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Mouth ulcers can be more than a pain — they can hint at something more serious

Stress and poor nutrition make you more likely to get mouth ulcers, and we still don’t know what actually causes them. But we shouldn’t ignore them.

         April 03, 2019 at 12:44PM
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ICE executes federal criminal search warrant in North Texas

ALLEN, Texas — As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Inc. (CVE), and four of CVE’s staffing companies.  April 03, 2019 at 11:15AM

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MPs have voted by a majority of one for a bill proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper making it legally-binding that Prime Minister Theresa May must seek an extension to Article 50 from the EU in order to avoid a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ABBA teases release of two new songs later this year

Bjorn Ulvaeus says the Swedish pop group has recorded new music after more than 35 years and their latest track could be released by September.

         April 03, 2019 at 12:29PM
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Shot Mont. trooper regains consciousness, condition improves


David Erickson Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, Mont.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer has regained consciousness in a Salt Lake City hospital and his medical status has improved from critical to stable condition, according to the Montana Department of Justice.

Palmer was shot three times in the neck, face and head last month just north of Missoula after locating a suspect involved in an earlier shooting that injured two and killed one man in Missoula.

So far, all of Palmer's interactions have been non-verbal, but he has shown recognition of certain people and commands, according to a press release. He is scheduled for reconstructive surgery for jaw injuries on Thursday and has been moved from the University of Utah Hospital's critical care unit to the neuro-acute care unit.

“We are immensely grateful for Trooper Palmer’s progress,” said Col. Tom Butler, chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. “We remain hopeful as we see Wade continue to heal and make positive strides; however, we are fully aware that he has a long journey ahead of him. We will be with him and his family every step of the way and we thank the public for their continued support and prayers.”

After Palmer was shot, he was transported to Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula before eventually being flown to Salt Lake City.

Casey Blanchard, one of the three victims found shot at a related scene about an hour before the shooting involving Palmer, was also flown to Utah for treatment at the same hospital. Blanchard's current condition is listed as stable, hospital staff told the Missoulian on Tuesday.

Blanchard's mother, Julie, also was shot and wounded in the same incident, and a friend, Shelley Hays, was killed.

A benefit for Blanchard and his family is set for April 27 at the St. Mary's Parish in Stevensville. The event begins at 4 p.m., and all proceeds will go to the Blanchard family to assist with their mounting medical expenses.

Later on Tuesday, the Montana Federation of Public Employees announced in the past week its members had generated $3,000 for the Palmer family. In the same meeting, delegates approved a proposal to establish the MFPE Benevolence Fund.

"One of the historical pillars underpinning organized labor has been the assistance unions have provided members and their families during a time of crisis," a release from MFPE spokesman Bob Funk states. "With a benevolence fund MFPE can provide limited financial assistance to members who may be injured on the job."


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April 03, 2019 at 12:18PM

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MPs vote by majority of one to force UK PM to ask for Brexit extension to avoid any no deal scenario

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Fear and loathing: When violent anti-Russia riots unfolded on the streets of Brisbane

One hundred years ago, Australia was grappling with a fear of “enemy aliens” — Russian Bolsheviks. The fear fuelled the violent Red Flag riots — and experts see similarities with how Muslims are viewed today.

         April 03, 2019 at 12:22PM
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How LEOs can reclaim personal privacy online


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By Cindy Coleman for PoliceOne BrandFocus

Personal information found freely on the internet is being used to target LEOs. The security risk is real to them and their families. Daily news headlines reflect an increasingly hostile environment for LEOs – “MS – 13 gang planning to target off-duty officers at their homes,” “Targeted attack on at least seven Indianapolis officers’ homes in one night,” and “Philly police officer facing backlash.” Because of this growing hostility, LEOs are on high alert, not only on the job, but even at home where they are hoping to unwind and relax off duty.

After spending 25 years in law enforcement, Pete James is using his experience, love and respect for the profession to make life safer for LEOs. James is the founder of OfficerPrivacy, a service that removes personal information from the top 25 people-search websites, giving LEOs back their personal privacy.

“My whole idea is we'll take care of this for you. Live your life and relax,” said James, who specializes in digital forensics, information systems security and is a licensed private investigator. “In these roles, I use these sites to do my research. So I know what information is available out there and how to find people.”

What’s the risk to me and my family?

Free sources on the internet can give anybody access to a law enforcement officer’s name, home address, and sometimes email address, phone number, birthday and even the names and information of family members.

“You didn't ask for your address to be blasted all over the internet, but it's there, and it's a risk to you and your family that should be mitigated,” said James. “Anybody can knock on your front door and confront you about their arrest or question why you sent their family member to prison.”

When an officer is involved in a controversial incident, he or she has enough to worry about. Knowing that his or her home address is out there is one more source of stress the officer shouldn’t have to endure.

Can I remove my information from the internet?

Can an officer remove the information themselves? “Yes,” said James, “and you can also give yourself a haircut or represent yourself in court.”

An officer could spend several hours going to each of these 25 sites and completing the process to have their personal data removed. Some of the “opt-outs” are online only, some require a confirmation email and some require drafting an email with specific language. Others require you create an account and add a real cell phone number for verification. After all of that, not all websites remove you the first time you ask.

Then there is the need to monitor. “Just because your information was removed, doesn’t mean it will stay removed. You should be searching often to make certain your info is still private. Life gets in the way and you don't check for a month or two, or three, and then you're back on the sites all over again. We monitor for you,” said James.

Can I trust privacy services?

There are other privacy services that promise to remove your data from the internet. Ironically, some of these belong to the same companies putting your information out there in the first place.

OfficerPrivacy is based in the United States and staffed by all former sworn law enforcement who take their jobs very seriously, so privacy is ensured. It takes two to four weeks to remove personal information from people-search websites. Then, OfficerPrivacy monitors the sites in case an officer’s address re-appears. If it does, his or her personal information is removed again.

This increases privacy and helps LEOs feel more secure. “OfficerPrivacy doesn’t hide you from the government, make you invisible or put you in a secret witness protection program,” said James. “The goal is to break the connection between your name and your home address.”

OfficerPrivacy keeps only minimal data about their clients and it is always encrypted. They also don’t identify their clients as officers when “opting out,” thereby keeping your occupation private. No need to expose this fact to people who sell your information.

Safety, security and peace of mind

By removing LEOs from the top 25 people-search sites, officers get their privacy back, feel more secure and can relax when off-duty versus being “on-guard” all the time. Risk is reduced for LEOs and their families from persons with criminal intent searching them out to cause potential harm or harassment or even members of the media persistently pursuing the latest on an investigation.

Within 24 to 48 hours of signing up, LEOs receive a report listing all websites and the status of each opt-out request, noting which are “removed” or “awaiting removal.”

As a privacy service developed by a former LEO for LEOs, law enforcement departments, associations, unions and individuals, officers will be less at risk in an increasingly hostile, digital world and feel safer knowing their personal information has been removed from free access sites on the internet.

OfficerPrivacy is offering a special to PoliceOne members: Click here to receive 50% off the regular price.

April 03, 2019 at 11:22AM

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Another potential cyclone threatens to wreak havoc on WA’s north

As the Pilbara coast recovers from severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica and the flooding it brought last week, the Bureau of Meteorology is warning about a fresh threat which could have a “significant” impact on the region.

         April 03, 2019 at 12:02PM
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Maine police detective killed while aiding motorist

Author: Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.

Dan Glaun, Springfield, Mass.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Maine State Police Detective and Easthampton native Ben Campbell was fatally wounded while helping a motorist on Interstate 95 Wednesday morning, Maine State Police said.

Campbell, a six-year veteran of the force, was assisting a driver whose vehicle spun out when a wheel came off of a passing tractor-trailer and struck him, causing fatal injuries, Maine State Pol. John Cote said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Our hearts are broken at the loss of our brother Det. Ben Campbell. Thank you all for your support on this terrible…

Posted by Maine State Police – Headquarters on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“This has been a tough day. It has been a tough day for the Campbell family, with the loss of Det. Ben Campbell,” Cote said, his voice shaking with emotion. “And it has been a tough day for our agency. We’ve lost one of our very best and we’ve certainly lost one of Maine’s very best.”

Campbell was traveling to a training on I-95 southbound when he came across a spun-out vehicle that was in the breakdown lane and partially obstructing a travel lane, Cote said. He had exited his vehicle to provide help when two wheels came off of a passing truck in a case of “bizarre” timing," Cote said.

One wheel rolled into the median, while the other struck Campbell, causing fatal injuries.

Campbell, 31, grew up in Easthampton and was a graduate of Westfield State College, Cote said

He joined Maine State Police in 2012 as a trooper and was promoted to detective in 2016. He is survived by his wife and six-month-old son.

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WATCH LIVE: Maine State Police hold a press conference after a state trooper was killed in a crash on I-95 in Hampden.

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©2019, Springfield, Mass.

April 03, 2019 at 07:12AM