President Obama Calls Facebook Live Beating of Disabled Teen ‘Despicable’

President Barack Obama makes a statement on Ukraine from the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 18, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the hate crime beating of a mentally disabled white teenager in Chicago “despicable” while discussing his hopes for a future with fewer racial tensions. In a new interview with CBS 2, Obama said violence stemming from racial tensions has always been a problem but it only now are getting the spotlight because technology allows people to capture incidents on their phones and post videos on social media. “What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time,” he said. “Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, whether it’s…

Bama to Boca: Lane Kiffin takes over as FAU's football coach BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Lane Kiffin was only 31 when the Oakland Raiders provided his first opportunity to become a head coach, and he insisted that he was ready.He was wrong.And he probably wasn't ready to coach Tennessee at 32 or USC at 34, either.Now 41, and freely acknowledging that he's made more than a few mistakes along the way, Kiffin thinks he's truly ready this time to lead a program - and Florida Atlantic is betting he's right. Kiffin signed his five-year contract to become the Owls' new coach on Tuesday, a deal paying him $950,000 annually and coming with a stiff buyout if he wants to leave anytime soon."The things you go through, if you look at them the right way and you learn from ...

‘Brady Bunch’ star fired after interview with gay actor LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles radio station says former "Brady Bunch" star Susan Olsen has been fired after she got into an online confrontation with openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting. LA Talk Radio announced on Friday that it will not tolerate hateful speech and that it has severed ties with the host. Us Weekly reports Acord-Whiting criticized the co-host of "Two Chicks Talkin' Politics" after he was a guest on the show. Olsen posted on her Facebook page that Acord-Whiting blocked her "before I could even get one hit in." Acord-Whiting later posted a screenshot of a Facebook message he says Olsen sent to him. In the screenshot, Olsen appears to call the actor an offensive term for gay men.

This Week In History: 1947 Lumbermen's Arch is demolished Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park, 1930. Stuart Thomson / PNG Sixty-nine years ago, somebody ripped down Lumbermen’s Arch. Then they torched it. But it wasn’t vandals that destroyed the Stanley Park landmark, it was rot. “Like an old sick horse that had to be put out of its misery, Vancouver’s famed Lumbermen’s Arch was torn down Wednesday,” wrote Clyde Gilmour in the Dec. 4, 1947, edition of the Vancouver Province. “Part of the rotting structure collapsed Tuesday night. (The) next day, bulldozers ripped the rest of it apart.” The current arch is a replacement, and is smaller than the original, which dated to 1912. The first Lumbermen’s Arch was erected to mark a west coast visit by Canada’s Governor-General, the Duke of Connaught, on Sept. 18-20, 1912. “Whenever there was ...

Pressure mounts on Myanmar as state crimes against Muslims documented An international rights group has warned Myanmar that its widespread military crackdown on the Rohingya community may amount to crimes against humanity, as a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers convenes in the country to discuss means of ending the plight of the ethnic Muslims. In a report released on Monday, Amnesty International documented a campaign of violence by Myanmar’s security forces against Rohingya since October 9, 2016, when a siege was imposed on the northern Rakhine State, where the Muslims are concentrated. The 59-page report, named “Myanmar: ‘We are at breaking point’-Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, Neglected in Bangladesh,” has collected numerous accounts of violence against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority. ‘Callous and systematic’ Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, ...

Mr. Peanut dabs at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Social media is going absolutely nuts over Mr. Peanut's moves at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.The costumed character established himself as the holiday's big winner so far when he dabbed from atop his float during his ride through New York City. Mr. Peanut busted out the campy dance — which involves a person dropping his head while stretching out one arm and raising his other elbow — as he sat on a giant peanut. The goofy gesture immediately captivated audiences, with many viewers flocking to social media to praise the famed legume's efforts at the parade. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade begins with ribbon cutting, balloons "It's good to see Mr. Peanut, at age 100, keeping up with the times and "dabbing" on his Peanutmobile," wrote one adoring ...

One year after refuge takeover, a quieter land battle unfolds JOHN DAY, Ore. — On a recent wintry evening, members of the Grant County Public Forest Commission walked into the warmth of a rustic diner and took seats at their customary table for their bimonthly meeting. They voiced anger and frustration. At this meeting, they were officially a nonentity. A judge this fall dissolved the commission at the behest of a former county supervisor who worried it was becoming a risk, citing the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in a neighboring county. While the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge grabbed the world’s attention, a quieter struggle over federal lands is being waged by those trying to use elections and the levers of government. Their grandparents and great-grandparents wrested a living from the...

Brock Osweiler returns to Houston Texans' playoff picture NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter of the Houston Texans' 21-20 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 18 in favor of backup Tom Savage, it appeared the quarterback's first season in Houston was over. If coach Bill O'Brien's words after Sunday's 24-17 loss to Tennessee in the Texans' regular season finale carry any weight, Osweiler might start the team's wild-card round playoff game next weekend. Savage went into concussion protocol after the first play of the second quarter Sunday, when he snuck two yards for a first down. Osweiler played the rest of that period, except for one play at the end of the half when Savage took a knee after clearing protocol, and then returned for the second half when Houston decided...