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Dickson County deputy shot, killed; Search for suspect underway

DICKSON, TN — The search is underway for the man suspected of shooting and killing a Dickson County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to WSMV.

It’s not clear what led up to the shooting, which is believed to have happened during a traffic stop.16872637_g

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have responded to the scene.

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect, identified as Steven Wiggins.

The Latest: Reward increases to $7,500 in deputy shooting

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Authorities say the reward has increased to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of a man sought by police in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped increase the reward for information on Steven Joshua Wiggins.

Authorities have said the Dickson County deputy was shot and killed early Wednesday after a responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. They have not released the deputy’s name.

Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018

Since the start of 2018, at least 42 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 25 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News has found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Read on for a look at officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year.

 

‘Roseanne’ fans call for Bill Maher to be fired after he joked Trump is part orangutan

“Roseanne” fans have called on HBO to fire “Real Time” host Bill Maher in response to the comedian’s jokes that President Trump was part orangutan.

ABC quickly canceled the successful “Roseanne” reboot Tuesday hours after its star, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about former President Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett. The tweet said Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran, is like the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” Barr apologized for the tweet before her show was canceled. The next day, she appeared to blame the prescription pill Ambien for the tweet.

Trump hits ABC after cancellation of ‘Roseanne,’ asks why network doesn’t apologize for anti-Trump comments

President Trump on Wednesday spoke out for the first time about ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne,” knocking the network for not apologizing in other instances where people have made “horrible” anti-Trump comments on ABC.

“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?’”

President Donald J. Trump to Sign Right to Try Legislation Fulfilling the Promise He Made to Expand Healthcare Options for Terminal Americans

People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home.

RIGHT TO TRY: Congress passed the Right to Try Act of 2017, sending a priority bill to President Donald J. Trump for his signature.

The “Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Belllina Right to Try Act of 2017” passed Congress on May 22, 2018.

Donald J. Trump President Weekly Update 05.29.18

I will not rest until the world is safe from a nuclearized North Korea.

Trump kills Obama loophole for illegal immigrant ‘entrepreneurs’

The Trump administration has shut down an Obama-era loophole that let immigrants who otherwise could not legally enter the U.S. claim a free pass by saying they were “entrepreneurs.”

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, announced an end to the program, claiming former President Barack Obama overstepped his powers in creating it.

The administration also said that the program that let immigrant small businessmen and women enter was a threat to U.S. workers, a key focus of the White House.

White House blasts ‘double standard’ over Olbermann, Hill, Griffin, Behar anti-Trump comments

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump wants to know why Disney CEO Bob Iger hasn’t apologized for the “horrible things” said by its anti-Trump personalities like Keith Olbermann, Jemele Hill, Joy Behar and Kathy Griffin.

“Where was Bob Iger’s apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist?” Sanders asked during Wednesday’s press briefing, referencing the ESPN host. “To Christians around the world for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness?” Behar is a frequent Trump detractor.

Sanders continued:

Sarah Sanders Holds Back Tears After Young Boy Asks About School Shootings During Press Briefing

Sarah Sanders took a question from a rather unique reporter in the briefing room Wednesday.

She called on a reporter who said he had a “young guest” with a question. The young guest, a boy in the audience, had a question written down on paper about being protected during a school shooting. He asked:

Democrat Creates Fake News Website to Promote Congressional Campaign

A Florida Democratic congressional candidate has created her own news website, featuring positive stories about herself and negative stories about opponents.

The Miami Herald first noticed the website, called QuePasa27.com. “Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez didn’t like the news coverage of her campaign for Congress,” the Herald reported Tuesday. “So she created her own.”

Colorado: Muslim who had pipe bombs in downtown Denver hotel pleads guilty

According to court documents, Adam Nauveed Hayat, 36, had been staying at the Sheraton at 1550 Court Place. After he failed to pay his bill, hotel staff went to his room to check on him, where they found the word “explosives” written on the closet door mirror.

Police were called, and when the officer opened the closet and safe, the officer found a closed ammunition case. Also found in the hotel room were several metal pipes and empty rifle shell casings.

Two Indiana Latin King Members Convicted of Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering Activity, Including the Murder of a 15-Year Old Boy

Darrick Vallodolid aka Deuce, 28, of Hobart, Indiana and Robert Nieto aka Cowboy, 44, of Gary, Indiana were convicted after an 11-day jury trial before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon.  The jury found that, as part of the racketeering conspiracy, on Sunday, April 12, 2009, Victor Lusinski, 15, of Lansing, Illinois, was riding a bicycle near an elementary school in Hammond, Indiana, when Vallodolid shot and killed him with a .22 caliber firearm, believing him to be a rival gang member.

The evidence at trial showed that on Dec. 2, 2013, Rolando Correa, 22, of Gary, Indiana, was killed in Gary when coming to the aid of his next door neighbors, who were victims of a home invasion robbery which Nieto assisted in setting up and listened to a police scanner to assist in the escape of the robbers.

The jury also found that Vallodolid and Nieto each conspired to distribute or possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine as part of the racketeering conspiracy and drug conspiracy.  The jury also found that Vallodolid and Nieto each conspired to distribute or possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana as part of the drug conspiracy.

Bus driver in fatal school bus crash released pending trial

A school bus driver facing two counts of vehicular homicide stemming from a crash this month on Interstate 80 was released pending trial Wednesday over the objections of prosecutors.

Hudy Muldrow sat silently in court for much of the two-hour, 30-minute detention hearing — a staple in criminal cases in New Jersey since the state did away with cash bail at the beginning of last year. In the gallery, several of Muldrow’s friends and relatives nodded and clutched hands after the judge announced his decision. They declined to comment after the hearing.

The Latest: Police release more Las Vegas shooting records

Police in Las Vegas have released another batch of public records about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The release of video on Wednesday came after courts ordered the department to make public police body-camera video, dispatch logs, witness accounts and officer reports from the Oct. 1 shooting.

 

EXPOSED: PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S COVER-UP OF CHILD SEX ABUSE

America is calling for an end to sexual abuse at every level, in every institution. Live Action presents a seven-part docuseries and an investigative report documenting the systemic cover-up of child sexual abuse at America’s biggest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood, required by law to report suspected abuse, has ignored victims’ pleas for help, performed abortions on victims as young as 12 years old, and returned them back to their abusers. Planned Parenthood’s negligence is enabling abuse and aiding abusers.

Planned Parenthood Caught Doing Abortions on 12-Year-Old Girls, Not Reporting Sexual Assault to Authorities

The Planned Parenthood abortion chain has been caught repeatedly performing abortions on abuse victims as young as 12 and 13 years old, failing to report suspected sexual abuse to authorities, and sending victims back to their abusers.

A new investigative report report chronicles these cases and reveals Planned Parenthood’s decades-long pattern of helping child sex abusers cover up their crimes.

Sex Abuse Cover Up at Planned Parenthood – Overview

Through the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, America is calling for an end to sexual abuse in every institution. But few are calling out one of America’s biggest accomplices to sexual abuse, even though there is widespread documentation of decades-long systemic sexual abuse cover up behind its doors. The group is Planned Parenthood and they are tax funded. Planned Parenthood claims that sexual assault victims come to their facilities on a daily basis. What we will show you in Live Action’s seven part video series is how Planned Parenthood treats these victims, consistently and deliberately failing to report their abuse and even making a profit doing so.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case, Threatens To Completely Shut Down Arkansas Abortion Clinics

Two of Arkansas’ three remaining abortion clinics may soon close after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the state’s exacting abortion laws.

Though the provisions at issue may yet be overturned in federal court, pro-choice partisans say Monday’s decision will inhibit safe abortion access in Arkansas for the foreseeable future.

Martin Luther King’s Niece to Starbucks: If You Really Oppose Racism, Oppose Planned Parenthood

The niece of Martin Luther King Jr. is challenging Starbucks, the coffee chain which is undertaking a new campaign to combat racism. King’s niece Alveda King says that if Starbucks really wants to take on racism it should oppose the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been proven to locate its abortion clinics and minority neighborhoods to Target black babies in abortions.

Uber, beset by safety criticisms, introduces panic button

Your ride home may have just gotten a bit safer.

Ride-hailing service Uber has introduced a new “911 button” on its app to allow riders to easily call for help in emergencies. The addition was first announced in April and went live on Tuesday across the U.S. Users can now find the emergency button by swiping up on the center icon and tapping “911 assistance.” After confirming the call, they will be patched through to emergency dispatchers.

More evidence that the opioid epidemic is only getting worse

The opioid epidemic appears to be hurting white Americans more than any other group.

The rise in fatal drug overdoses is almost entirely responsible for the growth in mortality rates for white, non-Hispanic people between the ages of 22 and 56 in recent years, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

UC Berkeley coach says Southwest Airlines asked for Facebook evidence to prove biracial son was hers

Lindsay Gottlieb, the University of California’s women’s basketball coach, says she’s “appalled” with Southwest after one of the airline’s employees allegedly asked her to prove she was the mother of her biracial son before getting on a flight, according to FOX News.

“I’m appalled that after approx 50 times flying with my 1-year-old son[,] ticket counter personnel told me that I had to ‘prove’ that he was my son despite having his passport,” Gottlieb, who is white, wrote on Twitter, according to KPIX. “She said we have a different last name. My guess is because he has a different skin color.”

Don’t Tell Anyone, But We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

Writing in Real Clear Markets, Aaron Brown looked at the official NASA global temperature data and noticed something surprising. From February 2016 to February 2018, “global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius.” That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century.

World News:

US general says some Taliban interested in peace

Some elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan are showing interest in peace talks, the top U.S. commander in Kabul said Wednesday, citing “off stage” contacts involving what he described as mid- and high-level leaders of the insurgency.1527703112897

“A number of channels of dialogue have opened up between the various stakeholders in the peace process,” Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon. Speaking from his office in Kabul, Nicholson said he could not name names because the contacts are being pursued confidentially to improve the chances of advancing toward actual peace talks.

Gaza truce brings little relief to volatile situation

With a cease-fired declared Wednesday, Israel and Hamas appear to have pulled back from a fourth war after a day of intense rocket fire and airstrikes. But the situation could explode at any moment.

Tuesday’s fighting was the heaviest since a 2014 war, with Palestinian militants firing scores of rockets and mortars into Israel, and Israel carrying out dozens of airstrikes in Gaza.

Both sides appeared to have accomplished some short-term goals. But the underlying issues that helped fuel the fighting remain in place.

Half A Million Sign #FreeTommy Petition

More than half a million people have signed a petition calling for the right wing activist Tommy Robinson to be freed from jail, in just a few days.

Economy:

 

U.S. GDP revised lower for the first quarter on inventories

The numbers: The U.S. grew economy grew a touch softer in the first quarter than originally reported, mainly because of a slower buildup in inventories. Gross domestic product was trimmed to an annual 2.2% pace from 2.3%.

Big picture: In the big picture, the revised first-quarter report doesn’t change anything. All signs to faster growth in the spring, with economists predicting GDP is likely to top 3% for the third time in the past five quarters.

The big question is what do businesses do with all their tax savings. In the first quarter, about $3.4 billion was paid out in dividends to shareholders, but most of the rest of the money flowed into profits.

U.S. jobs growth continues in May as labor market tightens, ADP says

The numbers: The U.S. added 178,000 private-sector jobs in May, payrolls processor ADP said Wednesday. April’s figure, meanwhile, was revised downward by 41,000 to 163,000, and March’s level was downwardly revised as well.

What happened: Hiring was spread across industries and company size. Medium-sized businesses — those with 50 to 499 employees — added 84,000 jobs, while large businesses added 56,000 positions and small ones added 38,000 employees.

By industry, there were 61,000 new professional- and business-services jobs, 39,000 new construction jobs, 35,000 education and health positions, and 33,000 new jobs in leisure and hospitality.

There were 23,000 jobs lost in trade, transportation and utilities.

The big picture: Jobs growth is still quite solid considering the unemployment rate is just 3.9%. Companies continue to report finding it difficult to add qualified candidates, with such statements born out by the high number of job openings.

U.S. trade deficit falls slightly in April

The numbers: An early look at U.S. trade patterns in April showed a small drop in the nation’s trade deficit, perhaps another small sign that the economy will grow faster in the second quarter.

The trade gap in goods — services are excluded — fell 0.6% to $68.2 billion from $68.6, the government said Wednesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a $71 billion shortfall.

The government will release overall trade numbers next week, but the size of the deficit is tied to changes in exports and imports of goods. Services don’t change much month to month.

Big picture: The U.S. has been running large trade deficits for decades and that’s not going to change soon despite an intense effort by the Trump administration to cut it down to size.

The U.S. economy, for its part, is doing just fine despite the large trade gap. The current expansion turns nine years old next month and is on track to become the longest ever.

Commentary/Opinion:

Playing the Black Card

In America, there’s a card more valuable than any card from Visa or American Express. What is it? How can you get one? Candace Owens, Communications Director for Turning Point USA, answers these questions.

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