News and Headlines. 10/19/2018

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Photographer searches for couple in Yosemite wedding proposal he caught on camera


CALEDONIA, Mich. — A Michigan photographer snapped a special moment completely by accident. Matthew Dippel was shooting at Yosemite National Park when he snapped a picture of a proposal in progress, and now he wants to find the couple he captured.

He says he was shooting the beautiful landscape at the park, only to notice two people in his shot, one on bended knee.

BepiColombo, the first Mercury mission in 14 years, launches tonight


Engineers closed the fairing over BepiColombo in preparation for the mission’s launch on Oct. 19 (Oct. 20 GMT). (Manuel Pedoussaut/ESA)

It’s been more than 14 years since a spacecraft launched toward Mercury, so don’t miss your chance to watch a rocket do just that.

BepiColombo, a European-Japanese project that will be just the third mission to study the solar system’s innermost planet, launches tonight (Oct. 19) from Kourou, French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. Liftoff is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT, Oct. 20), and you can watch the launch live at, courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Man shares heartbreaking photos of wife, unborn child killed by drunk driver


Zach Kincaid has opened up about why he decided to share the heartbreaking photos from his wife and unborn daughter’s funeral after they were killed by a drunk driver in September

“A drunk driver speeding down a two-lane highway at 85+ mph in the wrong lane around a blind corner destroyed my family,” writes Zach Kincaid.

If you want to know what that destruction looks like, Kincaid makes it plain to see. The father of four posted a series of photos on Facebook from the Sept. 26 funeral of wife Krystil Kincaid and his unborn daughter, who was at 36 weeks gestation and was to be named Avalynn Onix, reports the Sacramento Bee.

They were killed in Hemet, Calif., in September when 28-year-old pro boxer Marcos Forestal, who was allegedly drunk, crashed his BMW head-on into Krystil Kincaid’s minivan. KTLA reports Zach Kincaid was on the phone with his wife as the crash happened and heard her scream.

Georgia teacher accused of sex assault is found dead, police say

Zachary Meadors

Zachary Meadors (Gwinnett County Police Department)

A 28-year-old Georgia middle school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a sixth grader was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this week, police said in a statement.

The 28-year-old is the second teacher accused of molestation to be found dead in recent weeks.

Last week, David Michael Bruce, a California high school drama teacher, was found dead inside his home. He died the same day prosecutors were scheduled to begin closing arguments in his criminal trial. Bruce was accused of molesting five male students.

University of Southern California to pay $215 million to settle sex-abuse case

LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California has agreed to pay $215 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought against it by women who have accused a former campus gynecologist, George Tyndall, of sexual abuse and misconduct.

The money will be available to thousands of women who were treated by Tyndall during his nearly 30-year tenure at the private Los Angeles university, including both those who do and don’t claim he abused them. The settlement, reached in a class action in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and subject to court approval, will offer larger payouts to women who allege they suffered the worst abuse.


The average admissions rate for Asian-American applicants was 8.1 percent, according to The Harvard Crimson Friday. Black applicants had a 13.2 percent acceptance rate, white applicants were admitted at 11.1 percent and Hispanic applicants had an admissions rate of 10.6 percent.

Harvard is on trial in a Boston federal court for accusations of racial discrimination against Asian-American students during the admissions process. The lawsuit was filed by Students for Fair Admissions, a group opposed to race-based admissions in higher education, in 2014. The trial is said to last three weeks.


Louisiana’s Shreveport Police Department announced it will stop hosting prayer vigils after the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FERF) claimed they violated the constitution.

FFRF sent a formal complaint on Aug. 24 to the police department, asserting that by hosting prayer vigils, the police department “prefers religion over nonreligion” and therefore violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

The organization also demanded that the police department cease its chaplaincy program.

Migrant caravan showdown: Crowds reach Guatemalan border town as Mexico prepares for potential mass crossing


Hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. (AP)

The 4,000-person strong migrant caravan pushing north through Central America towards the United States reportedly stalled Friday morning at Guatemala’s border with Mexico, where members debated the next step – including the possibility of an impending mass crossing attempt.

A massive cross-border push designed to overwhelm any security forces with its sheer size.

A member of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that helps organize caravans, told migrants in Tecun Uman on Thursday night the group would try to cross en masse on Saturday morning, the Associated Press reported.

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly migration and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliation.

Arriving on the Mexican side of a border bridge, they were met by a phalanx of police with riot shields. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated.

The Latest: Migrants clash with Mexican police at border

Honduran migrants rush across the border towards Mexico,

Honduran migrants rush across the border towards Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Migrants broke down the gates at the border crossing and began streaming toward a bridge into Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

Central American migrants in a mass caravan have clashed with Mexican riot police guarding a border post on the country’s southern frontier.

About 50 migrants managed to push their way through. The rest retreated after officers unleashed pepper spray. Some in the caravan threw rocks.

After police held off the migrants, they closed the border gates again.

Family Of Man Allegedly Killed By An Illegal Immigrant Speaks Out

On ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ aunt of man allegedly murdered by illegal immigrant weighs in on the caravan controversy. Laura Ingraham.



Outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley poked fun at what seemed like everyone in Washington, D.C., during a speech on Thursday night, but her jab at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her DNA test brought the most laughs.

Serving as the keynote speaker at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Haley played with the crowd, teasing that she knows why she was actually invited to the event.

Haley didn’t stop at Warren though. Trump, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and former President Barack Obama and his administration were all in Haley’s crosshairs.(Watch)

Obamacare-Inflated Health Costs Are Sucking Away Tax Reform’s Success For Families

Despite what one may hear from the media, there’s been a lot of good economic news lately. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point in almost 50 years. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. Economic growth has exceeded 4 percent for two straight quarters.

But the high costs of health care remain the most pressing and worrisome domestic issue for families and individuals. It’s devouring family budgets and inflicting vast amounts of pain on millions of Americans. The high cost of health care is erasing much of the recent tax reform’s relief, even though the changes were good and the new individual rates should be made permanent.

Texas Dems under investigation after sending voting applications with citizenship box pre-checked to non-citizens

The Texas Democratic Party is under investigation after being accused of sending out voter-registration applications to non-citizens with the citizenship box already checked “Yes.”

The possible violation was first raised Thursday by the Public Interest Legal Foundation(PILF), a nonprofit specializing in election integrity, which alerted both state and federal authorities.

Ronald Derisi: Arrested for Threatening to Kill Two Senators Over Brett Kavanaugh


Derisi is a 74-year-old resident of Smithtown,

Ronald Derisi is a Long Island man who has been arrested for threatening at least two U.S. Senators over the phone with death and violence because they voted for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Newsday, Derisi is a 74-year-old resident of Smithtown, New York.

These phone calls have reportedly been happening over the course of the last month. Though the senators in question have not been identified, one reported receiving a voicemail on September 27 that said, “It’s a 9 millimeter.  Side of your f***ing skull you scumbag motherf*****.”

Judicial Watch Files Bar Complaint Against Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyers

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a complaint to the Board of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals of Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, and Michael R. Bromwich for violating the rules of professional responsibility in their representation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearings on the nomination of the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh.

According to the Judicial Watch complaint, by not informing their client Dr. Ford that Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee offered in a letter to “fly female staff investigators to meet Dr. Ford… in California, or anywhere else, to obtain (her) testimony,” Katz, Banks, and Bromwich violated the following District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct:

Midterm Meddling: Democrats Surge on Facebook After Algorithm Changes

Democrat candidates for the Senate and House are vastly outpacing their Republican opponents on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, according to analysis by the New York Times — although it’s impossible to say how much of their upsurge is the result of mass-bans and algorithm changes on the part of Facebook.

The analysis shows a 7.8 million advantage in Facebook interactions for Democrat Senate candidates vs. Republican Senate candidates in a 30-day period ending October 15, and a 2 million advantage in interactions for Democrats fighting House races over the same period.

Facebook Blacklists Left-Wing Site that Praised Purge of Infowars

Left-wing alternative media outlet Reverb Press was blacklisted from Facebook and Twitter last week, just months after celebrating Infowars’ mass purge from the same platforms. Reverb Press now complains, “It’s absurd that Facebook thinks it can define what is ‘legitimate’ news.”

Reverb Press was just one of the hundreds of pages, which included independent news outlets, banned from Facebook and Twitter this month, such as the news page of a disabled veteran who had invested more than $300,000 in Facebook advertising.

Fox News Video: Disabled veteran says Facebook blacklisted him

694940094001_5850656254001_5850657734001-vsOn ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ combat veteran Brian Kolfage says he will take the fight to Facebook.

Handgun designed for the military now available to law enforcement and civilians

FN 509 Tactical handgun (FN America)

FN 509 Tactical handgun (FN America)

Designed to surpass U.S. Army requirements, the FN 509 Tactical handgun is now available for law enforcement and civilians too.

Among the giant combat vehicles, drones, laser weapons and helicopters at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition last week a number of smaller items also generated lots of buzz.

The FN 509 Tactical was getting a lot of interest at AUSA, which is the largest land warfare exhibition on the continent. There was a steady stream of American soldiers of all ages and ranks curious to see the weapon up close and get a first look.

Army set sights on sophisticated future tanks

army tank

File photo – Troopers with the U.S. Army 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division fire the main gun round at a target during unit gunnery practice with newly acquired M1A1-SA Abrams tanks at Fort Stewart, Georgia, U.S. March 29, 2018. (U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS)

Could there be a lightweight armored attack vehicle able to speed across bridges, deploy quickly from the air, detect enemies at very long ranges, control nearby robots and fire the most advanced weapons in the world – all while maintaining the unprecedented protection and survivability of an Abrams tank?

Such questions form the principle basis of rigorous Army analysis and exploration of just what, exactly, a future tank should look like? The question is fast taking-on increased urgency as potential adversaries continue to present very serious, technologically advanced weapons and attack platforms.

World News:

US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea.

The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, said Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as Vigilant Ace “to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue.”

Iran sent Hezbollah advanced weapons to turn rockets into precision missiles, new flight data suggests


Iran’s Fars Air Qeshm flight number QFZ-9950 departed Tehran International Airport on Tuesday at 9:33 a.m. local time, and flew to an unknown destination, according to flight data obtained by Fox News. Later in the day, the Boeing 747 jet touched down in Syria’s capital Damascus before continuing on to Beirut, arriving just past 2 p.m., according to the flight tracker software.

EXCLUSIVE – American and western intelligence sources believe Iran has been increasing its shipments of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, deliveries that now include Global Positioning System (GPS) components to make previously unguided rockets into precision guided-missiles, increasing the threat to Israel.

One of the Iranian flights arrived in Lebanon three days ago, officials tell Fox News.

The United States and Israel, as well as other western intelligence agencies, have offered evidence that Iran has operated similar weapons factories in Syria and Yemen, in addition to Lebanon.


President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump had a warning for Saudi Arabia should the country be responsible for the potential murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying its possible role could set the kingdom back five years.

The president’s son similarly voiced his concern Thursday on “Fox & Friends” because Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had been living in the U.S. in self-imposed exile for the past year, might have been murdered for his views.

“It’s a horrible situation,” Trump said. “You can’t go around — foreign countries can’t go around killing journalists.”

20 men found guilty of raping more than a dozen teenage girls in northern England


Twenty men, including ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal (first in the second row), were found guilty of raping and abusing more than a dozen teenager girls in the U.K. (West Yorkshire Police Department)

Twenty men in the United Kingdom have been convicted of raping and abusing more than a dozen teenage girls in the northern city of Huddersfield.

The convictions are the latest in a series of child sexual exploitation cases in the region. Prosecutors said the men embarked on a “campaign of rape and other sexual abuse” against vulnerable girls between the ages of 11 and 17

At least 50 dead as train hits crowd watching fireworks in India

People gather at the site of the accident

People gather at the site of the accident in Amritsar. Photograph: Prabhjot Gill/AP

A speeding train has run over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India, killing at least 50 people, according to a Congress party leader.

Pratap Singh Bajwa said the train had failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab.

Amarinder Singh, the state’s top elected official, also told journalists that he had reports of 50 to 60 people dead. Thirty bodies had been removed from the site by Friday evening.


Ingraham: The caravan of lies and manipulation

Americans see through Democrats’ phony compassion.

Black Trump Supporters Declare Their Independence From The Democratic Party

It should come as no surprise that left-leaning Americans and publications feel all too comfortable smearing blacks who aren’t Democrats. We’ve seen the worst of the worst since the election of President Trump.

But leftist myopia cannot change the fact that many people are working diligently to diminish the pathology of groupthink. Many people are also encouraging others to challenge long-held beliefs in an effort to launch their communities into a new period of growth and achievement.

We live in a strange time, when black leaders and activists who work to bring independence, stability, and positive change to black communities across the country are labeled white supremacists.