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News and Headlines. 1/3/2018


Death toll rises to 51 from bus plunging over cliff in Peru

The death toll in a catastrophic bus crash in Peru has risen to 51, making it one of the deadliest vehicle accidents in the nation’s history.

Peru’s Health Ministry announced Wednesday that all the bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of the bus that plunged over a cliff onto a rocky beach.

Series of small quakes rattle area near Mount St. Helens

A series of small earthquakes has rattled an area northeast of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says a 3.9 magnitude quake hit around 12:38 a.m. Wednesday. Dozens of people throughout the region reported feeling it.

It was followed minutes later by a 2.7 magnitude temblor. Dozens of smaller aftershocks have been hitting since then.

Southwest And American Airlines Join Companies Spreading The Tax Cut Wealth

Southwest and American Airlines announced Tuesday evening that they will be giving employees a $1,000 bonus as a result of the GOP tax bill.

American Airlines plans to cough up roughly $130 million in bonuses in the first quarter of 2018 to each team member at its mainline and many of its regional locations, Reuters reports. Southwest said, in addition to bonuses, it is increasing investments and has already donated $5 million to charity.

US factory activity improved in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded at a faster pace in December, boosted by a sharp increase in new orders.

The Institute for Supply Management says its manufacturing index rose to 59.7 last month from 58.2 in November. Any reading above 50 points to greater factory activity. Manufacturing has been expanding for the past 16 months.

Recently baptized Mormon mom, 41, kills daughter, 9, and self in ‘shocking’ murder-suicide

A Utah mom killed her 9-year-old daughter before turning the gun on herself in a “shocking” murder-suicide discovered on New Year’s Eve.

The bodies of Karina Clark, 41, and Madison Clark, 9, were discovered inside their home in Magna, near Salt Lake City, after a neighbor asked cops to do a welfare check when a Christmas present sat on their front porch, unretrieved.

Karina Clark, daughter, Madison.

Karina Clark had recently been baptized prior to killing her daughter, Madison. (Facebook)

“Madison had just been baptized in the [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints] and they both had so much going for them,” Clark’s older daughter Bailey Miller wrote on Facebook.

Stepfather allegedly beats 6-year-old to death for snagging a cookie

A stepfather allegedly demanded three of his four boys to take part in the Friday night beating death of their brother, who sneaked out of bed to snag a cookie in their Florida hotel room, the Miami Herald reported.

Two of the four told police that they witnessed Jack Montgomery beat their 6-year-old brother, Brice Russell.

Jack Montgomery, 31, allegedly beat his 6-year-old stepson to death for

Jack Montgomery, 31, allegedly beat his 6-year-old stepson to death for sneaking out of bed to snag a cookie, report says. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Montgomery allegedly punched Russell in the mouth and stomach and rubbed his face into the carpet before throwing him by the leg into a cabinet. The boy never regained consciousness, the Herald reported.

Texas teen charged with killing, robbing her boyfriend on New Year’s Eve

A Texas teenager has been charged with murder after her boyfriend was found shot to death on New Year’s Eve, according to police.

Yvonne Raquel Ramirez, 19, allegedly shot and killed Joshua McKinney at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday during an attempted robbery in Baytown, Texas, about 30 minutes east of Houston, police said. The two had just started dating,

Trump’s ICE pick wants politicians in sanctuary cities charged with crimes

The politicians who lead so-called sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes and held “personally accountable” for shielding illegal immigrants from deportation, President Trump’s pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement argued Tuesday.

In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan accused California of putting “politics ahead of safety,” after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill declaring California a sanctuary state in October.

“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” Homan said.

Fitton: Abedin’s Mishandling of Classified Material ‘Cries Out for a Criminal Investigation’

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Huma Abedin’s mishandling of classified material “cries out for a criminal investigation.”

On Friday, the State Department released a batch of emails that revealed the top Hillary Clinton aide forwarded State Department emails and passwords to her personal Yahoo email account before every Yahoo account was hacked.

US Muslim Population Expected To Double In 30 Years

The U.S. Muslim population will double in approximately 30 years, growing from 3.45 million to 8.1 million, according to projections from The Pew Research Center.

The projected growth numbers for the U.S. Muslim population come from a study that Pew conducted to find out how many Muslims actually live in the U.S. The Muslim population in the country has skyrocketed since Pew first conducted a study of American Muslims in 2007, growing at a rate of 100,000 per year since 2011, due to immigration and high fertility rates.

Israel To Illegal African Immigrants: Accept A Free Ticket Home Or Go To Prison

The Israeli government said Wednesday that it would pay thousands of African migrants living in the country illegally to return to their home countries, warning that they face jail time if they don’t leave by spring 2018.

Ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort sues Mueller, Rosenstein, claims Russia probe has gone too far

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his legal team are suing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, alleging the Russia probe has gone beyond the scope of the special counsel regulations, according to an 18-page civil complaint filed with the district court in Washington.

Attorney General Sessions Appoints 17 Current and Former Federal Prosecutors as Interim United States Attorneys

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of 17 federal prosecutors as Interim United States Attorneys pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546.  In a number of United States Attorney’s Offices across the country, First Assistant United States Attorneys are currently serving as Acting United States Attorneys under the Vacancies Reform Act.  However, on Jan. 4, 2018, some of those Acting United States Attorneys will have served the maximum amount of time permitted under the Act.  The appointments announced by the Attorney General today fill these vacancies.

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