The Daily Populous

Tuesday December 4th, 2018 day edition

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Ukraine has begun calling up reservists and deploying troops to the border to counter what it says is the growing threat of a Russian invasion.

President Petro Poroshenko, who last week declared martial law in 10 regions, announced the military moves on Monday in response to a “sharp increase in Russian forces along our borders” and in the Crimean peninsula.

The day before, Mr Poroshenko claimed that Russia was trying to capture the major port of Mariupol to create a land corridor to Crimea.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman called this statement “absolutely absurd” on Monday and accused Ukraine's leader of “provoking tensions” before the presidential election there in March.

The escalation stems from when Russian forces fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval ships attempting to pass the Kerch Strait on November 25.

The vessels were heading for Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov, where Kiev has announced plans for a naval base.

The speaker of the Russian parliament said on Monday it would give awards to the border guards who rammed a Ukrainian naval tugboat south of Kerch before capturing it along with two artillery boats. »

Tim Cook to white supremacists: ‘You have no place on our platforms’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed white supremacists and “dangerous conspiracy theorists” today, reiterating that hateful content will not have a home on Apple platforms.

We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, or violence: You have no place on our platforms.

From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today we have always prohibited music with a history of white supremacy. »

Why Nobody Could Get Sober Sue To Laugh

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Basically that was the premise of a stunt at the Hammerstein Victorian Theatre in New York in 1907.

The theatre offered $1,000.00 to anyone who could get Sober Sue to crack a smile.

Later it was revealed why nobody was able to get Sober Sue to even smile. »

Alabama mall-shooting victim killed by police was struck from behind, independent autopsy shows

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The man killed by police responding to a shooting at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night was shot three times from behind, an attorney for his family said Monday.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump released the findings of an independent autopsy at a news conference in Birmingham, Alabama, that indicate Emantic “E.J.” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot in the head, neck and back.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., in his father's home near Birmingham, Alabama, in his senior year of high school. »

Woman says she was paid to collect absentee ballots in North Carolina House race

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An absentee ballot witness said Monday that a Bladen County, N.C., electioneer paid her to collect absentee ballots from last month's midterm elections.

Eason added that she didn't see who people were voting for, but that she never mailed the ballots.

Officials have also been probing uncommonly high numbers of absentee ballots submitted in Bladen County. »