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*Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, was arrested on Saturday at a demonstration protesting a Vermont Air National Guard proposal to base F-35 fighter planes at Burlington International Airport.

Police say Cohen was one of three activists arrested for disorderly conduct after they violated noise ordinances. They set up a tower of speakers and played loud jet noises to demonstrate what it will sound like to live under the flight path of the F-35 jets. Cohen was issued a citation and released.

It's not the first time Cohen has been arrested. He and his ice cream partner, Jerry Greenfield, were collared at a demonstration in Washington, DC in 2016. 

Burlington Free Press


*Weeks after 17 people were killed in a shooting spree at a Florida high school, the state's Senate voted down a plan to ban assault weapons, and voted for a proposal to arm teachers.

The assault weapons ban, which was part of a larger bill, was rejected in a 20-17 vote, mostly along party-lines, with only two Republicans joining the 15 Democrats in support of the measure. It was drawn up in wake of the February 14th massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Jacklyn Corin, one of the student activists at Stoneman Douglas who has been calling for change in wake of the tragedy, tweeted, "This breaks my heart, but we will NOT let this ruin our movement. This is for the kids."

The full bill, known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, is expected to pass the Senate on Monday. It raises the minimum age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21. It also bans the use, sale or possession of bump stocks. Included in the bill is $400 million in funding to address mental health in schools. 

Reuters


White House Slams Russia Over Killing Of Innocent Syrians: 

The White House had some strong words for Russia over the killing of innocent civilians in Syria. In a statement, they accuse Kremlin-led forces of backing Bashar al-Assad’s ongoing civil war.

“After repeatedly delaying the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401, which demanded a 30-day cessation of hostilities across Syria, Russia has gone on to ignore its terms and to kill innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations,” the statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read. “This is the same combination of lies and indiscriminate force that Russia and the Syrian regime used to isolate and destroy Aleppo in 2016, where thousands of civilians were killed.”

The White House urged Assad and his backers to stop the military campaign to allow for “unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid to the nearly 400,000 innocent civilians in critical need.” 

Source: New York Post


Roy Moore Begging For Money: 

Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is appealing to the public to help him with his legal defense fund. In case you missed it, Moore, who lost the race for Senate to Democrat Doug Jones in December, took to Facebook to ask his supporters to help him raise money to fight a defamation suit brought by a woman who claims he molested her when she was 14.

Moore wrote in the post that the cost of lawyers’ fees has left his resources “depleted,” and that he’s “struggled to make ends meet.” "I have lawyers who want to help but they are not without cost and besides their fees, legal expenses could run over $100,000," he wrote. "I have had to establish a legal defense fund, anything you give will be appreciated." He is reportedly seeking to raise $250,000. 

Source: USA Today


James Comey Set To Give First Interview

James Comey is getting ready to tell his side of the story. The former FBI director will sit down with ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos for a primetime “20/20” special on April 15th. This will be the first interview he’s given since being fired by President Trump. 

Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership” is set to drop April 17th. According to Bob Miller, president of Flatiron Books, and Publisher Amy Einhorn, the publication was moved up because the FBI is “under intense scrutiny,” prompting the demand for Comey to share his thoughts on the “urgent conversation.” Source: ABC News

 


North Korea & South Korea Set to Meet:

A historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a high ranking South Korean delegation is taking place in Pyongyang today, the first time Kim has met face-to-face with officials from the south since 2011 when he took power.

Kim will meet with South Korea's National Security Chief, Chung Eui-yong, and the country's spy chief, Suh Hoon, who, on behalf of South Korean president Moon Jae-in, will attempt to come to a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s nuclear program. Chung says the delegation’s mission is to "have an in-depth discussion on measures to continue various talks between North Korea and the international community, including the United States.” 

Source: CNN

 

Millennials Lost More Money Last Year in Scams Than Their Grandparents – When you think of scam victims, the elderly are usually the first to come to mind, but according to a new report, Millennials are being duped even more.

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s databook of consumer complaints, 40% of those in their twenties lost money to a fraudulent scheme, while only 18% of those 70 and older were conned out of their dough.

But while more twentysomethings were victims, they actually lost less money than the older generation. Data shows adults in their seventies lost, on average, $621, and those over 80 lost $1,092, while those between 20 and 29 only lost about $400.

Overall, there were 2.68 million complaints from consumers about fraud last year, which is down from 2.98 million in 2016.

Source: USA Today

 

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*The Blues lost to Dallas on Saturday 3-2, they are off until Thursday

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