulation Of E-Cigarettes, Cigars
Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It's a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. The legislation would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes that are already on the market and exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would still undergo the safety reviews. Vaping and cigar companies have pushed the exemptions, arguing that their products are safer than cigarettes and even help some cigarette smokers quit. They say that many of the small businesses who make their products would go out of business once the rules are in place. Houston Chroncile

Fired Up By Sanders, Democrats Shift Left On Health Care
With the Obama administration counting down its final year, many Democrats are finding less to like about the president's health care law, unsure about its place among their party's achievements. Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for "Medicare for all" seems to have rekindled aspirations for bigger changes beyond "Obamacare." That poses a challenge for Hillary Clinton, who has argued that the health care law is working and the nation should build on it, not start over. Two recent polls have shown an uptick in negative ratings of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, and the shifting sentiments seem to come from Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. Charlotte Observer

California Raises Legal Age To Buy Tobacco From 18 To 21
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to military personnel. Brown did not say why he signed the measure along with four others restricting tobacco use in various ways, and his staff declined to comment. "The action speaks for itself," Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said. Supporters of the law said it aims to deter adolescents from the harmful, sometimes fatal effects of nicotine addiction. The Institute of Medicine reports that 90 percent of daily smokers began using tobacco before turning 19. Lawmakers and health advocates applauded the move and expect other states to follow California's lead. San Diego Union

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Rolling Stones To Donald Trump: Don't "Start Me Up" At Your Events
The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events. In a statement Wednesday, the rock band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and "have requested that they cease all use immediately." A Trump campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment or say whether they had a license to play their songs. Trump, an avid music fan, has featured Rolling Stones songs at his rallies for months as part of a diverse soundtrack that includes Elton John, opera and classic rock songs. The Rolling Stones' 1969 classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was a popular song for his events, and during an event on Tuesday night, the campaign played "Start Me Up." CBS

Inside John Kasich's Last Minute Decision To Drop Out Of The 2016 Race
Although John Kasich has been mathematically eliminated from clinching the Republican presidential nomination before the convention since March 15, it took him another month and a half -- until today -- to decide to suspend his presidential campaign. And, according to sources with knowledge of his thinking, even after the chairman of the party declared that Donald Trump will be the presumptive nominee last night, Kasich’s decision was hastily made. The Ohio governor stood up several dozen members of the political press corps this morning after he cancelled a planned news conference with reporters at a private jet terminal at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, outside Washington. In fact, Kasich, who spent last night in Ohio, never took off from Columbus in the plane that was supposed to carry him east, a senior Kasich campaign official told ABC News. ABC

Joe Biden Jokes He Expects To Be Trump's VP Pick
A day after the Republican National Committee announced Donald Trump “will be presumptive GOP nominee,” Vice President Biden let it be known he still doesn't take the business mogul seriously. "I anticipate he'll ask me to be vice president," Biden said, responding to a shouted question at the State Department today. The room full of Central American heads of delegation laughed and Biden cracked a smile before adding, "I have nothing serious to say." If Trump is to be believed, Biden would fit several of the candidate's stated prerequisites for his hopeful VP pick. ABC

Army Captain Sues Obama; Says He Lacks Authority To Fight IS
An Army captain sued President Barack Obama on Wednesday, alleging that he doesn't have the proper congressional authority to wage war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Capt. Nathan Michael Smith filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington as the president is deploying more special operations forces to the region — and a day after a Navy SEAL was killed in combat in Iraq, the third since a U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014. Smith supports the war on military and moral grounds and considers the Islamic State an "army of butchers." But he wants the court to tell Obama that he needs to ask Congress for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The White House did not comment on the lawsuit. Kansas City Star

Venezuela Calls For Extraordinary OAS Meeting
The Venezuelan government, in a surprise move, has requested an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of American States as members discuss whether the socialist nation should be suspended from the group. The move to have the OAS meet Thursday to discuss what is taking place in Venezuela, where the government recently cut its workweek to two days in the face of electricity shortages, marks a change in strategy by the government, which previously has accused the OAS of interfering in Venezuela’s domestic affairs. A finding that the Maduro government has violated the charter could lead to Venezuela’s suspension from most OAS activities. Miami Herald

US Judge: Clinton May Be Ordered To Testify In Records Case
A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan signed an order granting a request from the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch to question six current and former State Department staffers about the creation and purpose of the private email system. Those on the list were some of Clinton's closest aides during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat, including former chief of staff Cheryl D. Mills, deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin and undersecretary Patrick F. Kennedy. Also set to testify is Bryan Pagliano, the agency employee who was tasked with setting up the clintonemail.com server located in the basement of the New York home Clinton shares with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Pagliano has previously refused to testify before Congress, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. SF Gate

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Druckenmiller Loads Up On Gold, Saying Bull Market Exhausted
Stan Druckenmiller, the billionaire investor with one of the best long-term track records in money management, said the bull market in stocks has "exhausted itself" and that gold is his largest currency allocation. Druckenmiller, speaking at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York on Wednesday, said while he’s been critical of Federal Reserve policy for the last three years he expected at that time it would lead to higher asset prices. “I now feel the weight of the evidence has shifted the other way; higher valuations, three more years of unproductive corporate behavior, limits to further easing and excessive borrowing from the future suggest that the bull market is exhausting itself,” said Druckenmiller, who averaged annual returns of 30 percent from 1986 through 2010 at his Duquesne Capital Management. Bloomberg

Undertrained Doctors, Overprescribed Drugs
When doctors prescribe medicine, more than just their patients count on them to get it right. Society as a whole has an interest in keeping certain drugs under control -- and the evidence shows that when it comes to opioid pain relievers and antibiotics, some doctors are failing to do so. Too many prescribe drugs that aren’t needed, prescribe more than is necessary, or (in the case of opioids) neglect signs of abuse. More training could improve physicians’ performance, but it’s already available and too few doctors take advantage of it. What’s the best way to get more of them to sign up? Bloomberg

Sandoval Plans To Vote For Trump After Kasich Drops Out
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he plans to vote for Donald Trump after fellow governor John Kasich and all other major Republican candidates dropped out of the presidential race. The moderate Republican governor said Wednesday he doesn't agree with Trump on all the issues, but the Democratic nominee is "simply not an option." Sandoval caucused for Marco Rubio and endorsed Kasich last month. Sandoval previously indicated he was wavering in his support for Trump if he became the nominee. Republican elected officials have struggled on how to respond to the polarizing Trump. Sen. Dean Heller said he vehemently opposed some things Trump has said and believes he's alienated Hispanic voters, but was committed to opposing Hillary Clinton. Las Vegas Sun

Trump Shifts To New Campaign Phase, Dismisses GOP Critics
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party's nomination. Kasich will announce the end of his underdog White House bid on Wednesday, according to three campaign officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the candidate's plans. The decision comes a day after Trump's only other rival, Ted Cruz, dropped out. With no opponents left in the race, Trump becomes the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee to take on the Democratic nominee in November — presumably Hillary Clinton. Las Vegas Sun

Beijing Responds To Donald Trump's China 'Rape' Remarks
China delivered a measured response after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused Beijing of "rape." Prior to his victory in Indiana on Tuesday, Trump told supporters in Fort Wayne, Ind., that he would fight the United States' trade deficit with China. "We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing," Trump said during a second rally held Sunday, according to CNN. Trump expressed his grievances about other economic issues – blaming Beijing for manipulating its currency to make exports more competitive and as a result, "killing" the United States on trade. UPI

Hillary Clinton: I Won't Be 'Dumbfounded' By Trump Attacks
In her first public comments since Indiana's primary effectively handed Donald Trump the Republican nomination, Hillary Clinton promised supporters she would not be "dumbfounded" by Trump's unorthodox tactics, as she said his GOP rivals were. Clinton, speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, said she would match Trump's attacks if he chooses to turn the campaign into a clash of personalities, as he frequently did during the Republican primary. "You know, he's the one that's making that decision, Anderson. Not me. He's the one who has run the campaign insulting people, demeaning women, degrading people with disabilities, talking about keeping Muslims out of the country. He's the one who has been running that kind of very negative, aggressive bullying campaign," she said. "He could choose to run whatever campaign he wants to run. I'm going to keep staying on the campaign I'm running." UPI

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Hamas Says Truce Reached With Israel To End Fighting Along Gaza Border
Hamas late Wednesday said that it has reached understandings with the Israeli military regarding a cessation of hostilities on the Gaza frontier. The Palestinian Islamist group claimed that Egypt mediated a truce with Israel after 24 hours of escalation and tit-for-tat attacks, Arab press reports said. According to the terms of the understandings, the IDF will withdraw some of its troops while halting all operations along the security fence that separates Gaza from Israel. In exchange, Hamas will adhere to the cease-fire that has been in effect since the end of Operation Protective Edge. Jerusalem Post

Rivlin At Holocaust Memorial Ceremony: Israel Doesn’t Do Enough For Holocaust Survivors
President Reuven Rivlin expressed criticism of the state for failing to care for the needs of Holocaust survivors, in his speech at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem on Wednesday night. The issue requires “soul-searching” by the country, and Holocaust survivors have not received the respect they deserve, the president said. “Even to the present day, the State of Israel does not take every measure it can in order to take care of the Holocaust survivors,” said Rivlin.
“My brothers and sisters, survivors, the heroes of Israel’s revival, I came here today on my own behalf, and on behalf of the people of Israel, on behalf of the State of Israel, and I ask each one of you, before it is too late, for forgiveness. Jerusalem Post

Embryo Study Shows 'Life's First Steps'
Scientists say a breakthrough in growing embryos will improve fertility treatments and revolutionise knowledge of the earliest steps to human life. For the first time, embryos have been grown past the point they would normally implant in the womb. The research, in the UK and US, was halted just before the embryos reached the legal limit of 14-days old. But in an ethically-charged move, some scientists have already called for the 14-day limit to be changed. The earliest steps towards human life are largely a mystery, but the research in Nature and Nature Cell Biology, has been able to study embryos for longer than ever before. BBC

US Election 2016: Trump Nomination Divides Republicans
Top Republicans are divided on whether to support Donald Trump after the businessman all but secured the party's presidential nomination. Some took to social media to disavow their membership in the party by burning their voter registration forms. Others, though, started to fall in line behind the candidate, saying Mr Trump is vastly preferable to Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Mr Trump is deeply unpopular among many key voting blocs in the US. "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed... and we will deserve it," South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham said on Tuesday after Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, effectively clearing a path for Mr Trump. BBC

Neither Former Bush President Will Endorse Donald Trump
Neither George HW nor George W Bush, the only two living former Republican presidents of the United States, will endorse Donald Trump. In statements released to the Guardian on Wednesday evening, spokesmen for both former presidents said they would be sitting out the 2016 election. Freddy Ford, a spokesman for George W Bush, told the Guardian: “President George W Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.” The statement by the 43rd president was echoed in one released by his father. Jim McGrath, a spokesman for George HW Bush, told the Guardian: “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the ‘exceptions that proved the rule’.” Guardian

Millions Of Email Accounts Compromised  In Massive Data Breach That Includes Google And Yahoo
More than 270 million email accounts with major providers around the world have been compromised, a security expert has warned, with passwords being exchanged by criminals in Russia. Alex Holden, the expert, says most users of Mail.ru, Russia's most popular email service, have had their account details stolen. Millions of users of the Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email platforms have also had their data stored in one of the largest databases of stolen credentials ever discovered, Mr Holden told Reuters. Hold Security, his firm, found the trove of stolen data after a teenage Russian hacker boasted in an online forum that he had access to millions of stolen credentials. Telegraph

UNICEF Calls For Better Protection Of Children Under Revised EU Asylum Rules
As the European Union (EU) prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority. In the coming days, 28 EU member States and the European Parliament will begin examining a draft proposal drawn up by the European Commission to reform the so-called Dublin Regulation, under which it can take 11 months between a child’s arrival and his or her transfer to the State that will consider an application. Such a lengthy process could hinder family reunification and expose children to various risks, prompting UNICEF to recommend a three-month deadline. UN News

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