New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has told top brass at the city’s police department to stop arresting people who are caught smoking marijuana in public, according to a City Hall aide. Currently, smoking in public can lead to arrest, while possession …
Here is a look at the life of Britain’s Prince Harry.
Personal: Birth date: Sept. 15, 1984
Birthplace: London, England at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
Birth name: Henry Charles Albert David
Father: Charles, the Prince of Wales
Mother: Diana, the Princess of Wales
Education: Eton College, 1998-2003; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 2005
Military: British Army, 2011-present, Captain
Other Facts: Military name is Captain Harry Wales.
Full title is His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.
Founder of the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for injured servicemen and women. The first games were held in London in 2014.
Timeline: Dec. 21, 1984 – Is christened Prince Henry Charles Albert David at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Sept. 6, 1997 – Attends his mother’s funeral.
November 1997 – Accompanies his father to South Africa, where he meets President Nelson Mandela, goes on a safari, and meets the pop group the Spice Girls.
January 2002 – A confession of heavy drinking and marijuana use when he was 16, prompts his father to send him to the drug rehab center, Phoenix House UK, for a day.
Sept. 15, 2002 – For his 18th birthday, Harry receives his official coat of arms as a birthday present from his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
May 18, 2003 – Is promoted to cadet officer, the highest rank in the Combined Cadet Corps.
January 2005 – Pictures surface of him wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party. He apologizes days later.
May 2005 – Begins military training at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.
Sept. 15, 2005 – Replaces his uncle Edward, the Earl of Wessex, as a Counselor of State. As a counselor, Prince Philip and four adult members of the royal family in the line of succession, are to carry out the duties of the Queen in her absence.
Dec. 12, 2006 – Prince William and Harry announce their plans for a concert and memorial service to mark the tenth anniversary of their mother’s death. The Concert for Diana is held on July 1, 2007, and features Elton John and Duran Duran. The memorial service takes place on Aug. 31.
April 12, 2006 – Graduates from Sandhurst as a 2nd lieutenant.
April 2006 – Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho co-found a charity to help Lesotho’s AIDS orphans. The organization is named Sentebale, which means “forget me not” in the language of Lesotho.
February 2007 – The British Ministry of Defense announces that Harry will be deployed to Iraq with his army unit.
May 16, 2007 – Sir Richard Dannatt, the chief of the general staff, announces that Harry will not deploy to Iraq because of a number of threats against him.
Feb. 28, 2008 – The British Ministry of Defense announces that Harry has secretly been serving in Afghanistan with his Army unit on a four-month mission since December 2007. The next day, he is withdrawn from Afghanistan for security reasons.
May 5, 2008 – Princess Anne presents Harry and his unit, the Household Cavalry Regiment, with the Operational Service Medal for their time in Afghanistan.
May 2009 – During his first official visit to the United States, Harry visits Ground Zero and leaves a wreath of flowers with a signed note.
May 7, 2010 – Completes the Army Pilots Course and receives his provisional “wings.”
July 2010 – Begins Apache helicopter training with the Army Air Corps.
March 29-April 5, 2011 – Accompanies the Walking with the Wounded Expedition to the North Pole.
April 14, 2011 – Is promoted to captain and qualifies as an Apache helicopter pilot.
October 2011 – Trains in the California and Arizona deserts with Apache helicopters during Exercise Crimson Eagle.
Aug. 21 2012 – TMZ posts photos of the prince partying nude in a Las Vegas hotel. A few days later, British tabloid The Sun publishes the photos.
Sept. 7, 2012 – Harry arrives in Afghanistan to begin serving a 20 week deployment as an Apache helicopter pilot. He returns home in January 2013.
May 9-16, 2013 – A week-long official visit to the United States begins in Washington, D.C., and ends in Greenwich, Conn. During his stay the prince meets with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, plays volleyball in Colorado Springs with wounded veterans and tours areas stricken by Hurricane Sandy with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Dec. 13, 2013 – Harry and a trekking team made up of servicemen and women reach the South Pole as part of a charity event.
January 2014 – Begins a new Army position as a Staff Officer (SO3). He also remains with the Household Cavalry Regiment based in London as a commissioned officer.
September 2014 – Tuns 30. The terms of Princess Diana’s will state that her 1981 wedding gown is to be given to Prince William and Prince Harry on this date.
June 19, 2015 – Kensington Palace announces that Harry has ended his career with the Army.
August 22, 2015 – Harry joins the inaugural “Walk of Britain” to raise awareness for wounded warriors. The Walk begins in Aberdeen, Scotland and ends at Buckingham Palace, a trek of 1,000 miles.
April 16, 2017 – In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, Harry reveals that he sought mental health counseling in 2013 to help him cope with ongoing emotional issues rooted in the sudden death of his mother.
Nov.27, 2017 – Engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is announced.
May 19, 2018 – The Queen confers Dukedom on Prince Harry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
May 19, 2018 – Marries Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Cuba began a two-day period of official mourning Saturday, as investigators continued the grim work of combing through the wreckage of the crashed plane that took the lives of over 100 people.There were 105 people and six crew members aboard Cubana de …
After two years in a Venezuelan jail, Joshua Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, is in the midst of a prison riot in Caracas. After inmates overtook the cell block demanding trials, Holt and his wife talked to Local 10 News Friday from their prison cell.
Holt, 26, claims he traveled to Venezuela to wed the Venezuelan Mormon whom he had met online when Venezuelan authorities wrongly accused him of stockpiling weapons in public housing. He has yet to stand trial and now he fears someone is going to get into his cell and kill him and his wife.
“I need you to tell your country that his life is in danger,” Holt’s Venezuelan wife, Thamara “Thamy” Holt Caleño said. “And his government should find the way to get him out of this country.”
Holt and Caleño, who is a mother, sent a picture from inside the prison saying authorities have said they will transfer them to begin a trial, but they are refusing to move without guarantees and outside observation.
“I want to see my three kids again,” Caleño said.
After two 20-second videos and messages were published on Holt’s Facebook account asking for help, The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela officials confirmed he was among the other U.S. citizens who were imprisoned there. The U.S. State Department called on the Venezuelan government to release him.
“Helicoide, the prison where I am at, has fallen,” Holts’ Facebook post said Thursday. “The guards are here and people are trying to break in my room and kill me.”
Holt also said the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, or SEBIN, agents told him that as long as the U.S. government continues to attack the Venezuela government, and as long as Sen. Marco Rubio continues talking about him, “the longer that they will never let me go.”
Rubio denounced diplomatic back channels between the United States and Venezuela in March. He was concerned the Venezuelan government was going to trade Holt for U.S. concessions over sanctions.
Diosdado Cabello, the ruling socialist party’s second-in-command, appeared on state television Wednesday evening to denounce the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas.
“Holt is the chief U.S. spy here in Latin America,” Cabello said. “The U.S. charge d’affairs went yesterday to the Foreign Ministry to put up a show.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s administration is holding 338 political prisoners, according to the Venezuelan legal group Foro Penal. There are an estimated 265 confined at the Helicoide prison, out of which 56 have yet to get a trial, according to activist Lorent Saleh.
Maduro is expected to be reelected this weekend despite the crisis.
An Illinois school resource officer is being praised as a hero for intervening when a former student opened fire Wednesday morning at Dixon High School.
Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas shot and wounded the gunman.
Suspect Matthew Milby faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and $2 million bond, Illinois State Police said. More charges may be filed.
The 19-year-old former student opened fire near the school auditorium where students had gathered for graduation ceremony rehearsal, the statement said.
The suspect fled the school and Dallas chased him, Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell said in a news conference. The suspect continued to shoot at the officer and the officer returned fire, Howell said.
The suspect was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He will be transported to jail after he’s released from the hospital, state police said.
The officer is on paid administrate leave. No one else was injured.
“With shots ringing out in the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head-on. Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved,” Howell said.
Dixon High School and all Dixon public schools went into lockdown during the incident.
“A tragedy was averted today in Dixon because a police officer put his life on the line to protect his fellow citizens,” said Shawn Roselieb, executive director of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council.
“The officer’s actions at the high school will be closely scrutinized, but the simple fact is, nobody but the gunman was hurt today, and keeping students and teachers safe is the primary job for school resource officers.”
The whistleblower whose disclosures about Cambridge Analytica shook the tech world over questions about users’ data privacy told Congress on Wednesday that the company engaged in efforts to discourage or suppress voting.
Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistle on its alleged misuse of Facebook data, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the company offered services to discourage voting from targeted sections of the American population.
“Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica’s parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population,” Wylie claimed, referring to Trump’s former top political adviser Steve Bannon.
Wylie did not provide specific evidence of voter suppression campaigns taking place in the US. But when asked by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, if one of Bannon’s “goals was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the US from voting,” Wylie replied, “That was my understanding, yes.”
After the hearing, Wylie told CNN that although he did not take part in voter suppression activities, he alleged that African-Americans were particular targets of Cambridge Analytica’s “voter disengagement tactics,” which he said were used to “discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting,” and that campaigns and political action committees requested voter suppression from Cambridge Analytica.
CNN has reached out to Bannon for comment.
Alleged Russian ties
Wylie also outlined during his testimony how he believed it may have been possible for the Facebook data of American voters to have been obtained by entities in Russia.
Wylie highlighted how Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan — who has told CNN he gathered information on 30 million Americans through his Facebook personality test app in 2014, which he then passed to Cambridge Analytica — made numerous trips to Russia, in part a result of his work with St. Petersburg University.
Wylie said he believed it was possible that Cambridge Analytica was a target of the Russian security services and that Kogan’s computer could have been hacked during his visits there.
In response, Kogan told CNN, “Mr. Wylie is confusing fantasy for probable” and said he did not travel to Russia while he was working for Cambridge Analytica in 2014.
“Mr. Wylie has proven once again that he has a very active imagination without actual knowledge to back it up. As with his claims about the usefulness of the data, his claims here also quickly fall apart under any sensible scrutiny,” Kogan told CNN.
After the hearing, Wylie said he was happy both Republican and Democratic lawmakers had attended.
“Although Cambridge Analytica may have supported particular candidates in US elections, I am not here to point fingers. The firm’s political leanings are far less relevant than the broader vulnerabilities this scandal has exposed,” his written testimony read.
Among lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning Wylie were Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas. Both have operated campaigns that were Cambridge Analytica clients.
Cambridge Analytica announced earlier this month that it was shutting down its operations and would announce bankruptcy proceedings.
Controversy around Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of Facebook data raised a host of new questions about the social media giant’s role in the public discourse and elections, and helped prompt renewed scrutiny in Washington, where last month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before committees in both houses of Congress.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica was under investigation by the Department of Justice and the FBI.