News and Headlines. 7/16/2018

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In The News:

Million-dollar health bills have spiked, and expensive drugs are playing a major role

The number of patients whose medical care cost at least a million dollars over the course of a year rose by nearly 90% between 2014 and 2017, according to a new report conducted by Sun Life.

Expensive injectable drugs, especially for rare diseases, are one factor that’s fueling the rise, according to the report.

In 2016, for example, total treatment costs for a patient with a severe swelling disorder were $6.7 million, the highest in a single year, according to Sun Life. Last year, total medical costs for an individual with a blood disorder came to $5 million.

Nuclear materials were reportedly stolen in Texas last year — and they still haven’t been found

Two U.S. Energy Department security officials reportedly had nuclear materials stolen from their rental vehicle in Texas last year — and the materials were never found and officials have no suspects.

The experts from the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory were sent to San Antonio to retrieve the plutonium and cesium on March 21, 2017, according to a Monday report from The Center for Public Integrity. The materials were left in their car, which was in the parking lot of a Marriott hotel, and when they returned to the vehicle the next morning the items were gone.

Man accused of killing officer to be arraigned at later date

BOSTON (AP) — The man charged with fatally shooting a Massachusetts police officer with the officer’s own weapon and an innocent bystander will not be arraigned on murder charges right away.

A Massachusetts police officer has been shot several times and critically wounded

A Massachusetts police officer has been shot several times and critically wounded while in a foot chase with a suspect following an auto crash. (July 15)

A spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney said the office has been informed that 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes will not be medically available for arraignment Monday.

Lopes will either be arraigned at his hospital bedside or in court possibly Tuesday in connection with the deaths of Weymouth officer Michael Chesna, a six-year veteran of the force, and Vera Adams, 77, who was shot in a nearby home. Lopes’ attorney said he had no comment Monday.

Indiana man arrested in 1988 rape, murder of 8-year-old girl after DNA match found on used condoms, cops say

John D. Miller, 59, was arrested at his home in Grabrill and admitted to authorities he abducted, choked and raped April Tinsley on April 1, 1988, the Indianapolis Star reported, citing court documents. Authorities said they asked Miller if he knew why they were at his home, to which he allegedly responded: “April Tinsley.”

John D. Miller, 59, left, is accused of murdering 8-year-old April Tinsley

John D. Miller, 59, left, is accused of murdering 8-year-old April Tinsley in 1988. (Allen County Sheriff’s Department/FBI)

Miller is accused of murdering the 8-year-old and taunting police for years after the slaying by scrawling messages on a barn door and leaving notes throughout the Fort Wayne area.

Notorious child killer imprisoned since the 1980s to be released

Tinning, from Schenectady, was sentenced in 1987 to 20 years to life in prison after being convicted two years prior of smothering her daughter, Tami Lynne. The 4-month-old was one of nine children to die at a young age under the care of Tinning and her husband, Joseph.

Marybeth Tinning, 75, was granted parole

Marybeth Tinning, 75, was granted parole last week at her seventh hearing since becoming eligible in 2007. (New York State Department of Correctional Services/AP)

The convicted child killer has been eligible for parole since 2007, but was denied six times. She has served 31 years in prison

Eight of the children died under suspicious circumstances between 1972 and 1985. Authorities believe the couple’s first child died of natural causes.

San Antonio store owner’s killer set for execution

Condemned Texas prisoner Christopher Young says there’s no question he fatally shot a San Antonio convenience store owner but insists he never intended to kill the man whose slaying was recorded on a surveillance camera.1531765056981

“I’ve never denied the crime,” Young said recently from a visiting cage outside Texas death row. “You have video of me shooting somebody. That’s pretty damaging.”

Young, 34, set for lethal injection Tuesday evening, contends he’s no longer the drug-using street gangbanger who was drunk on a Sunday morning in November 2004 when 53-year-old Hasmukh “Hash” Patel was killed. He told a psychiatrist he’d smoked marijuana and downed 15 to 20 beers the night before and did cocaine that morning.

Mother accused of killing baby with drug-laced breast milk

A 30-year-old woman with a painkiller addiction has been accused of killing her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk.

Samantha Jones was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her baby.1531762650695

An autopsy found the baby died from a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

Florida teen girl tied to tree with earbuds, cops say

Central Florida cops on Monday were hunting the man who reportedly tied a teen girl to a tree — using her earbuds.

Police told The Orlando Sentinel the girl was found around 6:30 p.m. Friday in the city’s College Park neighborhood tied to the tree by her wrist.

The victim told police a man who may have been homeless grabbed her and then bound her to the tree.

‘Your daddy will get killed’: Man pulls knife on train, threatens rider and child

He was caught on video shouting at the rider and waving a knife at him repeatedly at the West 4th Street station. He pushed his own child’s stroller onto the subway platform and then stood in the train’s doors and yelled, even as the doors repeatedly closed on him. The man also spat on the subway rider.


The 45-year-old victim confronted the knife-wielding man on board a northbound E-train when he spotted the man hitting his child on June 24th, police said. He told the man to leave the child alone.

“He’s my son and I can do that,” the man said after striking his toddler son, according to WPIX.

Sisters arrested after apparent racially motivated attack caught on video

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A video showing two sisters racially harassing a Hispanic family in Commerce City, Colorado has gone viral.Opera

One can see and hear the women yelling racial insults at the Hispanic family in the video. Juan Carlos Ruiz, who videotaped the incident, said the Fross sisters grabbed his mother by the hair and hit his sister.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can’t Explain ‘Occupation of Palestine’ but Opposes It

Democratic-socialist and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently sat down with PBS’s Margaret Hoover and offered up harsh criticism of Israel, then embarrassingly admitted she knows little about foreign affairs.

Muslim candidates running in record numbers face backlash

When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary last month, the first-time candidate saw parallels with her own longshot campaign for Congress in western Massachusetts.

From Congress to state legislatures and school boards, Muslim Americans spurred to action by the anti-Muslim policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump and his supporters are running for elected offices in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, say Muslim groups and political observers.

Many, like Amatul-Wadud, hope to ride the surge of progressive activism within the Democratic Party that delivered Ocasio-Cortez’s unlikely win and could help propel the Democrats back to power in November.

HHS Docs: ‘Unaccompanied Children’ Processed Under Obama Include Admitted Murderers, Drug Smugglers

After an over three-year delay on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, government watchdog group Judicial Watch finally received pertinent documents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) processed by the Obama administration.

The documents reveal that migrant minors allowed into the U.S. under Obama’s tenure included admitted drug smugglers, murderers, MS-13 members, and prostitutes.

According to Judaical Watch, “Reports include 1,000 significant incident reports, revealing UAC ‘refugees’ admitting to murder for drug cartels, prostitution, and sexual predation.”

Judge halts deportations of reunited families

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed paperwork saying attorneys were concerned about rumors of “mass deportations” following reunification of children ages five to 17 with their parents. They asked that deportations be stalled at least a week after the families were reunified to allow time to ensure no family is being improperly deported.

Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday he’d order a temporary halt to any deportations for a week until the government can respond to the ACLU motion. He asked whether there were any issues over whether he had jurisdiction but there were no verbal objections.

World News:

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki – in pictures

Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin begin their summit on Monday as the US president says ‘the world wants to see us get along’ and predicts rosy future relations.

Syrian government, rebels clash over recon base near Israel

Syrian rebels and government forces clashed over a reconnaissance point near the frontier with Israel, a monitoring group said Monday, as the government pressed forward with military operations in the country’s southwest.

Government forces bombed villages and rebel positions around Tell al-Haara, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of on-the-ground activists.

Syrian state media said government forces seized the hill, but the Observatory said an al-Qaida linked faction fighting alongside rebels ambushed troops there, forcing them to retreat. Twelve of the government forces were killed, said the Observatory.

Inside Israel’s Raid to Seize Nuclear Documents in Iran

TEL AVIV—Israeli agents covertly extracted documents detailing Iran’s nuclear program in a dramatic 6½-hour operation in Tehran in January, removing a trove of materials that included partial designs for a nuclear warhead, senior Israeli intelligence officials said.

The Israeli team secretly reached the warehouse holding the materials and broke in during a tight time window when it knew the building would be unguarded, the officials said. To avoid drawing attention to the nondescript facility, Iran hadn’t posted full-time guards, they said, but rather relied on alarm systems that the Israeli agents disabled.

The Israeli operation was first revealed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an April press conference in which he declared that the stolen documents proved Iran had lied for years in claiming it didn’t have a nuclear-weapons program.


The sign held up by the protestor decried the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and he appeared to be waiting in the room for the press conference to begin in order to cause a commotion. Secret Service and Russian security personnel could be seen forcibly removing the man, wrestling the sign out of his hand.Opera

American woman shot on her honeymoon in Mexico City as State Department warns against travel

Another American tourist has died as a result of ongoing violence in Mexico.

Chicago-area woman Tatiana Mirutenko, 27, was shot and killed in Mexico City on July 6 when she was on a delayed honeymoon one year after they were married. She and her husband were leaving a restaurant with a group of American travelers when she was struck by a stray bullet shot by an unidentified man on a motorcycle.

The death comes after the U.S. State Department has issued multiple travel advisories for parts of Mexico due to increasing rates of violent crimes in the country.


Public Union: Public Enemy

Public-sector unions have been gaming the political system for decades, bankrupting whole cities and plunging states into massive debt. How did this happen and can it be stopped? Akash Chougule, senior policy fellow for Americans for Prosperity, has the answers in this sobering video from Prager University.

Trump Is Right: Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests He’s Conducting A Witch Hunt

Contrary to the mainstream media’s narrative, Robert Mueller’s latest indictment does not implicate President Trump, but exonerate him.

By intentionally treating Trump’s denial of colluding with Russia as a repudiation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the liberal media seeks to accomplish three goals, one silly and two significant. First, by painting the president as a “Russian interference denier,” the press attempts to make Trump look foolish, incompetent, or both. While this may be music to Manhattan, Main Street America has long ago tired of this tactic and writes it off as the fake news it is.

Conflating allegations that Trump colluded with Russia with evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 election also serves two more nefarious purposes: One, it allows the media to ignore Trump’s true criticism of the special counsel’s investigation into his presidential campaign. Two, it allows the press to pretend evidence of Russian misconduct equates to proof that the Trump campaign was complicit in Russia’s interference in the election.