Category Archives: PND News

Rare copy of Declaration of Independence found in U.K.

Source: USA Today

"Two Harvard researchers found a rare parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence long forgotten in a records office in England. The only other parchment manuscript like it is viewed by millions at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. each year, according to a statement from Harvard University. Harvard professor Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff, research manager of the Declaration Resources Project, found a short description about the document in the United Kingdom's National Archives in 2015." (04/25/17)

North Korea stages artillery drill as U.S. submarine docks in South

Source: Reuters

"North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed toward Korean waters and as top envoys for North Korea policy from South Korea, Japan and the United States met in Tokyo. Fears have risen in recent weeks that North Korea would conduct another nuclear test or long-range missile launch in defiance of U.N. sanctions, perhaps on the Tuesday anniversary of the founding of its military. But instead of a nuclear test or big missile launch, North Korea deployed a large number of long-range artillery units in the region of Wonsan on its east coast for a live-fire drill, South Korea's military said. North Korea has an air base in Wonsan and missiles have also been tested there." (04/25/17)

Greece: Regime, lenders seek deal as bailout talks resume in Athens

Source: Reuters

"Greece and its foreign creditors resume talks on Tuesday on reforms prescribed under the international bailout and further debt relief, aiming to reach a comprehensive deal before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on May 22. Talks over reforms in the energy and labor market and on pension cuts and income tax have dragged on for months mainly due to differences between EU lenders and the International Monetary Fund over fiscal targets. The leftist-led government and the lenders reached a deal this month in Malta on key elements of reforms worth 2 percent of gross domestic product which the country has agreed to legislate now but implement in 2019 and 2020." (04/25/17)

AR: State employees kill two prisoners in one night

Source: NBC News

"Arkansas executed two death row inmates, both convicted murders, Monday night, making it the first state to carry out two death sentences on one day since 2000. The Arkansas Department of Correction administered its lethal injection cocktail to Jack Jones, 52, at 7:06 p.m. CT and a coroner pronounced him dead at 7:20 p.m. Marcel Williams, 46, was declared dead by the same procedure just over three hours later at 10:33 p.m." (04/25/17)

Entire US Senate to visit White House for North Korea "briefing"

Source: United Press International

"The entire U.S. Senate will visit the White House on Wednesday to receive a classified briefing on North Korea — a rare move that signals the Trump administration's growing focus on the potential threat from socialist nation. All 100 lawmakers in the upper chamber are set to attend the meeting, along with select other officials involved in the government's decision-making process, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis." [editor's note: Well, that sounds rather ominous … – TLK] (04/24/17)

Trump commemorates Meds Yeghern, stops short saying it in English ("Armenian genocide")

Source: Yahoo! News

"The United States irked its key ally Turkey on Monday, criticizing 1915 massacres in Armenia as 'one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century,' although stopping short of calling them genocide. … Former president Barack Obama had promised to recognize the killings as a genocide. But over eight years in office, in need of cooperation from Turkey, he did not follow through. New President Donald Trump issued a statement saying bluntly that 'today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.' … Amid sharp Turkish criticism for the remarks, the State Department noted that the US president, in fact, had made no mention of genocide. … In Istanbul, the foreign ministry [whined that] Trump's remarks on the remembrance day were 'misinformation' and 'false definitions.'" (04/24/17)

Venezuela: Death toll rises as unrest enters fourth week

Source: Reuters

"At least one person was killed in political unrest in Venezuela on Monday as anti-government protests entered a fourth week with mass 'sit-ins' to press demands for early elections. A local government worker was shot dead in the Andean state of Merida at a counter-protest rally in favor of the socialist government, while another man there was wounded by a bullet and left fighting "between life and death", state ombudsman Tarek Saab said. The confirmed death would bring to 11 the number killed in a month of unrest that has seen politically-motivated shootings and daily clashes between security forces armed with rubber bullets and tear gas and protesters wielding rocks and Molotov cocktails. At least 10 people have also died during night-time looting." (04/24/17)

CA: UC Berkeley student Republicans sue over timing of Coulter burlesque

Source: Los Angeles Times

"A UC Berkeley student group on Monday filed a lawsuit demanding that the university allow conservative pundit Ann Coulter to speak on campus Thursday as originally planned. Citing unspecified threats, administrators had rescheduled Coulter’s appearance for May 2, when they said they could provide adequate security. But in its free-speech lawsuit, the Berkeley College Republicans — which planned to host Coulter — called that date a 'sham' intended to ensure her address was poorly attended. That day falls during 'dead week,' when students are studying for final exams and the campus traditionally is deserted. The university also had said Coulter would have to speak at midday, in a science hall located away from the central campus, rather than during the evening." (04/24/17)

Police stop 12-year-old boy from driving across Australia

Source: USA Today

"Outback police have arrested a 12-year-old boy who was almost a third of his way toward driving solo across Australia. The unlicensed boy had driven more than 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) from his home in Kendall on the east coast when he was stopped by traffic police on Saturday on the Barrier Highway near the remote mining town of Broken Hill. He was pulled over because a bumper bar was dragging on the road, New South Wales police said in a statement Sunday. Officials said he was driving to the west coast city of Perth, more than 4,100 kilometers (2,500 miles) from Kendall." (04/24/17)

After violent weekend, Chicago nearing 1,000 gunshot victims this year

Source: Chicago Tribune

"The number of people shot in Chicago this year is nearing 1,000 after a violent weekend left seven dead and 31 others wounded, according to data kept by the Tribune. As of Monday morning, at least 992 people had been shot in Chicago this year. Last year, the city passed the 1,000 mark on April 20 and had reached 1,054 by this time, the Tribune data show. The pace of homicides is virtually the same as last year. There have been at least 179 homicides so far this year compared with 180 this time last year, according to the data. The weekend violence included a span of seven hours Sunday when four men were fatally shot and six other people were wounded across the city. Two of those killed were shot within 15 minutes on the city's South and West sides." [editor's note: Of course, we know none of that is true. After all, Chicago has some of the strictest "gun control" laws in the country, so nobody could possibly get shot there, right? – TLK] (04/24/17)