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News and Headlines.6/4/2018


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U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who rebuffed gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory on narrow grounds to a Colorado baker who refused based on his Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stopping short of setting a major precedent allowing people to claim religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.

The court concluded that the commission violated Phillips’ religious rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

Senate Ramps Up Investigation Into Hillary Email Scandal

Senate has reportedly ramped up the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal. In a report by Fox news published 5 days ago, General Michael Horowitz is set to testify before Congressional committees exactly one month from now.

Fox News Wrote: “Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is slated to testify before congressional committees next month, presumably, after the release of his long-awaited report on the FBI’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign, Fox News has learned.

Both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee are preparing to have Horowitz appear before them in early June, according to a congressional source.

Ex-Navy sailor pardoned by Trump says he’s suing Comey and Obama

A former Navy sailor who is one of five people to receive a pardon from President Donald Trump is planning to file a lawsuit against Obama administration officials, alleging that he was subject to unequal protection of the law.

Specifically, Kristian Saucier, who served a year in federal prison for taking photos of classified sections of the submarine on which he worked, argues that the same officials who meted out punishment to him for his actions chose to be lenient with Hillary Clinton in her use of a private email server and handling of classified information.

Violence breaks out as Antifa, Patriot Prayer clash at dueling rallies

Witnesses said members of Patriot Prayer attempted to drown out the counter-protest by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The dueling rallies in Terry Schrunk Plaza, a swath of federal land in downtown Portland, escalated with shoving, punches thrown and at least one fire set on the Antifa side.

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Portland police sought to break up fights and separate the groups. Officers with the Federal Protective Service and a Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy used pepper spray twice, as demonstrators threw fireworks, bottles, rocks and ball bearings at each other, The Oregonian reported.

Shocking Children Trafficking Site Found in Arizona – Possible Grave Site

As the madness unfolds all across the nation, WFP has learned that a shocking discovery has been made in Tuscon, Arizona on Sunday. Veterans stumbled upon a chilling campsite (possible grave site) filled with children’s items, toys, and clothing. This discovery is believed to be the site of a camp used for child trafficking operations.

Update: ‘Child Trafficking Camp’ Discovered in Arizona is Located on Clinton Foundation Donor CEMEX Property

The land on which the bunker was found is owned by Cemex Construction Materials South, LLLC., a multinational building materials company in Mexico and partner of the Clinton Global Initiative.

CEMEX received a $7 million contract from the Clinton Global Initiative to build houses in Haiti during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State in 2012, nearly two and half years after the quake.

According to federal lobbying disclosures, Cemex donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Judge denies bid to block release of convicted child rapist

A justice on Massachusetts’ highest court has denied a bid to block the release of a 70-year-old convicted child rapist.

The decision came Monday from Justice Scott Kafker in the case of Wayne Chapman, who’s set to be freed after two examiners concluded he was “no longer sexually dangerous.”

Chapman was convicted of child rape in 1977. His prison sentence ended in 2004, but he’s been civilly committed since then because he was found to be sexually dangerous.

Armed Felon Makes Catastrophic Mistake After Pulling His Weapon On Concealed-Carry American

According to WFTX-TV, Cape Coral resident Kevin Bruzos threatened two people with a gun at a local business, but wasn’t expecting one of those people to be a legally-armed citizen.

Bruzos was already a known criminal, which means he was carrying the gun illegally. So much for felons following the law.

“Cape Coral Police say Kevin Bruzos, a convicted felon, had threatened a person with a firearm. Bruzos left, then returned and threatened the same person with the firearm again as well as a second person who was legally licensed to carry a concealed firearm,” WFTX reported.

Tennessee man shoots, kills would-be burglars at his home, police say

A Tennessee man grabbed his gun and opened fire on two burglary suspects who broke into his home Friday night, killing both of them, police said.

The homeowner, who asked to not be named, told FOX13 he was walking into his home in Memphis when he encountered the two alleged burglars, identified as 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon and 17-year-old Demond Robinson. He was returning home from the barber shop and found the door pried open.

“[The suspect] picked up his weapon, turned around and points them at me…two pistols,” the homeowner recalled.

Man gets 15-year sentence for plotting San Francisco attack

A man who told undercover agents that he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day bombing and shooting attack at a popular San Francisco tourist attraction will receive a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty Monday in a federal case.

Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, admitted under a plea deal that he attempted to aid a terrorist organization after he planned the attack during talks with undercover FBI agents, including one he thought was with the Islamic State group (ISIS).

Sorry for what? Bill Clinton insists he doesn’t owe Monica Lewinsky an apology for hijacking her life by seducing her while president – 

Bill Clinton insists he doesn’t owe Monica Lewinsky an apology for hijacking her life by taking advantage of her while president – and says HE’S a victim because he left the White House deeply in debt.

‘I apologized to everybody in the world,’ Clinton said, implying that was enough.

And the flustered former president, more famous for his Don Juan-like seductions than for his policy legacy, portrayed himself, not Lewinsky, as history’s victim in the mass-media’s retelling of the 1990s saga.

Tech Watch:

It’s not Terminator time yet, but robots with living tissue muscles are on the way

While their work is still at a relatively early stage, they have discovered a method for growing living muscles over a robotic frame. Specifically, they have found a way to turn individual muscle precursor cells, called myoblasts, into muscle cell-filled hydrogel sheets that can be used to give robots functioning muscles with an impressive amount of flexibility.

Meet ‘Norman,’ a terrifying, psychopathic AI

‘Norman,’ a new algorithm created by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sees the negative—to the extreme—as compared to “normal” algorithms generated by artificial intelligence.

The MIT team created Norman as part of an experiment to see what training AI on data from the “dark corners of the net” would do to its worldview, reports the BBC.

Illustration (MIT)

Illustration (MIT)

Among the images the software was shown were people dying in horrible circumstances, culled from a group on Reddit.

After that, the AI was shown different inkblot drawings—typically used by psychologists to help assess a patient’s state of mind—and asked what it saw in each of them.

Each time, Norman saw dead bodies, blood and destruction.

Report: Facebook gave other companies access to user data; FB disagrees

According to the New York Times report, after previously stating it would discontinue sharing user information without users’ “explicit consent,” Facebook continued to do so after the decree. The report states Facebook only started discontinuing the partnerships in April 2018.

Also, The New York Times states, device companies were able to access information about Facebook users’ friends, including friends who had opted out of any sharing.

Facebook had agreements with more than 60 device manufacturers, according to The New York Times. Before Facebook mobile apps were available, the company partnered with Apple, Amazon, Blackberry, HTC, Microsoft, and Samsung, and others. In all, the report says Facebook partnered with more than 60 phone and device makers.

World News:

Italy: “The Party is Over” for Illegal Migrants

Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has vowed to cut aid money for migrants and to deport those who illegally are in the country.

“Open doors in Italy for the right people and a one-way ticket out for those who come here to make trouble and think that we will provide for them,” Salvini said in the Lombardy region, home to a quarter of the total foreign population in Italy. “One of our top priorities will be deportation.”

Rape Gangs: A Story Set in Leafy Oxfordshire

Since the arrest of Tommy Robinson on May 25, the presence generally — and incorrectly — referred to as ‘Asian grooming gangs’ has been back in the news. This has reignited a debate about whether victims are getting justice and whether perpetrators are encountering it.

In all this at least one key element is missing. What price has been paid, is being paid, or might be paid at some stage, by all those public officials who tacitly or otherwise allowed these modern-day atrocities to go on, doing nothing to stop them?

UN says 1 peacekeeper killed, 7 wounded in CAfrican Republic

The United Nations says a Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed and seven others wounded in the Central African Republic when a U.N. patrol was ambushed.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that the incident took place Sunday in the village of Dilapoko in Mambere-Kadei Prefecture in the southwest of the country.

He said one of the seven peacekeepers was in critical condition and was transferred to the capital, Bangui, for treatment at the U.N. Mission’s military hospital, along with three other wounded soldiers whose condition is serious.

Saudi Arabia issues first 10 driver’s license to women

Although this is a step forward for the only country in the world to have such a ban, the move comes as four Saudi women’s rights activists who have campaigned for the right to drive are under arrest and possibly facing trial.

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