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Man says he faces ‘slow death’ without pricey medication after insurer denies coverage

A California biology tutor with a rare, life-threatening disorder said that he is “going to die a slow death” without a life-saving medication that his insurance company stopped covering in July. Mark Dendy, 64, was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease at 27 and only expected to live until age 30, Fox 40 reported.

According to the news outlet, since 2015 the cost for one month’s supply of the medication has skyrocketed from $600 to $21,000, and Dendy’s insurer, Sutter Health Plus, sent him a denial letter in July after deeming the drug not medically necessary for his illness.

Tennessee inmate asks to be executed by electric chair to avoid ‘torture’ of lethal injection death

A Tennessee death row inmate requested to be executed by the electric chair to avoid the “unspeakable” torture of a lethal injection death, his lawyer said Monday.

Edmund Zagorski

Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to be executed Thursday. He has requested to die by electrocution. (Tennessee Department of Corrections)

Edmund Zagorski made the request about two hours before the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled the state’s three-drug lethal injection protocol is constitutional. A lawyer for Zagorski said the inmate opted for the electric chair because it’s “the lesser of two evils.” Zagorski is scheduled to be executed Thursday.

Tennessee man killed girlfriend by repeatedly running over her with car, hitting her with brick, witnesses say

A Tennessee man allegedly bludgeoned his girlfriend with a brick before repeatedly running over her body with his car to “make sure she was dead,” a witness to the gruesome events said.

Santrez Traylor, 34

Santrez Traylor, 34, is accused of beating his girlfriend with a brick and repeatedly running over her body. (Shelby County Sheriff’s Office)

Santrez Traylor, 34, was arrested and charged in the murder of Amanda Petrowski, his girlfriend and the mother of their two children,

Mexican couple accused of killing, dismembering at least 20 women, selling body parts

A Mexican couple caught carrying dismembered human remains in a baby carriage is believed to have murdered nearly two dozen women during a vicious killing spree, prosecutors said Monday.

Juan Carlos and Patricia

A man and woman – identified only as Juan Carlos and Patricia – were arrested for allegedly killing and dismembering as many as 20 women in Mexico. (Mexico State)

The man – only identified by officials as Juan Carlos – reportedly confessed to killing about 20 women after investigators found multiple body parts in his apartment and at another nearby property.

Non-citizens may have been added to voter rolls, DMV says

An internal audit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles released Monday shows about 1,500 customers may have been improperly registered to vote.

In early September, the DMV revealed it sent 23,000 erroneous voter registrations. These additional 1,500 errors occurred when DMV technicians processed customer requests at field offices to change voter eligibility responses on driver license applications.

One in Five U.S. Births Are to Immigrant Mothers, Study Shows

Roughly one out of every five babies born in America has an immigrant mother, and U.S. taxpayers pay for a majority of those births, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which favors lower levels of immigration, crunched census data from the American Community Survey to derive its estimates. The giant survey covered the years 2012 through 2016.

The Washington-based think tank’s study paints a revealing picture of how immigration is changing the United States and offers a glimpse of the costs it imposes.

DACA Applications Cost $316.5 Million, Government Says

Legal immigrants effectively have spent more than $315 million for illegal immigrants to qualify for a quasi-amnesty program created by President Barack Obama’s administration, according to little-noticed data released last week.

In a response to questions from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency said it costs $446 to process a new application for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and $216 for each renewal.

IMAGE CREDIT: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

IMAGE CREDIT: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and others had asked about fees at least since 2015, but USCIS had not provided answers — until Friday.

McCarthy introducing bill to fully fund Trump border wall

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has signaled his intent to introduce legislation this week that would fully fund President Trump’s wall on along the nation’s southern border.

President Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

President Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California at the Capitol on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

The legislation by McCarthy, who is looking to drum up support among the GOP’s rank and file as he eyes House Speaker Paul Ryan’s speakership, is expected to call for full wall funding alongside other enforcement measures already approved in the House.

Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador, stays mum on next move

Nikki Haley abruptly announced her resignation Tuesday as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, catching staff and lawmakers by surprise and leaving Washington guessing about the next move for one of the administration’s most prominent figures.

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside President Trump, who accepted the resignation, Haley said she would serve through the end of 2018. She preemptively sought to mute speculation she might run against her old boss, stressing that she will support Trump and will not campaign for the White House in 2020.

President Trump speaks on Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation

President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley speak from the Oval Office after accepting Haley’s resignation as United Nations ambassador.

Pompeo sees path to denuclearization after North Korea meeting

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he made “real progress” in his latest meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and said he believes the two countries are back on a path toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“I returned late last night from North Korea from a trip where we made real progress,” Pompeo told reporters at the White House. “And while there’s still a long way to go and much work to do, we can now see a path to where we’ll achieve the ultimate goal, which is the full and final verified denuclearization of North Korea.”

New Al Qaeda cell forms in Burkina Faso, as terror group cements foothold in Africa

While the exploits of ISIS may have splashed across more headlines in recent years, there is growing concern among U.S. officials that Al Qaeda (AQ) is the much more dangerous force in the Sahel region of Africa, where the group threatens American and other allied forces.

Burkina-3

A security official gestures as he stands at a barrier close to the site of a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou on August 15, 2017. (KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)

AQ in September declared it had formed a “new cell” in Burkina Faso, according to intelligence sources from the region, after splitting from an AQ-affiliated group in Mali, the JNIM. “Now they are distinguishing themselves as separate,” noted one source. “From an organizational point, that is significant when it comes to Al Qaeda.”

New Evidence of Hacked Supermicro Hardware Found in U.S. Telecom

A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company.

The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015.

Rand Paul aims to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid reports of murdered journalist

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he would attempt to force a vote to reject arms sales to Saudi Arabia following reports that a Washington Post contributor was murdered in the kingdom’s consulate after criticizing the royal family.

Paul said in an interview on Louisville radio station WHAS, “Believe you me, I will be forcing votes on them.”

“It is a point of difference with the president,” he said, adding, “but who knows, the president may come around on this if there is any evidence they killed this journalist.”

Amazon supports charities with ties to Islamic extremism

Jeff Bezos under fire for allowing donations to charities backed by controversial British imam whose teachings include the punishment for adultery should be stoning; reaction from Raheem Kassam, author and former chief adviser to U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

Google shutting down Google+ after exposing data of up to 500,000 users

The search giant didn’t disclose the vulnerability because it reportedly feared regulatory scrutiny.

The search giant said it’ll shut down Google+ by the end of August 2019 to give people a chance to migrate their information and get used to the transition. After Google announced the social network’s shutdown, even people who helped launch the product said the time had come to end it.

A vulnerability in the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 people using the site between 2015 and March 2018, the search giant acknowledged Monday.

MN Special Ed Teacher Placed on Leave After ‘Kill Kavanaugh’ Tweet

A special education teacher in Minnesota has been placed on paid administrative leave following a tweet over the weekend that appeared to encourage followers to kill new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Samantha Ness

Samantha Ness

The teacher has been identified as Samantha Ness, a paraprofessional at the Alliance Education Center in Rosemount.

Prof Who Called for GOP Senators’ ‘Deaths’ Admits to ‘Doxxing’ Her Haters’ Addresses, Phone Numbers

The Georgetown University professor who called for the “miserable deaths” of GOP senators admitted Thursday to PJ Media that she runs a “doxxing” blog where she posts the names, phone numbers, and addresses of people who send her rude emails.

Christine Fair

YouTube screenshot of Christine Fair.

PJ Media reviewed hundreds of posts (yes, hundreds) on “ShitMenSay” and identified 11 accounts of full-on doxxing, for which home addresses, phone numbers, photos, aliases, and occasionally work phone numbers and other family members were made public.

Democratic staffer accused of doxxing GOP senators denied bail

A former House Democratic staffer accused of posting personal information about a Republican senator online was ordered held without bail Tuesday ahead of his pending trial.

Jackson Cosko (Linkedin)

Jackson Cosko (Linkedin)

Cosko was arrested Oct. 3, one day after a staffer discovered him working on a computer in Hassan’s Capitol Hill office, where Cosko was not authorized to be. According to a Capitol Police officer’s affidavit, Cosko threatened the staffer who confronted him in an email message in which he threatened to leak emails, information about the health of senators’ children and their Social Security numbers.

Hairstylist seen in video kicking pro-life demonstrator is arrested — and police allege it’s not his first attack

Toronto police arrested a man caught on camera over the weekend violently kicking a female pro-life activist – and he later admitted shoving a woman into a pole during a similar demonstration in August, cops said.

Jordan Hunt, 26,

Jordan Hunt, 26, surrendered to police Saturday

Authorities announced that Jordan Hunt, 26, surrendered to police Saturday and is facing eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief under $5,000.

Antifa Attacks Log Cabin Republicans’ Booth at Castro Street Fair

Radical left-wing activists from Antifa attacked a table set up by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay conservative group, at the Castro Street Fair on Sunday in San Francisco, California.

The Log Cabin Republicans had set up a booth to provide information about its views, and to encourage like-minded people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community to register to vote.

Amnesty International Expels Member for Standing Against Prostitution

Marcia Lieberman was a long-time local coordinator for Amnesty International. For 38 years, she had been a loyal active member of Amnesty International. Then, with the flick of a pen, the board of directors expelled her.

Members were then notified via memo that, while not required to agree with the new policy, they “are obligated to not convey a different message in the public arena”. Lieberman, frustrated over the events taking place, took her story to The New York Times. The eventual result was revocation of her membership to the organization.

Heidi Heitkamp didn’t push to prosecute sexual, physical abuse at Native American school in 1990s

The allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the Native American school were largely confirmed by four state and federal investigations conducted by the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, the FBI, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Opera Snapshot_2018-10-09_112856_www.facebook.com

But despite the investigations and the corroboration of the allegations, none of the government agencies, including the office led by Heitkamp, recommended pursuing charges against individuals who allegedly committed the crimes.

Amy Klobuchar urges CDC to investigate spread of polio-like illness

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a rare, polio-like illness spreading in her state.

The illness, known as acute flaccid myelitis, affects the nervous system by weakening patients’ muscles, making moving difficult and causing a facial droop as well as slurred speech.

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