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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A former judge now serving as a school board member in suburban Cincinnati has been charged with felony human trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor.

Judge Tim Nolan of California, Kentucky represents District 5 on the Campbell County School Board. Yesterday afternoon he was lead into court wearing handcuffs as the "perp walk" was filmed by the local CBS station.

News anchor Cammy Dierking of WKRC described Judge Nolan as an, "outspoken supporter of the local Tea Party."

The sex trafficking allegedly occurred in August 2016 -- while Judge Nolan was serving as the chair of the Donald Trump campaign in Campbell County, KY.

The death toll from a Taliban raid on a key army base has exceeded 160, an official said Saturday, the bloodiest single incident in an attack by the resurgent militants since their ouster in 2001.

The attack Friday was seen as another major blow for President Ashraf Ghani's shaky U.S.-backed government, which, apart from facing rising violence by militants, is also locked in a growing internal power struggle.

The major military base for the northern region in Afghanistan's mostly secure Balkh province was targeted Friday. A group of 10 Taliban fighters in military uniforms drove in two army vehicles and opened fire on mostly unarmed soldiers and officers inside the sprawling base.

After the nearly six hours of reportedly indiscriminate gunfire and blasts caused by hand grenades as well as suicide bombers, officials Friday said that dozens of soldiers were killed either after leaving Friday prayers at the base's mosque or at the dining facility.

Friday, April 21, 2017

President Donald Trump received substantially worse ratings for his first months in office than any president dating back to World War II, according to Gallup. Even presidents who've gone on to be unpopular generally enjoyed high ratings during their first months in office. But Trump's average rating since Inauguration Day is just 41 percent, Gallup finds, making him the only president in their polling history to fall short of majority approval during his first quarter. Trump's "unconventional style suggested his presidency would be like nothing seen before," Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones wrote. "And that has been true, but likely not in the way he or his supporters hoped -- with no honeymoon period to speak of and approval ratings far worse than any president has received this early in his tenure. On his best day, less than half of Americans, 46%, have approved of the job Trump is doing."

An alcohol-fueled obscenity and racial slur-laced tirade have cost a Miami senator his job.

CBS Miami reports Republican Sen. Frank Artiles officially submitted his letter of resignation on Friday.
Artiles was chastised for using a form of the "n-word" during an exchange with two African-American colleagues Monday night. It happened when he was out with fellow Senators Audrey Gibson from Jacksonville and Perry Thurston from Fort Lauderdale.

Gibson and Thurston said he used the "n-word" word while describing senators who supported Senate President Joe Negron's rise to power. He also reportedly called Gibson a "bitch."

Artiles apologized on the Senate floor on Wednesday saying his intention in using those words were benign.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

South Korea's government on Thursday sought to correct President Trump, publicly declaring it was never part of China.

"It's a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years of history, Korea has never been part of China," foreign ministry spokesman Cho June Hyuck said Thursday in Seoul, according to Bloomberg News.

Trump said last week that Chinese President Xi Jinping told him during their recent meeting that Korea was once part of China.

"[Xi] Then went into the history of China and Korea," he recounted to the Wall Street Journal. "And you know, you're talking about thousands of years ... and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China."


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