At least 44 bodies stuffed in over 100 bags discovered buried in well in Mexico

Authorities in Mexico have identified at least 44 bodies that were discovered among over 100 black bags that were found earlier this month buried in a well in the western part of the country.

The mutilated human remains were discovered Sept. 3 in a well located just outside the city of Guadalajara in the western state of Jalisco after residents reportedly complained about the smell.

“It saddens me to speak in this way, but society has a right to know what is happening,” Jalisco security cabinet chief Macedonio Tamez Guajardo told Mexican news outlet Milenio.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/mexico-well-bodies-black-bags-human-remains

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UK’s Johnson draws comparison to Hulk, promises Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew comparisons between himself and a comic book hero in a recent interview in which he vowed to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union at the end of October, as planned.

“The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets,” Johnson said in an interview with local media, according to Reuters. “Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country. We will come out on October 31.”

https://thehill.com/policy/international/461443-uks-johnson-draws-comparison-to-hulk-promises-brexit

NYT Reporters Say They Uncovered New Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Kavanaugh

Two New York Times reporters say they’ve uncovered a previously unreported account of sexual misconduct allegedly carried out by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a student at Yale.

In an op-ed for the Times, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said they learned of the alleged misconduct during a 10-month investigation of Kavanaugh’s life at prep school and Yale, including the assault accusations, for their upcoming book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.”

Max Stier, Kavanaugh’s classmate at Yale, told the reporters that he once saw Kavanaugh with his pants down while his friends pushed his penis into the hands of a female student during a dorm party.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nyt-reporters-uncover-new-sexual-misconduct-claim-kavanaugh_n_5d7d7ccde4b077dcbd5f6e7c

Violence Flares as Protesters Defy a Police Ban to March Through Hong Kong’s Streets

Protesters in Hong Kong once again defied a police ban Sunday to march through the territory’s downtown districts in their push for greater political freedom, but what began as a peaceful demonstration quickly turned violent.

Shortly after the march began, protesters set up barricades on Harcourt Road, near the city’s legislature and main government offices, and hurled bricks and petrol bombs. Police responded with water cannon, rubber bullets, and tear gas, while the legislature was evacuated.

https://time.com/5677823/hong-kong-protests-police-ban-march-democracy/

Attorneys for drug companies want federal judge in Cleveland booted from massive opioid litigation

Attorneys representing several drug companies involved in thousands of federal lawsuits over the opioid crisis filed a motion in the early morning hours of Saturday requesting the disqualification of U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, raising questions about his impartiality.

In a 39-page brief filed with the motion, the attorneys cite Polster’s “unusual level of commitment” to a settlement that they believe has affected his decision-making in the landmark lawsuits.

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/09/attorneys-for-drug-companies-want-federal-judge-in-cleveland-booted-from-massive-opioid-litigation.html

Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks on Saudi oil field

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pinned the blame on Iran for an attack at a Saudi oil field in a pair of tweets Saturday.
Drone strikes on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities have disrupted about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5% of the daily global oil supply, CNN Business reported earlier Saturday. Yemen’s Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attacks but they are often backed by Iran.
But preliminary indications are that the attacks did not originate from Yemen and likely originated from Iraq, according to a source with knowledge of the incident. The same official said the damage was caused by an armed drone attack.
CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said there have been more than 200 drone attacks launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, and none have been as effective as Saturday’s attack, lending credence to the belief that the attack did not originate from Yemen.
“Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy,” Pompeo tweeted, referencing Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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“Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,” Pompeo continued, providing no evidence that Iran was behind the attacks.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a military campaign to quash the Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between the Saudis and Iran, which has been backing the Houthis.
Pompeo also called for other countries to denounce Iran and promised American efforts to help support the energy market.
“We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks,” he tweeted. “The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.”
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According to the Wall Street Journal, officials are investigating the possibility that the attacks involved cruise missiles. Also according to the Journal, officials are investigating the possibility that the attacks were launched from southern Iraq and not Yemen.
CNN has independently reached out to the State Department for further information regarding the attack and who was involved.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle weighed in on Pompeo’s characterizations of the attack.
“This is such irresponsible simplification and it’s how we get into dumb wars of choice,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted in response to Pompeo.
“The Saudis and Houthis are at war,” he added. “The Saudis attack the Houthis and the Houthis attack back. Iran is backing the Houthis and has been a bad actor, but it’s just not as simple as Houthis=Iran.”
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas vowed that “the United States stands with our Saudi partners in confronting Iran’s campaign of terror across the Middle East.”
“The ayatollahs’ desperate efforts to cripple global energy markets will only renew our commitment to maximum pressure, he added in a statement. “The Iranian regime and its proxies ought to face consequences for these attacks.”
President Donald Trump called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Saturday to offer his support for the country’s self-defense, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
“The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on critical energy infrastructure,” Deere said. “Violent actions against civilian areas and infrastructure vital to the global economy only deepen conflict and mistrust.”
The US government “remains committed to ensuring global oil markets are stable and well supplied,” the spokesman said.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry “stands ready to deploy resources from the Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves if necessary to offset any disruptions to oil markets” as a result of the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Department of Energy spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said in a statement.
Perry was briefed on the attacks and directed agency leadership “to work with the International Energy Agency on potential available options for collective global action if needed,” Hynes added.
A Department of Energy official also noted that the US Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves “holds 630 million barrels…for exactly this purpose.”

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/14/politics/pompeo-drone-strikes-saudi-oil/index.html

Gunman on the run after shooting in Seattle

A gunman is on the run after opening fire at a light rail station in Seattle, leaving one person dead and two others injured, police said.

The shooting happened Friday night inside the Westlake station downtown, according to Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson.

Police responded to the scene and found three adult male victims who were all transported to the hospital, where one died, he said. Detectives are investigating what led to the shooting.

Initial reports indicate there was some kind of dispute or disturbance on the street level that continued into the station.

https://www.kvia.com/news/us-world/gunman-on-the-run-after-shooting-in-seattle/1120895373