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‘Polio-like’ illness paralyzing children remains ‘mystery’ to health officials as CDC confirms cases in 22 states

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It seemed that 6-year-old Spencer Hill was battling symptoms of a common cold until suddenly he started struggling to walk and move his arms.

Then he couldn’t write and his legs began giving out.

Spencer is among the 62 confirmed cases across 22 states of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating 65 additional more.

Mom who delayed chemo to save unborn baby dies of ovarian cancer

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Gemma, pictured with her daughter, discovered she had ovarian cancer while 16 weeks pregnant. (GoFundMe)

A cancer-stricken mom who turned down chemotherapy to save her unborn baby’s life has died at age 29.

Gemma Nuttall, from Rossendale, Lancashire, sadly lost her five-year battle with ovarian cancer on Sunday.

Kate Winslet had stepped in to help the mum-of-one raise the funds she needed for immunotherapy and initially the treatment had been a success.

But the cancer returned and the dental nurse, who leaves behind 4-year-old daughter Penelope, was moved to Pendleside Hospice in Burnley earlier in October, where she passed away.

Marine veteran, 80, receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam bravery

Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley received the Medal of Honor. (Congresswoman Julia Brownley)

Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley received the Medal of Honor. (Congresswoman Julia Brownley)

Marine veteran John Canley, now 80 and a retired sergeant major, received the nation’s highest military honor Wednesday for his “conspicuous gallantry” during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.

President Trump bestowed the award for valorous action at The White House, beginning the ceremony, saying: “I like brave people, and you meet them right here.”

He introduced Canley to a standing ovation, noting he “fought with unmatched bravery in one of the longest, and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.”

Man Burned While Trying to Set Fire to Home of Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend

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Ernest Johnson was charged with aggravated arson and violation of a restraining order following his release from the hospital, New Orleans, La., Oct. 11, 2018. (Mugshot via Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)

A Louisiana man suffered serious burns when he tried to set fire to the New Orleans home of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, but succeeded only in accidentally setting himself ablaze.

Ernest Johnson, 43, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 11, and charged with aggravated arson and violation of a protective order, according to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, citing a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Missing Michigan girl found in semi-truck in Kentucky, man arrested, cops say

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Robert Phillips was arrested Monday after authorities found a girl who was reported missing in his semi-truck in Kentucky. (Laurel County Corrections)

A Michigan man was arrested in Kentucky on Monday after authorities allegedly found a teen who’d been reported missing riding inside his semi-truck, officials said.

The truck driver, Robert Phillips, 57, of Michigan, was arrested and charged with the unlawful transaction of a minor and possession of marijuana. Phillips remains jailed at the Laurel County Detention Center.

Smithfield Foods employee allegedly urinates on production line, costs company 50,000 pounds of product

Smithfield Foods has reportedly disposed of 50,000 pounds of product after an employee allegedly relieved himself while working on the production line.

Surveillance video on the incident, which happened over the weekend, was shared with 10 On Your Side news. The worker, who is dressed in a hair cap, face mask, white jacket and gloves, can be seen moving product along the conveyer belt.

He then pauses to take off his gloves, appears to unzip his pants and leans forward as he seemingly relieves himself. He then puts his gloves back on and returns to work a few seconds later.

Woman kills herself, two children after husband fakes his death

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In a real-world tragedy ripped from the pages of “Romeo and Juliet,” a woman killed herself, and her two children, after hearing about her husband’s death — except the man had only faked his demise to get an insurance payout.

So the 31-year-old woman, who believed she was a widow, grabbed her two children, ages 3 and 4, and jumped into a pond after posting a suicide note online. The message said she was “coming to accompany” her husband in the afterlife, the BBC reported. The trio’s bodies were found in a pond near their residence Oct. 11.

California bus crash injured 40, moment of impact seen in dashcam video

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The bus can be seen slamming into the concrete divider on the 405 Freeway on Sunday. (FOX11)

Newly released dashcam video shows the terrifying moment Sunday a bus lost control on a freeway in Southern California, careening out of control, smashing into a center divider and injuring dozens of people.

The crash took place on the 405 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley shortly after 1 p.m., when the bus, traveling north, changed lanes and ended up in front of a white truck towing a trailer.

Teens baked grandfather’s ashes into cookies for classmates, police say

Police say they are investigating a report that a northern California high school student mixed her cremated grandfather’s ashes into homemade cookies and shared them with several classmates.

The Davis police lieutenant Paul Doroshov on Wednesday said two students baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near Sacramento on 4 October.

NASA astronaut describes dramatic escape from failed Soyuz rocket

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NASA astronaut Nick Hague has described his dramatic escape from a failed Soyuz rocket just minutes after its launch last week.

After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a problem with the separation of first and second stage booster rockets forced Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin to make a dangerous “ballistic re-entry” into Earth’s atmosphere.

Man accused of sending powder-filled letters to Trump sons pleads guilty

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Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Mass., is accused of mailing five envelopes in February with threatening messages and a white substance,

The man accused of sending threatening letters packed with a mysterious white powder to President Trump’s sons and a Democratic U.S. Senator is expected to plead guilty in a Boston federal court Wednesday.

Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was arrested earlier this year after reportedly sending a February letter filled with white powder to Donald Trump Jr.

ICE forced to release illegal immigrants ‘out of the front door’ in Arizona amid space crunch, migrant surge

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials – faced with a lack of housing space, an agreement that limits how long they can detain families and a massive increase in the number of border crossers – are having to resort to releasing illegal immigrants and asylum seekers “out of the front door” in Arizona.

Sheriff Leon Wilmot, head of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association, told Fox News that sheriffs have been told ICE has run out of available space in its detention facilities and has not been able to keep up with the pace of people crossing the border of presenting themselves at ports of entry.

Honduras migrant caravan on the move despite warnings from Trump, governments

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Thousands of Honduran migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border reportedly are on the move again Wednesday — despite warnings to turn back from their own country and President Trump.

The caravan of around 2,000 people was walking through a light rain near Chiquimula, Guatemala on Wednesday afternoon after covering about 30 miles the day before, the Associated Press reported.

California fund gives grant to schools for undocumented student support

Laney College has received a $125,000 grant to “Improve support and services to undocumented students and their families,” according to a press release issued by the school. With the grant, Laney will create a three-year project to expand services for undocumented and mixed-status students.

Laney is one of 32 schools to receive the grant from the California Catalyst Fund, a “a three-year grantmaking initiative to expand support for undocumented students and their families across the state’s three public higher education systems,” according to its website, which notes the initiative is funded by private philanthropic dollars

US Treasury employee arrested, accused of leaking media secret information about suspicious financial transactions related to Paul Manafort, Russians

A U.S. Treasury employee has been arrested and charged with leaking to a Buzzfeed News reporter multiple reports about suspicious financial transactions related to ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, Trump campaign official Richard Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina, a suspected Russian money launderer and the Russian Embassy, federal law enforcement officials said.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a 40-year-old senior advisor in Treasury’s financial crimes enforcement network, will face criminal charges in New York.

Trump to ask Cabinet secretaries to cut spending by 5 percent for fiscal year 2020

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President Trump will ask all secretaries in his Cabinet on Wednesday to reduce their spending by five percent for fiscal year 2020, as the administration announced the federal budget deficit has surged to its highest level in six years.

“I have a Cabinet meeting in a little while and we are going to ask every secretary to cut five percent for next year,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office ahead of his full Cabinet meeting slated for Wednesday afternoon.

Fed officials plan more rate hikes, despite Trump’s criticisms

Federal Reserve officials are planning more interest rate hikes in the months ahead, despite attacks from President Trump, notes from the central bank’s most recent monetary policy meeting reveal.

According to the minutes released Wednesday, some members of the monetary policy committee judged economic output to be strong enough to raise concerns about the economy overheating, necessitating more increases in their target interest rate.

More Leftist Violence: Susan Rice’s Republican Son Assaulted

[D]uring a “Change My Mind” tabling event regarding the presumption of innocence and the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, SCR’s President was assaulted by Melinda Hernandez. A sophomore at Stanford, Hernandez approached our President, hit him in chest and forcefully pushed him back.

Throughout the day, our signs were vandalized and destroyed.

ALLEGED ASSAULTS SHAKE UP MINNESOTA GOP CANDIDATES AS ELECTION DAY LOOMS

Two Minnesota GOP candidates are reeling from what they say are politically-motivated verbal and physical assaults on the campaign trail.

State Rep. Sarah Anderson says that she was attacked Sunday as she left her home to knock on doors. She approached a man who had been kicking over campaign signs.

Dem operative for Soros-funded group arrested for ‘battery’ against Nevada GOP candidate’s campaign manager

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Kristin Davison, left, accuses Wilfred Michael Stark, right of ‘battery’ at a Las Vegas campaign event. (Kristin Davison/City Marshals mugshot )

A Democratic operative for American Bridge 21st Century, a group founded by David Brock and funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the operative of grabbing and yanking her arm and refusing to let go.

Kristin Davison and other officials for the Nevada attorney general’s campaign said the “battery” left her “terrified and traumatized” — and with bruises on her neck and arms.

SEATTLE SOCIALIST CITY COUNCILWOMAN CRITICIZES PAUL ALLEN A DAY AFTER HIS DEATH

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Socialist Alternative Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant took to Facebook on Tuesday to criticize recently deceased Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his wealth.

After criticizing Allen for owning yachts, private jets and sports teams, she linked to a page titled “Remember the Greediest.”

After former first lady Barbara Bush died in April, Sawant criticized the Women’s March for saying “Rest in peace and power, Barbara Bush.”

Report: AZ Democratic Candidate Kyrsten Sinema Summoned Witches to Anti-War Rally

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U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speaks during a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

As a hard-fought Senate battle continues to heat up in Arizona, Democratic Party nominee Kyrsten Sinema has seen much of her activist record rehashed as part of a negative campaign against her.

One conservative political magazine added to that trend by highlighting one group invited to attend a rally she organized more than 15 years ago.

At the time, the U.S. congresswoman was an anti-war protester who invited the Pagan Cluster, among other groups, to a peace rally on International Women’s Day in March 2003.

ELLISON SAYS IT WAS ‘HUMILIATING’ TO ADMIT HE IS ABUSE VICTIM, SAYS EX-WIFE SHOULDN’T BE BELIEVED

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Keith Ellison, the Democratic National Committee’s deputy chair, said in divorce papers that claims by his ex-wife should not be believed and said that he is a “domestic abuse victim.”

The records were unsealed Wednesday despite efforts by Ellison’s ex-wife, Kim Ellison, to block their release.

“The Respondent harassed female friends and colleagues on the phone and through texts — specifically, Batala McFarlane, Hiam Nawas, Karen Monahan,” he continued.

Ellison engaged in a romantic relationship with Monhan as well, who later said Ellison physically abused her,

Massachusetts mayor charged with fraud to fund lavish lifestyle refuses to step down

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An embattled Democratic mayor from Massachusetts, who was arrested last week on suspicion of fraud and tax charges, is refusing to step down, calling his arrest “politically motivated” hours before city councilors pushed back a debate on how to handle the matter.

“I am presumed innocent until proven otherwise,” Mayor Jasiel Correia told reporters at a press conference at Fall River’s City Hall. “I will not allow political enemies to remove me from office.”

Twitter’s release of 10 million Russian, Iranian influence campaign tweets shows US vulnerability

Twitter released on Wednesday an archive of more than 10 million tweets originating in Russia and Iran, demonstrating efforts to capitalize on existing American vulnerabilities by targeting both ends of the political spectrum and sowing division.

In a post announcing the release of the data, which covers all the accounts and content associated with influence operations discovered since 2016, the company said: “We are making this data available with the goal of encouraging open research and investigation of these behaviors from researchers and academics around the world.”

Report: Facebook To Ban ‘Misinformation’ During Midterm Elections

Facebook announced on Monday that they had expanded their policies pertaining to voter suppression on their social media platform.

Facebook’s Public Policy Manager, Jessica Leinwand, published a statement in which she defined voter suppression as any “action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting.”

“We already prohibit offers to buy or sell votes as well as misrepresentations about the dates, locations, times and qualifications for casting a ballot. We have been removing this type of content since 2016.”

Army veteran wages war on social-media disinformation

Kris Goldsmith’s campaign to get Facebook Inc. to close fake accounts targeting U.S. veterans started with a simple search.

He was seeking last year to gauge the popularity of the Facebook page for his employer, Vietnam Veterans of America. The first listing was an impostor account called “Vietnam Vets of America” that had stolen his group’s logo and had more than twice as many followers.

Mr. Goldsmith, a 33-year-old Army veteran, sent Facebook what he thought was a straightforward request to take down the bogus page. At first, Facebook told him to try to work it out with the authors of the fake page, whom he was never able to track down. Then, after two months, Facebook deleted it.

The experience launched him on a hunt for other suspicious Facebook pages that target military personnel and veterans by using patriotic messages and fomenting political divisions. It has become a full-time job.

Facebook Shareholders Back Proposal to Remove Zuckerberg as Chairman

Several public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc on Oct. 17, backed a proposal to remove Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman, saying the social media giant mishandled several high-profile scandals.

State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. They joined hedge fund Trillium Asset Management, which bought it to the table in June.

World News:

ISIS vows Eiffel Tower drone attack in new poster

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The red and black poster shows a drone carrying a sizeable object while flying next to the Eiffel Tower, which is framed in crosshairs. (TRACterrorism.org)

ISIS has threatened a drone attack on the Eiffel Tower with a chilling new poster.

The threat comes just four months after Paris installed a 10ft anti-terror wall around the landmark, using bulletproof glass to protect visitors from potential attacks.

Tensions escalate as Israeli jets pound targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

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A Hamas soldier prays amid the rubble of a destroyed military base after Israeli airstrikes Oct. 17 in the town of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

JERUSALEM — Attempts to quell the months-long uptick in violence along the Gaza Strip border appeared more elusive than ever Wednesday as Israeli military jets pounded targets in the Palestinian enclave in response to rocket fire by militants that ripped through a home in the Israeli city of Beersheba.

The tit-for-tat exchange intensified already high tensions between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that rules Gaza, even as senior Egyptian officials were attempting to increase mediation efforts.

ISRAEL AND HAMAS SLIDE CLOSER TO WAR AS PALESTINIAN ROCKET STRIKES HOUSE DEEP IN ISRAELI TERRITORY

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Israeli warplanes carried out strikes against at least 20 targets in Gaza on Wednesday after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory struck a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it destroyed several targets associated with Hamas, including an attack tunnel and a rocket manufacturing site. The Israeli military also struck a group of militants that was attempting to fire a rocket into Israel.

Communist Party detention program ‘disappears’ more Chinese accused of corruption

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China under fire over its secret jailing of officials as part of President Xi Jinping’s “corruption” crackdown (AFP/File)

Recent news reports about a top Chinese actress and the head of Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, suddenly going missing have proven that no one – not even big celebrities and top government officials – are safe from a black hole of alleged justice operated by China’s Communist Party.

A long-running detention system called “shuanggui” – which had no apparent legal basis in the nation’s law enforcement or courts system – was according to experts devastatingly effective in eliciting or forcing confessions from perhaps hundreds of thousands of Chinese typically accused of corruption, embezzlement, or any other charges the authorities wish to bring down.

Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States.

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The Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh in court last year. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as “Mother Mushroom,” was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of defaming the Communist government.

The conviction of the popular blogger, who wrote about human rights and industrial pollution, drew criticism from some Western governments and international human rights groups.

American Pilot Dies in Fighter Jet Crash in Ukraine

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This Ukrainian fighter jet is believed to have been the aircraft involved in a fatal crash Tuesday.

An American pilot died Tuesday in Ukraine during a crash that also claimed the life of a Ukrainian pilot.

The U.S. Air Force command said the American was one of two personnel aboard an Su-27 fighter jet when it crashed about 200 miles west of the capital city of Kiev, Fox News reported.

“We have seen reports claiming a U.S. casualty and can confirm a U.S. service member was involved in this incident,” the U.S. military said in a statement.

Most-wanted drug trafficker turns himself in after taunting police in music video

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Francisco Tejon, one of Spain’s most-wanted drug traffickers, appeared in a music video by Cuban-born rapper Clase A.

One of Spain’s most wanted drug lords turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday after he appeared in a music video seemingly taunting police.

Francisco Tejon, the leader of one of southern Spain’s largest drug gangs, Los Castañas, walked into the police station in Cadiz a little over a week after he appeared in a reggaeton music video.

Commentary/Opinion:

Elizabeth Warren struck a deal with the devil in claiming Native American ancestry for advancement

The only reason why the battle over the supposed Native American ancestry of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., continues to generate headlines is identity politics.

If we had spent the last 50 years moving toward character instead of skin color as a much more sensible way to define ourselves, would anyone outside of her family and friends care about Warren’s heritage? Why should they?

But sadly, we do not live in such an America.

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