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News and Headlines. 6/8/2018


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In The News:

Alligator reportedly drags woman into Florida pond; search underway

Police are searching for a woman who was reportedly dragged by an alligator into a Florida pond while walking her dogs Friday morning.

Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle told the Sun Sentinel divers are currently searching Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie for the woman, who has not yet been identified. An animal trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has also been called to the scene, WSVN reports.

Fox News star Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to live in heartbreaking letter

Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer.

The 68-year-old’s incisive takes on politics of the day have been missing from Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” for nearly a year as he battled an abdominal tumor and subsequent complications, but colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing. But in an eloquent, yet unblinking letter to co-workers, friends and Fox News Channel viewers, Krauthammer disclosed that he has just weeks to live.

Air Force grounds B-1 bombers due to safety concerns

The Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers due to safety concerns, military officials said Friday, putting out of service a key part of U.S. long-range bombing capabilities that had recently taken part in air strikes in Syria.

In a statement Friday, the Air Force said it issued the order Thursday following an incident in Texas.

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“During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, Texas, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down. As issues are resolved aircraft will return to flight,” Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement.

Chinese hackers stole 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy data

Hackers for the Chinese government compromised computers of a Navy contractor and stole highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare, according to U.S. officials.

The data stolen included secret plans for the Navy to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile, these officials told the Washington Post.

The January and February breaches targeted a contractor that works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, which is a military organization in Rhode Island that conducts research and development for submarines and other underwater weaponry.

Woman who stole baby from hospital in 1998 gets 18 years in prison

Gloria Williams was sentenced for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998.

The 52-year-old Williams testified at her trial that she wore scrubs to look like a nurse and put the infant in a bag and secreted her out of the hospital.

Gloria Williams, who kidnapped a newborn

Gloria Williams, who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own, was sentenced Friday to 18 years for kidnapping. (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office via Colleton Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Williams raised Mobley – who grew up as Alexis Manigo – in South Carolina until her arrest in 2017. She didn’t tell the girl of her true identity until the girl discovered she couldn’t get a driver’s license because she didn’t have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.

Boy fatally shot 81-year-old month before killing girl, self

Authorities in northeastern Indiana say they believe a 17-year-old boy who killed his 13-year-old girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in February also fatally shot an 81-year-old man during an attempted robbery in January.

The Grant County sheriff’s office says the state police laboratory determined the gun used by Corbin Page to kill Alainee Byer and himself at her home in Marion was the same gun used in a shooting at a Jonesboro home that killed Gene Thompson and wounded another man.

Pit bull alerts family to house fire, tries to drag baby to safety by its diaper

STOCKTON, Calif. – An early morning fire in Stockton, Califorenia damaged two buildings in a fourplex on Sunday.

A family was able to escape unharmed – thanks to their 8-month-old pit bull Sasha.

Chaichanhda quickly raced into the bedroom to grab her 7-month-old daughter and saw Sasha beside her.

“She had already had my baby by the diaper and was dragging her off the bed,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing?'”

2 dogs die in hot car after their owner is arrested

A Florida man who left his dogs in his van while he went drinking faces more charges after being arrested for disorderly conduct. Court records say he didn’t tell deputies that three dogs were in the van, and now two of them are dead.

Deputies arrested 39-year-old Jason Matthew Reece after responding to a call about an intoxicated man pulling on handles of vehicles in Panama City Beach.

Two more Mesa police officers placed on leave after use of force incident involving 15-year-old

Two more Arizona police officers were placed on administrative leave Thursday after a use of force incident involving a 15-year-old – bringing the number of officers on leave to six following two separate incidents.

Officials said officers were investigating an armed robbery involving a 15-year-old suspect, who was arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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This the second time in a matter of days that Mesa police officers have come under fire for accusations of use of force by suspects within a month.

Bloomfield man arrested for disposing of body in DEEP wetlands

BLOOMFIELD – The Bloomfield Police Department has charged a man with illegally disposing of a body.

The arrest stems from the discovery of human remains buried at a DEEP Wetlands Area at 182 Woodland Avenue in Bloomfield. The remains were later identified to be Elizabeth Rykhof, who was reported missing on 09/22/2017. Her family said she suffered from addiction and bipolar disorder.

Woman accused of dismembering roommate appears in court

Police arrested Gonzales on Saturday after her 61-year-old roommate was reported missing. Police discovered the victim’s severed arms and legs in a maggot-filled storage container, according to prosecutors.

Gonzales told police that her roommate refused to move out, and the two of them argued on May 15, a San Francisco prosecutor said in a court filing. She told investigators she thinks she “flipped,” but she didn’t have a “real recollection” of what happened, Adam Maldonado said in the filing.

Kansas woman found dead after leading investigator to boy’s body

A Wichita, Kansas woman, who helped locate the decomposing body of her ex-boyfriend’s son, was found dead Friday morning with a gunshot wound to her head along with three suicide notes and a rifle at her feet, according to police.

Emily Glass, 27, was a person of interest in the death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez after she led a private investigator to his decaying body under a bridge at the end of last month.

Glass’s former boyfriend, Jonathan Hernandez, called police around 1:40 a.m. after he found her body inside his home, saying she killed herself, Wichita Police Officer Charley Davidson said during a press conference.

Facebook slammed ahead of Sheryl Sandberg’s MIT commencement address

Activist group Freedom from Facebook has taken out a full-page ad in MIT’s student newspaper slamming the social network ahead of Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement address Friday.

Freedom from Facebook, which wants to see the company broken up by spinning off its various business units, placed the ad in the commencement edition of The Tech, MIT’s student newspaper. The ad quotes a number of former Facebook technologists warning about the dangers of Facebook and its potential to damage society. “It’s time to break up Facebook,” it urges.

News from the Blogoshere:

“Gangster” driver in deadly hit & run crash says “people hit and run people all the time”

The crash happened around 12:50 p.m. on Commonwealth Avenue, where police said that Fitts struck the victim, a man in his 80’s, and then kept driving. Police took Fitts in for questioning sometime after the crash but was released. The victim’s name has not been released.

Hours later, Boston 25 News reporter Drew Karedes found Fitts, who confessed on camera to leaving the scene of the crash after striking the man.

I was listening to my music and as I was driving I was driving too quick, I was driving too quick to the point where I couldn’t really stop and it was a green light,” Fitts told Boston 25 News. “As the guy was walking, the light was green, I’m driving and pressing the horn, pressing the horn beep beep, it was either I was going to die and crash into a pole. When it came down to it accidents happen.

The 23-year-old told Boston 25 in the exclusive interview that he is not “stone-cold killer.”

“I didn’t do nothing on purpose,” he told the television station. “People hit and run people all the time, it just happened to be an unfortunate situation where I was driving.”

Brooklyn: City councilman announces gender-segregated beach days for Jews and Muslims

A Brooklyn city lawmaker is sponsoring sex-segregated beach days to give his Jewish and Muslim constituents an opportunity to enjoy the seaside.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch announced the first ever “Southern Brooklyn Beach Day,” with separate dates for men and women by the sandy spot behind Kingsborough Community College.segregated-beach-nyc

“A lot of people are disenfranchised for religious reasons,” the Democrat said. “They don’t use the beach because they don’t go mixed swimming. This is to give those people an opportunity for a day out at the beach.”

Boom! Kurt Schlichter Drops Truth Bombs During Heated Illegal Immigration Debate(Video)

This dismantling of liberal talking points to defend illegal immigration by Kurt Schlichter was masterful, methodical and raw. Izac Wright couldn’t hand the multiple truth bombs Schlichter unloaded that the best and brightest are in fact not entering the US legally.

No, if anything we’re getting other countries best criminals to replace the ones we have locked up in our prison system.

Wright was also left defenseless/ speechless when Schlichter spoke of his wife, an immigrant, who came to the US with her family LEGALLY like many Americans family members.

Deep State/Politics/Government Corruption:

Georgia Commissioner Takes Oath of Office with Black Power Fist in Air and Hand on Malcolm X Bio

Georgian Mariah Parker, 26, won election to the board by 13 votes, according to the Hill.

The tattooed Parker, who is also a rapper performing under the stage name “Linqua Franqa,” ran as an unapologetic left-wing progressive saying, “It’s time for bold, progressive leadership in Athens.”fist-640x480

“They asked if they would like the Bible and I said no. My mother asked if there was a copy of the Constitution around. No,” Parker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I wanted Malcolm’s book. I think they saw it coming,” she said.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Hidden Strzok Emails in Latest Production of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Docs—Strzok Email Suggests Clinton Investigation Decision Made in April 2016

The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they could not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting.  However, in a related FOIA lawsuit, the Justice Department located emails in which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI.

As a result, by letter dated August 10, 2017, the FBI stated, “Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist. As a result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened …”  This is the second batch of documents the FBI produced since telling Judicial Watch they had no tarmac-related records.

Feds Indict Former Security Dir. of Senate Intel Comm., James Wolfe for Allegedly Lying, Leaking.

Wolfe, former Security Director, is alleged to have leaked information to Watkins with whom he “allegedly” had a clandestine relationship since 2014.

Scheduled to appear in a Maryland federal court today, Wolfe has been indicted on three counts under Violation 18 U.S.C. $ 1001, i.e., of “making false statements to special agents of the FBI during the course of an investigation into the unlawful disclosure of classified information” via “his use of encrypted messaging applications.” (Sound familiar?)

Long story short, he lied to the FBI last December (2017) about contacts with three reporters and having providing two of the three with non-public information about committee matters. (See sealed indictment at bottom of post.)  Watkins (I suspect is a CIA operative but I’ll go there at a later time) is allegedly one of those reporters.

Marc Thiessen: Obama took lying to new heights with the Iran deal

WASHINGTON — When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception.

First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol Hill. (They were only uncovered by chance when then-Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., learned about them during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna.)

Then, we learned that the Obama administration had secretly sent a plane to Tehran loaded with $400 million in Swiss francs, euros and other currencies on the same day Iran released four American hostages, which was followed by two more secret flights carrying another $1.3 billion in cash.

Pelosi scoffs at strong US consumer confidence figures.(Video)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday resumed her attacks against President Donald Trump, this time criticizing the nation’s nearly 18-year high in consumer confidence under the president’s leadership.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose 2.4 points in May, reaching 128 — for the highest reading in more than 17 years, the organization said this week.

But in her weekly news conference, the California Democrat downplayed the figure, just a week after she claimed low unemployment numbers reported earlier “mean little” to the American people.

House approves bill to cancel $15B in spending at Trump’s request

The House narrowly approved a White House plan to cut $15 billion in previously allocated government money late Thursday, a mostly symbolic move designed to demonstrate fiscal discipline in Washington.

The so-called “recissions” package was passed by a vote of 210-206, with 19 Republicans joining 187 Democrats in opposing the measure.

The legislation was embraced by conservative Republicans upset by the March passage of a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill that they say was too bloated. More pragmatic Republicans on Capitol Hill’s powerful Appropriations panels aren’t keen on the measure since it would eliminate accounting tricks they routinely use to pay for spending elsewhere.

Comprehensive immigration deal elusive as GOP centrists try to force a vote

Lawmakers were unable to hammer out a deal for comprehensive immigration reform on Friday, as House GOP centrists move forward with a plan to force votes on a separate trio of smaller immigration bills that GOP leaders want to avoid.

Centrists are gathering final signatures for a discharge petition to vote on the three immigration measures on Tuesday, which is forcing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and others to end years of delays and come up with a comprehensive immigration plan they believe can garner the needed support.

The centrists complain that House conservatives are adding items to negotiations, particularly on border security, and gumming up talks as they near Tuesday. They plan to continue negotiations when members return to Washington on Tuesday.

Trump’s trade negotiations: America first, but not America alone

The harsh reality is that America has been in a trade war for decades, and one we were losing. Trump now smartly demands symmetry in our trade deals and a fair shake for American workers. This issue should really be bipartisan, as evidenced by a recent letter co-authored by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticizing Canada’s huge tariffs upon the dairy farmers of their two states.

As Trump travels to Canada, he seeks a reset on how America engages with the world. At the G-7, he will make the case for fairer treatment of U.S. goods and services by our allies. Kudlow rightly describes these discussions as “family disagreements” that can be amicably settled.

New Hampshire’s transgender anti-discrimination bill signed

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill protecting transgender people from discrimination.

The law bans discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations, in addition to the protections that already exist based on race, sex, religion and sexual orientation.

World News:

Elderly woman, 90, assaulted in her sleep, police search for attacker

Iris Warner was discovered by her son at around 12:45hrs on Monday, 4 June in her house where she has lived for decades in Brampton Road, NW9. She had been severely beaten and was slipping in and out of consciousness. London Ambulance Service were called and Iris was immediately rushed to hospital where she currently remains.

Iris Warner, a 90-year-old woman in the UK, was brutally assaulted in her sleep.

Iris Warner, a 90-year-old woman in the UK, was brutally assaulted in her sleep. Police are searching for her attacker. (Metropolitan Police)

Iris, who is a mother-of-two, grandmother and great-grandmother, has told officers that she does remember being woken up in bed by a man standing over her who she believes struck her in the face multiple times with some kind of instrument. However, she cannot provide any further description of her assailant.

Israel Prepares for Possible Gaza Rocket Fire Amid Turbulent Clashes

The Israeli military was preparing Friday for the possibility that Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad would begin firing mortars and rockets when protests along the Gaza-Israel border fenceended. The Israel Defense Forces deployed a significant number of Iron Dome batteries near neighboring communities.

Israeli soldiers walk next to an Iron Dome anti-missile system

Israeli soldiers walk next to an Iron Dome anti-missile system positioned near the city of Ashkelon, Israel May 29, 2018.\ RONEN ZVULUN/ REUTERS

While the IDF has in previous weeks said that Hamas was not interested in a major confrontation, the recent firing of dozens of mortars into Israel has led the military to believe that the Islamist group may seek a limited confrontation that includes the firing of projectiles.

Europe pledges $40 million to help Venezuelans

CARACAS, Venezuela – The European Union says it’s giving more than $40 million to help Venezuelans suffering through the country’s deepening humanitarian crisis.

The European Commission said Thursday that most of the money will be used to provide health and food assistance to vulnerable Venezuelans living in and outside of the country.

European leaders have also threatened a new round of sanctions against Venezuela’s top officials, after what it considers President Nicolas Maduro’s undemocratic re-election.

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