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Photo of fiery bubble that stretches 65 feet in the air stuns the Internet

A red-hot bubble was caught on camera spewing out steaming hot lava 65 feet in the air — and the Internet wants to know more.

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A “rare” lava-dome fountain spews lava in Hawaii on October 11, 1969. (J.B. Judd/USGS)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) shared the picture on “Throwback Thursday” last week to highlight a “rare” lava-dome fountain that was spotted in Hawaii on October 11, 1969.

5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday afternoon.

The quake hit near the Channel Islands area of the west coast state, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), hitting near cities such as Los Angeles and Ventura.

EMT accused of raping 10-year-old girl allegedly locked bedroom door before attack

According to the NY Daily News, Petion grabbed the girl who was sleeping at the time, by the neck, placed his hand over her mouth and said he’d hit her if she didn’t stop yelling.

Frantz Petion, an FDNY EMT,

Frantz Petion, an FDNY EMT, weeps as he is arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on rape charges. (JEFF BACHNER/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Prosecutors said the girl told police she woke up to Frantz Petion, 25, abusing her in her attic bedroom Sunday.

One of the ‘worst DUI offenders in the country’ arrested again, police say

She has six DUIs in six states, according to police.

41-year-old Tasha Sleicher

Police called 41-year-old Tasha Sleicher one of “the worst DUI offenders in the country” after her seventh DUI arrest. (Riverside Police Dept.)

In one incident, she was with her children in the car when she lost control and slammed into the median multiple times before her tire blew and the bare rim forced her to stop five miles later. When an officer approached the car, she was allegedly nursing the infant.

Robbers cut woman’s throat after following her to apartment from Applebee’s: deputies

The victim had been hanging out at the Wesley Chapel restaurant bar for about three hours when she decided to go to a friend’s house around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. When she got there, a woman walked up to her in the parking lot and started talking to her.

Two robbers

Two robbers followed a woman out of a Florida Applebee’s, then cut her throat and stole her purse, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

“The next thing she knew her neck was cut and she had fallen to the ground,” deputies said in the release. The pair allegedly made off with the woman’s cellphone, wallet and multiple credit cards. The cards were later used to make purchases at three different Walmarts.

Connecticut: Muslim pleads guilty to forcing woman into prostitution, threatening to harm her child

Authorities from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut said Abdi and his girlfriend forced a woman to prostitute herself from December 2016 to January 2017.

The woman was advertised on Backpage.com and other websites and was forced to have sex with customers in rented hotel rooms.

Nurse serving life sentence for sexual assault mistakenly freed, turns himself back in

A male nurse who was serving a life sentence in Georgia for sexually assaulting female patients and was mistakenly freed from custody turned himself into authorities on Wednesday.

Paul Serdula, of Marietta

Paul Serdula, of Marietta, turned himself into authorities on Wednesday after being accidentally freed from custody. (Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

Paul Serdula, of Marietta, turned himself into the Cobb County Jail at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office records show.

Prosecutor accused of helping drug dealers for sex, resigns

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania district attorney was accused Wednesday of tipping off female drug dealers and giving them lenient treatment in exchange for sex, resigning as he was charged with dozens of crimes.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a courthouse press conference that Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins manipulated women for sexual favors, calling it a betrayal of the community.

Woman says Las Vegas GOP campaign adviser made her his sex slave

A Las Vegas political adviser who worked on national campaigns and high-profile Nevada races sexually enslaved and battered his ex-fiancée before police responded to a domestic dispute, the woman told the Review-Journal.

The 46-year-old woman provided copies of emails, text messages and a signed contract laying out her duties as a “slave in training” to Benjamin Sparks.

Body camera captures police shooting of 21-year-old student

Dashcam and body camera footage captures University of Chicago police shooting a 21-year-old student after he charged at them with a pipe.

North Carolina cops shoot armed suspect as pregnant hostage crawls to safety, body cam video shows

The incident happened on September 25, 2017, but officials didn’t release the footage until Thursday.

A dramatic video released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shows the moment a pregnant woman was able to safety escape as officers shot an armed suspect holding her hostage.

Johnathan Autry, 28, was charged with burglary, kidnapping, robbery

Johnathan Autry, 28, was charged with burglary, kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman could be heard saying “I’m pregnant” multiple times as police officers yelled at the suspect holding onto her to drop his gun.

Three Gang Members Agree to Plead Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges Related to Firebombing of African-American Residences

The Justice Department today announced that three East Los Angeles men have agreed to plead guilty to federal civil rights and racketeering charges for participating in the 2014 firebombing of African-American residences inside the Ramona Gardens Housing Development.

On the night of May 11, 2014, eight members of the Big Hazard street gang, which claims Ramona Gardens as its territory, assembled, prepared Molotov cocktails, drove outside of Ramona Gardens, then reentered the housing development on foot to avoid its security cameras. Once the gang members located their pre-selected targets, they smashed the windows of four apartments and threw lit Molotov cocktails into the residences, according to the plea agreements. Three of the four targeted apartments were occupied by African-American families, including women and children, who were sleeping at the time of the unprovoked attack.

More than a million illegal immigrants scored California driver’s licenses, state DMV announces

More than one million illegal immigrants living in California have received driver’s licenses, according to a new report.

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced that as of March 31, 1,001,000 illegal immigrants have received licenses, The Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday.

Most border-state governors back Trump’s National Guard plan

Governors of several states have voiced support for President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, paving the way for the White House to implement its latest anti-illegal immigration policy.

The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico — three states that border Mexico — backed the president’s move, which officials said could lead to troops on the ground as early as Wednesday night.

MEXICO BORDER WALL: OREGON GOVERNOR TELLS TRUMP SHE’LL REFUSE ORDER TO SEND GUARD TROOPS SOUTH

Governor Kate Brown said she will refuse any order from President Donald Trump to send Oregon’s guard troops down south to the US-Mexico border.

National Guard will only play supporting role to agents at the border

Sources say you likely won’t see a National Guard soldier standing on the border with an M-16 rifle arresting illegal immigrants. The military is prevented from enforcing domestic law.

What you will likely see is the Air National Guard helicopters providing backup for Border Agents chasing illegal border crossers or checking out sensor hits to determine the number of immigrants having crossed the line.

Aliso Viejo Votes To Join Federal Suit Against California’s Sanctuary State Law

ALISO VIEJO (CBSLA) — The city of Aliso Viejo is joining the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary state law.

After more than six hours of debate and public comment, the Aliso Viejo City Council voted 4-1 early Thursday morning to join the Orange County cities of Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach in suing the state…

Escondido votes to support Trump administration lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws

Following a three-hour meeting filled with name-calling and impassioned pleas, the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government’s lawsuit challenging the state’s sanctuary laws.

The action is the first by a San Diego County city. The county Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss filing a similar brief during a closed-door meeting April 17.

West U councilwoman accused of yelling obscenities at teen wearing Trump shirt

The girls said they were in line at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies in West U on Saturday, waiting to buy cookies for younger girls at their nearby church.

“A tall, short-haired blond woman came up to them and screamed, ‘Grab em by the (expletive) girls!'” the father of one of the girls said. He did not want to be identified, fearing retaliation against his daughter.

The girls initially tried to laugh it off, the father said.

“Then, she yells it again!” the father said. “At that point the girls were getting kind of scared, and then the woman starts, you know, going, ‘MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!’ while shaking her fist.”

Planned Parenthood is So Dedicated to Abortion, It Rejected Ivanka Trump’s Deal to Stop Doing Them

As Richards tells it, Kushner said that Planned Parenthood “had made a big mistake by becoming ‘political’” and that the “main issue … was abortion.” So Kushner reportedly made her an offer. Richards writes:

According to The New York Times, Trump suggested to Richards that Planned Parenthood split in two, with one branch offering abortions and the second other services. …

What Trump and Kushner suggested was quite reasonable. After all, Planned Parenthood claims abortions are only 3 percent of what it does. With its morally abhorrent practices gone – or at least completely separated from its health care services, Planned Parenthood would not have to battle for tax funding anymore. And it would be able to dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to the health care services that it loves to tout –

Chicago suburb bans assault weapons and large-capacity magazines

The Deerfield decision is likely to face legal challenges from gun rights groups that see it as a violation of their constitutional rights. A similar ban in Highland Park, Illinois was challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and upheld.

Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal

Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal

Residents of Democratic-leaning Deerfield, Illinois have until June 13 to remove any firearms and magazines that fall outside the new restrictions or face a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per day, according to an ordinance passed by the town board on Monday night.

Furious Norwegian Cruise Line passengers slam ship’s horrible, nonstop ‘construction zone’

When 2,000 passengers boarded Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Sun” ship on March 16 for a luxurious 15-day sail to Los Angeles, they were shocked to step into a nightmarelike “construction zone” onboard.

Now, over 450 passengers are rallying together in a Facebook group to protest the cruise line’s failure to inform them of the repairs in advance.

Missing CDC employee’s body found in river weeks after disappearance, police say

The body of a missing employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was found this week in a river nearly two months after his “unusual” disappearance prompted a nationwide search, police announced Thursday.

Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist at the CDC, was found in Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta late Tuesday. Fishermen in the area spotted the body along the bank of the river face up. The decomposed body was stuck in mud in an area that was not easily accessible, leading officials to believe it was “in that position for a while.”

Elderly adults grow as many new brain cells as teenagers do, study finds

Your brain keeps making new nerve cells, even as you get older.

That’s a big deal. For decades, researchers believed that aging brains stop making new cells. But recent research has offered strong evidence to the contrary, and a new paper published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell tries to put the notion to bed entirely. Aging brains, the researchers showed, produce just as many new cells as younger brains do.

Tech Watch:

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify on Capitol Hill in days

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify next week on Capitol Hill regarding recent revelations about how the world’s most popular social media site collects and uses people’s data, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Facebook Bans Image of Jesus for ‘Excessively Violent Content’

Facebook has rejected an advertisement by a Catholic college for an online theology program, declaring that the ad contained “shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content” because of the image of a medieval crucifix.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg says he made ‘huge mistake,’ must take ‘broader view’ of responsibility

During a wide-ranging phone conversation on Wednesday with the press in advance of his testimony on Capitol Hill next week, the embattled chief executive told reporters that he accepted blame for the data scandal that put the personal information of up to 87 million users in the hands of a data-mining firm connected to the Trump campaign.

Fallout from the incident has prompted a #DeleteFacebook push among users, angered advertisers and led the Federal Trade Commission to open up an investigation into the company’s practices to determine if it violated a consent decree that was signed in 2011.

‘Tech Tyranny’: How Google plans to help China

Google has become so powerful that the Chinese military has sought the tech giant’s help.

Researchers to boycott South Korean university over AI weapons work

BERLIN (Reuters) – Over 50 top Artificial Intelligence researchers on Wednesday announced a boycott of KAIST, South Korea’s top university, after it opened what they called an AI weapons lab with one of South Korea’s largest companies.

HUBO, a multifunctional walking humanoid robot

A KAIST professor showed off HUBO, a multifunctional walking humanoid robot, in 2016. The university was boycotted this week by AI researchers after it announced a partnership with an AI weapons lab. The university has assured the public that killer robots are not planned. (Reuters)

The researchers, based in 30 countries, said they would refrain from visiting KAIST, hosting visitors from the university, or cooperating with its research programs until it pledged to refrain from developing AI weapons without “meaningful human control”.

IMAX and Conversive launch an AR app with chatty pandas

Today, IMAX is releasing its first augmented reality project, developed in partnership with conversational technology company Conversive and tied to the release of the new IMAX documentary Pandas.

Pandas AR,

IMAX release. Pandas AR, IMAX Experience®.

With Pandas AR, children don’t just watch an animated panda in real-world environments — they can also talk to it, getting educated on facts about pandas and taking quizzes about what they’ve learned.

World News:

Dudley police hunt ‘man with MACHETE’ – at least one injured and area put on lockdown

West Midlands Police said officers were hunting a man believed to be in possession of a machete in the Buffrey Road area of the town.

They said the incident began after a car crashed into parked vehicles, resulting in one man suffering leg injuries, shortly before 3:30pm.

RUSSIA TO JOIN U.S.-CHINA SOUTH CHINA SEA FACE OFF AFTER VIETNAM PACT

Russia has agreed to a new military cooperation roadmap with Vietnam, which could bring Moscow into the ongoing power struggle between the China and the U.S. in the South China Sea.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu,Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich

The deal was signed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS reported.

White House approves $1.3B artillery sale to Saudi Arabia

The State Department said Thursday that the Trump administration has signed off on an agreement to sell more that $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia, the second arms deal between the U.S. and Riyadh in as many months.

The package includes about 180 Paladin howitzer systems. The artillery-firing vehicles launch 155mm shells.

Commentary/Opinion:

Fox News Video: Tammy Bruce’s take: Hillary blame tour, Christian privilege

Commentator and columnist on Clinton blaming everything from misogyny to the FBI for her 2016 presidential loss, accusing Fox News of always trying to ‘impeach’ her and the emergence of ‘Christian privilege’ as a leftist target.

THE MYSTICISM OF ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’

If there were a Hall of Fame for political rhetoric, the phrase “social justice” would deserve a prominent place there. It has the prime virtue of political catchwords: It means many different things to many different people.

In other words, if you are a politician, you can get lots of people with different concrete ideas to agree with you when you come out boldly for the vague generality of “social justice.”

Tucker: Media will stop talking about YouTube shooting

Tucker: The mainstream media will soon stop talking about the shooting at YouTube headquarters because there’s no obvious way to use it shooting to advance the objectives of the Democratic Party. That’s how corrupt they are.

Big Tech has a gun control hypocrisy problem

Big Tech CEOs are the first to cry for gun control and an evolution on gun policies but never leave home without the biggest armed guards.

Excellent Read! Martin Luther King: ‘We Can’t Keep On Blaming the White Man’

Discussion of antisocial behavior in poor black communities, let alone the possibility that it plays a significant role in racial inequality, has become another casualty of the post-’60s era. King and other black leaders at the time spoke openly about the need for more-responsible behavior in poor black communities. After remarking on disproportionately high inner-city crime rates, King told a black congregation in St. Louis that “we’ve got to do something about our moral standards.” He added: “We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.”

King’s successors mostly ignore this advice, preferring instead to keep the onus on whites. Where King tried to instill in young people the importance of personal responsibility and self-determination notwithstanding racial barriers, his counterparts today spend more time making excuses for counterproductive behavior and dismissing criticism of it as racist. Activists who long ago abandoned King’s colorblind standard, which was the basis for the landmark civil-rights laws enacted in the 1960s, tell black youths today that they are victims, first and foremost.

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