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In The News:

U.S. Job Gains In Year Through March Likely To Be Revised Up By 43,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy likely created 43,000 more jobs in the 12 months through March than previously estimated, the Labor Department said on Wednesday.

The marginal increase, which the Labor Department said represented less than a 0.05 percent gain versus current estimates, is a preliminary estimate of the government’s annual “benchmark” revision to nonfarm payrolls data.

Job growth in the U.S. economy remains relatively strong despite the labor market being near full employment.

Mollie Tibbetts murder suspect, illegal immigrant Cristhian Rivera, allegedly passed E-Verify system

The Mexican national accused of murdering college student Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa last month lived in the United States illegally for several years — but was reportedly still able to pass a government system designed to weed out illegal immigrants from obtaining American jobs.

Cristhian Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Tuesday after the body of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was discovered in a cornfield about 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn, where she was last seen running. Police said Rivera was in the country illegally and an immigration detainer was placed on him after his arrest.

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Rivera’s employer, Yarrabee Farms, confirmed Tuesday that Rivera worked at the farm for four years and said Rivera passed the federal E-Verify check, which is intended to maintain a database of I-9 forms and tax records of employees across the country.

Fox News Video: Sen. Joni Ernst pushes for strengthening of immigration laws

Republican senator from Iowa comments on the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, urges Congress to act.

Lahren: Tibbetts tragedy a wakeup call on illegal immigrants

Fox News contributor sounds off after an illegal immigrant is arrested in the college student’s murder.

New York Times ‘Seizes’ On Murder Of Mollie Tibbetts To Attack Donald Trump

An illegal immigrant was arrested for seizing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts and murdering her in cold blood, but the latest New York Times article on the subject blasts Trump for “seizing” on the story of the young woman’s murder.

According to records from NewsDiffs, the story’s original headline, “Body Believed to Be That of Mollie Tibbetts, Iowa College Student, Is Found,” was changed to, “After an Immigrant’s Arrest, Trump Seizes on Killing of Mollie Tibbetts, Iowa Student.”

Elizabeth Warren To Mollie Tibbetts’ Family: You Need To Focus On ‘Real Problems’ Like Immigrant Family Separations

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday she’s “sorry” Mollie Tibbetts is dead, but urged her family and friends to remember to focus on the “real problems” at the border, where parents are being temporarily separated from their children.

After offering her condolences to the Tibbetts family, who will never be reunited with their daughter again, Warren immediately pivoted to how said it is that moms at the border who have willfully broken the law are being temporarily separated from their babies.

Illegal immigrant who committed multiple rapes after 2012 ICE detainer not enforced gets 80 years in prison

An Illinois judge on Monday slammed the officials who failed to enforce a 2012 ICE detainer on an illegal immigrant who later was able to beat and rape three women — even though he “shouldn’t have been in this country.”

Miguel C. Luna, 37, a Mexican national who was living in Joliet, was given the maximum sentence of 80 years in prison on Monday after he admitted last May to the physical and sexual assaults of two women who were running on a state trail in separate incidents in 2015 and 2016. Luna also admitted to raping a third woman who has since died.

Miguel C. Luna, 37, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for beating and raping two women.

Miguel C. Luna, 37, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for beating and raping two women. (Will County Sheriff)

“You shouldn’t have been in this country,” Judge David Carlson said, according to the Chicago Tribute. “The system let the victims down in this case.”

Feds: Man charged in Minnesota stabbing was in US illegally

A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in Minnesota before slashing his own throat re-entered the U.S. illegally after being deported in 2012, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Fraider Diaz-Carbajal, 35, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the Aug. 12 death of Enedelia Perez Garcia, 27, who died in his apartment in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee. Authorities said she suffered multiple stab wounds all over her body.

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Diaz-Carbajal was initially hospitalized in critical condition, then booked into jail Monday. Bail was set at $1.5 million.

Border Patrol stops caravan of 128 illegal immigrants from entering US

Border Patrol agents on Friday stopped a caravan of 128 people that illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico into Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday evening.

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Border Patrol agents stopped on Friday a caravan of 128 people after it illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico to Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday evening. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The large caravan of people was noticed near the Lukeville Port of Entry. Border Patrol officials said the illegal immigrants were “presumably brought to the border by human smugglers” who likely continued to remain in Mexico.

Cancun horror as 8 bodies, including 2 dismembered in bags, found on streets

Eight bodies — two of which were dismembered and shoved in plastic bags — were discovered on the streets of the Mexican resort city Cancun, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Authorities made two of the eight grisly discoveries at midnight Monday in the trunk of a taxi, Rivera Maya News reported. A man and a woman were found dead inside the vehicle’s trunk parked outside the Chedraui de la Multiplaza shopping mall, according to the report.

Police: 2 Kentucky inmates injure jail staff, escape

Police were seeking two southeast Kentucky felons Wednesday who escaped from jail by spraying a bleach concoction in the eyes of one jail worker and physically attacking another before running off.1534957052534

David Mosely, 41, and Matthew Price, 45, escaped Tuesday night from the Bell County jail, Kentucky State Police said. Master Trooper Shane Jacobs said dispatchers had taken numerous calls about the inmates, but police hadn’t located them yet as of late Wednesday morning.

Mother, daughter accused of stealing checks from elderly woman, depositing them made out to ‘Donald Trump’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A mother and daughter are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly woman by forging checks.

Police say, Tamika Brewster and her daughter, Teriqka Brewster, stole $3,600 from Jessie Williams, 89, by forging checks that were stolen from the victim’s room at the Trezevant Manor Retirement Home in June.checkd

Williams believes one or both of the suspects are part of a cleaning crew.

Father of 2 boys who died in Indiana river may face charges

The father of two Indiana boys who died after being pulled from a river was acting strangely before his sons were found in the waterway and could face criminal charges in their deaths, a sheriff said Wednesday.

Four-year-old Levi Patillo and 2-year-old Evan Patillo were pronounced dead Tuesday evening at local hospitals after witnesses pulled them unresponsive from the Kankakee River in southwestern Lake County near the Illinois state line, said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez

Socialist Dem Ocasio-Cortez laments coffee shop’s closure — over wage hikes that she supports

After enduring mockery for declaring Sunday that a walk in a national park was an example of democratic socialism, Ocasio-Cortez lamented Monday the shutting down of an iconic New York coffee shop that closed mostly due to a higher minimum wage – which Ocasio-Cortez supported.

The Coffee Shop in Union Square, which became especially famous after regularly appearing on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” will close down this fall after nearly 28 years in business. Co-owner and President Charles Milite announced the decision to shut the doors to its 150 employees last month.

“The times have changed in our industry,” Milite told the New York Post last month. “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”

California Used Loopholes To Keep Thousands on SNAP From Having to Work

Despite 10-year-low unemployment, California took advantage of loopholes in federal regulation to keep more than 800,000 federal welfare recipients from having to work.

This conclusion is based on the response of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to an application to waive SNAP’s work requirements for 55 of California’s 58 counties, issued to the state in July and recently obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

FBI, DHS Confirm Florida Election System Not Hacked, Contrary To Dem Senator’s Claims

Earlier this month, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) claimed that Russians had “penetrated” the Florida election system. Now the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have written a letter definitively contradicting his claims.

“They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” he told the Tampa Bay Times on August 8. “We were requested by the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee to let the supervisors of election in Florida know that the Russians are in their records.”

The Florida Department of State immediately refuted Nelson’s claim, and said they had no evidence to back up Nelson’s claims. Nelson then began walking back what he said, while still claiming he hadn’t misled anyone.

JUDGE GIVES NO JAIL TIME TO IMRAN AWAN, ATTORNEY CLAIMS HE WAS BUILDING ‘WOMEN’S SHELTER’

A federal judge declined to give jail time to former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan Tuesday, saying he has “suffered enough” at the hands of politicians “at the highest levels of government.” In addition, the Department of Justice said it did not find any evidence that supported criminal charges.

The lawyer, former Hillary Clinton aide Chris Gowen, said Imran was motivated by love for his father, who was dying in Virginia when Imran flew to Pakistan. Imran, he said, was in a “panic” to get money to urgently build a charity hospital, described in court as a “women’s shelter.” He described the urgent moves as “securing his father’s legacy.”

The story is at odds with a 2009 Pakistani newspaper article, police reports and lawsuits in Pakistan, as well as interviews. Those allege Imran tried to cut others out of a fraud-plagued real estate deal and secure a massive inheritance in the form of a major real estate complex, known as a “colony.”

Obama Was Accused of Offering Hush Money to Jeremiah Wright… and No One Cared

For the moment, let’s put aside the obvious problems with Cohen’s credibility and assume he’s telling the truth.

A payment to silence someone from making potentially damaging statements “could constitute” a campaign contribution according to “some” experts? There’s clearly a significant amount of subjectivity here. But, here’s the thing: if everything went down as Cohen says it did, then why wasn’t Obama held to the same standard?

That’s right, Barack Obama also offered an individual hush money “for the principal purpose of influencing the election,” but you probably never heard about it. It wasn’t to silence a mistress though, it was to silence his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Wright’s inflammatory, anti-American rhetoric caused Obama significant headaches during his first presidential campaign, and he tried to contain the damage to protect his chances of winning the White House.

All clear at Arlington National Cemetery after bomb threat

Normal operations have resumed at Arlington National Cemetery after a bomb threat prompted an evacuation.

Cemetery public affairs director Barbara Lewandrowski said Wednesday afternoon that the facility had reopened to the public after all areas were cleared by authorities.

Country singer Gretchen Wilson arrested after disturbance on flight, police say

According to TMZ, the singer reportedly got into a fight with another passenger over the bathroom on a flight.

A source told the gossip site that Wilson, 45, got into a shoving match with another passenger after they exchanged words over using the airplane bathroom. The country singer reportedly waited and knocked on the door of the bathroom before the incident.

Wilson and the passenger continued to “exchange threatening hand gestures” for the rest of the 80-minute flight, sources told the site.

When the singer got off the plane, she encountered the cops waiting for her and demanded them to arrest her.

Harvest Billboards Showing Evangelist Greg Laurie With Bible Taken Down From Malls After Complaints

Evangelist Greg Laurie, who leads the multi-campus Harvest Christian Fellowship, was recently forced to remove billboards promoting his annual SoCal Harvest event from two popular malls in Southern California because they featured him holding a nondescript Bible in his hand that some people found offensive.

Even after the evangelist and his team adjusted the artwork for the billboard to use innocuous photos to promote the event, however, the company they contracted to advertise the event nixed their promotion.

(PHOTO: FACEBOOK) Evangelist Greg Laurie was forced to take down a series of billboards showing him holding a Bible,

(PHOTO: FACEBOOK) Evangelist Greg Laurie was forced to take down a series of billboards showing him holding a Bible, as seen in this image. The billboards advertised his upcoming “Harvest” outreach.

He noted that the Bible depicted in the image on the billboards did not have a cross, religious symbols, or even the word “Bible” on it.

Maryland woman on lottery streak with three big wins

Aug. 22 (UPI) — A Maryland woman is on a lottery winning streak after collecting three large prizes in under a month.

Felicia Wade, 49, of Waldorf, said she placed a Superfecta Box bet of 10 cents on a Racetrax virtual horse racing game Aug. 17 and ended up winning $11,730.80.

A Maryland woman visited lottery headquarters three times in the past month to collect large jackpots.

A Maryland woman visited lottery headquarters three times in the past month to collect large jackpots. Photo courtesy oft he Maryland Lottery

Wade said she played again two days later and collected a $2,000 jackpot.

The winner previously visited lottery headquarters when a series of Pick 4 combinations using the numbers 1-0-1-7 led her to win about $60,000 in the July 29 drawing.

2-year-old battling leukemia gets surprise daddy-daughter dance in hospital room

ATLANTA – A daddy-daughter duo is melting hearts all over the internet.

Brett Thompson’s wife posted this video of him surprising their 2-year-old daughter, Phoenix.

The little girl is at a children’s cancer center in Atlanta fighting acute myeloid leukemia.

When her first round of chemo wrapped up, her mom says a nurse came into Phoenix’s room and dressed her in a yellow princess gown.dance

Brett then entered wearing a suit.

World News:

Trump administration walking back Obama-era foreign policy mistakes in Burma

In October 2016, outgoing President Barack Obama lifted economic sanctions against Burma with considerable fanfare, citing the Asian country’s “substantial advances to promote democracy.”

Less than two years later, that decision looks like a major foreign policy mistake, according to a variety of experts and human rights activists who told Fox News that Burma – also known as Myanmar – has slipped back into a miltary-dominated dictatorship that continues to wage widespread and violent ethnic cleansing campaigns against both Muslim and Christian minorities.

The most visible victims have been the country’s Rohingya Muslims, whose fate has been well covered by the international media.

But the Kachin and Karen people, as well as Christians across the Buddhist-dominant nation, are among those who have been displaced, their villages burned to the ground, with innocent civilians salughtered by members of the Burmese military.

In Attempt To Improve Response To Terrorism, Israel Extends Firearm Permits To 500,000 Israelis

More than a half million Israelis who are infantry veterans are now eligible for firearm permits in a move by the government to improve the response to terrorist attacks.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced Monday that the gun restrictions are now eased to allow Israelis who served in infantry units to be immediately eligible to carry firearms, i24NEWS reports.

Israel advances plans for 1,000 West Bank settlement homes

The Israeli government on Wednesday announced that it was advancing plans to build over 1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, pressing ahead with construction as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a long-awaited peace plan.

The Civil Administration, the defense body that oversees civilian affairs in the West Bank, said its planning committee had approved a total of 1,015 housing units.

Peace Now, an anti-settlement watchdog group, said the decision included final approval for immediate construction of nearly 400 homes, with the rest requiring further bureaucratic approvals. It said most of the units were in isolated communities that would likely have to be removed as part of any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

Executive pleads in $1.2B Venezuelan money-laundering scheme

A former Swiss bank executive has pleaded guilty to his role in a $1.2 billion money-laundering scheme involving Venezuela’s state-run oil and natural gas company.

Federal court records show that 44-year-old Matthias Krull pleaded guilty in Miami federal court on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit money laundering. The German national and Panamanian resident is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 29.

Authorities say the scheme began in 2014 with bribery and fraud at the state-run PDVSA oil and gas enterprise and grew over time. A criminal complaint contends the scheme involved members of the Venezuelan elite, money managers, brokerage firms, banks and real estateinvestment firms.

Commentary/Opinion:

Has America Ever Been Great? Millennials React

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo came under fire after saying America has “never been that great”.

Wanting to know what young Americans would have to say about this, Cabot Phillips hit the streets of New York City to ask young people a simple question, “Has America ever been great?”

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