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News and Headlines. 1/18/2018


EXPLORERS IN MEXICO DISCOVER WORLD’S LARGEST UNDERWATER CAVE AND IT’S FILLED WITH ANCIENT MAYAN TREASURES

Divers in Mexico have discovered the largest known underwater, flooded cave in the world. The discovery could reveal more about the pre-Hispanic, ancient community that existed in the region. The Yucatan Peninsula, where the cave is located, still holds treasures from the ancient Mayan community.

The largest underwater cave in the world was discovered in Mexico

The largest underwater cave in the world was discovered in Mexico by explorers from the Gran Acuífero Maya.

The cave is made of two massive underwater caverns that are connected. The cave stretches across 216 miles, according to the Gran Acuífero Maya (GAM), the team of explorers who discovered the cave.

US marshal killed in raid at Pennsylvania house hailed as ‘hero’

A “hero” U.S. marshal was shot and killed and another police officer was wounded Thursday morning in Harrisburg, Penn., when gunfire erupted during the service of a warrant.

Another officer was struck by a bullet but not injured.

Christopher D. Hill, 45, an Army veteran who was part of the U.S. Marshals Service for 11 years, was killed after being shot while serving a warrant at the Harrisburg house around 6:10 a.m., the agency said. An arrest warrant was being served for Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, who was wanted for allegedly making terroristic threats.

South Carolina officer dies, 3 others remain wounded, after ‘ambush’ shooting

A South Carolina sheriff’s detective has died after a man, who was wanted for assaulting his wife, “ambushed” and shot him and three other officers, officials said Wednesday.

York County Detective Michael Doty died Wednesday after he was shot by Christian Thomas McCall, 47, during an hours-long manhunt Tuesday morning.

‘Tourniquet Killer’ set to be executed in Texas

A Houston-area sex offender who was convicted of killing a young woman and confessed to three more strangling deaths is set for lethal injection in Texas Thursday in what would be the first U.S. execution of 2018.

“Anthony Shore “Tourniquet Killer”A Houston-area sex offender set for lethal injection in Texas Thursday the first U.S. execution of 2018.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office dubbed Anthony Allen Shore the “Tourniquet Killer” because of how he ended his victims’ lives, using a stick to tightly twist a cord around their necks.

Arizona serial killer suspect murdered nine people in three-week span, police say

An Arizona man is accused of a stunning murder spree in which he killed nine people in three weeks — a rampage that would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the state’s history.

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. 35, was accused of killing nine people

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. 35, was accused of killing nine people during a three week period in late 2017. (Arizona Department of Corrections )

Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, was arrested on Dec. 17, 2017, after police responded to a call of shots fired in Phoenix. When officers arrived they found Cooksey’s mother and stepfather dead. Police said Thursday they did not link Cooksey to the other homicides until he was in custody.

Illegal immigrant accused of stabbing stranger in neck at California market had been deported seven times

A man accused of an “unprovoked and brutal stabbing” at a market in California last month is an illegal immigrant with a criminal record who had been previously deported seven times, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman told Fox News.

Ricardo Velasquez-Romero (Provided by Santa Rosa Police Department) illegal immigrant stabbed a 61-year-old man

Ricardo Velasquez-Romero (Provided by Santa Rosa Police Department) illegal immigrant with a criminal record stabbed a 61-year-old man in the neck at Lola’s Market in Santa Rosa on Dec. 21.

Ricardo Velasquez-Romero, 39, who also goes by the name Eulalio Miniz Orozco, was arrested last month after local police say he stabbed a 61-year-old man in the neck at Lola’s Market in Santa Rosa on Dec. 21.

Tampa serial killer suspect used same gun in 4 killings, police say

The suspect in the serial killings spanning a 51-day period that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood used the same gun in four killings, but had “no apparent motive,” the city’s top law enforcement official said Wednesday.

The suspect, 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, admitted he owned the gun that was turned over to police Tuesday and that cracked the case, but did not admit to the killings, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a news conference.

Teen shot dead by deputy in Ohio courthouse during fight with family members

A deputy was “viciously attacked” by a 16-year-old boy and his family in an Ohio courthouse after a hearing Wednesday, a police union spokesperson said Thursday — despite the instance of the slain teen’s family that excessive force was used.

Joseph Haynes was in a domestic relations courtroom in Columbus when his family and a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly got into a scuffle Wednesday. Haynes was appearing at a court hearing on firearm charges and an electronic monitoring device the court assigned him earlier in the case, said Rick Minerd, the investigations chief with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials fear China compromised US covert communications, report says

U.S. intelligence officials remain concerned that China has compromised the methods that the CIA uses to communicate with overseas informants, dampening agents’ enthusiasm after the Monday arrest of a former CIA officer for allegedly retaining classified information, The Washington Post reported.

Between 18 and 20 key CIA sources in China went dark from 2010 to 2012, in what US officials described as one of the worst intelligence failures in decades, according to the New York Times.

3 Out of 4 Convicted Terrorists Came to U.S. Legally Via Current Immigration System

Illustrating the national security threats created by the nation’s immigration system, the overwhelming majority of individuals convicted of terrorism are foreigners who entered the United States legally through various federal programs. Three out of every four convicted terrorists between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 are foreign born and came to the United States through our immigration system, according to a new report issued jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

LAPD spent millions on ‘green’ electric BMWs used for joyrides to nail salons, day lunches: report

Officials said a fifth grader mistakenly gave out pot candy at their school

Officials at an Albuquerque charter school say a fifth-grader mistook her parents’ medicinal marijuana for candy and passed it out to other students.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports the Albuquerque School of Excellence student handed out the pot edibles last week before teachers noticed her acting strangely.

 

Politics:

Pres. Obama attacked press freedom for years. No wonder guys like Jeff Flake loath Trump. He called their bluff. Suddenly Republicans have all the power. For the first time in decades, they could actually do what voters have consistently asked for. But they don’t want to, mostly because their donors don’t want them to. Tucker: Where was Flake when Obama attacked Fox?

Dems Once Again Hold Trump Nominees Hostage, This Time Over Offshore Drilling

Democratic Florida Sen. Ben Nelson is blocking the nominations of three Interior Department officials until agency chief Ryan Zinke officially exempts the Sunshine State from the Trump administration’s oil drilling plan.

Do Democrats really care about Dreamers? No, they will do anything to score political points

Democrats are threatening to shut down the federal government, refusing to pass a spending bill unless it contains a path to legal status for the so-called “Dreamers” protected under President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

Pavlich Blasts ‘Absurd’ Short-Term Spending Fixes: Congress Failing to Carry Out Its ‘Basic Function’

Katie Pavlich sounded off Thursday on the prospect of yet another short-term spending bill being passed to avert a government shutdown.

The House is expected to vote on a stopgap measure to extend government funding until Feb. 16. The bill would include six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but would not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

Deep State DOJ Claims a “Glitch” is to Blame For ‘Missing’ Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Docs

An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow is furious after the DOJ blamed a “glitch” for withholding ‘missing’ Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting docs from the ACLJ.

Trump administration will protect medical providers who oppose abortion

Moving to solidify its credentials with social conservatives, President Trump’s administration is creating an office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion.

The announcement Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) drew immediate criticism from Democrats who said it could undermine the rights of women, gays and transgender people.

The new division will be part of the HHS Office of Civil Rights, which enforces federal anti-discrimination and privacy laws.

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