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GOP Comes Out Ahead In Toss-Up Virginia Election

Republican incumbent David Yancey was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates Thursday after his name was drawn from a bowl in an odd tie breaking measure mandated by an arcane state law.

Remember That ‘Muslim Free Zone’ Gun Range Owner? She’s Running For Governor.

She made national headlines for “refus(ing) to train the next Islamic terrorist,” and now she’s running for governor to bring a “new day for Arkansas.”

Right before 2017 came to an end, Jan Morgan, the owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range who stirred up controversy in 2014 by declaring her range a “Muslim Free Zone,” announced via video that she’s throwing her hat in the ring against incumbent Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Macy’s To Cut 5,000 Jobs, Close Another 7 Stores

Employees at some Tim Hortons reportedly see benefits cut over minimum wage hike

Employees who work at Tim Hortons locations in Canada owned by the co-founders’ children will reportedly see their benefits reduced along with paid breaks over the country’s $2.40 increase to minimum wage.

The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that employees at some of the Canadian-based coffee chain’s stores received a letter about the policy changes.

Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic Operating for 18 Years After It Loses Taxpayer Funding

Meet ‘pardoned’ illegal aliens: Felons, thieves, druggies

Meet the “pardoned” illegal aliens who had been scheduled for deportation: a couple of felons guilty of weapons charges and affiliation with gangs, a 57-year-old transgender convicted of criminal facilitation, a 35-year-old convicted of larceny and a 53-year-old man who reportedly sold drugs.

Those are among the dozen or so illegal aliens saved from deportation at the last minute by pardons from their governors.

Video Shows Punch That Killed Off-Duty Deputy in California

Missing Colo. Teen Who Posted on Facebook About Alleged Stalker Is Found Dead

A Colorado woman reported missing days after receiving a protection order against a man she alleged was harassing her was found dead Saturday in a wooded area north of Denver, PEOPLE confirms.

Natalie Bollinger, 19 reported missing found dead

A Colorado woman reported missing days after receiving a protection order against a man she alleged was harassing her was found dead Saturday in a wooded area north of Denver,

Natalie Bollinger, 19, was last last seen leaving her family’s home Thursday afternoon and reported missing later that evening, according to a Broomfield Police Department news release. On Saturday, a passerby discovered a body believed to belong to the teenager in a wooded area on the side of a road in Adams County.


Texas man facing kidnapping charges after Colorado arrest

A man identified as a person of interest in the death of a woman and abduction of her two daughters from suburban Austin, Texas, is facing charges of kidnapping after being arrested by Colorado authorities.

Terry Allen Miles was arrested in southern Colorado after a sheriff’s deputy spotted his vehicle in a remote area near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains Wednesday evening. The girls, ages 14 and 7, were recovered safely and taken to a hospital to be checked for injuries.


On Wednesday, a man was charged with the violent murder and attempted rape of a 76-year-old homeless woman in a California parking lot on New Year’s Day.

Rosendo Xo Pec, 22, has been charged with murdering

Rosendo Xo Pec, 22, has been charged with murdering 76-year-old former soul singer Betty Jane Willis on January 1, 2018.

The victim has been identified as Betty Jane Willis, a former soul singer in the 1960s best known for her songs “Someday You’ll Need My Love,” “Act Naturally,” and “Take My Heart.”

Defendants in slaying of 4 in upstate New York back to jail

An additional first-degree murder charge was filed Thursday against one of two men accused of killing two women and two children in a basement apartment.

Tech Watch:

AI-powered Dragon Drive will turn your car into a roving genius

You might not be able to get into the carpool lane with the new Dragon Drive automotive platform from Nuance Communications, but it’ll certainly feel as though you have a very, very intelligent passenger in the front seat with you. At CES 2018, Nuance announced its new AI-powered Dragon Drive features that promise to transform the driving experience.

Moreover, the platform enables better communication with a whole host of virtual assistants, including smart home devices and other popular AI platforms.

Nuance Dragon Drive

Ford OjO Commuter Scooter might be the smallest vehicle to wear the Blue Oval

YouTube Demonetizes Shapiro’s Interview With Dave Rubin

On Wednesday, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro sat down with Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report for a thoughtful conversation on the issues of the day. YouTube apparently decided that Rubin should be punished for having the chutzpah to interview Shapiro, and thus decided to demonetize it, according to Rubin, who was justifiably angry about the decision.

World News:

Several killed in Kabul suicide attack

A suicide attacker blew himself up near a crowd of police and protesters in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, in the latest deadly violence to bring carnage to the Afghan capital.

Germany: Afghan migrant arrested for robbing epilepsy patient suffering seizure

A man, who suffered a seizure on a German train, did not receive help from a fellow passenger. Instead he was robbed of his mobile phone.

The 34-year-old man was travelling on a regional train to Aschaffenburg when he suffered a seizure. He was taken to the nearest train station where an ambulance took him to hospital.

While the man was recovering, he noticed his mobile phone was missing. After police checked the train’s video surveillance, they saw that a young man was bending over the helpless victim. Instead of helping him, he robbed him and took his mobile phone.

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan

The United States announced Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighboring Afghanistan.

The State Department’s declaration signaled growing frustration over Pakistan’s cooperation in fighting terrorist networks, but it was not immediately clear how much money and materiel was being withheld

Trump administration issues new round of sanctions aimed at Iran

Trump administration officials unveiled new sanctions against five Iranian companies on Thursday as the White House continued to support protestors who have spent more than a week staging demonstrations against the Iranian government.

“These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on Thursday.