February 17th, 2015
By Lori Grisham
Krispy Kreme apologized after a store in the United Kingdom advertised a promotion for customers called KKK Wednesday, which was to be held this week.
"We do believe this was a completely unintentional oversight on the part of our longtime franchise partners in the U.K.," according to a statement shared with USA TODAY Network by company spokesperson Lafeea Watson.
KKK, which in this case was intended to stand for "Krispy Kreme Klub," is, of course, more infamously associated with the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group.
The store that created the event, which was meant to allow customers to come into the store to decorate doughnuts, is located in Hull, England.
"We are truly sorry for any inconvenience or offense this misstep may have caused our fans," the statement says, noting that the Hull location has offered assurances that it would be "taking greater precautions with their publicity materials in the future."
Watson said in an e-mail that the club was created by the Hull location and designed as a promotion for that store only.
The event gained attention after it was posted on the company's United Kingdom Facebook page, and online readers pointed out the double meaning of the name.
The post has since been removed from Facebook and all promotional materials have been removed from the store, according to Watson.
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February 17th, 2015
UK Daily Mail
By KATE PICKLES
Militants from Islamic State have burned 45 people to death in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, according to the local police chief.
Col Qasim al-Obeidi said the motive was unknown but he believed some of the victims were members of the security forces.
He has pleaded for help from the government and international community and said the compound, which houses the families of security personnel and local officials, was now under attack.
It follows the capture of al-Baghdadi, near Ain al-Asad air base, by ISIS fighters last week.
The unconfirmed reports have haunting similarities to the video published earlier this month, showing militants burning alive a Jordanian air force pilot, whose plane crashed in Syria in December.
Al-Baghdadi had been besieged for months by Islamic State fighters before its fall. It had been one of the few towns to still be controlled by the Iraqi government in Anbar province, where IS and allied Sunni Arab tribesmen launched an offensive in January 2014.
But with 320 US Marines stationed just five miles away at the Ain al-Asad air base, training members of the Iraqi army's 7th Division, it will cause concern.
The base was attacked by several suicide bombers, on Friday with the militant repelled by Iraqi troops backed by US-led coalition aircraft.
February 16th, 2015
Conservative Refocus has been continually tracking both train derailments and plant explosions which seem to be occurring with alarming regularity, in both the US and Canada.
By Ryan Parker
A train derailment Monday afternoon in West Virginia caused multiple explosions and a massive fire, and the CSX-owned train is leaking crude oil into the Kanawha River, officials said.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency about 6 p.m. Eastern time.
Nearly three hours after that declaration, the fire was still burning, and 1,000 people had been evacuated, according to Lawrence Messina, the state's public safety spokesman.
At least one home near the derailment in Fayette County caught fire and was destroyed, Messina said.
The derailment happened about 1:20 p.m. Eastern time as the 109-car train carrying Bakken crude oil was going from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va., Messina said. As many as 15 train cars were involved in the derailment and fire, he said.
“State officials are on site and will continue to work with local and federal officials, as well as CSX representatives, throughout the incident," Tomblin said in a statement. Crude oil from at least one of the rail cars is leaking into the Kanawha River, Messina said.
CSX said one person was treated for potential smoke inhalation and that no other injuries were reported.
"We expect that approximately 2,000 customers in the Montgomery area will lose their water service within a few hours if the plant remains shut down," the company said on Facebook.
The plant will not be reopened until it is confirmed the water is safe, it said.
CSX said it was working with the American Red Cross and other organizations to address the needs of evacuees.
Some of the tanker cars exploded, and oil on a portion of the river caught fire after the derailment, according to the office of Kanawha County Emergency Management & Floodplain Management, which was assisting in the response.
Kanawha County is downriver from Fayette County, which is about 60 miles southeast of Charleston.
Heavy snow was falling in the area, but Messina said it was unclear if that would help extinguish the fire.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation, according to CSX.
February 16th, 2015
A UT-Arlington Muslim student who claimed she was threatened at gunpoint on campus this week admitted Friday that she’d lied, a university spokeswoman said.
The student told police she hadn’t even been at the school the day she said the incident occurred.
UT-Arlington had been investigating the complaint with Arlington, Denton and University of North Texas police, school spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said.
Officials have not released the student’s name, and it was unclear Friday night whether she would be charged with filing a false police report.
The student could not be reached for comment.
University President Vistasp M. Karbhari said in a written statement that he appreciated the police efforts in the case.
“We take these issues very seriously,” he said. “The safety and security of all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern.”
The university had issued an alert Friday that the student told police she had been followed six miles by a man in a pickup before she reached the campus. She had reported that when she parked at the university, the man threatened her and pointed a gun at her before he left.
The student also posted on social media that the man might have targeted her because she is Muslim. In a Facebook post, she referred to the killings of three Muslim students this week in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Chapel Hill police say a long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks to kill Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus.
A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has asked authorities to address speculation about possible religious bias in the Chapel Hill slayings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Update at 4:23 p.m. by Julie Fancher: The student who reported being threatened at gunpoint by an unknown suspect on campus earlier this week admitted to police Friday that the incident did not happen, a UT Arlington spokesperson said.
University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said in a follow up interview with police, the student told police she had not been on campus that day and the confrontation did not happen.
UT Arlington police had been investigating the complaint along with the Arlington, Denton and University of North Texas police departments.
Original post by Mallory McDonald: A UT Arlington student reported being threatened at gunpoint by an unknown suspect on campus Wednesday morning.
The Muslim student told police she was followed by the man for six miles before reaching campus. The man who followed her was driving a white Ford pickup with a Texas flag on the antenna.
When the student parked her car about 9:15 a.m. in Lot 49 at South Cooper and West Mitchell streets, she said, the suspect got out of his truck, yelled a threat and pointed a gun at her. Afterward, the man left the scene.
The suspect was described as a white man in his mid-30s wearing a camouflage baseball cap, a short-sleeve blue shirt and bluejeans. He also wore a black bracelet and a wooden bead bracelet on one wrist.
The investigation is ongoing, and police are increasing patrols on campus.
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February 16th, 2015
Whenever the subject of presidential monuments comes up in the modern day, we know already where it's leading, and most other people tend to as well.
Obama, as the most socially & racially divisive, anti-constitutionalist President in modern history, should in no way be added to Rushmore.
...But, they will try
~ Refocus Notes
Mount Rushmore, the mountain in South Dakota chiseled with the giant likenesses of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, is perhaps America's most iconic symbol of the presidency.
But the thought of adding any of the more recent presidents to the sculpture leaves most Americans cold.
The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on February 13-14, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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