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News and Headlines. 3/26/2018


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Bat-wielding sisters savagely beat woman in alleged road rage incident

A Florida woman was savagely beaten with a bat when an enraged sister-duo chased her through a shopping plaza during an alleged road rage incident.

Mikaela Barboza

Mikaela Barboza told WSVN she hopes her cellphone video will help police capture the two women who assaulted her on Thursday.

Mikaela Barboza told WSVN she hopes her cellphone video will help police capture the two women who assaulted her on Thursday.

Texas teen was beaten, had hot cooking oil poured on her after refusing arranged marriage: police

Authorities on Friday said Al Hishmawi’s parents — Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33 — had allegedly beaten their daughter with a broomstick and poured hot cooking oil on her when she refused to marry a man in another city. The parents reportedly agreed to the arranged marriage in exchange for $20,000.

Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33

Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33, are accused of abusing their daughter after she refused an arranged marriage.

Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, was reported missing on Jan. 30 after she was last seen leaving Taft High School in Bexar County. She was located in mid-March when she was taken in by an organization that cared for her after she ran away, KSAT reported.

Murder suspect on ‘jihad’ against US policy in Middle East admits to NJ armed robbery

Earlier this month, Brown admitted to fatally shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as the victim sat at a traffic light in West Orange on June 25, 2014. He also admitted to killing three men in Washington state. Those men have been identified in local news reports as 30-year-old Leroy Henderson, 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young and 27-year-old Ahmed Said.

Ali Muhammad Brown appears in court in Essex

Ali Muhammad Brown appears in court in Essex County, N.J. in August 2014. (Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger via AP, Pool, File)

Ali Muhammad Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and a weapons charge in connection with the June 2014 incident in Point Pleasant Beach, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Pulse gunman’s father was FBI informant: report

Salman’s lawyers said they would have presented two theories if they had known about Mateen’s prior work.

“1) Omar Mateen and his father, rather than Ms. Salman, conspired to support [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria]; or 2) the FBI’s focus on Ms. Salman was based on its own motive to avoid responsibility for its failures with its own informant, Seddique Mateen, as well as his son,” the attorneys said, according to CNN.

Austin bomber’s roommate a ‘person of interest’ in investigation, McCaul says

A roommate of the 23-year-old man linked to the deadly bombings that rocked Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas this month is being looked at as a “person of interest” in the investigation, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Monday.

Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes death sentence of man who killed woman during robbery

The Republican governor’s release said his decision followed the report and recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board, which voted 6-4 on March 16 in favor of clemency for death row inmate William Montgomery. Kasich had no additional comment, his spokesman Jon Keeling said.

Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officials from US

President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officers from the U.S., senior administration officials announced Monday, in retaliation for Moscow’s use of chemical weapons against a former Russian spy in the U.K. this month.

Gutiérrez Ordered to Repay Federal Govt. Over Misuse of Funds

The House Committee on Ethics released a series of reports on Friday and ordered Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill.) to repay the government after allegations he misused federal funds.

Republicans push to end Dems’ stranglehold on key ambassadorial nominee

Senate Republicans fed up with the Democrats’ refusal to allow confirmation votes on a slew of critical appointments – including the high-profile case of the Trump administration’s first openly gay ambassadorial nominee – may move more aggressively to finally break the logjam.

Protestors At ‘March For Our Lives’ Rally Push For Additional Gun Control

An estimated several hundred thousand protestors gathered in Washington DC and in cities across the United States on Saturday to push for additional gun control legislation

BACKFIRE: As Activists Attack NRA, Interest In NRA Memberships Smashes Google Records

Data for the search term “NRA membership” dating back to 2004 reveals that searches for the phrase spiked higher over the weekend than it did even in response to the gun control push and campaign against the NRA after Sandy Hook.

VIDEO Student ‘To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much’ Plan Walkout

Rocklin High School student Brandon Gillespie is getting pushback after declaring he’s interested in seeing a pro-life demonstration at the school.

The protest is “To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” Gillespie told CBS Sacramento.

We Hear You: 6 Young Americans Whose School Safety Ideas Don’t Include Restricting Gun Rights

Editor’s note: We sought out the views of young Americans,  especially recent high school graduates, whose first instinct in making schools safer is not to call for stricter gun controls. Here are responses from six of them on the weekend of the March for Our Lives. As usual, write us at letters@dailysignal.com.—Ken McIntyre

WATCH: When #MarchForOurLives Protesters Are Asked What An ‘Assault Weapon’ Actually Is, They Have No Idea

During Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives in Washington D.C., Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillipsspoke with a number of protesters and asked them two simple questions.

First, Phillips asked what kind of policy changes need to be made. Nearly all of the protesters said legislators needs to enact a ban on “assault weapons.” But when he followed that up by asking what an assault weapon was, things got interesting.

BATACLAN ATTACK SURVIVOR JESSE HUGHES CALLS MARCH FOR OUR LIVES ‘PATHETIC’

The caption below the image takes aim at the survivors of the Parkland massacre last month, when a teenager used an assault rifle to kill 15 people. He says they are “exploiting the death of 16 of our fellow students for a few Facebook likes and some media attention.”

Parents Furious After Planned Parenthood Shows up at Middle School Health Fair

America’s largest abortion organization, Planned Parenthood, operated a booth at a middle school mental health resource fair in California on Tuesday.

An outrage broke out among a number of parents.

US Navy’s Virginia attack submarines will now fire nuclear weapons, marking dramatic shift

The U.S. Navy is going to have its Virginia-class attack submarines be armed with nuclear warheads, marking a history shift in how the submarines are used.

Tomahawk Cruise Missile being fired. (Credit: Raytheon)

Tomahawk Cruise Missile being fired. (Credit: Raytheon)

“While Virginia-class submarines can use conventional deterrence to keep adversaries in check, a sub-launched cruise missile with a nuclear warhead would be incorporated into Virginias and give national command authority additional escalation control,” Rear Adm. John Tammen, Director, Undersea Warfare Division, told Congress.

Confirmation of a US government probe pushes Facebook’s market loss to $90 billion

“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement.

Facebook apologizes for ‘breach of trust’ in newspaper ads

The ads went on to say the company is working to identify any other apps that are wrongly mining Facebook users’ data and will give users more control over shutting off apps.

The ads were placed in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post, along with six British newspapers: The Observer, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express and Sunday Telegraph.

The cult of Facebook — just see what happens when you try to leave

Facebook is that bar from “Cheers” or a virtual town where everyone knows your name. Why would you go somewhere else or move to LinkedIn or WhatsApp? “The primary motivation to be on Facebook is to reap the benefits of huge amounts of positive affirmation,” said Fran Walfish, a psychotherapist and author in Beverly Hills. The opposite of that, she said, is rejection.

What Mark Zuckerberg didn’t say: You’re risking more than your data on Facebook

Last November, Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook and founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, told Axios that Facebook is a behemoth that sucks up people’s time by playing on their weaknesses. “It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with because you’re exploiting vulnerability in human psychology,” he said, calling it a “social validation feedback loop.” Parker joked that he would likely have his Facebook account blocked, Axios reported. (Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.)

I downloaded 14 years of my Facebook data and here’s what happened

It had the phone number of my late grandmother who never had a Facebook account, or even an email address. It preserved the conversations I had with an ex– someone with whom I thought I had deleted my digital ties. It even recalled times I was “poked,” a feature I had forgotten about. I also learned that Kate Spade New York and MetLife have me on their advertiser lists.

Facebook May be Collecting Your Call and Text Data – Here’s How to Make Sure They Don’t

However, Ars Technica noted that many users experience contradicted Facebook’s statement:

“This contradicts the experience of several users who shared their data with Ars. Dylan McKay told Ars that he installed Messenger in 2015, but only allowed the app the permissions in the Android manifest that were required for installation,” Ars Technica explained. “He says he removed and reinstalled the app several times over the course of the next few years, but never explicitly gave the app permission to read his SMS records and call history.”

Now Twitter has joined Facebook and Google in banning crypto ads

Interest in bitcoin and its crypto cousins boomed in the past year, and along with it the potential for fraud and scams. Companies have raised billions of dollars through ICOs, which blend elements of crowdfunding via cryptoassets and traditional initial public offerings. Even if they’re not outright frauds, many ICOs don’t have customers, revenue, or a working product, making them substantially more risky that the typical stock market offering.

World News:

France Mourns ‘Hero’ Officer Who Took Place of Hostage in Attack

France will pay a national tribute to a security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist terrorist, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.

The late Arnaud Beltrame, the gendarme who voluntarily took the place of a hostage

The late Arnaud Beltrame, the gendarme who voluntarily took the place of a hostage during a deadly supermarket siege in southwestern France on Friday, March 23, 2018. Photo: Gendarmerie Nationale / Handout via Reuters.

China’s falling space lab is a prism for its space ambitions

China space agency said most of the lab would burn up during the fall, but there’s still a chance—rather a tiny one—for someone to be hit by the lab’s debris. It’s only believed to have happened once—in 1997 to a woman named Lottie Williams as she was strolling through a park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She wasn’t injured.

The other danger lies in the surviving fragments, because they could potentially contain a highly toxic and corrosive substance, noted the Aerospace Corporation.

Tiangong-2, China’s second space laboratory,

Tiangong-2, China’s second space laboratory, lifts off from the launch pad in Jiuquan, Gansu province, in September 2016.

A new era for China’s space dreams

China spends some $3 billion every year on its space budget by one estimate. That’s around 14% of the nearly $21 billion the US allocated to NASA for the 2018 fiscal year. Even so, in 2016, China launched 22 rockets—the same as the US—and for the first time surpassed the 17 launched by Russia.

Ten Algerians Arrested For Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls

The ten migrants were brought to court on charges of sexual abuse in the city of Alicante, where they are believed to have sexually molested and assaulted three girls aged 14, 15, and 17, Le Point reports.

French-Jewish Holocaust survivor found burned, stabbed to death in Paris apartment

A French-Jewish communal security organization, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA), said five fires had been set at the apartment, and the victim — named as “Mireille K.” — was also stabbed 11 times.

Family Planning And Abortion Access Is Vital For Women, UN Concludes

The Commission aims to “increase financial investments in quality, affordable and accessible health-care facilities and support services for rural women and girls,” the UN posits in its assessment on how to better serve the world’s women.

The UN has a duty to ensure women and girls have universal access to “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, including health-care services for family planning,” the report concluded.

UN Human Rights Council calls for arms embargo against Israel

“Our patience is not unlimited,” cautioned US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. “Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights.”

A meeting of the Human Rights Council. (UN/Pierre Albouy

A meeting of the Human Rights Council. (UN/Pierre Albouy

British Jews Hail UK Vote Against Anti-Israel Resolutions at United Nations

The UNHRC on Friday passed five resolutions attacking Israel, along with two regarding Syria and one each on Iran and North Korea. The council has long been noted for its fierce animus toward Israel, most notably expressed by the fact that Israel is the council’s only permanent agenda item.

Russia is arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, US General says

In the interview, Gen. John Nicholson criticized Russia’s “destabilizing activity” and said that Russian weapons were being smuggled across the Tajikistan border and into the Taliban’s hands.

“We see a narrative that’s being used that grossly exaggerates the number of ISIS [Islamic State group] fighters here,” Nicholson told BBC News. “This narrative then is used as a justification for the Russians to legitimize the actions of Taliban and provide some degree of support to the Taliban.”

Student who put her virginity up for sale online claims to have accepted a final offer of $1.4MILLION from ‘Hollywood actor’

The German-based company claims the final bidder was a ‘Hollywood actor’ from Los Angeles who outbid a businessman from Munich and a Manchester United football player based in London.

The tryst is set to take place in a hotel in April, they added.

Commentary / Opinion:

The Dan Bongino Show: March 26, 2018: Ep. 684 Is this Really a Grassroots Movement?

In this episode I address the Omnibus spending bill and the real reasons that President Trump signed the bill. I also discuss the identity of the organizers behind the March for Our Lives rally. Finally I discuss the reemergence of healthcare as a prominent election issue and why.

How to Do a Digital Detox with Your Family

The average person now spends about five hours a day on their phone. Not only is this bad for your posture, but having your phone next to you is taking attention away from your family – whether you’re looking at it or not. Even just a short tech timeout for an hour or two every night can help you to give your family your full attention. And who knows, after a few days you may start to enjoy the break!

The cost of open borders: Sweden (Big trouble, little Europe)

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