Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trump & Bannon Fail in Alabama: Democrat Jones Wins

Republican Roy Moore is defeated in a huge blow for President Donald Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon.
RadioOnFire.com - Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in a special election earthquake Tuesday, flipping an Alabama Senate seat to Democrats for the first time in a quarter-century and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump.

The Associated Press called the race for Jones, a former U.S. attorney, who had 49.5 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48.9 percent with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

Jones’ win — after Moore was accused of sexual assault and other misconduct by multiple women in November — will shrink Republicans’ already tenuous Senate majority to 51-49, just as the party approaches final consideration of its sweeping tax bill and prepares for the 2018 midterm elections in a difficult political environment.

Moore’s loss relieves Senate Republicans from one burden: Considering whether they would expel him from the chamber if he won. But the Republican defeat was a major setback for Trump, who gave Moore a full-throated endorsement in the final days of the race, in a state he won with over 60 percent of the vote in 2016.

Moore & Jones neck-and-neck with Most of the Vote Counted

RadioOnFire.com - Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are locked in a neck-and-neck race in Alabama's special Senate election, with both campaigns bracing for a long night.

Moore and Jones each had 49.2 percent of the vote with more than four-fifths of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. The candidates were separated by fewer than 500 votes out of more than 1.1 million votes. Both candidates are running strong in areas that form their base of support around the state.

The close returns provided no definitive sign whether Democrats would stage their first statewide win in a Senate race in decades, or whether Republicans would retain Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat despite a raft of sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.

The outcome will have outsized consequences for President Donald Trump and the Republican agenda on Capitol Hill, given the party's already tenuous 52-48 majority. Politically, it will either be a boon or embarrassment for Trump, who advocated strongly for Moore in the campaign's final days.

And the outcome could provide tea leaves for the 2018 midterms, setting the stage for a potential wave election if Jones wins — or tempering Democratic enthusiasm after the party's strong performance in last month's off-year elections if Moore prevails.

Moore’s campaign was rocked in November by accusations of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, which gave Jones a rare opening in a state President Donald Trump won by nearly 30 points in 2016. Public polls of the race have shown both Moore and Jones with leads, and Democrats have flooded Jones’ campaign with online donations to try and push him to a historic victory.

Moore, meanwhile, lost support from Senate Republicans, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee, after a number of women accused him of pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Moore should expect to face an immediate ethics investigation if he wins, while other senators — including NRSC chairman Cory Gardner — have said that the Senate should vote to expel Moore if he is elected. But President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee rejoined the race on Moore’s behalf in the final weeks, with the president saying repeatedly that he would not stand for Alabama electing a Democrat.

Source: Politico

Mayor Pugh to replace MLK Jr. Parade with day of service

BALTIMORE — A big change is coming to Baltimore in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mayor Catherine Pugh says instead of a parade, there should be a focus on a day of service.

"The mayor wants to take away a staple of this city. This administration is taking away everything but crime," said local Hassan Giordano.

Giordano said the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is something he's enjoyed year after year with his sons. Regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads and floats have made their way down Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in years past to honor the civil rights leader. Giordano said it's become a city tradition and he doesn't want to see it go.

"We already have a day of service. It was already there. It's not new (and) at the end of the day, we have 300-plus homicides in this city. We need something like this (the parade) to bring pride back into the City of Baltimore.

Pugh said she's replacing the parade with a day of service and a battle of the bands at Morgan State University. The bands that would usually participate in the parade would be a part of the battle of the bands where a drummer for justice would be chosen.

Pugh said she is asking people to sign up for community projects around the city. Those projects would be followed by the battle of bands and other entertainment.

A Facebook event has been created to hold a rally to save the parade.

Polls Close in the Alabama Senate Race at 8 pm EST

• Alabama voters are going to the polls right now to decide between Roy S. Moore, a Republican, and Doug Jones, a Democrat, in a special Senate election destined to be remembered as a strange and ugly campaign carrying immense political implications.

• Mr. Moore’s path to victory in a deeply conservative state has been thrown into doubt over claims of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. If Mr. Jones wins, filling the seat left vacant when President Trump appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Republicans would see their Senate advantage dwindle to a single seat, putting their majority in play next year.

• But should Mr. Moore survive, it would illustrate the enduring limitations of Democrats in the South and suggest that the tug of partisanship is a forbiddingly powerful force.

• President Trump, who after initial reluctance following the allegations against Mr. Moore offered a full-throated endorsement, tweeted his support: “Roy Moore will always vote with us.”

• Mr. Jones cast his ballot early. He will need strong turnout from black voters, urban voters and suburban white voters who might normally vote Republican. 

• Mr. Moore rode his horse to the polls. He will need support from rural white voters. Read how his sexual misconduct scandal unfolded.

• Polls fully close in the state at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

How did the G.O.P. end up with Moore? We take a look.

“For Republicans, it did not have to come to this,” writes Alexander Burns, one of our political reporters. Mr. Moore was never inevitable — read more in our outline of the decisions that Republican leaders made to bring things to this point.

Moore rides Sassy to the polls, cameras in tow.

Mr. Moore emerged from a stand of woods Tuesday astride Sassy, his Tennessee walking horse, about 40 minutes behind schedule. He was wearing a black hat and a grin, and keen to vote.

Gathered for the event at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department headquarters, journalists and camera operators had expected Mr. Moore to come riding along the road in Gallant, Ala., but when he and his wife, Kayla, instead trotted out of a stand of trees, there was an inelegant scramble for the better angle.

Mr. Moore tied Sassy to a fence and made his way up to the polling place.

He was asked what he would say to his accusers. “I’d say, tell the truth,” he replied.

Eventually Mr. Moore disappeared into the little building, then emerged with an “I Voted” sticker. Reporters asked what his message would be for Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, if he were to win.

“Well, I’m coming to the Senate, and we’ll work out our problems there,” he said.

Source NY Times

Sessions: FBI Will 'Probably' Agree To Take Over Suiter Case

RadioOnFire.com - Speaking in Baltimore on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the FBI will "probably" agree to Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis' request that they take over the investigation into the killing of Detective Sean Suiter.
"We are always willing to cooperate as well as we can and I'm sure that the FBI will be considering that request and will probably be able to act on it," Sessions said.

Davis made the request on Dec. 1. It's been nearly four weeks since Suiter was gunned down, and no arrest has yet been made.
Speaking more broadly on the violence in Baltimore, he made reference to the consent decree agreed to in the waning days of the Obama administration, a decree Sessions' attorneys attempted to delay shortly after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Sessions said "the morale and the quality and the integrity of the entire department" have been unfairly assaulted.
He also said that an attack on the New York City subway system showed in the “starkest terms” that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue.
Speaking at a news conference with the new chief of Homeland Security, Sessions said two terrorist attacks in New York in recent months were each carried out by men who were in the U.S. “as a result of failed immigration policies.”
Authorities said a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant is in custody after Monday’s rush hour attack in New York, described as a botched suicide bombing mission.
Sessions called anew Tuesday on Congress to strengthen immigration laws and said Trump’s administration was taking steps to more strictly enforce immigration law. Among those steps, he said, the administration has hired 50 immigration judges since January and plans to hire another 60 over the next six months to manage a backlog of cases that have “overwhelmed” the U.S. immigration system.
Sessions also said the immigration caseload has tripled since fiscal 2009, but that “under President Trump, we have already taken steps to bring down the backlog in cases.” He also said border crossings by undocumented immigrants are now at their lowest level in 45 years, but vowed “that number can be zero.”
Sessions spoke at the news conference with the new secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. She said U.S. law enforcement is redoubling efforts to sweep up members of MS-13 and other violent gangs that have spread from Latin America, adding their violence will not be tolerated within American communities.
She noted that MS-13 members are suspected of committing high-profile slayings in Maryland, Virginia and New York — at least one of those attacks just miles from the nation’s capital. A hallmark of the gang, which has ties to Central America, is repeated slashes to a victim’s body.
The MS-13 gang has become a prime target of the Trump administration amid its broader crackdown on immigration. Authorities said a national sweep in October netted more than 200 members.
Sessions afterward told reporters he had cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama but declined to specify who he voted for, saying he “valued the sanctity of the ballot.” The winner takes the seat Sessions held before he was tapped by Trump to become attorney general.
“The people of Alabama are good and decent and wonderful people I’ve been proud to serve for 20 years in the Senate, and they’ll make the right decision, I’m sure,” Sessions said after the news conference.

Republican Roy Moore, 70 — who was twice ousted as Alabama Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law — is seeking a political resurrection amid accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. He is facing Democrat Doug Jones, 63, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen who killed four black girls in a 1963 church bombing.
When asked if he stood by comments made last month to the House Judiciary Committee that he had “no reason to doubt” the women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, Sessions said: “I answered the question as I knew it at the time.” He did not make any further comment Tuesday.
Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 Senate majority. A routine election in Republican-dominated Alabama wouldn’t be expected to alter that balance because Alabamians haven’t sent a Democrat to the upper chamber of Congress since 1992. Trump notched a 28-point win in Alabama in 2016 and remains popular in the Deep South state.

Source WBAL

3 Current, 1 Former Fallston Volunteer Firefighter Charged In Harassment Incidents, Attempted Rape

RadioOnFire.com - Three current members and one former member of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company face charges in an alleged pattern of harassment and a possible sexual assault among members, officials at the fire company said Monday.

Chief Will Rosenberg was made aware of the allegations less than two weeks ago and referred the allegations to the Harford County Sheriff's Office, who charged the four Friday. Fire officials say the charges ranged from attempted first-degree rape to harassment. More information wasn't immediately available.

"Our very assertive posture will continue, as we remain focused and vigilant in rooting out and removing anyone from our ranks who engages in illegal, immoral or unethical behavior," Rosenberg said in a statement. "It simply won't be tolerated, everyone is accountable. Personally, I am both angry and disgusted by the assertions as the alleged behavior is not acceptable by any standard, particularly the highly principled threshold we demand among our members."

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cristie Kahler says the ensuing investigation brought charges based on two specific incidents: an attempted sexual assault of a 17-year-old male member during summer on company property, and a harassment incident on Nov. 22.

The four suspects are men whose names will be released once the three warrants and one criminal summons are served.

Rosenberg didn't elaborate on the nature of the allegations.

The active members allegedly involved were immediately suspended when the accusations were made known to Rosenberg. Their final status will be determined when the criminal proceedings are resolved and an internal administrative process is complete.

Alabama Voters To Decide Whether Accused Child Molester Becomes Their Senator

RadioOnFire.com - It is special election day in Alabama. Voters will decide whether they’re ready to send a Democrat to the Senate for the first time in decades ― or whether they’ll stick with the GOP, even though the party’s nominee has been accused of child molestation.

For many in the state, the special election has become a way to project a message to the rest of the nation on what Alabama is. And Democrats are hoping an unexpected win will reinvigorate their base and set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections.

Supporters of Democrat Doug Jones want to shed the stereotype of Alabama as a stagnant backwater. Jones is best known for his work as a U.S. attorney in the 1990s, prosecuting Ku Klux Klan members for blowing up a black church in 1963. Sending him to the Senate, they say, would be a positive step forward.

“We just don’t look good in the news. You know what I’m saying? It looks like Hicksville,” Sy Belyeu, 48, told HuffPost. She’s an African-American Birmingham voter who is backing Jones. “There’s a lot of racism, a lot of homophobia. We don’t want to be characterized like that any longer.”

On the other side are the backers of Republican Roy Moore, who has long been known nationally for his conservative religious beliefs. As chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he tried to stop the state from following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality.

But during this race, Moore’s past interactions with teenage girls dominated the news. In November, The Washington Post published an article about four women who accused Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One of them said she was 14 when he sexually assaulted her.

While many in Alabama ― including plenty of Republicans ― have been disgusted by the allegations, plenty of his supporters have stood by him. Some suspect the accusations are part of a plot by the liberal establishment to take down their man.

“I do not believe the allegations. It’s George Soros,” said Edna Bogue, 72, of Henagar, Alabama, referring to the billionaire Democratic donor.

“Haven’t we always been bad, like cousins marrying cousins? That’s not true, but people say what they want to say. Always have judged us,” Moore voter Ava Lyles, 71, told The Washington Post.

Moore backers have played up this us vs. them battle as much as possible. In one recent ad for Moore, the narrator says:

The same Washington insiders who don’t like President Trump are trying to stop our campaign. They just don’t like conservatives like us. They call us warmongers for wanting to rebuild the military. Racists for securing our borders. Bigots for recognizing the sanctity of marriage. And they call us foolish for believing in God. They’re afraid I’m going to take our Alabama values to Washington.

Source HuffPost

Gucci Mane Reveals Release Date for "El Gato the Human Glacier"

RadioOnFire.com - Like the trapstar he is, Gucci Mane refuses to leave the streets in a drought when it comes to new music. He announced on social media this week the official release date of his forthcoming album, El Gato the Human Glacier.

Big Guwop took to Twitter to formally announce to the world that he will be releasing his new album, entirely produced by Sizzle of 808 Mafia, dropping on Dec. 22. He simultaneously stated that him and Sizzle created the ten track project in the short span of two days.“#ElGatoTheHumanGlacier drops Dec. 22 produced entirely by @sizzle808MAFIA 10 songs in 2 days” he wrote on Twitter.

The newly married Gucci Mane has given some bold expectations on the project. Prior to the announcement, he declared on Twitter that El Gato would be by far his best album he has made this far. “#ElGato is going to be my best album,” he wrote on Twitter.

As expected, many of his fans are more than ready to hear the album. “Fasho i know you and @sizzle808MAFIA went tf in on that tape #ElGatoTheHumanGlacier”, wrote one commentor. Many others however are hoping that the quality makes up for his recent collaboration with infamous YouTube star, Jake Paul.

“This tape better make up for that Jake Paul collaboration Guwop,” a commentor wrote. El Gato the Human Glacier will be Gucci Mane’s third full length project in 2017.

Police: Man, 18, Faces Drug Charges In Laurel Day Care Bus

RadioOnFire.com - An 18-year-old faces charges in Anne Arundel County after a drug bust inside a day care center in Laurel, police said.
Police executed a search warrant Sunday at Sultana Saba Daycare. The day care has been operating in the basement of a townhome in the 8600 block of Accokeek Street in Laurel for at least the past two years.
In a room in the basement near where children would be, officers found almost 600 grams of marijuana at a value of almost $12,000, nearly $10,000 in cash and a small amount of cocaine.
"So this was very concerning to us, certainly. We notified the State Department of Education Licensing Bureau so they can investigate as well and take whatever action is appropriate in this case," Anne Arundel County police spokesman Marc Limansky said.
Kamran Awan, who lived in the home where the day care was run, faces several charges, police said.
Police said it's unclear whether Awan helped operate the day care. According to the Department of Education, the day care can handle up to eight children, ages infant to 12 years old.

WBAL-TV 11 News spoke to a woman at the home who would not identify herself.
"We actually don't have any comment right now. Our lawyer will be in contact with you if you have any questions. We don't have any comments for you right now," the woman said.
In the meantime, police are still investigating to see if any children came in contact with the drugs.
"Initial indications are that these children do not have access to the room where these items were found. However, there's still certainly a concern there may have been some contact along the way," Limansky said.
According to the Department of Education's website, the license is still active for the day care. WBAL-TV 11 News called for further explanation, but no one called back.
Awan is charged with possession of and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He is in jail.
The day care is closed down temporarily.

Source WBAL

Cincinnati Cops Under Fire for Violating Tasering Policy Caught on Body Cam

RadioOnFire.com - A video of cops violating tasering policy continues to spark controversy. The incident was recorded about four months ago (on August 8). The Cincinnati Police Department received a call from a woman (Angela Brown) requesting assistance in evicting her sons from her apartment. When officers arrived at the Clifton Heights home at around 3:30 p.m., the brothers (Richard Coleman, 24, and James Crawley, 25) were reportedly sitting across from one another and playing it cool, until they were asked to inform the officers on what was going on.

Tensions quickly rose as one of the young men sprung to his feet and got a bit hyper as he claimed that he actually lived in the residence and attempted to explain the matter from his point of view. When the officer told him to sit back down, though, he refused and began to argue with the officer about his rights.

The second brother would eventually come to his feet as well, and before long, chaos began to ensue as Brown continuously shouted for Coleman and Crawley to be removed. “Arrest these motherf**kers, they are no good – get them out of my house!” she could be heard saying, before Crawley begins to openly express dismay over Brown calling the cops on them.

Matters then escalated when officer Richard Sullivan pulled out a taser and began threatening to use it. Coleman stood before Sullivan and his brother, but eventually moves, at which point Crawley complies with the order to put his hands behind his back.

Coleman then goes for his phone and seemingly lifts it up to film the altercation, as Crawley is sent to the ground with a shock from the taser. As he cries out in anguish the officers begin to argue with Coleman, who remains reluctant to comply with their orders for him to get on the ground. Seeing him withstand several shocks from the taser, the officers finally resort to tackling Coleman, and skirmish ensues.

Officer Sullivan and his partner Lawrence Johnson have been under investigation for failure to incorporate de-escalation tactics from their training and for potentially violating the CPD's official use of force policy by failing to state that the brothers were under arrest before drawing the taser.

Coleman and Crawley would file a grievance with the Citizen Complaint Authority, but the Fraternal Order of Police motioned to block any interviewing of the officers until the two men were prosecuted. The move has reportedly set off a feud between the union's president, Dan Hils, and City Manager Harry Black, with Black and the city of Cincinnati losing the dispute when Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters sided with the union and imposed a restraining order against the city to prevent the questioning of Sullivan and Johnson until Coleman and Crawley have been put through the full legal process for trespassing, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer.

Trump Says Democrats Pursuing "False Accusations" of Sexual Misconduct

RadioOnFire.com - President Donald Trump says the Democrats are pursuing "false accusations" of sexual misconduct. Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, and Samantha Holvey appeared on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" on Monday (Dec. 11) to share their stories of sexual harassment committed by Trump.

The allegations surfaced last year during the presidential campaign, but the women brought the issue back to the forefront on the Kelly show and at a news conference. Later on Monday, more than 50 female Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives submitted a letter to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations made by 17 women against Trump.

On Tuesday (Dec. 12), Trump fired back, tweeting that the Democrats were just looking for another way to bring him down. Trump says Democrats "have been unable to show any collusion with Russia" and now "are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met," he tweeted.

The Russia probe is still an active investigation and Democrats are looking to add the sexual misconduct inquiry into Trump's legal woes.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders pledged to provide a list of eyewitnesses whose accounts will exonerate the president, but the list is highly questionable. During a press briefing Tuesday morning while addressing the allegations of sexual misconduct Huckabee said: "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready to move forward."

Faulk and McNabb Named in Sexual Misconduct Suit Against NFL Network

RadioOnFire.com - Amid an intense climate around sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, the NFL Network has suspended football analysists Heath Evans, Marshall Faulk, and Ike Taylor for alleged sexual harassment. The network announced this past Monday the three will be suspended from the network pending an investigation.

Former NFL Network wardrobe stylist, Jami Cantor had made the damning allegations against the men along with former analysts Donavan McNabb and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp in a lawsuit involving NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court this past October. She accuses them and the NFL of, according to The New York Times, “age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and wrongful termination, among other complaints.”

In a report from the Times, Cantor stated in the lawsuit that each of the men made blatant sexual advances towards her. By her account, Faulk allegedly “asked personal questions about her sex life, fondled her and pulled out his genitals while demanding oral sex”, Taylor allegedly sent her a graphic video of him masturbating, and Evans allegedly sent her nude pictures.

Eric Weinberger, president of the Bill Simmons Media Group and former NFL Network executive was suspended from the company because he was also mentioned in the lawsuit. He is accused of allegedly groping her and putting his crotch against her during his time at the network. He left in 2015.

In a statement from a spokesperson from BSMG, the company states that he will be suspended while conducting their own investigation on the accusations. “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today,” a spokesman for the Bill Simmons Media Group said in a statement. “We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the N.F.L., and we will conduct our own internal investigation.”

Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton reveals in a recent interview that the supervisors were all aware of the sexual advances at the company. “The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors observed it,” Horton stated. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”
The NFL Network has yet to comment beyond its statement. None of the accused men have yet responded to the allegations or suspensions.
Source: nytimes.com

Monday, December 11, 2017

MTA Administrator: Police Will 'Remain Extra Vigilant' After Attempted NYC Attack

RadioOnFire.com - The top official at the Maryland Transit Administration said Monday afternoon that police are on alert after Monday's attempted suicide bombing in a New York subway passageway.

"This message is important not only for transit riders but for anyone at airports, road and highways and ports during this busy holiday season," Administrator Kevin Quinn said in a statement.

While Quinn didn't suggest there was a credible threat to Baltimore-area transit, he said MTA police will "remain extra vigilant as we are at a heightened state of awareness" and urged riders to be just as vigilant for suspicious activity.

To report suspicious activity on MTA services, call MTA police at 410-454-7720.

Police Identify Suspect In Baltimore Co. Bank Robbery

RadioOnFire.com - A suspect is in custody Sunday afternoon after a bank robbery in Towson, Baltimore County police said.
County police said officers were called just after 1 p.m. to the PNC Bank in the 6300 block of York Road, inside the Giant Food there.
An officer canvassing the area tried to stop a possible suspect vehicle, which then fled from police.
Police then pursued the vehicle through Baltimore County and into Carroll County, then back into Baltimore County. The front right tire of his black GMC Yukon then became disabled, leading the pursuit to an end at Reisterstown and McDonogh roads in Owings Mills.

Police identified the suspect as Melvin McDougald, 54, of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive in the New Northwood neighborhood of Baltimore. He's been charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, theft and use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery. He's being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing set for Tuesday.
Police said officers recovered a gun and money.
There were no injuries reported.

Source WBAL

K. Michelle Keeps It REAL On Uncle Murda, Plastic Surgery & Insecurities

RadioOnFire.com - K. Michelle  stopped by Hot 97 for an exclusive interview 'Keeps It REAL On Uncle Murda, Plastic Surgery & Insecurities' Watch the interview below.

K. Michelle's new project Stream + download "KIMBERLY: The People I Used To Know” out now! HERE

Confirmed! Apple Is Buying Shazam

RadioOnFire.com - It’s official: Apple is buying the music recognition service Shazam. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” the company said in a statement sent to Variety.

“Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS,” the statement continued. “Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.”

Additionally, Shazam released the following statement: “We are excited to announce that Shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of Apple. Shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users. ”

Financial details of the acquisition weren’t disclosed by Apple, but the purchase price is reportedly around $400 million. Techcrunch was first to report about the acquisition Friday. Shazam was at one point valued $1 billion, and has raised more than $143 million from investors.

Pipe Bomb Strapped To Man Explodes In NYC Subway, Injuring 4

NEW YORK (AP) — A man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro and zip ties set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring him and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.
All four were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what the mayor and police labeled an attempted terror attack.

The explosion happened in a long underground passageway that runs a full city block under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The 7:20 a.m. blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with Monday morning commuters.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill labeled it an attempted terror attack.
“Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals,” de Blasio said.
The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.
Law enforcement officials said he was inspired by the Islamic State group but had apparently not had any direct contact with the group. The officials said he lives in Brooklyn and may be of Bangladeshi descent. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the blast.

Source WBAL

Ravens Nearly Overcome Slow Start, Fall Short To Steelers

RadioOnFire.com - Last season the Baltimore Ravens' playoff hopes ended in Pittsburgh in the final minutes of the game.

With a chance at redemption, Baltimore couldn't hold off the Steelers in the end, as Antonio Brown nearly had a career day in a 39-38 Pittsburgh win. 

The Ravens fell to 7-6 with the loss, but Baltimore still holds the second Wild Card spot in the AFC over the 7-6 Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

The barnburner was the highest scoring game in the storied Ravens-Steelers rivalry

Dems Call For Resignation Of Council Chair Over Moore Ties

RadioOnFire.com - Democrats in Maryland say a newly elected county council chairman should resign over his close ties to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The Anne Arundel County Council elected Michael Peroutka as its chairman last week. Peroutka, a Republican, has been a longtime supporter of Moore, donating to his campaigns and campaigning on Moore's behalf.

The Capital reports that the county's Democratic Central Committee wrote an open letter demanding Peroutka's resignation as chairman and as councilman. The letter calls Peroutka's election a "slap in the face of every citizen of Anne Arundel County."
Moore is up for election Tuesday in Alabama and is facing allegations he dated and molested underage girls.
Peroutka has defended Moore but declined comment to The Capital.

Source WBAL

FBI Agent, State Fire Official Killed In Crash On I-270

RadioOnFire.com - An FBI agent and a state fire marshal's office official died Friday night after they were struck by a car at the scene of a crash on Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, Maryland State Police said.
State police said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, 33, called the Rockville barrack around 10 p.m. to report a single-vehicle crash in the fast lane of southbound I-270 near Gude Drive. Cohen blocked the crash scene with his personal vehicle and activated his emergency flashers.
The driver of the damaged car was FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36. Both men moved to stand in the shoulder while waiting for assistance to arrive, state police said.
State police said an oncoming car swerved to the left, apparently to avoid the stopped vehicles, and struck both men on the shoulder of the highway. Both men were thrown over the jersey wall onto the northbound side of I-270, where Cohen was struck by another car.
"They were standing there when a southbound vehicle swerved onto the shoulder and struck both of them and propelled both of their bodies over the jersey wall into the northbound lanes of I-270," Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. William Pallozzi said.
The driver and a passenger inside the vehicle that first struck the men were taken to Suburban Hospital. Another passenger was taken to Shady Grove Hospital.
The driver of the car traveling northbound was not injured.

State police said there is no preliminary indication of alcohol involved in the crashes.
No charges have been filed, and an investigation continues. All drivers, who have been identified, remained at the scene.
Cohen was a decorated fire marshal who had been repeatedly acknowledged for outstanding service, state police said. He also served with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.
"Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen was an exemplary investigator and leader who took great pride in his law enforcement career and who devoted himself to protecting and serving the citizens of Maryland," Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci said. "Sander will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. We will forever keep the Cohen family in our thoughts and prayers."
"Deputy Chief Cohen had no idea that inside the vehicle that he stopped to help was another law enforcement officer. Deputy Chief Cohen never hesitated to provide that help," Pallozzi said.
Wolff worked in the Baltimore Division of the FBI.

Source WBAL

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Remy Ma Shows the Text Receipts from Azealia Banks

RadioOnFire.com - Remy Ma followed up her Instagram Live video directed at Azealia Banks with quite a bit of text message receipts. Remy shared two separate IG posts that included text messages from Banks where she discusses a number of intimate, highly personal subjects as well as shades Nicki Minaj who Azealia Banks is seemingly in awe of now.

Remy captioned her first post:
@azealiabanks Ayo, I know you ain’t talkin about me, dog. You? What?! You been on my d*ck; you love my style #RemyMa #RemyMafia #ShesBack #Part1
Ps: I know you don’t want no smoke so I’ll play ya lil social media games until I allow my team to convince me to stop... Remy’s Team: she’s not worth it
Remy: I know😜
Remy’s Team: but what about your “female unity” campaign
Remy: 🤔🤔🤔Good question😏
Remy then followed with her second post where she stated:
@azealiabanks DONT F*CKIN CHANGE YA CAPTION NOW! I got a year and a half more of u stalking me, hating on ya new fave, & getting ignored... I’m officially airing out ALL y’all chicks that was on MY line heavy when I touched down & now all of a sudden got amnesia🤪Operation NEVER taking my foot off they neck has commenced...(& normally I’m against exposing private sh*t when things go left but y’all broads crazyyy)
Remy’s Team: Ok Rem, that’s enough
Remy: Nahhh, f*ck that😈
Remy’s Team: lets just focus on your record #WakeMeUp, it’s doing great!
Remy: okay y’all right, “Go download, stream, and watch my new video...then come back here so y’all can hear shorty voice notes🤑 #7w6s #RemyMa#RemyMafia ps: why was u texting me about what surgery I wanna get on ya 🙀

Check out the receipts above.

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