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Trump touts NAFTA replacement deal with Canada and Mexico, proclaims ‘new dawn’ for US workers

President Trump on Monday announced a hard-fought trade pact with Canada and Mexico meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the deal would bring a “new dawn” for American auto workers.

“This is a truly extraordinary agreement for the United States, Canada and Mexico,” Trump said in the Rose Garden, surrounded by his trade-negotiating team.

Trump spoke after it emerged that Canada and Mexico had agreed to a pact the administration has dubbed the “United States Mexico Canada Agreement,” or USMCA.

Trump awards Medal of Honor to former Army medic

President Trump is scheduled to award the military’s highest honor on Monday to a former U.S. Army medic for heroic actions he performed in Afghanistan in 2008.

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II, who enrolled in the Army in September 2002, will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House, the Trump administration announced on Friday.

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II

Shurer was working as part of the Special Operations Task Force-33 during Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2008 when his unit came under fire from “enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire.”

The medic tended to several wounded soldiers before evacuating them from the area, “carrying and lowering the casualties down the mountainside, using his body to shield them from enemy fire and debris.”

Georgetown professor says white GOP senators ‘deserve miserable deaths’ after Kavanaugh hearing

An anti-Trump professor at Georgetown University is taking heat for a tweet saying white Republican senators who were at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing Friday should be castrated and endure a miserable death.

Dr. Carol Christine Fair, an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown, said white Republican senators, specifically Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, who defended Kavanaugh in a fiery speech, “deserve miserable deaths.” Fair went on to say in her Saturday message that the living should “castrate their corpses and feed them to swine.”


Double amputee Marine veteran Joey Jones mocked author Warren Blumenfeld, on “Fox & Friends” Monday, for wanting to change the definition of the word veteran to include diplomats and conflict resolution activists.

“Can we as a nation begin now to consider expanding the category of ‘veteran’ to include the diplomats and the mediators, those working in conflict resolution and activists dedicated to preventing wars and to bringing existing wars to diplomatic resolution once they have begun?” Blumenfeld wrote in LGBTQ Nation Saturday.

Co-host Steve Doocy asked Jones to comment on the article and the veteran said the saga was almost comical.

Tropical Storm Rosa Will Still Pack a Punch to Southern California, Arizona

Tropical Storm Rosa has diminished from a Pacific hurricane, but will still bring strong winds and dangerous rip currents to southern California on Oct. 1, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

It could also bring life-threatening flash floods to central Arizona over the next few days, the NHC added.


“This storm still has a punch, it’s still dangerous,” said David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Swells generated by Rosa on Oct. 1 are affecting the coasts of southwestern Mexico, the west coast of the Baja California peninsula and southern California through Oct. 2 the weather service said in an advisory.

Pizza delivery driver credited with saving woman from alleged domestic abuse

A Dominos employee served more than just pizza when he noticed a woman mouthing “help me” when he delivered a pie to her Wisconsin home.

Dean Hoffmann, 55, allegedly came into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Sheboygan County uninvited last week, holding her hostage and beating her, WITI-TV reported.

Dean Hoffmann, 55,

Dean Hoffmann, 55, faces multiple charges after he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend hostage and beat her.

While in the home, police said Hoffmann shoved the unnamed victim, ripped her clothing, took her phone and punched her in the face, giving her a black eye and bloody nose. At one point, Hoffmann also allegedly tied the victim’s hands and feet together with a chord and shoved a towel into her mouth,

But the victim was saved when a Domino’s delivery man brought pizza to the house that Hoffmann had ordered Thursday. When he was paying, the unidentified driver noticed the visibly injured woman mouth “help me” and “call the police,”

Whereabouts of more than 1,200 Missouri sex offenders unknown: auditor

(Reuters) – Local authorities in Missouri do not know the locations of more than 1,200 sex offenders, including nearly 800 who would be classified as the most dangerous, according to a report by the state auditor released on Monday.

Missouri law requires those convicted or found guilty of sexual offenses to register their name, address and other information with local law enforcement, the auditor’s office said. The information is made public through a database and website maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

But because of local officials’ inadequate enforcement of registration requirements, 1,259 registered sex offenders failed to follow law, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said.

Boy Scout dies from injuries after being hit by alleged drunk driver, 4 others remain hospitalized

Members of Troop 161 were walking on the shoulder of David Terry Road in Manorville on Sunday afternoon when 59-year-old Thomas Murphy, driving a white 2016 Mercedes, hit the group head-on, Suffolk County police said.

Thomas Murphy, 59

Thomas Murphy, 59, is accused of driving drunk and plowing into a group of Boy Scouts, injuring five. (Suffolk County Police)

Five scouts – who range in age from 12 to 16 – were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Four – including one in critical condition – were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center while the fifth boy was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital by helicopter.

San Francisco cops search for suspect in sucker punch attack on dad

Authorities in San Francisco are searching for the suspect in the brutal sucker-punch attack that left a father of two clinging to life after a rare date night with his wife in the city.

Police released surveillance video of the Sept. 8 attack that they said shows Chris Mathews approach a white vehicle he believed was his Lyft driver, NBC Bay Area reported.


Authorities in San Francisco asked the public for help in identifying the person who nearly killed a father of two out on a date night. (SFPD)

The black-and-white video is not clear, but a person can be seen exiting the car at about 11:30 p.m., and throwing a punch at the 39-year-old. Mathews falls directly back onto the pavement.

76-year-old retiree with Parkinson’s fights off attacker while jogging in Chicago

Cook County prosecutors said Ablacinskas grabbed Masterson by the neck and squeezed it as they both toppled to the ground. As they rolled around, he scratched the older man in the face and head before shoving a finger in his eye and biting his right ear.

Rokas Ablacinskas, 21

Rokas Ablacinskas, 21, is charged with aggravated battery and attempted first-degree murder for allegedly attacking 71-year-old Michael Masterson in Chicago. (Chicago Police Department)

Masterson was able to fight Ablacinskas off and escape. But Ablacinskas was able to catch up to Masterson and again tackled him to the ground, choking him for a second time, prosecutors said during a bail hearing on Sunday, the Tribune reported.

Police arrested Ablacinskas, who was asleep, near the same area in which he allegedly attacked Masterson. He was charged with aggravated battery and attempted first-degree murder.

Remains of cold case victim, mother of 2, believed to be found on Colorado mountain

A set of bones discovered along the steep slopes of a mountain in Colorado may provide the final clues authorities need to figure out what happened to a woman involved in a love triangle who was last seen in 1980.

Beverly England, 32,

Beverly England, 32, was last seen June 12, 1980. (Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office)

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Sunday that “numerous human remains” that are believed to belong to Beverly England were found after law enforcement officials spent five days searching on Mount Shavano, located about 124 miles west of Colorado Springs.

Man suspected of killing his girlfriend seen bloodied, battered in mugshot after being hit by patrol car

A man accused of killing his girlfriend appeared bloodied and battered in his mugshot after he engaged in a shootout with a police officer and was subsequently hit by a patrol vehicle as he attempted to escape authorities on a Michigan highway.

Adam Kenneth Nolin, 33, was charged Friday with five counts, including two counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of fleeing and eluding police, FOX17 reported. He was arraigned in the hospital and a mugshot released Sunday showed his facial injuries.

Adam Nolin,

Authorities said Adam Nolin, a homicide suspect, was injured while exchanging gunfire with officers on a freeway in western Michigan. (Kent County Sheriffs Department via AP)

Nolin was taken into custody after Tia Randall, 27, was found shot and killed in her home in Creekside Estates Mobile Home Park. The mother of two had been dating Nolin before her death.

Tia Randall, 27,

Tia Randall, 27, was shot and killed in her home in Michigan. (Facebook)

At one point, footage from the scene showed a police vehicle driving toward Nolin and striking him.


A McDonald’s employee is facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly putting cleaning solution into a police officer’s drink.

Trevor Hockaday, a 22-year-old Kansas man, was charged on Wednesday for sneaking a peroxide-based cleaner into an Allen County deputy’s drink before serving him.


“According to investigators, the deputy picked up their food and drink while going through the restaurant’s drive-thru.

Officials say a short time later, the deputy experienced flu-like symptoms,” local news site KOAM reports. “The peroxide-based cleaner is commonly used to clean the restaurant’s counters.”

Guatemalan smugglers reportedly trying to lure migrants to US with claims of guaranteed citizenship

Smugglers trying to cash in on the funneling of Guatemalans across the U.S. border reportedly are falsely claiming that being pregnant or bringing children along will help those who make the journey get citizenship in America.

Dora Alonzo Quijivix, a Guatemalan community leader who met with Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan last week in the Central American country to discuss the migration crisis, told the Washington Post that such claims were being made on local radio stations.

“They say that if you bring a child they’ll let you into the United States and give you citizenship,” the newspaper quoted her as saying, noting that some of the trips can cost up to $10,000. “Now they’re saying pregnant women who go will also get citizenship.”

Study: Consequences Cut Illegal Immigration

Prosecuting illegal immigrants, or banning them from obtaining a visa, substantially reduces their likelihood of attempting to cross the border a second time, a new study concludes.

Although it only discusses a policy rolled out between 2008 and 2012, the study may have major implications for President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance approach to immigration enforcement, which still requires

Porsche sales executive stole $2.5 million from customers, lawsuit claims

One of the nation’s top Porsche dealerships has promised to pay back $2.5 million in deposits that were allegedly stolen from customers by a former marketing vice president, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Automotive News reports that Champion Porsche of Pompano Beach, Fla., filed suit against Shiraaz Sookralli and two associates in September, alleging that he created a scam using a shell company named Champion Autosport and private bank accounts to divert the deposits to himself.

About two dozen customers thought they were reserving limited edition 911 GT3 and GT2 RS cars, but the orders were never placed and the accounts in question cleaned out.

U.S. government sues California to stop its new net neutrality regulations

After California passed what many consider to be the toughest protections in net neutrality this past weekend, the United States Department of Justice announced it will sue the state.

California’s SB822 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown to reverse many of the net neutrality protections that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismantled under agency Commissioner Ajit Pai earlier in 2018.

In its lawsuit, the Justice Department argued that the bill “unlawfully imposes burdens on the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach to the internet” and that because the internet itself can be categorized as a function of interstate commerce, regulation of this area falls under federal jurisdiction.

Hundreds serving time for murder could get sprung under new California law

California will give a second chance to potentially hundreds of individuals serving prison time for murders they did not commit.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed without comment Senate Bill 1437, which scales back prosecutors’ ability to use the “felony murder rule” to charge accomplices to a homicide. It also allows inmates locked up for felony murder – estimated by proponents of the bill at between 400 and 800 – to apply for re-sentencing.

Current California law states that someone can be held criminally liable for murder if it occurs during a felony they committed, such as a burglary or a robbery, even if they were not present for the actual death.

But under SB 1437, which was jointly authored by Sens. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat, and Joel Anderson, an Alpine Republican, a person can only be convicted of felony murder if they directly assisted with the homicide or if they were “a major participant in the underlying felony and acted with reckless indifference to human life.”

That sign telling you how fast you’re driving may be spying on you

The next time you drive past one of those road signs with a digital readout showing how fast you’re going, don’t simply assume it’s there to remind you not to speed. It may actually be capturing your license plate data.


According to recently released US federal contracting data, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be expanding the footprint of its nationwide surveillance network with the purchase of “multiple” trailer-mounted speed displays “to be retrofitted as mobile LPR [License Plate Reader] platforms.” The DEA is buying them from RU2 Systems Inc., a private Mesa, Arizona company.

Two other, apparently related contracts, show that the DEA has hired a small machine shop in California, and another in Virginia, to conceal the readers within the signs.

Chelsea Manning, convicted leaker, compares living in US to prison

Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning may be out of a military prison, but she said Monday her newfound freedom feels anything but free.

As part of her first public appearance in the United Kingdom, Manning spoke at the Royal Institution in London on a variety of topics, including President Trump and how “drastically different” the world is, according to The Guardian.

“This whole notion that you get out of prison and you are free now turned out to be a bit of a downer in that sense,” she said Monday. “Because what happened, we really built this large, big prison, which is the United States, in the meantime – it was already happening, it just really intensified.


Dems accused of moving goalposts on Kavanaugh after FBI probe ordered

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee used last week’s hearing over the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to push a unified message: the FBI must investigate the allegations.

But now, many Democrats are arguing that the probe is not enough, prompting accusations from Republicans that they’re already moving the goalposts.


George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said an FBI investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh can help clear his name and remove the stain from his Supreme Court nomination, on “Fox & Friends” Monday.

Turley said an FBI report of the alleged events wouldn’t reach a full conclusion and is considered to be “largely descriptive.”

“The FBI produces these reports called 302s that detail what witnesses say to them,” Turley said.

Josh Hawley Calls for Special Counsel to Investigate Democrats’ Tactics in Kavanaugh Confirmation

Missouri Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley on Monday called for a special counsel investigation into Democrats’ actions regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.


Hawley said Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) violated the accuser’s privacy, and he called on his election opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) to support investigating the matter.

Soros-Backed Progressive Activist Group Takes Credit for Flake Confrontation

The Center for Popular Democracy, a New York-based liberal activist group that receives the bulk of its funding from liberal billionaire George Soros and leads a massive $80 million anti-Trump network, is taking credit for the elevator confrontation last Friday that pushed Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) to call for an FBI investigation into the accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ana Maria Archila, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, was one of the two women who confronted Flake and later boasted about it in a post titled, “Ana Maria Archila Confronts Senator Jeff Flake Ahead of Supreme Court Vote.”

Minnesota Senate candidate calls on state to investigate Keith Ellison domestic abuse allegations

Karin Housley, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, has officially requested an investigation into the allegations of domestic abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison.


Republican Senate nominee Karin Housley called on the Minnesota attorney general to investigate claims of domestic abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat running for the attorney general seat. (Karin Housley campaign)

Ellison, a Democrat running for attorney general in Minnesota, has been accused by his former girlfriend of physical and emotional abuse throughout the time they dated. Karen Monahan alleged Ellison once dragged her off a bed while shouting profanities and sent multiple abusive text messages.

“Recent calls for a congressional ethics investigation, made by Keith Ellison and echoed by my opponent, amount to nothing more than political cover; Ellison will have left Congress by the time an investigation could be completed,” Housley said in a statement. “These are serious, recent and substantiated allegations that deserve immediate attention and raise significant doubts about Keith Ellison’s fitness to serve as Minnesota’s chief legal officer.”


Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s senate campaign was flagged by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Sunday for accepting “excessive” and “impermissible” donations.Opera

The FEC notified O’Rourke that a preliminary review of his campaign’s July quarterly report showed contributions from one or more individuals with addresses outside of the United States. Donations were also made that “exceed the limit” determined by the federal government. O’Rourke has 45 days to respond.

Obama backs Ocasio-Cortez in new wave of midterm endorsements, snubs Beto

Former President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed dozens of Democrats in races across the country, including liberal darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her New York House race.

Obama had left Ocasio-Cortez off his initial round of 81 endorsements over the summer, prompting speculation over why the ex-president had seemingly snubbed the Democratic socialist candidate who defeated House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in the primary and whose big-government views align with those of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This time around, Obama seemed to snub Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate running against Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for his Senate seat.

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China’s Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’

BEIJING — Well before dawn, nearly a hundred people stood in line outside one of the capital’s top hospitals.

They were hoping to get an appointment with a specialist, a chance for access to the best health care in the country. Scalpers hawked medical visits for a fee, ignoring repeated crackdowns by the government.


A Beijing resident in line was trying to get his father in to see a neurologist. A senior lawmaker from Liaoning, a northeastern province, needed a second opinion on her daughter’s blood disorder.

While the wealthy have access to the best care in top hospitals with foreign doctors, most people are relegated to overcrowded hospitals. In the countryside, people must rely on village clinics, or travel hundreds of miles to find the closest facility.

Video: Indonesian Earthquake Causes Liquefaction

The devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hammered the Indonesian island of Sulawesi caused liquefaction, which is when the ground essentially behaves like a liquid—often occurring during major earthquakes.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that soil liquefaction was reported following the Sept. 28 earthquake, according to The Jakarta Post.Opera

“We observed that such phenomenon had dragged buildings away in several locations, such as in Sigi Biromaru District in Sigi Regency and South Palu District,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, the Post reported.

On social media, videos circulated showing the alleged liquefaction in action. In one jerky clip, trees and buildings (look for the red-roofed building at 25 seconds) are seen essentially sliding on the ground, which appears highly unsettled.

U.S., Philippines accelerate military cooperation plans, focusing on terrorism, regional threats

Top brass at the Pentagon and their Philippine counterparts have agreed to accelerate bilateral military engagements between the two longtime allies, in an effort by the Trump White House to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the Pacific nation.

Philippine military chief Gen. Carlito Galvez and Adm. Philip Davidson, the U.S. Indo-Pacific commander announced the plan to increase the number of American and Philippine “joint security activities” from the current annual level of 261 to 281, the Associated Press reports.

The agreement was reached as part of the annual assembly of senior U.S. and Philippine military leaders in the capital of Manila.

Google faces Belgium lawsuit for not blurring military sites, nuclear plants on maps

Belgium plans to sue Google over the tech behemoth’s refusal to blur sensitive military sites and nuclear power plants, a military spokesman confirmed on Friday.

The search giant has blurred out or hidden other sensitive or classified installations that could compromise security if revealed on Google Earth, Street View and Google Maps. The Australian website compiled a list of such sites in 2016.