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NiMB 34: News In My Briefs 1-2-2018

NiMB 34: Tuesday 1-2-2018

TODAY: Joe Hockey discussed Alexander Downer’s Russia revelations with FBI. Customs Outage long lines DFW Airport. 4 deaths in overnight crashes on icy roads in Dallas. Man killed, Brown Line train Lincoln Square. Kalodimos says WSMV got rid of her with a letter left on her desk. New Year’s Eve murders, stabbed to death in London. Emperor Akihito, Carrie Underwood, Curly Seckler, John Fox and more.


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Sydney Morning Herald: Joe Hockey discussed Alexander Downer’s Russia revelations with FBI

Alexander Downer linked to Russia probe

The ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey personally steered Australia’s dealings with the FBI on explosive revelations of Russian hacking during last year’s presidential campaign in a sign of how politically sensitive the Australian government regarded the bombshell discovery, Fairfax Media understands.

It is also understood there is now annoyance and frustration in Canberra that the High Commissioner to Britain Alexander Downer has been outed through leaks by US officials as the source of information that played a role in sparking an FBI probe into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Moscow.

Fairfax Media has confirmed independently that the conversation first reported by The New York Times took place. In May 2016, Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told Mr Downer over drinks at an upscale London wine bar that the Russians had a dirt file on rival candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of hacked Democratic Party emails.

Mr Downer conveyed the conversation to Canberra via an official cable, though apparently not immediately – perhaps because he did not take the 28-year-old adviser’s claims altogether seriously until the hacked emails were released by Wikileaks in late July.

Dallas Morning News: 1-2-2018 Temporary outage at Customs prompts long lines for international arrivals at DFW Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman Yolanda Choates said in a written statement that the temporary outage occurred at various airports with its processing systems and lasted from 6:30 8:30 p.m. All airports are back online, she said.

My question: is this related to the odd flight returning to the US? Are tests being conducted? Are attempted attacks happening at airports?

DallasNews:Dallas police report 4 deaths in overnight crashes on icy roads

Four people are dead, including a wrong-way driver, in three separate overnight crashes during icy conditions on a frigid New Year’s Day, according to Dallas police.

Chicago Tribune:Man dies after being hit by Brown Line train in Lincoln Square

The victim, 18-year-old Spencer Woodland, had been walking on the tracks when an inbound train hit him and he fell to the street below, landing in an alley in the 2400 block of West Eastwood Avenue, officials said.

Tennessean:Demetria Kalodimos says WSMV got rid of her with a letter left on her desk — and no thanks

The split comes about five weeks after Kalodimos was named as a witness in an age discrimination suit filed by three former Channel 4 employees, Dennis Ferrier, Jennifer Johnson and Nancy Van Camp.

In that suit, the plaintiffs alleged that managers have exposed veteran anchor Kalodimos — who is not a plaintiff in the suit — to “many acts of age-based discrimination and hostility.”

Those acts include “public berating” and “ridicule,” spreading false rumors that Kalodimos would be retiring soon and referring to the veteran anchor as an “old maid,” according to the lawsuit.

Telegraph: New Year’s Eve murders: four young men stabbed to death in London

The attacks across London, which are being treated as unrelated, mark the end of a year which has seen knife and gun crime on the rise and brings the total number of people murdered in the city to 80.

While this sound like a weekend in Chicago, a lot of questions come to my kind about motive and identity. How does one avoid this kind of attack.

But don’t worry, statistics are being counted. A new web site against Knife Crime is up in protest.

Can we just call it murder, at least?

Kyodo:Emperor Akihito greets New Year well-wishers

Accompanied by his wife Empress Michiko and other members of the imperial family, the 84-year-old emperor said he prayed for happiness of the people of Japan and the rest of the world, and waved to the crowd from behind the windows of the palace.


GALLERY: Bird’s eye view of year’s first sunrise, Mt. Fuji

Year of the Dog.

Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. flew charters from Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Monday for an aerial view of the first sunrise of 2018 and Mount Fuji.

A JAL Boeing 767 and ANA Boeing 787 departed around 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day to watch the sun rise at approximately 6:50 a.m. as passengers took photo after photo of the spectacular view over the sky above Nagano and Yamanashi Prefectures. The trip lasted slightly longer than two hours.


Tennesean:Carrie Underwood ‘not quite looking the same’ after needing more than 40 stitches on face

Underwood took a hard fall on the steps outside her Nashville area home Nov. 10. She was treated for a broken wrist and cuts, but the singer did not release the extent of her injuries until Monday

Tennesean:Curly Seckler, bluegrass music great, laid to rest

Seckler, one of the greatest tenor singers bluegrass music has ever known, died last Wednesday, two days after he turned 98. On Monday afternoon, following a celebration of life service at Spring Hill Funeral Home, he was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Born Christmas Day, 1919 in China Grove, N.C., Seckler’s music career began in 1935. From 1949-62, his mandolin playing and singing were integral to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ sound.



Chicago Tribune:

John Fox’s ’emotional’ message to Bears players ‘definitely hard to watch’

Chicago Tribune:Local ski jumper makes U.S. men’s team for upcoming Winter Olympics

Michael Glasder had barely missed qualifying for the past two Winter Olympics, so his victory in Sunday’s Olympic trials at age 28 was especially sweet. Glasder is the first jumper to qualify for the Olympics from the century-old Norge Ski Club, but he likely won’t be the last — two or three other jumpers from Norge have a good chance to make the four-man team.

Telegraph:Manchester United  2-0 futbol victory over Everton


Yahoo: DOW at 24,817

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