News and Headlines. 9/14/2017

In The News:

Several soldiers injured in explosion at Fort Bragg, officials say

“A convicted felon was arrested when his toddler was found looking “purple” after being left outside overnight Sunday — as Hurricane Irma pounded Florida with gusting winds and heavy rain, police said.

Angelo Mitchell, 36, was charged with felony child abuse without great bodily harm on Monday, WCTV reported. A neighbor found the 19-month-old girl lying in the front yard of Mitchell’s Jasper house. 


Angelo Mitchell is accused of leaving his daughter outside during Hurricane Irma. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

Police said the girl was a shade of purple when she was found. Witnesses said she was also covered in scratches and bug bites. The girl was taken to the hospital and released on Tuesday.” More here.> Toddler left outside during Irma found ‘purple,’ police say

“A Nashville girl who texted her mother an hour before an intruder barged into her home was partially undressed, strangled and beaten to death, the medical examiner said Wednesday.

Yhoana Arteaga’s lifeless body was found in her Goodlettsville home, about 15 miles north of Nashville, on Aug. 10, FOX17 Nashville reported. She was found severely beaten, causing injuries chief medical examiner Dr. Feng Li said will haunt him for his life, according to WSMV. 

“There is no doubt about that. It was a homicide, a senseless homicide, a brutal murder, yes,” Li told FOX17.” More here.> Nashville girl found partially undressed, strangled and beaten in ‘brutal murder’

“A New Jersey woman who went by the nickname “China White” pleaded guilty Wednesday to forcing a 16-year-old girl from New York into prostitution, officials said. 

Jessica Copeland, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree facilitating human trafficking, N.J. Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in a news release.” More here.> New Jersey woman admits forcing 16-year-old into ‘hellish life of sexual slavery’

“A proper ‘horror from the deep’ washed up in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey – a strange, faceless serpent with massive fangs. ccc99cac8de94d2f6653ad3849c1eca6

Preeti Desai of the Audubon Society posted images of the grotesque creature on social media – asking for help identifying it. DJFDLyfUEAEDLjP

Many commenters suggested that the snake-like creature was in fact some sort of eel – and a biologist stepped in to suggest it was a fangtooth snake eel.” More here.> Mysterious ‘faceless’ creature found washed up on beach after Hurricane Harve

“Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell on Thursday announced his resignation as a senior fellow at Harvard after the university named U.S. Army soldier-turned-convicted felon Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow.” More here.> Harvard makes convicted spy Chelsea Manning a ‘fellow,’ igniting firestorm

“If you ever wanted a photo that perfectly recreated a scene from a movie, photographer Josh Rossi can do just that. You may remember him, he shot a Beauty and The Beast photo shoot series for his daughter a couple months ago. download

His new passion project: he turned kids battling illnesses and disabilities into superheroes from the film Justice League, which is expected to hit theaters this November.” More here.> This photographer transformed sick children into superheroes

A South Carolina mayor was pulled over on a lawnmower with an open container

Americas Bias and Hate:

“When ESPN slapped Jemele Hill’s wrist after she called Republican President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” during a Twitter tirade Monday, it wasn’t the first time the network took issue with the outspoken anchor.

ESPN suspended Hill in 2008 after she invoked Adolf Hitler in a column about the Boston Celtics.

“Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim,” Hill wrote, although the offending text was later deleted from the piece. “It’s like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan.” More here.> Before her Trump is a ‘white supremacist’ tweet, ESPN’s Jemele Hill was suspended for Hitler comment

ANN ARBOR, MI—”On Monday, September 11, 2017, the Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to correct the injustice done to Lieutenant Colonel (“LTC”) Christopher Downey after the United States Army violated its own regulations, effectively ending his stellar career.”

Excerpt from the article, “LTC Downey’s troubles began in 2012 when he made the “politically incorrect” effort to prevent two lesbian female officers under his command from violating Army regulations regarding public displays of affection. The two officers, a Captain and a Lieutenant, were in uniform at a formal military ball and were on the dance floor engaged in prolonged French kissing, publicly taking off each other’s uniform jackets, and other intimate and salacious conduct.  Once he became aware of the situation, LTC Downey took immediate action to stop the inappropriate behavior.” More here.>  Thomas More Law Center Asks the U. S. Supreme Court to Review the Unjust Destruction of a Decorated Combat Commander’s Career

President Trump:

“President Donald Trump submitted another slate of judicial nominees to the Senate Thursday, naming candidates to the powerful federal appeals courts based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California.

The White House announced that Trump has named Gregory Katsas to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation’s second most powerful judicial panel, and Ryan Bounds to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the West Coast appeals court and primary antagonist of the early days of the Trump presidency.” More here.> Trump Continues to Remake the Federal Judiciary

Trump promises to veto Bernie Sanders’ single-payer healthcare bill

Politics / Government:

“Huma Abedin’s mother helped to water down a speech then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave at a Saudi women’s college, warning not to mention “political” terms like “freedom” and “driving for women,” new emails show.

Abedin’s mother, Saleha Abedin, is a sociology lecturer at Dar Al Hekma, a women’s college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where Clinton spoke to students on Feb. 16, 2010.” More here.> Abedin’s mom made sure Clinton’s Saudi speech omitted ‘freedom’ and ‘driving for women,’ emails show

Right explodes in anger over Trump’s immigration push

Steve King: Trump base may dump him over Dreamers deal

World News:

North Korea’s ‘electronic bomb’ technology of Russian origin, experts say

China blocks access to ‘sacred’ mountain near North Korea

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS militants, equipment in Syria