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News and Headlines. 4/16/2018

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In The News:

R. Lee Ermey’s most memorable roles, from ‘Full Metal Jacket’ to ‘Toy Story’

From training new Marines as a sadistic drill instructor to leading a bucket of toy soldiers on a mission to move to their owner’s new home, the late actor R. Lee Ermey has left his mark on a variety of shows. In fact, he raked in more than 60 credits in film and television over his 30-year career in the industry.

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‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

Fans of the actor are remembering his iconic roles after his death on April 15 at the age of 74.

Ermey slowly transformed into an actor after serving as a technical adviser on films such as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Boys in Company C” and yes, even “Full Metal Jacket.”

No one could play the role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman better than him — a Marine Corps veteran who served for 11 years, including 14 months in Vietnam. The film’s director Stanley Kubrick offered Ermey the spot after seeing a demo tape of him railing at extras while tennis balls flew at him.

Check Out R. Lee Ermey’s Memorable Movie Moments [VIDEO]

One of our favorite United States Marines and actors in Hollywood, Ronald Lee Ermey, died from pneumonia on Friday. He was 74.

In honor of his life, we took a look back and found some of his most memorable movie moments.

Bodies found in SUV plunged into California river ID’d as missing family members; 1 child sought

Search crews on Sunday found the bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and Saachi Thottapilly, 9, inside an SUV that was pulled from the Eel River in Leggett, Calif. Another woman’s body found about seven miles from the scene over the weekend was identified as 38-year-old Soumya Thottapilly.

Police are still searching for the couple’s son, Siddhant Thottapilly, 12, who was believed to be with the rest of the family when the deadly incident occurred.

South Carolina prison secured, coroner called to scene after 7 inmates dead after in prison fight

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina prisons spokesman says 7 inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday

USGS reports 3.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Alum Rock in San Jose

The quake struck at 9:39 a.m. and the epicenter was about five miles northeast of Alum Rock.

Protesters Flood Starbucks, Vow To Shut It Down After Police Arrest Black Men [VIDEO]

The protests come in light of recently released video showing police officers arresting two black men at the Starbucks. The coffee shop called 911 after the men refused to leave the premise, according to police. The men asked to use the bathroom but were denied because they had not bought anything.

The men said they had been waiting for a friend to come and meet them for business, their lawyer said.

County court writes a $15,000 check to one of the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’

Shakur was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army.

In the 1970s, Shakur was convicted for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper. Shakur escaped prison in 1979 and lived underground for the next five years, according to Vice.

In 1985 she fled to Cuba, where she received political asylum and continues to live today. In 2013,

The FBI identified her as one of the agency’s “Most Wanted Terrorists,”

The NYPD must let out the truth about an unsolved cop-killing

Forty-six years ago today, (Saturday, April 14, 2018) an NYPD cop named Phillip Cardillo was gunned down inside a Nation of Islam mosque in Harlem. No one ever served a day in jail for the crime. And for 46 years, the NYPD has been withholding evidence in his murder case from the public. It’s time they come clean.

Officer Phillip W. Cardillo

Officer Phillip W. Cardillo

I’m not the only one leveling that charge. Decades ago, a special prosecutor found that there had been “a concerted and orchestrated effort” by members of the NYPD to impede the Cardillo murder investigation, including withholding a secret report on the case — the so-called Blue Book — from the department’s own investigators.

Judicial Watch Sues Justice and State Departments for Uranium One Records

This lawsuit is part of Judicial Watch’s continuing investigation of the highly controversial 2010 Uranium One deal.

At the time, a Russia state-owned nuclear firm, Rosatom, sought to buy Uranium One, a Canadian mining company. Because Uranium One held licenses for 20 percent of America’s uranium production capacity, the sale had to be approved by the nine members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who assented to the transaction.

Uranium One interests contributed more than $140 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Fox News Video: Tom Fitton: Obstruction investigation against Trump is dead

President of Judicial Watch says if James Comey is the key witness of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe what a ‘joke of a prosecution that would be.’

FEC hit with lawsuit over ignoring civil complaint accusing Clinton, DNC in election scheme

“The Clinton machine has escaped accountability for its illegal practices for far too long,” Ted Harvey, CDP chairman, said to Fox News. “After months of review, the FEC has refused to address the Clintons’ $84 million money laundering scheme that violated several campaign finance laws.”

The Committee to Defend the President (CDP), a political action committee formally known as Stop Hillary PAC, filed its complaint with the FEC in December 2017 with the claims that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, and allegedly sent that money through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, confirmed on Wednesday that it had been struck by at least 240 hack attacks and another 800 suspected hacks, jeopardizing mortgage information, Social Security numbers, and personal banking information of scores of Americans, according to congressional testimony.

Weekly Update 04.15.18 President Donald J. Trump

Food Stamp Usage Drops over Half-Million in a Single Month

The USDA data reveals that a total of 587,792 people discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between December 2017 and January 2018.

The latest numbers show that on the whole, food stamp enrollment has been on a steady decline for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018, which began in October 2017.

Melania Visits ‘Moving’ Opioid Memorial [PHOTOS]

Since President Donald Trump took office, the first lady has visited facilities that work with and help families that are struggling with addiction.

Melania Trump

Melania Trump made a visit Monday to the opioid memorial near the White House.

“As you know, the opioid epidemic and how it affects children and families has been one of the issue areas Mrs. Trump is focused on, so going to the memorial was something she wanted to do as soon as it was announced,” the first lady’s spokesperson told The Daily Caller.

Wells Fargo Stems the Tide: Not a Bank’s Job to Set U.S. Gun Policy

Wells Fargo stemmed the tide of the push for new financial restrictions on gun makers and sellers by stressing that it is not a bank’s job to set U.S. gun policy.

Wells Fargo believes firearm policy is a debate for Congress instead.

Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called “sanctuary state” law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state’s position.

DHS Says Cities Hid 142 Suspected Gang Members From Deportation

The gang release data is the agency’s most up-to-date, according to the agency, which delivered the answers in response to routine oversight questions by committee members.

The data does not cover any releases after June 19, 2017, when city governments escalated their opposition to the legal deportation of illegal migrants in their cities and counties. Currently, the Department of Justice is pressuring cities to cooperate with deportation efforts and is trying to cut federal police grants to cities who release criminals back into Americans’ neighborhoods.

Thousands of women tell Supreme Court: Abortion facilities misled us

And 3,348 post-abortive women who told their stories in an Amicus Curiae Brief submitted to the Supreme Court have also claimed otherwise.

The amicus brief was filed by the Justice Foundation in the case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. The more than 3,000 women claim that the abortion workers either withheld information or outright lied to them about abortion’s risks and the development of their preborn babies. Kathryn Bretz tells of terrible physical and traumatic emotional consequences in the amicus brief:

16 infants in Florida born alive after surviving abortion attempts

Thus far in 2018, one baby has been born alive in Florida during an abortion attempt. In 2017, there were 11 abortion survivors. There were none recorded born alive in 2016 or 2013, but there were four abortion survivors in 2015.

A previous Live Action News report noted that in 2015 alone, there were several reports of abortion survivors: one in Michigan, five in Minnesota, and, as already mentioned, four in Florida — three in Alachua County and one in Jackson County. That same year, 5,132 elective abortions were reportedly committed on women between the 13th and 24th week of pregnancy; that number has since been updated to 5,195 with a total of 5,695 for all reasons, including various “health” reasons.

MSNBC Host Says All Medical Students Should be Forced to Learn How to Do Abortions

Hippocratic Oath be damned. Abortion schooling is a must for physicians, according to one MSNBC host.

During her MSNBC’s Lean Forward on April 11, host Melissa Harris-Perry questioned Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Dr. Anne Davis on a North Carolina bill that would prohibit the “basic core skill” of abortion at state medical schools. The two described abortion education as a “core part” or a “core skill” five times during the five-minute seventeen-second interview.

Tennessee moves to defund Planned Parenthood, cut all state funding

“The governor…deferred to the will of the legislature on this bill as amended, and after reviewing the bill in its final form decided to sign the bill into law,” Jennifer Donnals, Haslam’s press secretary, said on Monday.

The bill passed the state legislature in March. Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, argued that nearly $1 million has been given to abortion facilities over the past six years, and the state has therefore been indirectly funding abortion.

Students from over 300 schools participate in pro-life walkout

“We will no longer tolerate legal abortion in our nation, which has killed more than a fourth of our generation. We will no longer watch as our leaders in Washington continue to fund our nation’s largest abortion vendor, Planned Parenthood, with more than $500 million of our taxpayer dollars. We will no longer permit Planned Parenthood and their allies in the abortion industry to target our peers for their predatory business cycle,



Tech Watch:

Facebook stops fighting California Privacy Act

As Engadget reports, Facebook had already donated $200,000 to help try and defeat the act. It won’t be contributing anymore money, but AT&T, Comcast, Google, and Verizon are some of the bigger companies who continue to fight against it. The worry for these companies is, a limit on data access and flow also limits their business model and therefore potential profit. And if one state enacts new data privacy rules, others will surely follow.

Oath revamps Yahoo, AOL privacy policies to allow email and photo scans

Verizon’s Oath, which owns both Yahoo and AOL, has updated its privacy policies with new information concerning what the company is allowed to do with user data. The company’s recently updated policies state that the sites it owns are allowed to scan emails, instant messages, photos, and other user data.

Another thing worth noting about Oath’s privacy policies is its section regarding banking information. As CNET reports, the company does scan emails related to banking and financial information. Their terms of service state that Oath may “… analyze user content around certain interactions with financial institutions.”

Privacy outrage after Google users discover Chrome’s built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private files on their computers without telling them

It was originally an optional add on for Chrome, letting users get rid of malware and bloatware they may have unintentionally installed.

In October 2017, the Mountain View firm re-branded it and made it a compulsory part of the Chrome installation – without users’ knowledge.

The discovery was made by Kelly Shortridge, a cybersecurity expert at New York based startup SecurityScorecard.

Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool

Google users are sharing their shock at discovering Chrome’s built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private files on their computers.

Ms Shortridge noticed that the tool was scanning files in a documents folder on her Windows PC and was concerned that it may be collecting data.

She shared her findings on Twitter, where she said: ‘I was wondering why my Canarytoken (a file folder) was triggering and discovered the culprit was Chrome.

‘Turns out Google Chrome quietly began performing AV scans on Windows devices last fall.’


Web developer Dylan Curran, based in Waterford, Ireland, decided to download both his Facebook and Google archives. Here’s what he found.

World News:

New U.S. sanctions on Russia coming Monday, says Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. must continue to act “smart” when chemical weapons are used, or a similar attack could happen on American soil.

“You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down. (Treasury) Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn’t already, and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Haley said the U.S. intends to make sure the supporters of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad feel the consequences of the chemical weapons attack.

“We wanted their friends Iran and Russia to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well,” she said.

Trump still wants US troops to leave Syria ‘as quickly as possible’ – White House

The White House statement comes after the French President said he had persuaded the US President to stay in Syria.

“The US mission has not changed – the President has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

There are estimated to be around 2,000 US troops in Syria.


I guess we have to get used to it. Privacy is dead! Yahoo’s new privacy policies.

With all of the recent news and headlines about Facebook and all the big tech companies tracking us, sharing our information with little or no options for us to do anything about it. I’ve been thinking why isn’t Yahoo in the news? They certainty should be.

Gutfeld: It was tough watching Zuck explain the internet

Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Capitol Hill was a strange meeting of two worlds.

FBI & DOJ leadership proven corrupt 

Joe DiGenova DESTROY’S JAMES COMEY: Comey Interview | Scooter Libby | Gowdy and Fitzgerald

Joe DiGenova joins WMAL The MAll to discuss Sunday night’s Comey Interview, Scooter Libby’s Pardon from President Trump and everyone wrapped up in both scandals.

Cops Are the Good Guys

Are cops perfect? Of course not. And no one should expect them to be. But every single day, under the most difficult conditions, the police protect us from the bad guys. In other words, they do their job and they do it well. Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke makes it very clear: cops are not the problem.