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Idaho boy injured, family dog killed by government 'cyanide bomb'
A "cyanide bomb" planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails on BLM land in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday.

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A “cyanide bomb” planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday.

Canyon Mansfield, 14, was playing with his yellow Labrador retriever, Casey, on Thursday afternoon near his home east of Pocatello when he saw what he thought was a sprinkler head on the ground and touched the device, causing it to detonate.

The explosion sprayed the boy and his 3-year-old, 90-pound (40 kg) pet with toxic cyanide gas, according to the boy’s mother, Theresa Mansfield.

“Canyon said there was a bang like a bomb, then an explosion of an orange substance that covered him and Casey, who was writhing in pain on the ground before he died right in front of Canyon,” she said.

Her husband, Pocatello physician Mark Mansfield, rushed to the scene and pounded on the dog’s chest in a futile effort to revive the animal.

The family and first-responders underwent decontamination procedures and the boy, who was sprayed in the face, was tested for cyanide poisoning at a hospital for the second time Friday, officials and family members said.

The device, called an M-44, was among several placed in the area by Wildlife Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets coyotes, wolves, cougars, foxes and other animals considered nuisances to farms and ranches.

The agency has been sued by conservation groups claiming that its programs to poison, trap and shoot various predator species violate federal environmental and wildlife protection laws.

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Trudeau defends move to give U.S. agents more powers in Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday defended plans to give more powers to U.S. border agents stationed in Canada, saying travelers would at all times be protected by domestic laws.

As part of a 2015 deal between Canada and the United States, Trudeau’s government has introduced draft legislation allowing U.S. border agents based in Canada more leeway to question and search people wishing to enter the United States.

Critics say this increases the chance of abuse at a time when the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is cracking down on immigrants, prompting dozens of people to cross the border into Canada every week. […]

Gameplan to renovate the ABC Marvel TV side

1) Considering how bad the reviews are for Inhumans and how ABC seems to want to burn off the episodes and head straight to AOS, I think it’s likely that Inhumans won’t be back for season two. That’s fine. Let the property die quietly and bring it back years from now as a movie series (like around 2024 or 2025). 

2) Also, it pains me to say this but AOS season 5 may be the final season. Considering that the show’s renewal was already a miracle, the budget’s been lowered, and that it was placed in another time death slot, I don’t think it’s likely AOS will be renewed for season 6. The only way is if season 5 is so mind-numbingly awesome that it starts pulling in bigger numbers and if ABC literally has no other shows to replace it. So for the sake of this gameplan, I’m considering season 5 as the final season. 

3) Now that we’re starting fresh, I’d say the best plan for ABC Marvel TV is to start small by focusing on a solo series, like what the CW is doing with the Arrowverse and Netflix is doing with the Defenders. They’re gonna have to start slow but they need to earn the audience’s trust. 

4) Continuing from the previous point, start off with a major character. Obviously, there are some characters that are off-limits like Iron Man and Captain America. But thankfully, Marvel is huge. Top of my head, we still have Ghost Rider, Wonder Man, Black Knight, Ms. Marvel, Blade, Hercules, She-Hulk, Doctor Druid, Mockingbird (not likely), Kate Bishop Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Shang-Chi, Firebird, U.S. Agent, Deathlok, Nova, Machine Man, Darkhawk, Captain Britain, Sharon Carter (if the movie side is nice), Irredeemable Ant-Man, White Tiger, Jennifer Kale, Thor Girl, Rick Jones, Amadeus Cho, Carmilla Black/Scorpion, Yelena Belova Black Widow, and Quake on her own.

Just to name a few. 

Literally, pick from any of those heroes and make a show about them. That said, Ghost Rider has an edge since Robbie Reyes already shown up on AOS. Just saying Marvel, I’m waiting for his spinoff show. 

5) KEEP SCOTT BUCK AWAY FROM ANY OF THESE PROJECTS. For fuck’s sake Jeph Loeb, the man has failed Marvel TV twice. Enough is enough. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  

6) On the chance that the spin-off show has a great season 1, work on another hero. Give them the same time and effort as the other show and focus on making this new show great on its own. Maybe throw in one crossover or two but don’t overwhelm the audience. 

7) To keep the AOS team alive, at least consider adding the main characters to these other shows. Daisy Johnson would be a great deuteragonist in the Ghost Rider show (or, as stated before, she could be on her own), Fitz and Simmons could be the main support to Dane Whitman / Black Knight, Coulson and May could be old friends with John Walker / U.S. Agent, and there could be a shared past with Mack and Amadeus Cho through Helen Cho. This way, AOS’ impact can still be felt without overshadowing the main protagonists, whoever they are. 

8) Work on better marketing and follow through with strong pay-offs. I feel like that’s where AOS failed. They teased great things but the results were okay at best. Season 3 tried to hype up Most Wanted and the Secret Warriors and both projects failed. Secret Warriors wasn’t even given a chance to succeed while Most Wanted had obvious red flags from the start (lack of significant audience interest and failed to impress the execs the first time it was proposed). 

Meanwhile, season 4 hyped up Ghost Rider and achieved moderate success but didn’t go anywhere with it. Don’t read me wrong, I loved the Ghost Rider arc. However, Robbie was written off one-third of the way into season 4 and the rest of the season focused on other arcs, which probably drove off new people who were interested in GR. Yeah, I know there were budgetary reasons and different arcs to focus on but still, considering how much of the marketing was geared towards Ghost Rider, it sucks that he only appears in 9 of the 22 episodes.

So as part of starting smaller, don’t hype up large projects that will have lackluster results. Just focus on making great individual shows at the start and then build to something big. It’s fine to have the occasional crossover but don’t introduce anything too crazy. Arrowverse and the Defenders earned their right to do crazy-as-fuck crossover/universe-affecting storylines, ABC needs to earn their stripes. 

A possible thing to work towards: The Champions. Like how the Netflix shows built up to the Defenders, the ABC shows can build up the Champions. Obviously, it won’t be the same line-up as the comics but that’s fine. 

9) Move away from S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans. We have five seasons of AOS. While it’s been great following the adventures of S.H.I.E.L.D., maybe it’s time to move on to something different. And considering the reception that Inhumans received, maybe it’s a good idea for ABC to distance themselves from that property for a while. Or at the very least, focus on different Inhuman characters.

Focus on something else, there’s room enough in the MCU. Ghost Rider is a good gateway to the supernatural side of Marvel. U.S. Agent could provide a darker, grittier look at mercenaries and world governments, Moon Knight has a weird as fuck backstory that’d be fun to watch, Miss Marvel is a fan favorite who could redeem the Inhuman concept, Black Knight opens the doors to the British/European side of Marvel, the same with Shang-Chi and Asia, and so on. To reinvigorate people’s interest in Marvel TV, maybe it’s a good idea to focus on something…all-new, all-different.

Sorry, I saw my opportunity and I took it. 

Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy amid smuggling case

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy.

The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine Wednesday over its role in what federal prosecutors said was the smuggling into the U.S. of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that might have been looted from the war-torn country.

Online, many people piled on, with more than one saying things like: “I know Hobby Lobby’s big on the Ten Commandments, but how about ‘Thou shalt not steal’?” and “Hypocritical cretins. Preach one thing and practice another.”

Hobby Lobby, whose president, Steve Green, has been collecting ancient artifacts since 2009 and is building an $800 million Bible museum in Washington, pleaded naivete in doing business with dealers in the Middle East.

“The company was new to the world of acquiring these items and did not fully appreciate the complexities of the acquisitions process,” Hobby Lobby said in a statement. “This resulted in some regrettable mistakes.”

Federal prosecutors described a scheme that involved lying and perhaps stealing. It included a number of middlemen and involved the use of phony or misleading invoices, shipping labels and other paperwork to slip the artifacts past U.S. customs agents, prosecutors said.

Among other things, cuneiform tablets were labeled “ceramic tiles,” and items carried paperwork that said they came from Turkey or Israel. Also, artifacts were deliberately undervalued and shipped in small batches to multiple addresses in Oklahoma City to avoid drawing the attention of customs agents, prosecutors said.

Bob Murowchick, an associate professor in archaeology and anthropology at Boston University, cast doubt on the company’s claim that it didn’t know what it was doing.

“It’s like that scene in 'Casablanca’: 'I am shocked, shocked, that there is gambling going on here,’” Murowchick said.

Under the settlement with prosecutors, Hobby Lobby must return thousands of artifacts it brought to the U.S. in 2010 and 2011.

Hobby Lobby is a cultural powerhouse in the United States. Green doesn’t open his 600 stores on Sunday so his 28,000 employees may observe the Christian Sabbath.

The privately held company successfully argued before the Supreme Court in 2014 that because of the owners’ religious beliefs, it shouldn’t have to supply birth control to employees under “Obamacare.”

Because of widespread looting of cultural institutions and other sites in Iraq, U.S. law makes it a crime to possess or traffic in Iraqi archaeological treasures if they were illegally removed from the country since 1990, or if there are reasonable grounds to think so. Iraqi law also prohibits the export of the country’s antiquities.

“Our goal is, if we can cut down on the demand or make the punishment severe enough, we will have a chain reaction and people will be unwilling to loot,” Murowchick said.

According to prosecutors, Hobby Lobby agreed to buy more than 5,500 artifacts in 2010 for $1.6 million. Some shipments made it through, while others were seized.

The items included cuneiform tablets, cuneiform bricks and clay bullae, which are clay balls imprinted with a seal. Cuneiform is the wedge-shaped writing used thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia, the “Cradle of Civilization” between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in what is now Iraq.

One shipping label listed 300 clay tiles valued at $1 each, when they were, in fact, clay bullae with a combined value of $84,120, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Hobby Lobby was warned by its own expert that acquiring antiquities from Iraq carries “considerable risk” because so many of the artifacts in circulation are stolen. Cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals were “particularly popular on the market and likely to have been looted,” the expert told the company.

In a statement, the Museum of the Bible said that none of the artifacts in the settlement were ever part of its collection and that the institution is still on track to open in November.

Trump to face 'Mexican heritage' judge in deported DREAMer case
Trump blasted a California judge for his Mexican heritage.

President Trump will confront a familiar figure in the lawsuit over a DREAMer who was deported by federal immigration agents: U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

He’s the judge who oversaw a lawsuit involving Trump University who Trump accused of being biased because of his “Mexican heritage.” Curiel, who was born in Indiana, approved a $25 million settlement between Trump and students who claimed they overpaid for real estate seminars. Trump didn’t admit any wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement.

Now, Curiel has been assigned to handle a lawsuit brought on behalf of Juan Manuel Montes, 23, a California resident who was deported in February despite being approved for the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protective status for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Curiel’s assignment to the case was completely coincidental, according to rules for the Southern District of California. Kari Hong, an assistant professor at Boston College Law School who used to be an attorney in California, said judges are selected based on a rotating schedule. The court sets up a list of available judges and they are assigned each case as they come in.

Hong said judges regularly recuse themselves from cases if there is a conflict of interest, the appearance of a conflict of interest or if the judge has a financial stake in the outcome of the case. She said it’s highly unlikely Curiel would recuse himself based solely on the derogatory comments Trump made about him.

“Simply being attacked by the President isn’t a conflict of interest. If that were the standard, the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals couldn’t handle a single case,” she said, referring to the San Francisco-based appeals court that shot down Trump’s attempts to institute a travel ban against six majority-Muslim countries.

'Fast & Furious' Cheat Sheet: Untangling the Franchise's Twisted Timeline Prior to 'F8' (Spoilers!)
‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ (2006): (Left to right) Bow Wow, Lucas Black, Nathalie Kelley, Brian Tee. (Photo: Everett)

Most franchises have a chronology that unfolds in a straight line. The Fast and the Furious series, on the other hand, took a major detour along the way. If you’re planning to start your binge engines and re-watch the seven previous Fast films — or fill a gap in your F&F experience — before movie no. 8, The Fate of the Furiousarrives on April 14, you might want to consult our primer as a reminder how to shuffle the movies around to watch events unfold in chronological order, which is NOT as simple as following its production order. (Warning: Spoilers for all previous ‘Fast & Furious’ films follow.)

[Ed. Note: This story was originally published in 2015; it has been updated to reflect Furious 7.]

The Fast and The Furious (2001)
-Los Angeles undercover cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) infiltrates a crew of street racers led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) suspected in a series of local truck heists.

-O’Conner falls for Toretto’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).

-Dom is committed to steady girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

-After suspecting rival racer Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) is ripping off the trucks, Brian discovers that Dom is definitely the guilty party. Rather then arrest the guy who’s become his friend, he hands over the keys to his own car, and they go their separate ways: Brian to Miami and Dom to Baja.

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
-The short film, Turbo-Charged Prelude, depicts Brian’s journey to Florida’s sun-dappled party town, where he hooks up with street-race organizer Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), races under the codename Bullet — and becomes one of America’s Most Wanted due to the whole “letting Dom go” thing.

-Caught by the U.S. Customs Service, Brian is forced to go back undercover — in partnership with his childhood buddy Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) — to help deep-cover Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) bring down drug kingpin Carter Verone (Cole Hauser).

-Brian and Roman successfully capture Carter, get their records expunged, and line their own pockets with spare drug money. O’Conner suggests he’s ready to put down roots in Miami, with Pearce serving as the Riggs to his Murtaugh.

Fast & Furious (2009)
-The short Los Bandoleros flash-forwards five years and finds Dom in the Dominican Republic, planning a heist with a new crew, including Han (Sung Kang), Leo (Tego Calderon), and Rico (Don Omar). Letty turns up, having followed his trail from Mexico, and signs up for the fuel-stealing operation that’s seen at the beginning of Fast & Furious. They also tie the knot in an off-screen ceremony, though we won’t know about that for three more movies.

-Han arrives in D.R. direct from L.A., where he made his first appearance in director Justin Lin‘s breakout 2002 crime movie, Better Luck Tomorrow. That earlier film isn’t directly connected to the Fast & Furious franchise, but both Lin and Kang have acknowledged over the years that it’s the same Han.

-Increased police vigilance during their fuel-tank raid forces Dom to ditch his girlfriend-wife and go on the lam once more. Three months later, Dom is in Panama City, where Mia calls him with the news Letty’s been murdered. He returns stateside to observe her funeral from a distance. Meanwhile, Brian — who has signed up with the FBI rather than continue to play Lethal Weapon with Roman — is on the trail of yet another drug runner…one who holds the key to figuring out who killed Letty.

-Brian and Dom reunite to attack the drug lord head-on, and this time Dom surrenders to the authorities rather than flee. Sentenced to 25 years-to-life, Dom is en route to the big house when Brian and Mia zoom by and initiate a prison-bus break.

Fast Five (2011)
-Once again fugitives from justice, Dom, Brian, and Mia head off to Rio de Janeiro where they reconnect with original Fast & Furious crew member, Vince (Matt Schulze). Their subsequent participation in a great train robbery puts Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Brazilian cop Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) on the trio’s trail.

-Meanwhile, using information they’ve gathered from a computer chip outlining the criminal empire of Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), Dom and Brian plot a heist to score one last big payday. That heist requires the participation of all their buddies, including Han, Tej, Roman, Leo, Rico, and Gisele (Gal Gadot), who converge on Rio to execute an Ocean’s Eleven-style scheme.

-Flush with cash, Brian and his now-pregnant girlfriend Mia head off to a tropical paradise where Dom drops by for a visit with his new lover, Elena. (Han and Gisele, meanwhile, take their partnership to the next level in Europe.) But back in the U.S., Customs agent Fuentes turns up at Hobbs’ office with evidence Letty isn’t as dead as everyone assumed.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
-Hobbs pulls Dom and the gang out of their post-Rio retirement to employ their special set of skills to stop the reign of terror propagated by a rogue British Special Forces officer, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), whose ranks of vehicular soldiers include an amnesia-stricken Letty.

-The group stops Shaw, but Gisele is killed. Dom, now reunited with Letty, and Brian and Mia (with their infant son Jack) return to America and settle down in their old L.A. neighborhood for the first time since the original Fast and the Furious. Recognizing that three’s a crowd, Elena blesses the Dom/Letty reunion and decamps for parts unknown.

-Meanwhile, a grieving Han heads to Tokyo, where he’s in mid-chase when his ride is viciously T-boned by an oncoming car driven by…Shaw’s brother (Jason Statham), a sudden callback to…

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
-Sean (Lucas Black), a rebellious Arizona teenager and gearhead, is sent to Tokyo to live with his military father after getting involved in one joyride too many. He soon falls into the city’s “drift racing” scene, learning the ropes of drifting from Dom’s old pal, Han.

-Midway through the movie, Han is killed in the aforementioned car chase that we see at the end of Fast & Furious 6. The identity of the other driver wasn’t revealed in this film, but there’s no doubt that Han is pushing up daisies after his car explodes.

-As the film ends, Sean is preparing to prove his drifting skills against a new challenger: Dom. The two pay homage to their fallen mutual friend and gun their engines…racing off, we learn in retrospect, to Furious 7, nine years after this film’s release.

Furious 7 (2015)
-Sure enough, Dom is in Tokyo to transport Han’s remains back to Los Angeles for burial, while it’s revealed that Owen Shaw isn’t dead, but lies comatose in a prison hospital. Meanwhile, Owen’s brother Deckard (Statham) sets his sights on Dom’s team in a grand revenge plan that sidelines Hobbs and blows up the Toretto household.

-Eager for his own revenge, Dom strikes a bargain with covert ops bigwig Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to steal the God’s Eye — a computer program that gives its user virtually unlimited spying power — in exchange for a shot at Deckard Shaw. The trail to the God’s Eye goes through hacker extraordinaire Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), who becomes the team’s latest accomplice…and the object of Tej and Roman’s competing affections.

-Following a knock-down, drag-out fight on the streets of L.A., Deckard is sent to a top-secret underground prison. Letty shakes the final strands of amnesiac cobwebbing from her brain and is flooded with memories from their wedding night, when she and Dom exchanged a necklace rather than rings. They embark on their years-delayed honeymoon, while Brian and Mia head off into well-deserved retirement to raise their baby boy.

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Imaginary TV shows: “S.H.I.E.L.D. 1980s” (or “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The 1980s”)

Basic premise: The adventures of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the 1980s. Adventures include working with Ant-Man, Wasp, and Peggy Carter in her later years, a miltiary coup in Wakanda, dealing with Johnny Blaze and his supernatural friends, and the war with Leviathan and Mys-Tech.

My hypothetical main cast: 

1) Alexander Skarsgård as John Walker / U.S. Agent - the main protagonist of the series. He was a U.S. Navy SEAL who took up Steve Rogers’ Captain America mantle in the 1980s. 

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2) Rashida Jones as Colonel Ericka “Rick” Stoner - the S.H.I.E.L.D. director of the 1980s. Extremely strict and by-the-book but eventually learns how to adapt to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s unpredictable nature. Has a love-hate relationship with John Walker. 

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3) Devon Sawa as Clay Quartermain the funny jackass of the group. Acts as the comedic foil to John Walker. 

Originally posted by ellaelysa

4) Rosabell Laurenti-Sellers as Carmilla Black / Scorpion - an amnesiac assassin, later revealed to be a Black Widow / Winter Soldier agent (gif source)   

5) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Derek Khanata - Ex-Wakandan special forces operative and Carmilla Black’s S.O.

(NOTE: I know he was in Thor 2. This wouldn’t be the first time an actor was brought back as another character) 

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6) Ashraf Barhom as Navid Hashim / The Arabian Knight - a mercenary who is forced to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. for previous crimes 

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7) RJ Mitte as Phil Coulson (in his twenties) 

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8) Jessica Lu as Melinda May (in her twenties)

(NOTE: Since Coulson and May are the youngest agents in the cast, they are the “Fitzsimmons” of the group) 

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Chemical attack in Syria kills 22 members of a single family
The Alyousef family, one of Khan Sheikhoun's main clans, was hardest hit.
By Sarah El Deeb / AP

The grief-stricken father cradled his 9-month-old twins, Aya and Ahmed, each in the crook of an arm. Stroking their hair, he choked back tears, mumbling, “Say goodbye, baby, say goodbye” to their lifeless bodies.

Then Abdel Hameed Alyousef took them to a mass grave where 22 members of his family were being buried. Each branch of the clan got its own trench.

More than 80 people, including at least 30 children and 20 women, were killed in the chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun early Tuesday, and the toll could still rise. The Alyousef family, one of the town’s main clans, was hardest hit.

Another member of the family, Aya Fadl, recalled running from her house with her 20-month-old son in her arms, thinking she could find safety from the toxic gas in the street. Instead, the 25-year-old English teacher was confronted face to face with the horror of it: A pick-up truck piled with the bodies of the dead, including many of her own relatives and students.

“Ammar, Aya, Mohammed, Ahmad, I love you my birds. Really they were like birds. Aunt Sana, Uncle Yasser, Abdul-Kareem, please hear me,” Fadl said, choking back tears as she recalled how she said farewell to her relatives in the pile.

“I saw them. They were dead. All are dead now.”

The tragedy has devastated the small town. It also deepened the frustration felt by many Syrians in opposition-held areas that such scenes of mass death, which have become routine in the country’s 6-year-old civil war, bring no retribution or even determination of responsibility.

The U.S. and other Western countries accused President Bashar Assad of being behind the attack, while Syria and its main backer, Russia, denied it. Despite world condemnation, bringing justice is difficult in the absence of independent investigation of Syria’s chemical arsenal, which the government insists it has destroyed.

“My heart is broken. Everything was terrible. Everyone was crying and couldn’t breathe,” Fadl told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “We had many circumstances in Syria and we had many difficult situations. This is the most difficult and most harmful situation I ever had.”

In 2013, horrific scenes of Syrians flooding hospitals or found dead in their homes after a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta provoked international condemnation. A Russian-brokered deal followed allowing Assad to declare he has destroyed his chemical stockpile and joined the Chemical Weapons Convention.

But a year later, chlorine gas attacks became recurrent, killing scores of people.

However, Tuesday’s massacre was not caused by chlorine, an irritant with limited ability to kill. The high number of casualties, as well as the grave symptoms including convulsions, constricted pupils and vomiting point to a more complex chemical gas.

A Doctors Without Borders medical team that examined a number of victims in a hospital near the border with Turkey said the symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent— at least two different chemical agents. The U.S.’s early assessment is that it involved the use of chlorine and sarin, according to two U.S. officials who weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

In Khan Sheikhoun, the tragedy was compounded because so many victims were from a single extended family, the Alyousef clan.

Witnesses say four rockets hit around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, smashing a crater in the ground, but causing minimal structural damage. It quickly became clear this was not a conventional attack.

Alaa Alyousef said his family was sleeping and woke to the sound of the impact only a few hundred yards (meters) away. The first thing they saw was smoke. His father went outside then rushed back in. He had seen a woman walking near the strike suddenly collapse. The family frantically closed windows and dampened cloths with water and apple vinegar to put over their faces.

They were lucky, the wind went in the other direction, Alyousef said.

The rockets hit on the edge of North Harah, a district where much of the Alyousef clan lives. Frantically the clan’s members and their neighbors fled, running from house to house trying to track down relatives.

Fadl remembered her panic when the rockets woke her.

“My husband, where are you? Oh, where are you my lovely son?” she recalled calling out. “They were next to me but I couldn’t see them.” She said their eyes began hurting. “The air became very heavy. There was no bad smell. But the air was so heavy to breathe.”

The Alyousefs brought their dead to a family member’s home that was outside the worst attack area. The courtyard was turned into a makeshift morgue where surviving relatives tried for hours to resuscitate loved ones already dead.

That’s when Fadl finally collapsed, she said, only to wake up in a medical center.

While Fadl recovers along with her son at her parents’ home in a town north of Khan Sheikoun, her husband is still looking for survivors from his extended family.

Alaa Alyousef said not all homes have been searched for survivors yet.

“We are still in shock, a big shock. Our family is devastated,” the 27-year-old said. “Many are still missing. We are afraid to enter homes sometimes lest we find more people dead.”

On Tuesday, he and other family members buried the clan’s dead in the mass grave.

On the way to the grave, Abdel Hameed Alyousef asked a cousin to video his farewell to his twin son and daughter as he sat in the front seat of a van being loaded with bodies.

When the airstrikes hit, he was with the twins. “I carried them outside the house with their mother,” the 29-year-old shop owner told the AP. “They were conscious at first, but 10 minutes later we could smell the odor.”

The twins and his wife, Dalal Ahmed, fell sick.

He brought them to paramedics and, thinking they would be OK, went to look for the rest of his family. He found the bodies of two of his brothers, two nephews and a niece, as well as neighbors and friends. “I couldn’t save anyone. They’re all dead now,” he said.

It was only later that his relatives could bring themselves to tell him that his children and wife had also died.

“Abdel Hameed is in very bad shape,” said his cousin, Alaa Alyousef. He’s being treated for exposure to the toxin, “but he’s especially broken down over his massive loss.”

Villainous OC - The Hivegarden Sisters (Part 2): Alice Hivegarden

  • A secret organization that’s lasted for thousands of years was designed to guard and protect powerful ancient artifacts so they could never be used by reckless hands. Factions were spread across the globe and in the Celtic regions, Alice Hivegarden was chosen as the next guardian in place of her grandfather. Since she was young, she went under intense swordsmanship training and was taught tricks on how to channel magic into any sword for substantial effects. After her grandfathers death, Alice was left to guard the artifact on her own as well as take care of her littler sister, Monroe Hivegarden.
  • Unfortunately, when U.S. agents kidnapped Monroe and demanded she hand over the artifact, Alice was at a loss on what to do. So to takes the risk of destroying the artifact’s vessel and stored it in her body as the new vessel. She hoped the agents would think she destroyed it completely and give up, but they were too smart to buy into her bluff. The sisters were taken to a facility where scientists began their experiments on Alice. They promised that if she complied with the tests, no harm will come to her sister. She endured the tests, but made it difficult for the scientists. As a vessel, she fought to cancel out their attempts at going inside her head. Inside her head, Alice creates and alternate world called Wonderland, where the artifacts powers are stored. Wonderland is also where she could connect with her sister and other patients trapped within the facility. In Wonderland, she designed ‘rulers’, consisting of four people who she let use the powers of the artifact within Wonderland. They are, The Red Queen (Monroe), The White King (Donavan), The Blue King (Irie), and The Gold King (Adam/Flug).
  • After escaping from the facility, Alice knew the experiments and the abuse she went trough were taking a tole on her to the point where her body would soon no longer handle it. Monroe tried desperately to find ways to remedy her condition, but Alice stopped her, seeing no point in prolong the inevitable. She’ll be happy with seeing her sister grow for just a little longer and she’ll also be content with Wonderland never being searched for again. Or so she thought.
  • Alice passes on later as ghost, realizing her work is far from done. Her family, her ‘rulers’, are being searched for in order to get to Wonderland once again. But as a ghost, she cannot do much. So she seeks help from the most unlikely and dangerous source. Is she insane? Perhaps. Between good and evil, Alice is a neutral sort, her philosophy being one cannot exist without the other or neither side would serve purpose/meaning. It doesn’t matter to her who she seeks help from, what matters is that no one should suffer the same fate because of her.

Another time timeline for my fanfic done. You can read it here. You can also read Monroe’s timeline here.