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Norwegian Cruise ship rescues 4 Cuban nationals stranded ‘in the middle of the ocean’

A Norwegian Cruise Liner sailing to the Caribbean and Mexico from Florida stopped almost as soon as it departed on Sunday to rescue four distressed Cuban nationals spotted in the middle of the ocean, a representative for the cruise liner confirmed to Fox News.


“The individuals, who are Cuban nationals, were safely brought on board, immediately taken to the ship’s medical facility for evaluation and provided with clothing and food. The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified by the ship’s Captain, who was advised to disembark the rescued individuals at the next port of call in Costa Maya, Mexico on September 4.”

Emirates plane carrying sick passengers lands at JFK airport, officials say

At least 10 people were taken to the hospital Wednesday after an Emirates Airline plane from Dubai landed in New York City with about 100 passengers and crewmembers reported feeling ill, officials said.

Emergency response crews gather outside a plane at New York's Kennedy Airport

Emergency response crews gather outside a plane at New York’s Kennedy Airport amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai on Wednesday. (AP)

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities arrived at John F. Kennedy airport around 9 a.m. shortly before Emirates Flight 203 landed with about 521 people on board. The plane was quarantined as authorities evaluated the situation.

(Video) Driver Identified in Intentional Crash Into FOX4 Studios in Dallas

A man is in custody Wednesday after slamming his pickup truck into the Dallas FOX television station, ranting and throwing leaflets before surrendering to officers, police say.

At about 6:15 a.m., a man, identified by police as Michael Fry, crashed his pickup into the downtown Dallas TV station multiple times before he jumped out of the truck and began yelling, police said.

Michael Fry, mugshot. Photo credit: Dallas Police Department

Michael Fry, mugshot. Photo credit: Dallas Police Department

Fry then grabbed a bag out of the truck and placed it near the building, police said, which prompted a bomb squad investigation.

Two women found dead in apartment near University of Washington: police

Two women were found dead in an apartment building across the street from the University of Washington campus on Tuesday, police said.

The Seattle Police Department said the two women were in their 20s and “there are no outstanding suspects,” indicating the deaths may have been a murder-suicide.

Kansas man testified he chopped up wife’s body to protect his family: ‘It’s something I had to do’

A Kansas man told a court on Tuesday that he chopped up his wife’s body in a hotel after she killed herself to protect his family.

Justin Todd Rey, 36, appeared in front a Johnson County judge to explain during his preliminary hearing why he spent eight hours hacking Jessica Rey’s body into pieces last October, The Kansas City Star reported.

Justin Todd Rey, 36, testified that he chopped of his wife's body

Justin Todd Rey, 36, testified that he chopped of his wife’s body to protect his family. (Johnson County Sheriff’s Office)

“It’s something I had to do,” Rey said in court. “My family is very dear to me. It’s something I had to do to protect my family.”

Jessica Rey gave birth to a baby in a bathtub at a Kansas City, Mo., hotel and then killed herself. Justin Rey, instead of calling police for help, dismembered his wife’s body so he could take her remains to Arizona while caring for his newborn and two-year-old daughter.

Mistrial declared in retrial of ex-Blackwater security guard accused of massacring Iraqi civilians

A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the retrial of a former Blackwater security guard convicted of murder in 2014 for his role in a mass shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians that touched off an international firestorm.

Nicholas Slatten, 34, of Sparta, Tenn., went on trial for a second time in June, accused of instigating the killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 17 others, including women and children in 2007 near Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten

Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten pictured in 2014 after the start of his first trial; A mistrial was declared in his retrial Wednesday

The latest decision was a setback for the Justice Department, which had long sought to hold Slatten and three other employees of the military contracting firm accountable for the incident.

The Latest: Inmate charged in wildfire rape calls for trial

An Idaho prison inmate charged with raping a woman while working at a wildfire base camp in Utah has invoked his right to a speedy trial.

Prosecutor Kevin Daniels said 27-year-old Ruben Hernandez made his first court appearance in Utah’s Sanpete County in a short hearing on Wednesday.

This photo provided by the Sanpete County Jail in Manti, Utah, shows Ruben Hernandez.

This photo provided by the Sanpete County Jail in Manti, Utah, shows Ruben Hernandez.

Daniels says he did not formally enter a plea, but the request to move quickly typically indicates a defendant disputes a charge. He is due in court for an evidence hearing next week.

Hernandez was part of a program common in Western states where minimum-security prison inmates are released to help fight wildfires. He is accused of assaulting a base-camp worker Aug. 29 after she rejected his advances.

Florida K-9 Takes Down Suspect in Body Camera Video

Officials in Pasco County, Florida, released police body camera footage showing a K-9 taking down a suspect.

Deputy Nick Carmack attempted a traffic stop on Sept. 4 on a stolen vehicle, Fox13 reported. However, the suspect drove away from him and went into a driveway before the driver and a passenger fled on foot.

Pasco County officials released bodycam footage

Pasco County officials released bodycam footage showing K9 Shep taking down a suspect. (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

The body camera footage shows the scene that unfolded.

6 People Killed by Guns in Chicago Over Labor Day Weekend

Six people were killed and 23 were injured in Chicago gun violence over Labor Day weekend.

The violence occurred despite 1,400 additional police on the street, NBC Chicago reported. Despite the tragedies, its considered the lowest level of violence in five years, according to the Chicago Tribune.

California Officer Kills Wife, Then Himself Outside Nutrition Store

Deputies responded to Get Ripped Nutrition around 10:45 p.m. after the store’s owner called 911 and said that he and Mary Wheat, Brad Wheat’s wife, were locked inside the vitamin store while the officer was outside banging on the door.

Brad Wheat, left, and Mary Wheat, second from left, in a file family photo.

Brad Wheat, left, and Mary Wheat, second from left, in a file family photo. Authorities said Brad Wheat killed his wife before killing himself in Martell, Calif., on Sept. 3, 2018. (Wheat Family Memorial fund/GoFundMe)

Deputies rushed over and arrived just minutes later but they heard shots being fired. They found the Wheats dead and the store owner injured, with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, reported the Record Net. The owner is expected to survive.

A witness told deputies that Wheat was unable to get through the door so he fired a gun through the store’s front window and gained access.

Sanders rolls out ‘Bezos Act’ that would tax companies for welfare their employees receive

New legislation rolled out by Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday would tax corporations for the federal benefits their employees receive.

The legislation, introduced by both the Vermont independent as well as Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat, is aimed at companies including Amazon, Walmart,  and United Airlines that employ low-paid employees.

Not so subtly, it was named by Sanders the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or BEZOS Act. Jeff Bezos is the founder and chief executive of Amazon.

The bill would establish a 100% tax on companies equal to the benefits their employees are receiving. Covered public assistance program include Medicaid, Section 8 housing, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, for companies with more than 500 employees.

Tx Doctors at Kavanaugh Hearing Say They Saw Liberal Protesters Paid “With a Literal Bag of Cash” (VIDEO)

Several doctors from Texas attended the hearing today and told interviewer Adam Schindler that they witnessed organized activists with a literal bag of cash paying the rent-a-mob protesters.

Real Clear Politics has a transcript of the doctors’ comments as offered to Schindler outside the hearing.

Sen Kennedy: Protestors Who ‘Disrupt Representative Democracy’ ‘Ought To Be Prosecuted

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said protestors at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing “ought to be prosecuted.”

Kennedy said, “It was all pre-packaged. It was pre-planned. It was orchestrated. You know, kind of like a meat loaf Lean Cuisine, pop it in the microwave and here it comes. It was a circus. I think it was pre-planned all the way down to the protestors standing up and screaming. ”

He added, “And I don’t care whose side you’re on, if you try to disrupt representative democracy you ought to be prosecuted. That’s part of the problem. These protestors stand up, scream, disrupt the proceedings, they’re taken out and many times nothing ever happens to them. I don’t think that’s fair.”

DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s unusual contact with Trump dossier author referred for investigation

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows is asking the Justice Department and its inspector general to review DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s contacts with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele as well as the FBI, saying in a new letter that their coordination may have broken from “established protocol to further their investigation of the Trump campaign.”

Meadows, in the letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, said he wrote to encourage Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber to “include Mr. Ohr’s involvement in these events in their parallel investigations, as his testimony brought new concerns to light.”

Illegal immigrants who exploited Motor Voter to register in North Carolina still on rolls

Elvis David Fullerton has voted in 16 elections in North Carolina dating back nearly two decades.

The only problem, authorities say, is he’s not a citizen and never should have been on the voter rolls, much less allowed to step into a polling booth to cast a ballot.

Of 19 charged with illegally voting, at least 18 registered at DMVs

Of 19 charged with illegally voting, at least 18 registered at DMVs

Mr. Fullerton, who is still a citizen of Grenada, is one of 19 North Carolinians the federal government indicted last month on charges of illegal voting. Yet even now, his name remains on the state’s rolls in Wake County, and local officials say there’s not much they can do about it.

Illegal Immigrant Fled to Mexico After Murdering Pregnant Wife, Say Arizona Police

Dimas Coronado, 47, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was named in an arrest warrant after investigators from the Phoenix Police Department developed probable cause for three counts of homicide.DmDXcHtUcAYGPeY-640x480

Coronado’s estranged wife, Oralia Nunez Gonzalez, 24, and her roommate, Omar Gonzalez, 34, (no relation), were discovered wounded inside a trailer home by a relative of Nunez after arriving home from work.

When police responded, they discovered Gonzalez was already deceased and Nunez, who was approximately eight months pregnant, was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her gunshot wounds.

The warrant for the three counts of homicide includes one for the death of the unborn child.

Conservative group claims college ruled their 9/11 ‘Never Forget’ posters biased against Muslims

A conservative student group at a Wisconsin-based college claims they were told their 9/11 “Never Forget” poster violates the school’s bias policy because it exclusively targets Islamic terrorism, but the college says that’s simply not true.

The bias incident team at Ripon College ruled that YAF's "Never Forget" posters are biased against Muslims

The bias incident team at Ripon College ruled that YAF’s “Never Forget” posters are biased against Muslims. (Young America’s Foundation)

By focusing “relentlessly on one religious organization, one religious group, one religious identity,” Ripon College’s bias incident team allegedly told the Young America’s Foundation that their posters remembering September 11th create an environment where “students from a Muslim background would feel singled out and/or harassed.”

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray.

The announcement comes as lawsuits from local governments blaming Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, and other companies in the drug industry for using deceptive marketing practices to encourage heavy prescribing of the powerful and addictive painkillers.

President Donald J. Trump Weekly Update 09.01.18

Just this week, we made another truly historic announcement: We are replacing NAFTA with a beautiful, brand new U.S.-Mexico trade deal.

Tech Watch:

Survey: Many Facebook users unaware they can adjust news feed

Sept. 5 (UPI) — Facebook users, especially older ones, are unaware of how news stories are chosen for display in their news feed, new research showed Wednesday.

The Pew Research survey said 53 percent of users over 18 said they didn’t know why some stories showed up and some didn’t. Additionally, only 36 percent said they’ve attempted to change or otherwise influence news content on Facebook.

Users can make custom adjustments to their news preferences.

Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales

For the past year, select Google advertisers have had access to a potent new tool to track whether the ads they ran online led to a sale at a physical store in the U.S. That insight came thanks in part to a stockpile of Mastercard transactions that Google paid for.

But most of the two billion Mastercard holders aren’t aware of this behind-the-scenes tracking. That’s because the companies never told the public about the arrangement.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Mastercard Inc. brokered a business partnership during about four years of negotiations, according to four people with knowledge of the deal, three of whom worked on it directly.

The alliance gave Google an unprecedented asset for measuring retail spending, part of the search giant’s strategy to fortify its primary business against onslaughts from Inc. and others.

Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook and Twitter executives pledged on Wednesday to better protect their social media platforms in the 2018 elections and beyond, and told Congress of aggressive efforts to root out foreign intrusions aimed at sowing divisions in American democracy.

Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate intelligence committee, but there was an empty chair for Google’s parent Alphabet, which refused to send its top executive.

Senators had sharp words for Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who oversees Google. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suggested the company might have bailed because it was “arrogant” while Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, expressed outrage over the absence

Jeff Sessions, State AGs to Discuss Whether Big Tech ‘Intentionally Stifling’ Free Speech

“The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms,” said Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley.

The announcement was made as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on foreign meddling during the 2016 presidential election. Republican lawmakers, including GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy, have repeatedly accused social media giants of censoring conservative viewpoints.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before Congress

Via-ZDNET: “There will be two hearings on Sept. 5, 2018. The first is a morning session before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which kicked off at 9:30 am ET. It featured both Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Google CEO Larry Page was invited, but he declined to attend and had global affairs executive Kent Walker provide a written testimony.”

World News:

Amsterdam attack: Jihadist knifeman shot in nine seconds

A 19-year-old Afghan who stabbed two American tourists in Amsterdam was shot just nine seconds after he launched his attack, the city’s police chief has revealed.

Commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said a special “spotter” had been watching the suspect when he pulled out a knife at Amsterdam’s central station.


Within minutes of the attack police determined that the man had acted alone.

Moments later teenager Jawed S was shot in the hip, he said.

Jawed S, an asylum seeker who arrived in Germany in 2015, had travelled by train to Amsterdam on Friday. The German authorities say they were tipped off in February that he had become radicalised while living at a youth facility.

Suicide attack in Shiite-populated district of Kabul kills at least 20

 A suicide bombing during a wrestling match in a gym in a Shiite-dominated part of the Afghan capital killed at least 20 civilians and wounded scores on Wednesday, officials said.

An injured man is brought to a hospital after a deadly attack in

An injured man is brought to a hospital after a deadly attack in a Shiite-dominated area of Kabul on Sept. 5, 2018. (Rahmat Gul/AP)

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the Dasht-e Barchi area and was followed by an explosion some distance away.

The cause of the second blast was unclear, and there were unconfirmed reports that a couple of journalists who had gathered to cover the first bombing were wounded.

Cyprus to seek EU help on growing asylum applications

Cyprus will coordinate with other front-line Mediterranean countries bearing the brunt of new migrant arrivals to demand that other European Union member states take in more people who have been granted asylum, the island nation’s interior minister said Wednesday.

Constantinos Petrides said the east Mediterranean country will enact a raft of measures to ease a “disproportionate burden” it now bears as it comes under increasing strain from a surge in the number of asylum applications.

Petrides said Cyprus ranks first among EU member states in the number of asylum applications relative to its population, which is around 1.1 million. In the first eight months of 2018, more than 4,000 asylum applications were submitted compared with 2,600 over the same period last year. In all of 2016, asylum applications spiked by 56 percent compared to the previous year.

Norway Looks to Strip 1,600 Migrants of Refugee Status, Send Them Back to Somalia

The Norwegian government has said that Somalia now has a more stable government and the refugees no longer need the protection of the Norwegian state, Nettavisen reports.

Several pro-asylum seeker groups have spoken out against the move accusing the government of breaking international asylum rules, such as the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) which argued that the conditions in Somali have not changed enough to justify stripping the migrants of refugee status.

Israeli Satellite Images Reveal Damage at Site of Airstrike on ‘Iranian Targets’ in Syria

The Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International released satellite images of a destroyed site in Syria, south of the city of Masyaf, which seem to correspond with the location of a reported strike in Hama on Tuesday.

Syrian state media reported on Tuesday that Israeli jets attacked military targets in the northwestern Syrian city of Hama, adding that one person was killed and 12 others were wounded.

Credit: ImageSat International ISI

Credit: ImageSat International ISI

The Israeli military struck more than 200 targets and fired 800 missiles and mortar shells over the past year-and-a-half, a senior IDF official said Tuesday, adding that the IDF is working intensively to target Iranian weapons convoys and targets in Syria.

Britain charges two Russians for state-backed plot to kill Skripals

British police revealed images of the two men they said had flown to Britain for a weekend in March to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

Skripal’s daughter Yulia and a police officer who attended the scene also fell ill in the case, which has caused the biggest East-West diplomatic expulsions since the Cold War. A woman later died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle which police believe had been used to smuggle the nerve agent into Britain.

British authorities identified the suspects as Russian nationals traveling on genuine passports under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament the government had concluded they were officers in Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, are seen in an image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in London, Britain September 5, 2018. Metroplitan Police handout via REUTERS

High level of E coli and bacteria found at Egypt hotel where couple died

Thomas Cook has found high levels of E coli and bacteria that can cause toxic shock syndrome at the Red Sea hotel in Egypt where two British tourists died suddenly last month.

The tour operator carried out investigations at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in Hurghada in the wake of the deaths of John and Susan Cooper, a couple aged 69 and 63, from Burnley who were on a family holiday.

John and Susan Cooper died during a family holiday

John and Susan Cooper died during a family holiday to the Red Sea. Photograph: Blue Sky Hotel/Facebook

The company announced on Wednesday that tests on food and hygiene standards at the all-inclusive hotel identified a high level of E coli and staphylococcus bacteria. The latter most often causes skin infections but can also cause blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome which can be rapidly fatal if not treated promptly, according to the NHS.

France: 147 Evacuated from Plane Over Cholera Scare

A sick child triggered a cholera scare on board a Boeing 737 flight heading from Algeria to southern France on Sept. 5, AFP reported.

The child along with 147 passengers on an ASL Airlines flight were kept on the plane for an hour after it landed, the news agency said. The passengers were let off the plane after disinfecting their hands.

Officials in France’s Pyrenees-Orientales region told AFP that the child was “suspected of having cholera and was taken to hospital for tests” along with her mother and other relatives.

Domino’s Pizza cuts promotion promising free pizza for life to those who got brand’s logo tattooed

Domino’s Pizza in Russia was forced to end a promotion offering fans free pizza for life if they got the brand’s logo tattooed “in a prominent place” on their body after the campaign became too popular.

The promotion was originally advertised to run for two months, starting Aug. 31, but the pizza chain ended it only five days in after their social media was flooded with excited pizza fanatics all proudly displaying their Domino’s tattoos.Opera

The advertisement promised up to 100 free Domino’s pizzas every year for 100 years to anyone who got a tattoo of the company’s logo, posted the photo to social media and proved the authenticity of the ink.