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California malls scan shoppers’ license plates and send data to ICE contractor

The Irvine Company owns 46 malls across California. On its website, the chain alerts consumers that some of its mall locations utilize Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR), a controversial technology that scans license plates with surveillance cameras.

That license plate data is then sent to Vigilant Solutions, which “allows law enforcement agencies to access the ALPR System directly,” the company admits.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ICE is just one of 1,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide that Vigilant Solutions shares license plate data with. The firm also contracts with financial lenders, debt collectors, and insurance companies.

The revelation is just the latest in a series of recent discoveries by consumers that some corporations appear to be helping law enforcement bust their own customers.

Earlier this year, the Phoenix New Times reported that two corporate-owned Motel 6 locations admitted to sharing guest lists with ICE, which then used the information to conduct immigration raids. The motel chain recently settled a lawsuit filed by civil rights advocates over the revelation.

Passengers on Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses have also described or recorded video depicting immigration agents boarding and requesting passengers’ proof-of-citizenship.

Google hit with record $5 billion fine

The European Union hit Google with a record $5 billion antitrust fine, accusing the company of illegally using its Android mobile operating system to cement its dominance over other online services.

Under the terms of the decision, Google will have to cease the three practices and pay the $5 billion fine with 90 days. After that, the company can be fined up to 5 percent of its parent company Alphabet’s daily revenue for non-compliance.

Google amps up its fight against cyber attacks in the new version of Chrome

The latest release of Google Chrome — Chrome 67 — is a good news, bad news story. The company has taken measures to beef up protection against cyber attacks like the recent one from Spectre, but the new version will take more of a user’s computer resources to run.

Google candidly admits that the new version of Chrome will eat up as much as 13 percent of your computer’s system memory thanks to the add-on of something called “site isolation.” Site isolation is a second-line defense designed to limit the ability of unscrupulous websites to access or thieve personal account information on other websites.

Owning 79 percent of the browser market, Google has little choice but to protect users from potential attacks. In a blog post, the company vows the trade-off is well worth the extra drag on a user’s computer.

Republican House member supports restoring net neutrality

The first Republican House member has joined Democrats to support a rollback of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) dismantling of net neutrality.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) has said he will support a measure to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn an FCC vote last December to change the policy, formalized in 2015 under the Obama administration.

In an op-ed piece, Coffman notes that the policy of barring internet service providers (ISP) from favoring one type of content over another was a longstanding practice before it was codified as official policy — and that it has Republican roots, from the George W. Bush administration.

Nikki Haley secures South Sudan arms embargo that eluded Obama

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has chalked up another win, securing an arms embargo on South Sudan — something that eluded the Obama administration.

South Sudan, which declared its independence from Sudan in 2011, has been beset by conflict and violence since 2013. But an arms embargo resolution introduced by the U.S. during the Obama administration was rejected by the Security Council in 2016.

The resolution on Friday squeaked through, only picking up the nine votes necessary to pass. France, the Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, the U.K. and Sweden all backed the U.S. While no members voted against the measure, Russia, China, Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan all abstained.

Bernie Sanders’ income tops $1M for second year in row, reports say

A financial disclosure document filed in May shows that the indepedent lawmaker from Vermont made more than $1 million in 2017, given him income of that figure or more for the second year in a row, VTDigger reported.

Most of that income – $885,767 – came from cash advances and royalties for his 2016 book, “Our Revolution,” which recounted the Sanders’ failed bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

The remaining $174,000 of Sanders’ income for last year came from his Senate salary.

Sanders’ socialist “authenticity” has been challenged before.

In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the senator was criticized for purchasing a vacation home – his third at the time – in upstate Vermont, for $575,000.

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Video shows the last moments before duck boat sinks in Missouri lake

BRANSON, Missouri – When choppy waves began crashing against two duck boats in a lake in Missouri, Jennie Phillips-Hudson Carr started recording.

“We are at Branson and on the showboat! A storm came in as we got on and there was 2 ducks that you ride out there and 1 went under,” she posted Thursday night on Facebook along with video of the boats bobbing up and down.

Worker injured in blast at Army depot in Pennsylvania dies

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Army says one of five civilian employees injured in an explosion and fire at a military depot in Pennsylvania has died.

Letterkenny Army Depot commander Col. Stephen Ledbetter announced the death of the unidentified employee Friday. Two others remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Boy Scout leader drowns rescuing child struggling to swim in Utah pond

A Boy Scout leader and new husband drowned in a Utah pond Wednesday night — disappearing beneath the water just moments after jumping in to save a young Scout struggling to stay afloat, cops said.

The Scout leader, identified as 22-year-old Wesley Robert Kratzer, was one of three people supervising a group of 11- and 12-year-old boys who were learning swimming techniques in Salem.

Wesley Kratzer, right, pictured with his wife.  (GoFundMe)

Wesley Kratzer, right, pictured with his wife. (GoFundMe)

When one of the boys started to have trouble, Kratzer didn’t hesitate, jumping in and pushing the boy to safety. But when Kratzer dropped beneath the surface again, he didn’t emerge, Salem Police Chief Brad James said.

130,000 veterans are about to get a hefty refund from the Department of Defense

Some veterans who have received disability payments may want to keep an eye out for mail from the Department of Defense — there could be money in it for them.

Veterans who left the military because of combat-related injuries between 1991 and 2016 may have been wrongly taxed on their one-time lump-sum disability severance pay, even though Congress deemed that money nontaxable.

Now, thanks to the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, the Department of Defense has identified more than 130,000 veterans who are eligible for a refund and is sending them notices between July 9 and July 20 to notify them.

Authorities: Close to $100K found after deadly bus crash

The passenger was among close to 30 people who were injured when the bus rolled and was hit by another vehicle and then sideswiped by a semi-truck along Interstate 25 early Sunday. The bus driver lost control while trying to avoid another crash that happened moments earlier on the dark highway.

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Elder confirmed during a news conference that the money was discovered after the passenger was transported to an Albuquerque hospital, where numerous other people and their belongings were taken following the crash.1532114256711

The discovery has prompted a separate investigation, Elder said. He had no other information about the passenger or the money

Berkeley High grad pleads guilty to helping ISIS, spoke of plan to kill 10,000 in Bay Area

A graduate of Berkeley High School in California, who reportedly told authorities he wanted to help ISIS kill 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area, pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday, while his attorney claimed he was a victim of the “system.”

Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, 23, of Oakland, pleaded guilty to trying to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, possession of device-making equipment and identity theft, said officials of the state’s Department of Justice.

Maxine Waters supporters burn American flag outside California rep’s office

Supporters of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters reportedly burned and stomped on an American flag they snatched off a pickup truck Thursday, while chanting “Black power” outside her California office.

That group, the Oath Keepers, had said they would rally against the congresswoman they call a “protest terrorist inciter” early Thursday afternoon, prompting counterprotesters to rally in support of Waters. But the Oath Keepers did not arrive, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Still, a few dozen pro-Waters counterprotesters, including union workers, church leaders, South Los Angeles residents and members of activist groups, gathered outside the office around midday.

People chant slogans as they burn a U.S. flag

People chant slogans as they burn a U.S. flag outside the Los Angeles office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP)

Waters issued a statement criticizing the Oath Keepers.

New Jersey could tax tap water under Democratic lawmaker’s plan

A New Jersey state senator has introduced legislation that would levy a tax on tap water in an effort to fix the state’s aging pipes.

State Sen. Bob Smith, a Democrat, suggested adding a “user fee on water consumption and water diversion” in his proposed legislation.

ICE Just Arrested Dozens of Illegal Aliens in a Sanctuary City, the Majority Have Serious Criminal Records

ICE targeted Illegal aliens who had been incarcerated in the Middlesex County Jail and released into the community by local law enforcement without notice to federal immigration officials. The aliens arrested had ICE detainers that were not honored. Newark is a “sanctuary city.”

“Of those arrested, 16 subjects had been previously released by MCJ without honoring the ICE detainer and 78% had prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges. The individuals arrested as part of the operation were nationals of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and Turkey,” ICE released Friday.

“These individuals range from 21 to 68 years old and all were previously arrested or convicted of a variety of offenses. Some of the arrests and convictions included: aggravated criminal sexual contact, aggravated assault, DUI, hindering apprehension, endangering the welfare of a child, battery, theft, burglary, possession of a weapon, forgery, domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct, and illegal entry.”

Minnesota inmate’s bloody past comes to light after allegedly killing corrections officer

A one-eyed inmate accused of killing a Minnesota corrections officer on this week has a history of violence — though his recent “good behavior” allowed him access to tools and an industrial building where the officer was killed, authorities said Thursday.

Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42,

Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42, is accused of using a weapon to attack Officer Joseph Gomm on Wednesday at Stillwater prison in Stillwater, Minn. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)

Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42, attacked and fatally injured Officer Joseph Gomm with a weapon, authorities said. While authorities didn’t name the type of weapon, reports say it was a hammer. A preliminary autopsy showed Gomm died of blunt force trauma.

New Jersey woman, 42, robs, murders mom, grandmom and goes on spree in New York City, reports say

A New Jersey woman reportedly bludgeoned her mom and grandmom to death with a nightstick, leaving the lifeless bodies inside a blood-spattered, high-rise apartment while she used the women’s cash and credit cards to live it up in Atlantic City and New York City.

Heather Barbera is accused of killing her mother and grandmother.

Heather Barbera is accused of killing her mother and grandmother.

Heather Barbera, 42, reportedly confessed to the July 7 murders of her mother, 67-year-old Michelle Gordon, and grandmother, 81-year-old Elaine Rosen,

Emaciated teen living in barn was ‘within a week of death,’ authorities say

An emaciated Oklahoma teen was reportedly “within a week of death” Thursday when cops found him living in his well-fed family’s barn — where he said he’d been surviving on a diet of sticks, leaves and grass for nearly two years.

Now four members of the teen’s family are behind bars, on child neglect charges, Oklahoma City’s FOX 25 reported.

Jimmy Jones Sr., 34, and Amy Jones, 46,

Jimmy Jones Sr., 34, and Amy Jones, 46, were among those arrested on child neglect charges, authorities say. (Lincoln County Jail)

The boy’s father, stepmother and two older brothers were arrested on child neglect warrants and booked into jail the following day.

Feds order Georgia sheriff to return $69G spent on Hellcat muscle car

A Georgia police department is in hot water over the purchase of a Hellcat muscle car.

Fox 5 reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to pay back $69,258 that it received from a federal program that distributes seized drug money to law enforcement agencies, which was used to buy the 707 hp Dodge Charger Hellcat in May.

Roseanne Barr screams about Valerie Jarrett in bizarre YouTube video about scandal

Roseanne Barr appeared extremely frustrated when asked about Valerie Jarrett in a bizarre new video posted to the comedian’s YouTube channel.

The former “Roseanne” star shared a video of herself looking disheveled, smoking a cigarette and becoming increasingly upset while being interviewed by someone off camera.

Matt Drudge Calls Out ‘New Yorker’ Cover: Left Has ‘Stunning’ Fetish With Trump’s Death

In a rare tweet, conservative media mogul Matt Drudge called out the New Yorker magazine’s latest cover, which shows President Trump lying on the ground at the base of an escalator.

Ohio restaurant cancels Sunday church discount after outrage from secular organization

Watson said there are at least seven churches within a mile of the restaurant and felt this would be an easy way to get more people in the door.

“We’ve had an outstanding response from the local community. There’s been a lot of support,” Watson said.

“What we did was make an offer on social media to give a 10-percent discount to anyone that gave a church bulletin to us on Sunday for brunch,”

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Knife attack on German bus results in multiple injuries, reports say

Several people were injured in an apparent knife attack aboard a bus in northern Germany on Friday.

More than 12 people were injured, at least two seriously, after the perpetrator got on the bus in Lubeck, about 44 miles northeast of Hamburg, local media reported. There were conflicting reports on the number of injured people and the severity of the injuries.

Residents in southern Israel warned to stay near shelters

An IDF soldier was killed Friday afternoon after being hit in the chest by bullet fire from a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF Spokeperson’s Unit.

This was the first soldier killed by a militant in the Gaza Strip since operation Protective Edge in 2014 and the IDF called it the most serious event in the Gaza area since the operation.

The IDF attacked numerous Hamas targets across the Gaza Strip Friday evening in retaliation for Palestinian sniper fire at troops described as the most serious incident along the border fence since Operation Protective Edge in 2014 earlier in the day.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit released a statement saying that the strikes by fighter jets and tanks came as a response to sniper fire directed towards IDF troops during protests along the border fence earlier in the day in the Kissufim area.

Obama Praises South Africa’s White Genocide Government

Former President Obama’s recent visit to South Africa stirs controversy as the rainbow nation’s government is under fire over its anti-white and anti-Semitic policies. One America’s Kristian Rouz has the latest.

Crisis for Macron as security aide is detained for beating

PARIS (AP) — French investigators on Friday detained for questioning one of President Emmanuel Macron’s top security aides who was caught on camera beating a protester in May, sparking a major political crisis for the French leader.

The presidential Elysee Palace said Friday it’s now taking steps to fire Alexandre Benalla, who was identified earlier this week by the Le Monde newspaper as the man who beat a young protester during May Day protests while wearing a police helmet.


Tucker: Left doesn’t believe in borders, citizenship

Tucker: It’s surreal to watch Democratic politicians in California encourage foreign nationals to vote in our elections.

Other offices won’t be far behind, and the trend is growing. The Left rejects the notion that America is even a country. It’s an idea, they often tell us.