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News and Headlines weekend edition. 9/22/2017 through 9/24/2017


Weekend edition of News and Headlines: Friday through Sunday News and Headlines, starting with Sundays News and Headlines first in all sections. Think of it like the Sunday News paper.images

In The News:

7 hurt when man drives into crowd outside N. Carolina club

Authorities in Tennessee say eight people were injured in a shooting at a church in the Nashville area.

Nashville fire department spokesman Joseph Pleasant tells the Tennessean newspaper that the wounded were being transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The nature of the injuries weren’t immediately known.

A dispatcher quoted by the newspaper said that the scene was still “active” at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as of 11:40 a.m. Sunday. Multiple ambulances were seen at the church.” More here.> Official says at 8 wounded in Tennessee church shooting

Detroit man freed after murder convictions tossed is shot

“A Huntington Beach police officer was captured on video Friday morning as he struggled with a suspect in a convenience store parking lot and then shot the man multiple times, fatally wounding him.

Bystander video of the incident posted on social media showed the officer struggling with the man in front of a 7-Eleven store and the man pulling an object from the officer’s utility belt. The officer then unholstered his pistol, moved quickly away and began firing.” More here.> Video shows Huntington Beach officer struggling with suspect before fatal shooting

“A man convicted of killing Holly Bobo avoided the death penalty Saturday after accepting a sentence that will keep him behind bars for the rest of his life– plus 50 years.

Zachary Adams, 33, was found guilty Friday in the kidnapping, rape and murder of the 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student in 2011. Her skeletal remains were found three years later.

Judge C. Creed McGinley told a jury Saturday that Adams made a deal with prosecutors just minutes ahead of his sentencing hearing.” More here.> Holly Bobo case: convicted killer sentenced to life in prison plus 50 year

“A hot-headed teen got a slap on the wrist Friday for slugging a Manhattan principal who told him to turn down his music.

“Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson granted Luis Penzo, 19, youthful offender status and sentenced him to a conditional discharge — as long as he stays out of trouble for three years he’ll dodge prison and a criminal record.

“You made us very proud,” the judge said of the surly teen’s compliance with a family therapy program.

Penzo, who sauntered into Manhattan Supreme Court Friday wearing a white T-shirt and red gym shorts, offered no apology for the October 2016 beatdown of Principal Matthew Tossman.” More here.> Teen who punched principal in face gets sweet deal from judge

“A well-to-do couple were arrested for murdering then char-broiling their French nanny — after neighbors reported a “weird barbecue” smell to cops and the au pair’s scorched body was found in the backyard of their posh home, according to reports.

French-Algerian designer and makeup artist Sabrina Quider, 34, and her boyfriend Ouissem Medoun, 40, were collared for killing Sophie Lionnet, 21, in London on Friday, the Guardian reports.” More here.> Rich couple killed their nanny, burned body in backyard: cops

‘Super drunk’ driver, 21, slammed his car into a post, fled the scene and left his girlfriend to die

“Hawaii officials have reportedly been urging residents to prepare for a nuclear attack, the stunning plea coming amid increasingly unnerving rhetoric — and actions — from North Korea.

Aloha State authorities were working to educate and prepare residents for a possible atomic attack by telling them to consider preparing in the same way they’d prep for a tsunami, the Washington Post reported.” More here.> Hawaii reportedly prepares for nuclear attack amid North Korea rhetoric

Politics:

GOP to introduce new Obamacare overhaul bill

Cruz opposes latest Obamacare repeal attempt

Rand Paul: I won’t vote for Obamacare overhaul bill unless key provision is dropped

“The Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC affiliated with McConnell, has dumped another nearly million dollars into Alabama to try to sway the race toward Strange and away from conservative Judge Roy Moore.

Politico’s Jake Sherman first reported the extra money that Senate Leadership Fund is pumping into Alabama, an extra $830,000 in cash for Strange.” More here.> Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund Dumps Another Nearly Million Dollars into Alabama

Sen. John McCain ran his election in Arizona on repealing ObamaCare, but on Friday he announced his opposition to the latest Republican ObamaCare overhaul bill, which will likely thwart GOP leaders’ attempts to pass the health care reform legislation.

On “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Dan Bongino, former Secret Service agent-turned political pundit, said it’s shocking that the survival of ObamaCare appears to be more dependent on the reelection of McCain than the reelection of Obama.

 “How many times is this guy going to rescue ObamaCare from the abyss?” Bongino wondered.” More here.> FLASHBACK: McCain campaigned on repealing ObamaCare (videos)

“Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore argued during Thursday night’s GOP primary runoff debate that “there is no such thing as a Dreamer,” a term commonly used to refer to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘Dreamer.’ You know why? It was never passed by Congress,” Moore said during the debate against runoff opponent Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), referring to executive action taken by the Obama administration in 2012.

“DACA is wrong. ‘Dreamer’ is wrong. We need to look at vetting these people coming into our country, and pick people that are going to do something for our economy,” Moore said.” More here.> Roy Moore: ‘There’s no such thing as a Dreamer’

Sarah Palin returned to the campaign trail Thursday night to rally support for Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, armed with a pitch heavy on anti-GOP establishment criticism.

“We’re sending Trump someone who has our back — not Mitch McConnell’s,” Palin told a raucous crowd of hundreds.

Sebastian Gorka, who served as a White House adviser until August, joined Palin on stage in Montgomery last night.

“All you need to know is that Luther Strange is endorsed by Mitch McConnell,” Gorka told Fox News in an interview.  “He is a creature of the establishment, that’s why we can’t support him.” More here.> Alabama Senate race: Palin and Gorka rip Trump-backed ‘establishment’ pick, rally for Roy Moore

“Texas Democrat State Rep. Dawnna Dukes is facing corruption charges; her trial is set for October 16th.

 

Travis County prosecutors claim Dukes showed up to the Capitol impaired, hid a cell phone from investigators and spent over $51,000 on an online psychic.

Dukes apparently used her own money for the psychic; the court documents do not indicate that she used taxpayer money.” More here.> Indicted Democrat State Rep Showed up to Work High on Morphine, Paid $51,000 For Online Psychic

World News:

An American airstrike in Libya killed 17 Islamic State fighters and destroyed three vehicles Friday evening.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement U.S. forces conducted six precision airstrikes against an ISIS desert camp Friday evening local time. The camp was used to move ISIS fighters in and out of Libya, stockpile weapons and other equipment, and to plot attacks. 

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U.S. Africa Command said in a statement U.S. forces conducted six precision airstrikes against an ISIS desert camp Friday evening local time. The camp was used to move ISIS fighters in and out of Libya, stockpile weapons and other equipment, and to plot attacks. (AP File Photo/Manu Brabo)

 

“The United States will track and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all appropriate, lawful, and proportional means, including precision strikes against their forces, terror training camps and lines of communication, as well as partnering with Libyan forces to deny safe havens for terrorists in Libya,” the statement read.” More here.> US kills 17 ISIS militants in Libya airstrike

Merkel wins German vote but suffers losses, SPD to go into opposition

“Heavy U.S. bombers and fighter jets flew past North Korea Saturday in a warning to the rogue regime.

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers out of Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew over waters east of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. 

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A two-ship of B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, release chaff and flares while maneuvering over New Mexico during a training mission Feb. 24, 2010. Dyess celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first B-1B bomber arriving at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take DPRK’s reckless behavior,” Dana W. White, chief Pentagon spokeswoman, explained in a statement.” More here.> US Bombers Rip Past North Korea To Remind ‘Rocket Man’ Of American Power

“International monitors believe that an earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear test site was not related to the illicit weapons program.

U.S. officials have not released a final conclusion, but South Korean monitors declared that the tremors were part of a natural earthquake. However, it attracted international attention as North Korea’s flurry of nuclear provocations has caused the United Nations to increase economic sanctions and produced several rounds of sabre-rattling between President Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un.” More here.> ‘Natural’ North Korean quake rattles nuclear monitors

“Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump. 

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Iran claims successful test fire of ballistic missile Iran state TV airs video claiming to show successful launch

The launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles), was shown on state TV. It is unclear when the test took place. 

At the UN on Tuesday, Mr Trump criticised Iran’s missile programme and the 2015 nuclear deal with the country.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would increase its military power “as a deterrent”. More here.> Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – “North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make a “mentally deranged” Trump pay dearly for his threats.” More here.> North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump ‘deranged’

“Israeli warplanes early on Friday morning struck a Hezbollah weapons depot outside Damascus, Arabic-language media outlets reported.

According to reports and a monitoring group, the three separate strikes were carried out near the Damascus International Airport, an area known to be a stronghold of the Iranian-backed terrorist group.” More here.> Israeli jets reportedly strike weapons depot outside Damascus

Commentary / Opinion:

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – “Detonating a nuclear-tipped missile over the Pacific Ocean would be a logical final step by North Korea to prove the success of its weapons program but would be extremely provocative and carry huge risks, arms control experts said on Friday.”

(Excerpts from the article), “They may be bluffing, but there is a need for them to test their combined missile-bomb capability. They could have already prepared the plan and are now trying to use Trump’s remarks as an excuse to make it happen,” said Yang.”

“Such an atmospheric test would be the first globally since China detonated a device in 1980, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Tests of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles are rarer still. The United States’ only test of an operational ballistic missile with a live warhead was fired from submarine far out in the Pacific Ocean in 1962.”

“To put a live nuclear warhead on a missile that’s only been tested a handful of times, overflying potentially populated centers. If it…doesn’t go exactly as planned….it could be a world changing event.” More here.> A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying

Destroying Monuments and Lying about Race

Economy:

“Today’s young people fear that they will never see Social Security benefits. The reality is, 3% of elderly Americans already don’t.

The three main groups of people who never receive Social Security benefits include infrequent workers (44.3%) who do not have sufficient earnings to qualify for the benefits, immigrants who arrived in the U.S. at 50 or older (37.3%) and therefore haven’t worked long enough to qualify for the benefits, and non-covered workers (11.4%), such as state and local government employees. A little less than 7% of “never beneficiaries” were individuals who were expected to get Social Security benefits, but died before receiving them, according to a 2015 Social Security Administration report.” More here.> These Americans will never get Social Security benefits — and we don’t mean millennials

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