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Lebanon'' s prime minister states he is returning to his country, confirms he is resigning amidst political tensions

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017|5:45 a.m.

PARIS (AP)– Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri states he is going back to his nation, confirms he is resigning amid political stress.

Hariri states he will go back to Lebanon in the coming days to take part in Self-reliance Day celebrations adding that he will make his political stance clear upon his arrival.

Hariri spoke with reporters in Paris Saturday after a conference with French President Emmanuel Macron throughout which he thanked France for the “favorable political role” it is playing in the Middle East.

Hariri was joined for lunch at the Elysee Palace by his spouse and older kid along with Macron and his spouse.

Hariri made a brief statement in French and similar one in Arabic where he said: “As you know I have actually resigned and we will speak about this matter there (Lebanon).”

Hariri’s resignation initially was made in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4 and has actually thrown Lebanon into a severe political crisis. Lebanese President Michel Aoun refused to accept it, accusing the Saudis of holding him versus his will.

Las Vegas gets a marijuana drive-thru, touted as first of its kind in the country

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L.E. Baskow Sen. Tick Segerblom, joined by the Las Vegas Paiute People’s Benny Tso, makes the ritualistic first purchase at the Nuwu Cannabis Market on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The mega dispensary has included a drive-thru.

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Store representatives stated they want to serve consumers in less than a minute after the customer’s order is put. Ethan Lucas, Nuwu’s product manager, said drive-thru supervisors have actually been worked with away from fast-food chains to deal with predicted vehicle traffic and take orders while drive-thru clients are in line.

The new window is created after a comparable design utilized at the people’s popular smoke store, situated about 100 feet far from the nearly 16,000-square-foot mega dispensary, which opened last month. Tso approximated that nearly 300 lorries travel through the smoke store drive-thru on a provided day.

“We simply wanted to be able to have fun with the huge pet dogs up here,” Tso said, referring to the expanding marijuana market in Las Vegas.

Kevin Clock, president of Cascade Strategic Investments who partners with Nuwu, stated the new drive-thru is the first quick food-style drive-thru for recreational marijuana in the nation.

A car wash-style drive-thru with opening and closing garage-style doors for Tumbleweed Dispensary in Parachute, Colo., opened on April 20. All Greens Dispensary in Sun City, Ariz., opened a quick food-style drive-thru for their medical marijuana-only facility on Oct. 27.

FBI saves 3-month-old, 5-year-old sis in across the country sex trafficking crackdown

By Alaa Elassar, CNN

(CNN)– Two sisters, one 5 years of ages and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents throughout this year’s FBI-led sting operation versus sex traffickers, officials stated.

The supposed trafficker, a pal of the kids’s household, made a deal to offer them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The good friend communicated with an undercover representative, the FBI said in announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI.

While this alleged criminal offense alone is troubling, 82 other juveniles were saved during recently’s nationwide sweep. Some 120 individuals were arrested.

In spite of the arrest numbers, the work is far from over.

“Regrettably, the number of traffickers arrested– and the variety of kids recovered– strengthens why we have to continue to do this crucial work,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

For these young children, life might never return to the way it was in the past. Holly Gibbs, a child sex trafficking survivor and the patient care director of Dignity Health, stated, “Human trafficking is a worldwide public health crisis. What took place to these children is a tragedy, and they have a long journey ahead of them. But for the moment, I am glad that they are safe.”

Average age of victims is 15

On October 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was saved by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for “home entertainment,” officials said.

The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who provided an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the minor victim for $200, officials stated. Inning accordance with the FBI report, the lady along with the driver, another woman, who took the minor and 21-year-old to the undercover officer’s area, were arrested.

Among the recuperated victims across the country was one from Russia. Local and state companies were involved in the operation, as were authorities as far as the Philippines and Thailand.

The typical age of the victims recovered from this year’s operation is 15, the FBI stated. Sellers tried to pimp them to outsiders from hotels, truck stops or online.

Often, sex trafficking can involve relative or household pals.

Bradley Myles, CEO of the Polaris Task, which launched a human trafficking hotline, says traffickers typically victimize those with injury in their childhood history. And, he stated, there often are issues down the roadway.

“There are ACEs, adverse youth experiences, and the more ACEs that somebody has the greater likelihood that they’ll experience other forms of injury and abuse in life,” stated Myles, who was not associated with the operation but said he hopes the children are provided the resources they have to one day recover.

Focusing on the victims

At an interview in Denver on Thursday, District Lawyer George Brauchler advised traffickers that undercover agents and job force officers are constantly hiding, be it behind electronic cameras, on the Web or in a gambling establishment, prepared to make another bust.

“To those out there who are viewing this who might get themselves at the opportunity to exploit kids or to take part in even the adult sex trade, this is a little a caution. … The people that you can’t see behind those video cameras, they are fins. They are fins in the water and they represent sharks who exist all the time.”

“And my recommendations to you is to avoid of those waters where the kids are, to avoid of those waters where exploited grownups are for sex, because they are out there and they will get you. And when they get you, my workplace will manage the rest.”

The FBI continues to work with companies and organization specializing in child protective services for the 84 saved children.

There are still thousands of kids secured shackles as chess pieces in a game of sex slavery, and without consistent efforts, Myles stated he doesn’t believe it will end

“We are seeing about approximately 23 cases a day. So we need that everyday drumbeat of a 24-hour action throughout the nation,” he stated. “Operation Cross Nation doesn’t occur every day. But these cases are breaking throughout our nation every day.”

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'' Huge hearts'': Country music stars bring healing to Las Vegas with free show

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Wade Vandervort Iraq war veteran Corey Keller is welcomed onstage by Big & & Rich at the Orleans Arena throughout an advantage concert to honor the victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017|1 a.m.

Vegas Strong Benefit Introduce slideshow”Less than 3 weeks after the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history happened at a packed Las Vegas c and w celebration, another valley country show with thousands of guests on Thursday worked to discover healing.”You have actually revealed that there are individuals in this neighborhood with huge hearts,”said John Rich of country duo Big & Rich at the”Vegas Strong: A Night of Recovery “occasion at the Orleans Arena.”You might never ever be in a space with so many heroes around you ever again.”” We will not stay down and out,” Rich contributed to the crowd of almost 6,000 participants. The Grammy-nominated duo followed Las Vegas regional Sierra Black, c and w star Camera and Venetian resident Rascal Flatts throughout the two-hour program, which likewise included a homage video to the victims and very first responders of the Oct. 1 shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival. Fifty-eight individuals died in the shooting and over 520 more were injured after a shooter fired down on the festival from a 32nd flooring hotel space at Mandalay Bay. The music artists, introduced by local radio hosts from throughout the Las Vegas Valley, performed approximately three tunes each while using their condolences and assistance for those on hand.”Country music enjoys you, Las

Vegas, and we stand with you” stated Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox. In the upper level club seats, Angelica Cervantes sat with partner Gregorio de la Rosa and children Daisy, 17, and Arturo

, 11, as she aimed to delight in a performance devoted in part to her slain kid, Erick Silva. Working personal security at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Silva, 21, was shot dead as he assisted festivalgoers leap over a stageside barricade to seek safety. After two weeks of grieving over her “worst nightmare become a reality,” Cervantes stated she appreciated a night

out with her family.”It was nice that we have this, but it will not bring back my son,” she said in Spanish as tears streamed down her face.” We’re all struggling quite right now.”Next to the family, Silva’s closest former colleagues, Jay Purves and Gina Argento of Contemporary Services Corp., called the

male who as soon as developed to 20 hours a week with them “somebody whose memory will always survive on.”” Erick was a hero, and while our neighborhood is planning to recover after this month’s occasions,

we’re never going to stop honoring him,”Purves stated. At the front of the venue, over two lots first responders involved in action and rescue efforts during the Oct. 1 disaster stood– some with their arms crossed and nodding in appreciation while others

smiled and danced with the music. Besides the video montage, one of the biggest ovations of the night from those in front came after a simple statement from Rich, advising those in participation not to reside in worry.” We’re going to do things we constantly do as Americans,” he said, as the crowd cheered. The tickets for the show were complimentary and all were taken. Organizers accepted donations and make money from food and beverage sales will go toward the main victims ‘fund. To this day, more than $11 million have actually been raised by Clark County to assist with medical costs and other expenditures. During the program, Fox host Sean Hannity compared

the Las Vegas shooting to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There were also video messages from Clark County

Constable Joe Lombardo and artists Garth Brooks and Kid Rock. And President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the performance, utilizing the hashtag #VegasStrong. The Associated Press added to this report.

Country stars honor Las Vegas shooting victims at CMT Artists show

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Wade Payne/ Invision/ AP Country entertainers Chris Stapleton, from left, Brian Kelly, Tyler Hubbard, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan are seen at CMT Artists of the Year program at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017|8 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Vocalist Jason Aldean and other stars honored victims of a mass shooting at a c and w celebration in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show Wednesday night.

The format of the program pivoted to focus on victims of the shooting, in addition to those recovering from typhoons and wildfires, with a night of somber homages, inspiring anthems and voices raised in harmony.

Aldean, who was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Celebration when the shooting took place Oct. 1, stood side-by-side with the night’s other award winners– including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban– to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or provide speeches as normal, but some opted to perform or other musicians performed in their honor.

“We have actually been tested beyond our worst nightmare these previous couple of months,” Aldean stated during the live broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee. “Heartbroken does not even begin to explain how some of us feel. However we have shown time and again in this nation that we have the power to conquer anything that threatens our way of living, or our freedom. We devote this night to you and everybody who has experienced loss or catastrophe in the last few months.”

Aldean closed out the night with a bold and rollicking group performance of “I Will not Back Down” by Tom Petty with Urban, Stapleton and Little Big Town.

Andra Day began the awards show with her anthem “Rise Up,” in a stunning harmony duet by Little Big Town. Then Lee Ann Womack, Danielle Bradbury and rap artist Common joined them for a performance of “Stand Up For Something.”

“On this night when we typically commemorate a year of music, we also want to commemorate a year of incredible human spirit, the spirit we see in our fans every night,” Stapleton said.

“So in some little way we wish to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits for simply a moment,” Urban said.

The names of the 58 victims from Las Vegas were listed throughout an in memoriam sector, along with the names of Petty, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.

Other efficiencies including Bryan singing his single “Quick,” and Stapleton singing his tune “Broken Halos,” a tune that he’s committed to victims of the Vegas shooting.

The Backstreet Boys sang Florida Georgia Line’s emotional ballad “H.O.L.Y.” and Keith Urban carried out a jazzy variation of his tune “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

Phillip Phillips added some blues licks to Sam Hunt’s mega hit “Body Like a Back Roadway,” which was named song of the year by CMT.

Near the end of the night, Bryan took a moment to honor his buddy Aldean.

“It could have been any among us basing on that stage two weeks ago,” Bryan said. “It’s a headache that nobody ought to need to deal with. Jason has responded with self-respect, care, regard and, some methods, defiance. And we all are proud of him, particularly me.”

U.S. News & & World Report: UNLV Most Diverse Campus in the Country

UNLV has reached the top of U.S. News & & World Report’s annual listing of the country’s most diverse universities for undergraduates.

After two years in second, UNLV is now in a three-way tie for first in the publication’s Finest Ethnic Diversity classification launched today. UNLV has positioned in the top 10 for the past 7 years.

“The diversity of our trainee population represents the future of metropolitan public research universities,” stated UNLV President Len Jessup. “This ranking is a reflection of the altering demographics of our state and our country, and we’re happy to be at the forefront of this change.”

The Best Ethnic Variety classification recognizes colleges where trainees are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. It kept in mind UNLV’s high percentage of Hispanic trainees, roughly 29 percent.

“Our varied student body enhances the cultural vigor of our school, bringing distinct perspectives that raise the college experience for everybody,” stated Jessup.

More than half of all undergraduate students at UNLV report becoming part of a racial or ethnic minority. The United States News ranking, which examined information from the 2016-17 academic year, calculated an increase in UNLV’s variety index from 0.74 to 0.75 on a scale of 0.1 to 1.0. UNLV was among 3 universities with a 0.75 variety index, consisting of Andrews University and Rutgers University.

In the spring, UNLV launched The Crossway, a comprehensive scholastic multicultural center for students, professors, and staff that offers gain access to and linkages to individuals, information and services. Found on the first floor of the Trainee Union, the campus resource helps students, particularly first-generation and students of color, successfully navigate their scholastic careers.

In 2015, UNLV became the very first four-year institution in Nevada to reach Hispanic registration of 25 percent, satisfying the USA Department of Education’s meaning of an Hispanic Serving Organization. The university also fulfills Minority Serving Institution requirements as an Asian American, Native-American, and Pacific-Islander-Serving Institution.

The listing considers the overall mix of Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American Pacific Islander, White and multiracial (two or more races) trainees. It does not include international students.

The “Best of Ethnic Variety” ranking was consisted of in U.S. News & & World Report’s annual list of Best Colleges. Find a link to the full report at usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/campus-ethnic-diversity.

A country mile: A vision that stretches from Mexico to Canada tries to find traction

[unable to recover full-text material] It’s just a modest 2.5 miles of a long-lasting plan to better link Las Vegas and Phoenix– the 2 biggest U.S. cities not presently linked by an interstate– and a longer-term dream to connect Mexico, the UNITED STATE and Canada. However last month’s opening of the very first regional phase …

Soothing the country? Trump has a hard time like no other president

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ AP President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017|2:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON– For Susan Brother, mother of the woman eliminated at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words.

She states the White Home repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer’s funeral. But she’s because enjoyed President Donald Trump lay blame for the Charlottesville violence on “both sides.”

“You can’t clean this one away by shaking my hand and saying ‘I’m sorry,'” she said in a television interview on Friday.

In minutes like this, of nationwide crisis or tragedy, presidents typically shed their political skin, at least briefly. They use the broad appeal of the presidency to unite and relieve, advising residents to remember their mankind, their typical bonds as Americans.

George W. Bush famously climbed atop a stack of rubble in New york city City to speak through a bullhorn after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Barack Obama sang “Incredible Grace” throughout the eulogy for a black pastor killed in a racially inspired shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Like no other president in recent history, Trump has dealt with this part of his tasks.

He discusses politics at odd minutes– reminding Kid Scouts and Coast Guard finishes alike that he won the election and the media are out to get him– and has continued talking to his core supporters with less effort to attract the rest of the country. The severe language that shut off those who voted versus him last year hasn’t eased off throughout his 7 months in the White Home, part of the factor his approval score is locked in the 30s.

Trump’s words on Charlottesville “triggered racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn,” the 2012 GOP governmental nominee Mitt Romney composed on Facebook on Friday.

With CEOs fleeing after Trump’s comments, he disbanded White Home service councils. The whole subscription of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Liberal arts resigned. On Friday, numerous charities were following the Cleveland Clinic in pulling organisation from his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. And some Republican lawmakers who had wanted to work with Trump berated him– Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Thursday the president has disappointed he understands “the character of the country.”

With numerous in his party and his White House reeling after the Charlottesville crisis, the president traveled from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club to Camp David for a national security conference on Friday. For a 2nd day, Trump had no public looks planned.

As soon as once again, Trump left it to his Twitter feed to reveal his state of mind: On Thursday, he protected Confederate monuments and provided support to allies in Spain after fear attacks. Then he appeared to restore a grisly, debunked tale about a U.S. general’s brutal killing of Muslims. His Friday messages consisted of the need for strong national security and retweets from a conservative talk program host who reassured him that supporters weren’t deserting him.

Trump has actually expressed no remorses about his Tuesday interview that enraged many Americans and prompted Brother’s comments on Friday. Senior strategist Steve Bannon was among the few to openly support Trump’s comments as politically savvy. A dissentious figure who shares Trump’s “America first” impulses, Bannon lost his job on Friday.

The White House isn’t stating whether Trump plans to travel to Charlottesville at any point.

Some in his Cabinet have actually attempted to step into exactly what are usually presidential shoes. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that bigotry is “wicked” which “hate is not an American value.”

An early example in his presidency demonstrated how divisive he is– and why even in the most somber minutes it can be tough for him to efficiently reach out.

He and his child Ivanka Trump quietly took a trip Feb. 1 to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for the return of the remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen, William “Ryan” Owens. However the mourning family members had actually mixed sensations.

“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience would not let me talk with him,” the sailor’s daddy, Expense Owens, later informed The Miami Herald.

However at the end of the month, Ryan Owens’ widow, Carryn, participated in Trump’s address to Congress and wept as the president thanked her and stated, “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.”

Trump has shown his softer side sometimes. He described that he had purchased a missile strike in Syria in part because of the images– “innocent infants, little infants”– he ‘d seen of the consequences of a chemical attack that the U.S. concluded was the work of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump tenderly listened as a 6-year-old worn a small replica of a Marine uniform discussed his dad, who had actually died in a training mishap when the boy was an infant.

And Trump has befriended Jamiel Shaw, whose name kid was killed by a guy in the nation unlawfully.

As president-elect, Trump took a trip to Ohio State University 10 days after a male plowed his automobile into a crowd of people and after that began stabbing a few of them. The violence left about 13 individuals injured, and a campus police officer fatally shot the enemy.

Trump fulfilled independently with the officer and a few of the victims. One of them, Marc Coons, who didn’t vote for Trump, was uncertain about going– anxious Trump may concentrate on the opponent, a Somali refugee.

“He didn’t say anything suggest, and I provide him credit for that,” the 30-year-old stated. Coons was slashed near among his shoulders but has actually recuperated. One minute that sticks with him happened as he posed for a picture with Trump. He stated the would-be president asked him whether he ‘d been “carred or knifed.”

“It struck me as a bit insensitive,” Coons stated. “I just neglected it.”

Associated Press scientist news researcher Monika Mathur contributed to this report.

Tribal pot shop near downtown Las Vegas aims to be most significant in the country

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L.E. Baskow A Tee shirts reveals the logo of the Nuwu Marijuana Market, which is set to become the largest cannabis store in the United States by retail space when it opens in September. By

Nuwu Marijuana Market Release slideshow”The boom from legalized recreational cannabis in Nevada will get even larger, thanks to an enormous store set to open early next month near downtown Las Vegas. With 15,800 square feet of retail area, Nuwu Marijuana Market, situated on tribal land, will be the largest standalone retail marijuana center in the United States, inning accordance with its owners.”We’re quite sure this is larger than anybody here will have ever seen,”Las Vegas Paiute Chairman Benny Tso said.”We want to raise the bar

on the marijuana market, and we want the industry to come with us.” The store, whose name translates to “the Southern Paiute people, “is on a 2.5-acre parcel next to the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Mini Mart, 1225 N. Main St., north of Washington Avenue. It was designed with leisure purchasers in mind, Tso stated. A 168-foot checkout desk including 13 point-of-sale places was set up to serve clients efficiently and decrease waiting time. A separate merchandising desk will deal with credit card purchases for nonconsumable weed paraphernalia products such as bongs and pipes. Tso identified the shop as a”market, “not a dispensary, due to the fact that of the high volume of customers it is created to serve. Designers of Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace said they’re preparing for as much as 2,500 clients daily. Nuwu’s hours of operation and opening date will be figured out later this month.” It’s different here due to the fact that customers will come in knowing what they wish to get,” Tso stated.”You get in and get out and, ideally, take pleasure in the experience too.” Tribal art with “water walls “on either side of the shop and”a little bit of

sound on each side “will be featured, said Kevin Clock, representing tribal investing partner Waterfall Strategic Investments. Large glass windows on the southeast side of the store will use consumers a view of the downtown skyline. Tso stated he expects the marijuana market to end up being an”financial motorist “for the 56-member people. Nuwu will employ 100 employees during its first months of operation, he stated, offering positions first to people members then taking applications from the public. Nevada legalized as much as one ounce

of marijuana flower or approximately one-eighth ounce of the THC equivalent of focuses for recreational use and possession on Jan. 1 following the passage of November’s Tally Concern 2. Leisure sales of the plant started on July 1 after temporary guidelines from the Nevada Department of Taxation and

Nevada State Legislature were approved earlier this year. Senate Bill 375, gone by the 2017 Legislature, opened the door for legal negotiations on the usage and sale of marijuana on tribal lands. It also permitted the governor’s office to bypass federal laws that limit commerce talks in between tribes and Congress.

That expense was signed into law on June 2, and a compact in between Gov. Brian Sandoval’s workplace and the Las Vegas Paiutes for the new pot shop was signed by the Nevada guv on July 18.”This is going to be one for the books,”said state Sen. Tick Segerblom, who sponsored SB375.” It’s going to be big.”This week’s unique announcement to the Las Vegas Sun and special trip of the new center comes 18 months after the people began on a 3,000-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary in the very same location, an 84,000-square-foot cultivation facility and 10,000-square-foot production center on the Snow Mountain Booking in the northwest Las Vegas Valley. Those jobs, in collaboration with Albuquerque-based Ultra Health cannabis, struck a snag when negotiations in between the tribe and Ultra Health stalled. The projects folded when Tally Question 2 passed.”We understood this industry is progressing which the leisure market is our financial future,” Tso stated

.”Our wheels are to the pavement– we want to get the shop open and start sourcing product.”