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News and Headlines. 6/25/2018


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California fire captain dead, another firefighter wounded in shooting at apartment complex

A Southern California firefighter was killed and a second was wounded after an early Monday shooting at a California senior-living apartment complex, officials said.

Long Beach Fire Capt. Dave Rosa, a 17-year veteran

Officials identified the victim as Long Beach Fire Capt. Dave Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the fire department. The second wounded firefighter wasn’t immediately identified, but was in stable condition.

Firefighters responding to a report of an explosion at Covenant Manor in Long Beach were met with gunfire, fire department Jake Heflin said.

Fast-moving Florida wildfire burns nearly 40 homes

June 25 (UPI) — A wildfire in the Florida panhandle has burned nearly 40 homes, almost 1,000 acres and prompted numerous evacuations, emergency officials said Monday.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said the blaze destroyed 38 homes by Monday morning. The fire started around 4 p.m. Sunday in the Twin Lakes area of Eastpoint.

Northern California wildfire jumps single road leading to rural communities

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for an area in Northern California as wind-driven wildfires forced thousands to evacuate their homes, burned dozens of homes and businesses and threatened to cut off the rural community.

Firefighters battle the wildfire

Firefighters battle the wildfire in an area northeast of Clearlake Oaks, Calif. (AP)

The Pawnee Fire in the Spring Valley region, about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento, had jumped a single road that leads to a few residential communities, Lake County Sheriff’s Office emergency services manager Dale Carnathan said Monday, according to Reuters.

Supreme Court sends back cases on discrimination, gerrymandering

June 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent a pair of high-profile cases — one in which a florist refused to cater a same-sex wedding and one on redrawing political districts in North Carolina — back to lower courts.

In an unsigned order, the justices vacated a lower court ruling that found a Washington state florist intentionally discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to provide flowers. It returned the case to Washington’s Supreme Court, giving florist Barronelle Stutzman an opportunity to restate her case.

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal for ‘Making a Murderer’ teen

June 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday not to hear the appeal of a man whose murder conviction was featured in the popular Netflix series Making a Murderer.

The documentary series examined the case of 16-year-old Brendan Dassey, who said he was coerced into confessing he helped his uncle rape and murder Teresa Halbach in 2005 in Wisconsin, and then dispose of her body.

Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures

U.S. health regulators have approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication from GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.

Florida hit-and-run driver ‘purposely’ mowed down family, killing father, police say

A Florida man who fatally struck a father and injured his two sons in what police are calling a “random” but “purposely done” hit-and-run attack is in custody Monday as investigators are trying to piece together a motive for the disturbing incident.

Mikese Morse is in custody

Mikese Morse is in custody after striking a family who were riding their bikes in the Tampa area Sunday, police say. (Tampa Police Department/Fox 13)

Police announced that Mikese Morse, a 30-year-old from Tampa, is now facing first-degree and attempted murder charges after striking the family – who were riding bicycles along a trail in the northern part of the city – with his car Sunday afternoon.

Illegal immigrant accused of raping, impregnating non-verbal 13-year-old girl

An illegal immigrant in Maryland has been accused of raping a non-verbal special needs girl while he was supposed to be babysitting her at her home.

Reynaldo Mora, 41, was arrested April 19 in Montgomery County and charged with sex abuse of a minor, in addition to two counts of second-degree rape, according to WJLA.

Reynaldo Mora, 41, was arrested

Reynaldo Mora, 41, was arrested in April after he was accused of raping and impregnating a non-verbal 13-year-old girl in Maryland. (Montgomery County Police)

Mora was reportedly babysitting the 13-year-old girl in February at her home in Kensington, where he allegedly forced the victim into having sex with him.

Lowe’s employee kills himself inside store

ANNISTON, Ala. — Police say an employee at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Alabama has killed himself inside the outlet.

Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham said Monday the man shot himself inside a front office.

Police were called to the Anniston store Monday morning following of a report of a man with a gun threatening to harm himself. Denham says crisis negotiators spoke with the man for several hours in hopes of a peaceful resolution before he shot himself.

‘They Were Trying to Create a Fight’: Florida AG Bondi Confronted by Protesters at Movie Theater

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) said Monday that the protesters who confronted her at a movie theater this weekend are “bullies” who were looking for a fight.

Bondi said that while waiting in the ticket line to see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” – a documentary about Mr. Rogers – a woman approached her and claimed Bondi was responsible “for ripping babies out of the arms of mothers.”

“They were trying to create a fight,” Bondi said on “Fox & Friends,” explaining that the hecklers were right in her face and trying to goad her boyfriend into responding physically.

Mike Huckabee: Red Hen owner followed Sanders family to another restaurant

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee alleged Monday that the restaurant owner who refused service to his daughter, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, actually ended up following Mrs. Sanders‘ family to another restaurant and causing a “scene.”

Mr. Huckabee told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday that Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, kicked Mrs. Sanders and her family out of the restaurant and then proceeded to yell at them when they tried to go to a different restaurant across the street.

Steve Scalise’s Call For Civility And Respect Draws Unbelievable Response

After Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters called for harassment and refusal of service to anyone who works in the Trump administration, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise asserted civility and respect would prevail. The responses to his tweet are telling.

If Democrats Don’t Condemn Maxine’s Rhetoric, There Could Be A Body Count

Civility was once a cornerstone to American society. No matter our race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, we were able to coexist and conduct a robust yet respectful dialogue. That may be coming to an abrupt end because of individuals like Maxine Waters.

It’s been barely a year since an anti-Trump psycho tried to assassinate GOP lawmakers on a baseball field. Has Waters forgotten that one of her colleagues, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, almost lost his life? The shooter had absorbed similarly extreme rhetoric from Democrats before he took action.

Facebook Is About To Bring The Hammer Down On Overseas Fake News Operators

Facebook is taking more steps to punish page owners outside of the US that target Americans with financially motivated hoaxes and misinformation.

The company told BuzzFeed News it has deployed machine learning that it says can automatically identify and reduce the reach of pages administered by people who target others elsewhere in the world with hoaxes in order to make money.

Facebook rejects ads from restaurants, hair salons, because they’re too ‘political’, report says

In its ongoing effort to prevent a repeat of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook was bound to hit some bumps in the road.

The technology giant, which recently instituted more stringent rules that force anyone running political ads on the platform to reveal their identity and location, has been called out online for mistakenly rejecting ads from businesses that were not political.

Obama’s DHS Secretary Freely Admits ‘We Detained Children,’ We ‘Believed It Was Necessary’

Obama Administration Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hit back at critics of the Trump Administration, who contend that any detention — of children alone, or children and families together — is unnecessary, saying that even the Obama White House believed the detentions were necessary.

New Yorker fact-checker ‘resigns’ after slandering ICE agent and Marine veteran as Nazi

The New Yorker magazine fact-checker who falsely accused an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employee of being a Nazi over an innocuous tattoo has resigned and apologized on social media.

Talia Lavin issued an apology on Sunday and revealed that she’s no longer part of the outlet.

“To Justin Gaertner, I apologize, sincerely: all I saw in you was the photo ICE tweeted, and not the human being depicted inside it. It was uncharitable, and the hasty deletion doesn’t change that. I’m sorry and I have voluntarily resigned after three years at the New Yorker,” she tweeted.

New York Times bombshell on own reporter reveals Ali Watkins dated second potential source

The New York Times published a damaging feature about its own reporter, revealing new details of Ali Watkins’ affair with former Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe in addition to the bombshell that she dated another Intelligence Committee staffer.

Earlier this month, a shock indictment revealed that prior to joining the Times, Watkins, 26, had a three-year romantic relationship with Wolfe, 58, who was accused by federal prosecutors of lying about leaks of sensitive information to journalists. The indictment strongly suggested he was a source for Watkins and others, though Watkins reportedly has denied using her relationship for scoops.

The New York Times has since announced it is investigating Watkins’ conduct. But, in the meantime, it published a scathing report that strongly implies Watkins rose to journalistic fame while using her married boyfriend as a source.

Republicans ask Rosenstein for names of everyone working on Mueller probe

A group of nine House Republican lawmakers has signed a letter asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to provide the names of everyone “past and present” who has worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The lawmakers say they are “disturbed” by the initial appointments to the probe of agents and attorneys with an anti-Trump bias. Their letter specifically references agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page and attorney Kevin Clinesmith.

MAINE: IRAQI MUSLIM BROTHERS sentenced in $1.4M welfare-for-cash scheme at halal market

The older brother was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution, while the younger was ordered to pay up to $955,000, according to their attorneys. The restitution order states that the men are equally responsible for payments but the younger brother’s payments are capped.

The elder brother said that he broke the law in an effort to help Portland’s Muslim immigrant community.

World News:

Algeria expels thousands of migrants in forced Sahara march

Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun. Some never make it out alive.

The expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds, appearing at first as specks in the distance under temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit).

North Korea erasing most anti-US propaganda

The North Korean government is erasing much of its anti-U.S. propaganda following dictator Kim Jong-un’s forays onto the world stage.

Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian country.

Commentary/Opinion:

Gavin Newsom Embodies California Liberalism

With little to do in his day job, for the past few years Newsom put his energies into promoting state initiatives. In 2016, he supported and the state adopted Proposition 47, which made just about any crime involving less than $950 — shoplifting, grand theft, forgery, fraud, receiving stolen property or writing bad checks — a misdemeanor for sentencing instead of a felony. Also that year he proposed Proposition 63, prohibiting the possession of large-capacity gun magazines and requiring certain individuals to pass a background check in order to purchase ammunition. The measure passed, but in June 2017, a federal judge issued an injunction, saying that it probably violates the U.S. Constitution. (California’s attorney general is appealing the injunction.)

Yet as Newsom and his like-minded allies unleashed a cornucopia of bans and restrictions and mandates from San Francisco and Sacramento, quite a few Californians started falling out of love with the state. More Americans are leaving California than joining it,

The Real World Is Starting To Resemble Twitter, And That’s A Problem

Certainly politicians don’t deserves safe spaces from peaceful protest or even confrontation (of course, spitting at Republicans is not peaceful). You want to make their lives miserable, humiliate them, and show everyone how principled and right-thinking you are, by all means stop them from having those chimichangas. That’ll teach ‘em.

But don’t fool yourself into self-idealization. You’re no budding MLK. No matter what you think of Trump, you’re still an insufferable a–h-le. You’re a member of a tribalist, blindered mob, imbued with a false sense of certitude that allows you justify incivility. That is to say, you’re like a Twitter troll made real.

Sarah Sanders’ Red Hen moment shows mob, media mentality

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ booting from a northern Virginia restaurant is just a symptom of a much wider illness of left-wing intolerance. It’s part of a growing pattern of intimidation and mob scenes against Republican officials. Grassroots activists share in the blame, of course, but the largest single accelerant is the mainstream media.

The rinse and repeat cycle of anti-Trump outrage blared on nearly every news network, magazine and newspaper has fomented an increasingly brazen brand of radical ideas turning into radical action.

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