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News and Headlines. 8/30/2017


Some cool stuff in Check This Out section today. Jampacked full of News and Headlines. In The News, Healthcare, World News, Deep State/Government Corruption, Economy/Stocks, Military, Politics, Free Speech/Censorship, Technology, Videos.

In The News:

“Kevin and Blake Walsh, both 28, will soon celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary — but the couple almost missed out on their “happily ever after.”

Kevin told “Inside Edition” that Blake interrupted his suicide attempt 10 years ago.

“I was probably somewhere between 5 to 10 seconds away from taking my own life,” he said. “Nobody but her could have spoken a word of reason to me.” More here.> ‘Thanks for saving my life’: Man marries woman who prevented his suicide

Sheriff: Shoplifters taking TVs kill Sears guard, 81

“A West Virginia man pinned a woman against a wall last week and branded her multiple times with a fork and a horseshoe, police said Wednesday. 

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Ervin Franklin Harold, 51, allegedly held a woman against a wall and branded her multiple times, according to police. (Bluefield Police)

Ervin Franklin Harold, 51, has been charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault in the incident, which happened in Bluefield. He was held in Southern Regional Jail Wednesday morning on $10,500 bail.” More here.> West Virginia man branded woman with horseshoe, fork: Police

“Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson took on a Democratic strategist who supports a California bill that would sentence elder care workers to jail time for addressing transgender residents by the wrong pronoun.

Carlson debated Robin Biro, who supports the bill that was authored by Democratic state Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco. He challenged Biro right out of the gate, starting the interview by saying the bill “doesn’t sound very American” because it could send people to jail for saying something others don’t want to hear.” More here.> Prison for the wrong pronoun? Tucker Carlson shuts down liberal strategist

NEW YORK (AP) — “Fox News Channel has hired conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, who has hosted shows on The Blaze and One America News Network along with working for a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump.

The network said on Wednesday that Lahren will have a “signature role” on a digital product under development and be a commentator on the network’s opinion programming. Her primary home will be on Sean Hannity’s show, where she was to debut on Wednesday.” More here.> Fox hires conservative commentator Lahren

“A photo of former President Barack Obama and his family serving food for victims of Hurricane Harvey went viral recently, drawing praise from thousands.

Except there is just one problem: it’s not actually the Obamas serving food for victims of Harvey.

According to Getty Images, which distributed the picture, the photo was snapped in on Thanksgiving Day 2015. The picture actually shows the Obama family serving “Thanksgiving meals to homeless and at-risk veterans” at a shelter in Washington, D.C.

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The original tweet was posted Saturday with the caption: “Something you’ll never see trump do: Obama is in Texas serving meals!” More here.> Photo of Obama serving food to Harvey victims goes viral — except there’s just one massive problem

Harvey makes another landfall along Louisiana-Texas border

Hollywood Actress Steps Up, Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Harvey’s death toll climbs in Texas; at least 21 killed

“A Oregon mom was arrested for driving under the influence last week after her 11-year-old son called 911 from inside the car, police said. Capture2

Nicole Norris, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Saturday for DUI after the boy called police from the car to express his concern, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon said Tuesday.” More here.> Mom arrested for drunk driving after son, 11, calls police from inside car

Public schools grappling with Confederate names, images

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Unbelievable Places That Really Exist

Creepiest Things Discovered Underwater

“Mmmmm, the smell of fresh baked bread. We all love a good sandwich, and who doesn’t fall for those yummy crispy squares of toast in the morning? You don’t need a knife to cut through a loaf: you can buy it sliced and just enjoy. Whether it’s white or whole grain, rye or pumpernickel, all you need to do is hit the nearest supermarket.

Pre-sliced loaves hit the market in 1928, heralded as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.”

However, during the Second World War, the step forward halted mid-stride when sliced bread was briefly banned in the United States.” More here.> During World War II sliced bread was briefly banned in America

“Workers will make an attempt to remove a “mystery object” from the ocean floor in Westerly on Thursday morning. 

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A strange object that was found underwater off the shore of East Beach in Westerly has everyone wondering what it is. (Photo courtesy of Peter Brockmann)

The head of the East Beach Association says a crew will begin excavating the object at low tide with the hope of removing it intact.

The strange metal object with legs was found underwater off the shore of East Beach. The object is too heavy to move by hand. 

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A strange object that was found underwater off the shore of East Beach in Westerly has everyone wondering what it is. (Photo courtesy of Peter Brockmann)

No one seems to know what it is, how deep it’s buried or how it got there.” More here.> Beach association will try again to remove ‘mystery object’

Deep State / Government Corruption:

Weekly Update: JW Exposes the Deep State

“The front-line Homeland Security agency charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the United States wasted $5 million on lie detector tests for “unsuitable” job candidates that admitted committing criminal acts or drug use. This is disturbing for several reasons, mainly that this crucial agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is an essential part of the nation’s security yet it considers hiring agents with criminal histories. Secondly, it’s an inexcusable waste of taxpayer dollars, though that’s a government-wide epidemic hardly limited to this agency.” More here.> DHS Blows $5 Mil on Polygraphs for “Unsuitable” Job Applicants Who Admit Criminal Acts, Drug Use

Video: Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on releasing Fusion GPS testimony

“FBI nixes request for the former secretary of state’s email records; reaction on ‘Outnumbered.” Video here.> Chaffetz on Clinton emails: The deep state is fighting back

Politics:

“Dr. Sebastian Gorka shed some much-anticipated light on his resignation from his White House post as well as the recent staffing shakeup.

The former deputy assistant to President Trump resigned shortly after White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Gorka’s old boss at Breitbart was fired. Bannon came under scrutiny after critics accused him of being a white nationalist.

The president’s ‘Make America Great Again’ platform that propelled him to the Oval Office faces a lot of opposition by White House officials, Gorka told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.” Video and more here.> Gorka: I Resigned Because WH Officials Are Undermining MAGA Platform

Ivanka Trump backs ending of Obama’s wage gap initiative

WASHINGTON (AP) — “President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president’s border wall.

The pending reduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief account is part of a massive spending bill that the House is scheduled to consider next week when lawmakers return from their August recess. The $876 million cut, which is included in the 1,305-page measure’s homeland security section, pays for roughly half the cost of Trump’s down payment on the U.S.-Mexico border wall that the president repeatedly promised Mexico would finance.” More here.> House GOP eyeing $1B disaster funds cut to finance wall

Military:

“The U.S Missile Defense Agency has successfully tested an interception of a medium-range ballistic missile, just off the coast of Hawaii, the MDA said Wednesday.” More here.> U.S. successfully tests missile interception

Pentagon: US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported

World News:

Taiwan is Showing Their Support for America in a Huge Way After Hurricane Harvey

“The last few months have put the Japanese government on edge. A mere 650 miles of ocean separate Japan from her Communist neighbor, and she’s getting caught in the crossfire between the United States and North Korea. inline1

North Korea has begun flying missiles over Japan, and the Japanese government hasn’t been shy about which side they’re taking. Earlier this month, Japan announced that they’d shoot any missilesthat North Korea launched at the U.S. out of the air. 

The Japanese also aren’t going to sit idly by; they’re going to make sure their people are prepared. In March 2017, they began doing nuclear missile drills. A new video by NBC Left Field vividly shows the reactions of the children to these drills.” More here.> Children in Japan Are Being Prepared for Nuclear War

North Korea Missile Test: Inside a Japanese Attack Drill

North Korean prisoners look like ‘walking skeletons’ in Kim Jong Un’s labor camps, officials say

Extra US fighter planes sent to Baltic region during Russian military exercise

Video.> Amb. Bolton: Few diplomatic plays left to make with N Korea

Healthcare:

“U.S. regulators approved a revolutionary new cancer treatment from Novartis AG on Wednesday, the first in a group of coming therapies that offer breakthrough cures for dire cases as well as stratospheric costs.

Known as CAR-T therapy, the treatment involves extracting a patient’s immune system cells and modifying them to attack aggressive blood cancers. Novartis will charge $475,000 for the one-time drug, called Kymriah, and said it’s developing programs where it will only get paid if patients respond to it.” More here.> Breakthrough Cancer Therapy for Dire Cases Gets FDA Approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.” More here.> US clears first ‘living drug’ for tough childhood leukemia

Free Speech / Censorship:

WASHINGTON — “In the hours after European antitrust regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in late June, an influential Washington think tank learned what can happen when a tech giant that shapes public policy debates with its enormous wealth is criticized.

The New America Foundation has received more than $21 million from Google; its parent company’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt; and his family’s foundation since the think tank’s founding in 1999. That money helped to establish New America as an elite voice in policy debates on the American left.

But not long after one of New America’s scholars posted a statement on the think tank’s website praising the European Union’s penalty against Google, Mr. Schmidt, who had been chairman of New America until 2016, communicated his displeasure with the statement to the group’s president, Anne-Marie Slaughter, according to the scholar.

The episode left some people concerned that Google intended to discontinue funding, while others worried whether the think tank could truly be independent if it had to worry about offending its donors.

Those worries seemed to be substantiated a couple of days later, when Ms. Slaughter summoned the scholar who wrote the critical statement, Barry Lynn, to her office. He ran a New America initiative called Open Markets that has led a growing chorus of liberal criticism of the market dominance of telecom and tech giants, including Google, which is now part of a larger corporate entity known as Alphabet, for which Mr. Schmidt serves as executive chairman.

Ms. Slaughter told Mr. Lynn that “the time has come for Open Markets and New America to part ways,” according to an email from Ms. Slaughter to Mr. Lynn. The email suggested that the entire Open Markets team — nearly 10 full-time employees and unpaid fellows — would be exiled from New America.” More here.> Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant

Technology:

“Facebook’s Messenger app is an incredible tool for connecting with friends and family members — especially long-distance ones. And with over 1.2 billion users, you can likely use it to chat with most of the people you know.

But because it’s so popular, it’s a huge target for hackers, and a new Facebook Messenger virus is prompting massive warnings from digital experts and online security groups.” More here.> Insidious New Facebook Virus Is Prompting Massive Warnings

Economy/ Stocks:

Stock market rises on strong economic data as geopolitical jitters fade

Opinion: Tax reform will spur more economic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the spring, growing at the fastest pace in more than two years amid brisk consumer spending on autos and other goods.

The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 3 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the best showing since a 3.2 percent gain in the first quarter of 2015.” More here.> US economic growth upgraded to 3 percent rate in April-June quarter, strongest pace in more than 2 years.

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