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TRUMP TO MEET ROSENSTEIN THURSDAY AMID REPORTS HE OFFERED TO RESIGN

President Donald Trump will meet Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday to discuss reports that he floated the idea of secretly recording him and invoking the 25th Amendment, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday.

“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” Sanders said.

“Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.”

Week 3: More Empty Seats Plague NFL Stadiums Across the Nation

As the NFL kicks off Week Three, photos of empty stadiums continue making their way across the Internet showing that the league is still struggling to put fans in the seats.

Elderly man found alive in apartment days after fire ravages DC senior living facility

A 74-year-old man has been found alive in an apartment building in Washington, D.C., five days after it was nearly gutted by fire, officials said.

The senior citizen was found by crews that had been hired by the building’s owners to evaluate the safety of the structure so that fire marshals could enter, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday at a news conference.

The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, she said.

The mayor said she believed he’d been in his apartment since the blaze last Wednesday. The man’s identity has not been released but Bowser said he lived in a second-floor apartment.

Comerica Park pizza shop employee fired, arrested for spitting into food

A food service employee at Detroit’s Comerica Park was fired this week after footage of him spitting into a pizza went viral on Instagram.

The employee, identified as Jaylon Kerley by WXYZ, was also arrested, according to officials who spoke with the outlet.Opera Snapshot_2018-09-24_095942_www.facebook.com

Footage of Kerley spitting into the pizza was first shared to Instagram by a fellow employee, who said in subsequent comments that he, too, was terminated for posting the video. He added that the employee spat in the video “[because] the supervisor kept yelling at him” that day.

DALLAS POLICE FIRES OFF-DUTY OFFICER ACCUSED OF KILLING MAN IN HIS APARTMENT

The Dallas Police Department fired off-duty officer Amber Guyger at a hearing Monday after she was charged with manslaughter for the Sept. 9 fatal shooting of her neighbor Botham Jean.

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Guyger had worked for Dallas Police Department (DPD) since 2013 and “has the right to appeal her discipline,” according to a DPD press release Monday. She had been on administrative leave since the shooting, reported The Dallas Morning News.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall waited until the criminal investigation was complete to make an administrative decision about Guyger, Hall’s chief of staff Thomas Taylor, said.

“There are witnesses who said that before the gunshots, they heard the officer knocking at the door and repeatedly saying, ‘Let me in,’” Merritt told WaPo.

5 shooting deaths in 48 hours in DC brings homicide total near 2017 count

After a spate of weekend murders, homicides in and around the nation’s capital reportedly are up more than 40 percent over last year — with over three months to go.

Crime data collected by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., as of Monday tallied 115 homicides so far in 2018 – just one death shy of last year’s 116 murders. At this time last year, there were 82 homicides.

“This is alarming. We don’t need to become another Baltimore,” Kathy Henderson, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission commissioner in the Northeast area, told FOX5 DC. “We need to nip this in the bud right now.”

The latest numbers came as police were investigating two separate shootings on Saturday–

Texas man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting passenger on Southwest flight

A Texas man was arrested and charged with sexual battery after a passenger accused him of inappropriately touching her on a Southwest flight from Houston, Texas to Nashville, Tenn., Sunday night, police confirmed.

The victim allegedly told Nashville Police Department officers that she had a brief conversation with the man, identified as Alfredo Vela IV, 30, before she fell asleep during the two-hour flight. The arrest affidavit said the woman did not know Vela IV previously, WSMV reported.

Alfredo Vela IV, 30,

Alfredo Vela IV, 30,

According to the affidavit, the woman said she woke up to Vela rubbing her back. She said he went on to rub her inner thigh, touched her breast and tried to put his hand under her shirt.

The woman said she was frozen in fear during the incident, but alerted flight crew soon after.

Sex offender faces court in case of 2 Arizona girls killed

TUCSON, Ariz. – A registered sex offender who was indicted this month in the slayings of two Arizona girls who disappeared and were later found dead years ago faced arraignment Monday on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, had been in a Phoenix jail for more than a year on burglary charges when the indictment in the case of the killings was issued earlier this month.

Christopher Matthew Clements, 36.

FILE – This undated file photo released by the Tucson Police Department on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 shows Christopher Matthew Clements, 36. Clements, a registered sex offender will appear in a Tucson court for the first time to face charges in the deaths of two girls.

Tucson police have not said how the girls died and what led to them investigate Clements in the killings of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez — except that the FBI learned in 2017 that Clements might have information about Celis’ death.

Clements later provided information to authorities that led them to find the 6-year-old girl’s remains, Police Chief Chris Magnus has said. Investigators later discovered more unspecified evidence.

Connecticut man arrested in 2014 murder of mother of 2 after he reportedly confesses to murder

A registered sex offender was arrested Sunday in the 2014 stabbing death of a woman — days after he walked into a Connecticut police station and confessed to the murder, police said.

William Winters Leverett, 27, was charged with one count of murder and is being held on $2 million bail. He’s expected to appear back in court on Oct. 9.

Leverett’s arrest, four years after Melissa Millan was stabbed to death, occurred after he walked into Simsbury police headquarters Wednesday night with members of his church and confessed to the slaying, the Hartford Courant reported.

William Winters Leverett, 27, left, was arrested in the murder of Melissa Millan, 54.

William Winters Leverett, 27, left, was arrested in the murder of Melissa Millan, 54. (Simsbury Police Department/FOX61)

Leverett had reportedly confessed to another member of his church months earlier.

James Woods refuses to delete meme that he says got him locked out of Twitter

Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a two-month-old tweet that was found to be in violation of the tech company’s rules.

The tweet, posted July 20, included a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections.

The meme that Woods posted in July

The meme that Woods posted in July said #LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterm. Woods acknowledged the tweet was “not likely” real. (Twitter)

Woods told The Associated Press Sunday he interpreted the message to mean he’ll be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says.

“Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said, referring to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.

“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods said. “Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.”

Facebook Dating makes its debut

Facebook has officially entered the dating world, albeit only in Colombia for the time being.

With one out of every three people dating online and a $1.3 billion online dating market, Facebook — or any platform for that matter — would have a tough time not taking advantage of the opportunity.

The social media platform may be drooling over the prospect of gaining more face time with Millennials who reportedlyspend more than 10 hours a week using dating apps, not to mention getting back the ex-pats who left when Facebook’s privacy issues reared their ugly head earlier this year.

The company tries to straddle the fence between benefit for its users and benefit for its bottom line by pointing to research that says social media leads to social change. With scrutiny regarding privacy following Facebook everywhere it goes, a venture into online dating just adds more questionable breadcrumbs on that privacy path.

CIA director: Agency keenly focused on nation state rivals

When foreign officials visit the CIA, they sometimes leave with a fine bottle of Kentucky bourbon, newly confirmed CIA Director Gina Haspel said Monday in her first public event in which the former undercover intelligence officer disclosed a few personal details of her life and outlined her priorities for the agency.

Returning to her alma mater at the University of Louisville, Haspel delved into some of the United States’ toughest challenges around the world.

CIA Director Gina Haspel

CIA Director Gina Haspel addresses the audience as part of the McConnell Center Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Louisville, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The spy agency’s first female director also lifted the veil behind her life, discussing her affection for Johnny Cash songs, her reading preferences when not poring through CIA briefing books and her most memorable celebrity encounter. That would be Queen Elizabeth, and yes, the queen knew she was a CIA operative.

The 61-year-old native Ashland, Kentucky, also revealed that she promotes one of the bluegrass state’s most famous products — bourbon — when meeting top-ranking foreign officials.

Levin, Hill, and Two Other California Dems Took Donations From Cardenas-Run BOLD PAC

Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin, who has criticized Republicans’ handling of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, received $10,000 from a political action committee chaired by a lawmaker facing charges that he molested a teenage girl in 2007.

Three other California Democratic candidates for Congress took lesser amounts from the same PAC, including $5,000 to Ammar Campa-Najjar, and $2,500 each to Katie Hill and TJ Cox.

All of them have remained silent about the sexual-misconduct charges against Rep. Tony Cardenas (D., Calif.), who chairs BOLD PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Before the allegations surfaced, Cardenas was credited with expanding the PAC’s fundraising totals from $1 million when he took over its leadership two years ago to more than $9 million this election cycle.

HIRONO USES KAVANAUGH ACCUSATION TO HELP FUNDRAISE FOR GROUP FOUNDED OVER LEWINSKY ACCUSATIONS

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono is using the accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to help fundraise for MoveOn.org, a liberal group founded over opposition of a Clinton impeachment following accusations of an affair with then-intern Monica Lewinsky.Opera Snapshot_2018-09-24_125528_dailycaller.com

Hirono wrote a memo for the organization Sunday, saying, “I am angry. I am angry at the way Senate Republicans and Donald Trump’s administration are treating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who last week bravely came forward to share her story about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.”

She later asked for recipients to “chip in $3 — or whatever you can afford” in order to help MoveOn “keep up the fight” against Kavanuagh, The Washington Examiner reported.

Kavanaugh accusers enlist high-powered lawyers, Dem operatives

The women accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school and college have something else in common: they are enlisting a growing number of well-known Democratic lawyers, donors and operatives for their fight against President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

They include pair of high-profile lawyers who fundraise for top Democrats; the attorney and spokeswoman for former FBI official Andrew McCabe; former advisers to then-Vice President Joe Biden; and even Michael Avenatti – the media-hungry lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels who says he’s considering a Democratic run of his own for president in 2020.

World News:

Saudi woman makes history as country’s first female evening news anchor

Marking another milestone for women in Saudi Arabia this year, journalist Weam Al Dakheel set a historic precedent by becoming the first woman to deliver an evening newscast on state-owned television.

Weam Al Dakheel

Weam Al Dakheel has become the first woman to deliver an evening newscast on Saudi state-owned television.

“Jumanah AlShami was the first woman to present morning newscasts in 2016,” the channel posted on its Twitter account. “Today history repeats itself as Weam Al Dakheel becomes the presenter of the main nightly newscast, setting a precedent in a historic first for Saudi TV 1.”

Fox News Video: Russia to send advanced missile systems to Syria

Following the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces during an Israeli strike, Moscow promises to supply the S-300 missile system to its ally; senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot reports from London.

Egypt court upholds 20 death sentences in 2013 massacre

Sept. 24 (UPI) — A Cairo court on Monday upheld the death sentences of 20 inmates convicted of killing 17 people, most of whom were police officers, five years ago.

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the country’s top court, gave the final verdict to 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their 2013 overthrow the administration of President Mohamed Morsi.Opera Snapshot_2018-09-24_132833_www.facebook.com

The attack in the district of Kerdasa killed 14 police officers. Morsi was overthrown a month earlier in a security crackdown that killed hundreds.

Fox News Video: China made a colossal mistake not coming to the table on trade: Rep. Fleischmann

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) discusses President Trump’s upcoming speech at the United Nations and the latest round of tariffs imposed on China.

U.N. security blunder left secret Trello boards, Google Docs exposed

Secretive documents related to the United Nations were left vulnerable to unauthorized access by anyone who stumbled upon the right link, after Trello, Jira, and Google Docs accounts were left improperly configured by staffers.

The security gaffe left passwords, organizational documents, and security plans belonging to governments of the United Kingdom and Canada open to the web.

Although each of the unsecured documents did require a unique URL in order to be accessed, that proved far from an effective protective measure when security researcher Kushagra Pathank discovered links to a U.N.-controlled Trello organizational board.

Hundreds arrested in Ethiopia after violence around capital

An Ethiopian security official has confirmed the arrests of hundreds of youths in the capital, Addis Ababa, following violence within the city and in nearby towns last week in which several dozen people were killed.

The announcement on Monday came following widespread calls on social media by citizens of the East African country to disclose the reason why the arrests were made.

According to the official, more than 1,200 individuals who were “directly involved” in the violence in the capital have been sent to a military camp to be “rehabilitated” and 107 others will face criminal charges.

“An additional 2,000 people were detained inside hookah-serving houses, gambling shops and khat-chewing stores,” the police head said, adding that most were later released.

INDIAN BISHOP ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY RAPING A NUN

Indian police arrested a Catholic Bishop Friday in the state of Kerala on charges of allegedly raping a nun 13 times over two years.Opera Snapshot_2018-09-24_112819_dailycaller.com

Police arrested Franco Mulakkal, Bishop of Jalandhar, after questioning him for three days. A 44-year-old nun of the Missionaries of Jesus filed a complaint to the police concerning Mulakkal on June 29, claiming that the Catholic Church had done nothing to address her repeated reports of the bishop’s sexual assaults during his visits to her convent.

Commentary/Opinion:

Judge Judy on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation: ‘They’re supposed to listen to evidence’

As the country continues to follow the careening drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court, one of America’s most popular judges, Judge Judy Sheindlin, is weighing in on the matter.

“One hopes that people wait and don’t rush to judgement and listen to both sides of an argument before they make a decision,” Sheindlin said. “That’s what’s supposed to happen in a fair judicial process.”

She continued: “There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument before they make a judgment call.

That’s what people are supposed to do. They’re not supposed to rush to judgment on either side. They’re supposed to listen to evidence and then make a judgment. And if that doesn’t happen, then the end result is not fair.”

LAW PROFESSOR JONATHAN TURLEY SAYS CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE LOW STANDARD OF PROOF FOR KAVANAUGH ACCUSERS

George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said congressional Democrats lowered the bar for the standard of proof concerning sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“These types of allegations coming after the hearings were completed. Right before successive votes were scheduled — all leads to real concerns about how this process should unfold. But more importantly, it really goes to what is the burden? Not of these women coming forward or to be heard, but what’s the burden for senators?”

Turley said Democratic senators are choosing to blindly believe Kavanaugh’s accusers and called them “opportunistic” for allowing the truth to take a back seat to their political agenda.

“There has to be a modicum of fairness for Brett Kavanaugh. You cannot be the standard suggested by some Democratic senators, that we’ll just believe the accuser. That’s too easy. It’s too opportunistic. And it is not what their function truly is,” he said.

Limbaugh: If GOP Does Not Get Kavanaugh Confirmed, Kiss the Midterms Goodbye

Monday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh warned congressional Republicans against folding on the confirmation of Supreme Court associate justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Limbaugh, if Republicans do fail to confirm, they will compromise any chances they had at holding on to either chamber of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.

If Grassley doesn’t get a handle on this and just do — and I’ll tell you something else, which everybody also knows.

If the Republicans do not get this vote taken and have Kavanaugh confirmed, you can kiss the midterms goodbye. You can kiss goodbye holding the House and you can kiss goodbye holding the Senate.

Because whatever the Democrats think of their base, the one thing I know that if you guys fold on this and cave and keep bending over backwards … You’ve done that enough. You’ve demonstrated that you don’t hate women.

WALSH: Dear Republicans, Stop Being Cowards And Confirm Kavanaugh

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: nothing in this life is certain, except death and taxes and the cowardice of Republicans.

Indeed, this whole Kavanaugh circus could have been avoided from the start, if not for GOP cowardice. President Trump was advised to nominate Brett Kavanaugh rather than Amy Barrett because Republicans were concerned that Barrett’s social conservatism might upset Democrats.

Of course, Democrats have no power, so it doesn’t matter what upsets them. Yet Republicans still decided to go with a milder figure in hopes of avoiding any nasty altercations with the powerless opposition party.

What they don’t understand, somehow, is that Democrats will be nasty no matter what. They will treat every Republican measure, legislation, or appointment, as the end of human civilization. They are permanently stuck on the DEFCON 1 setting. So, if they’re going to panic regardless, you might as well give them something to panic about.

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