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Elephant found wandering in New York town gets escort from state police

A wayward elephant was found in

A wayward elephant was found in Westtown, New York on Sunday. (New York State Police)

New York State Police said Monday a wayward pachyderm was found wandering by state troopers in the town of Westtown, about 70 miles northwest of New York City.

The lost elephant needed to be escorted back home after wandering away from an animal sanctuary.

Deer goes through New Jersey woman’s windshield, lands in back seat


Melissa Misthal was praised for avoiding a potentially deadly situation with other drivers on the road. (Howell Township Police Department)

A New Jersey driver narrowly avoided death Monday morning when a deer she struck smashed through her windshield and landed in the back seat of the vehicle.

Melissa Misthal, of Howell, was driving her 2004 Toyota RAV4 on Route 9 when a deer darted in front of her car. She tried to avoid the animal, but struck it “while it was airborne.”

“The force of the impact propelled the deer into the passenger compartment collapsing the front windshield and roof of the vehicle,” police said in a Facebook post. “The deer came to rest on the rear floor.”

Bishops delay votes on combatting church sex abuse crisis


BALTIMORE – At the Vatican’s insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was told on the eve of the bishop’s national meeting to delay action until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February.

“We are not ourselves happy about this,” DiNardo told reporters in an unusual public display of frustration at a Vatican pronouncement.

Surveillance video in North Carolina girl’s kidnapping investigation released; reward surges to $20G

Hania Noelia Aguila

Hania Noelia Aguilar has been missing since she was kidnapped outside her home in Lumberton, North Carolina last Monday. (FBI)

A man captured on surveillance video walking near the area where a North Carolina girl was kidnapped last week could hold the clue that leads authorities to the 13-year-old and her kidnapper.

Officials are urging anyone who recognizes the “person of interest” in recently released surveillance video to come forward. Hania Noelia Aguilar has been missing since Nov. 5, when she was forcefully taken by an unidentified man outside her Lumberton home. Police said the man in the video is dressed in a light-colored shirt and shoes.

Georgia man shot while driving, crashes vehicle; shooter sought, police say

A man was hospitalized after he was shot while driving,

A man was hospitalized after he was shot while driving, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. (FOX5 Atlanta)

Authorities are hunting for a mysterious gunman after a man was shot while driving, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into a ditch.

The man was driving on Highway 166 near Langford Parkway when another driver in a vehicle pulled up next to him and fired several shots, FOX5 Atlanta reported. The man lost control of his vehicle after he was struck by the bullet and crashed into a ditch.

Chicago robbery suspect caught after making food order on stolen phone, police say


Anthony Sorrells, 18, was charged with two counts of armed robbery. (Chicago Police Department)

A Chicago man who allegedly stole a 16-year-old’s phone at gunpoint was caught by police after using the device’s UberEats app to make a food delivery order, police say.

Anthony Sorrells, 18, is now facing two counts of armed robbery following the incident Saturday afternoon, in which he is accused of placing a pistol to the back of the neck of the victim and demanding his belongings, police told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Two hours after the robbery, police were able to trace Sorrells to his grandmother’s home by using credit card information that was added into a meal delivery app on the victim’s stolen phone, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.


A judge in New Hampshire has ordered Amazon to hand over recordings taken by one of its smart home devices in the hopes that it will solve a murder case from 2017.

The order, which was issued Friday, requires Amazon to obtain and give over recordingstaken from an Amazon Echo located in a Farmington, N.H. house, where a double-murder allegedly took place last year. Christine Sullivan, who lived with her boyfriend at the time, was found dead on Jan. 29, 2017, along with Jenna Pellegrini, who was also living with her at the time.

Sullivan was reportedly stabbed eight times and was found under a tarp with a fractured skull. Pellegrini was under the same tarp, believed to be stabbed 43 times.

California power companies reported outages minutes before deadly wildfire outbreak

Active wildfires from the deadly Camp Fire in northern California are visible

Active wildfires from the deadly Camp Fire in northern California are visible in this shortwave infrared view from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite taken on Nov. 9, 2018. (Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.)

Two utility companies in California told state regulators they each sustained outages just minutes before a pair of destructive wildfires erupted last week at either end of the state, killing at least 31 people.

Utility companies in California have previously been found responsible for major wildfires due to inadequate maintenance of their power infrastructure.

James Woods uses Twitter to support California wildfire victims, calls on Hollywood stars to stop ‘trolling’ and help


Conservative actor James Woods called for Hollywood to take a break from “trolling Twitter” to focus on helping victims of California’s destructive wildfires that have killed at least 31 people.

“Every Californian with a #BlueCheckMark is invited to stop trolling @Twitter today and use your voice to retweet #Evacuation and #Safety advisories instead. Be sure to check the time an advisory was posted,” Woods tweeted on Monday. “Thank you! #SoCalFiresJamesWoods #CampFireJamesWoods”

Woods, a rare conservative in Hollywood, typically tweets political statements to his 1.84 million followers, but the actor has taken his own advice and used his massive platform to help with issues pertaining to the deadly fires.


Justice Allen Loughry announced the resignation of his seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals this weekend, after a jury found him guilty of 11 corruption counts on Oct. 12.

Loughry is the third justice to leave the high court in disgrace since July.

Debra Messing Calls Out Women’s March for Refusing to Denounce Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan

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Milano bashed Sarsour and Mallory for not denouncing Farrakhan. “Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately” Alyssa Milano told The Advocate at the end of October.

The one-time child actress went on to say that she will have nothing more to do with the Women’s March until they disavow Farrakhan. And now fellow actress Messing, who is Jewish, has signed onto that same sentiment.

In fact, far from simply refusing to denounce his hate, Mallory seems to be fully on board with Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism. In June she was heard saying that the founding of Israel was a “human rights crime,” and she has also been seen as an appreciative member of the audience at speeches given by the leader of the Nation of Islam.

Facebook denies firing Trump-supporting executive

Facebook Inc. is denying reports that it fired one of its former executives because he donated to an anti-Hillary Clinton group.

On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Palmer Luckey, a former Facebook executive and founder of Oculus, a virtual-reality platform, was fired by the social media giant six months after he donated $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

In the report, the Journal cited leaked emails that showed even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pressured Luckey to change his political views and switch his support to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Fox News’s Kat Timpf: I was ‘chewed out, abused’ at establishment over where I work

Kat Timpf

Kat Timpf

Fox News pundit Kat Timpf on Sunday said on Twitter that she was run out of an establishment because of where she works, adding that she was “chewed out, abused” during the incident at an unknown location.

“I was just ran out of an establishment because of where I work,” Timpf wrote to her more than 265,000 followers. “Chewed out, abused. But I guess that’s the norm now.”

This is not the first time Timpf, who is not known for provocative commentary on Fox News, has been confronted in public.

Migrant caravan moving to western Mexico city of Guadalajara

Central American migrants shower in a makeshift shelter in Irapuato, Mexico,

Central American migrants shower in a makeshift shelter in Irapuato, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Local Mexican officials again helped thousands of Central American migrants find rides Sunday on the next leg of their journey toward the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

IRAPUATO, Mexico – Several thousand Central American migrants marked a month on the road Monday as they hitched rides to the western Mexico city of Guadalajara and toward the U.S. border.

Most appear intent on taking the Pacific coast route northward to the border city of Tijuana, which is still about 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) away. The migrants have come about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) since they started out in Honduras around Oct. 13.

LGBT members of migrant caravan reach US border, say they endured verbal abuse by other migrants

Central American migrants travel on a truck after hitching a ride in Tepotzotlan, Mexico,

Central American migrants travel on a truck after hitching a ride in Tepotzotlan, Mexico, as they resume their journey north after leaving the temporary shelter in Mexico City. A small group of migrants have already reached the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A group of LGBT migrants arrived in Tijuana this weekend after reportedly breaking off from the larger U.S.-bound caravan due to verbal harassment and poor living conditions.

About 76 LGBT members of the caravan, which has about 3,600 members, described inter-caravan persecution and poor planning interfering with the members’ ability to eat and bathe on a regular basis, according to Telemundo 20 in San Diego.

“Even taking a bath was a major problem,” a caravan member who is Honduran told Telemundo. “When we wanted to shower there was no water for us…for food it was the same thing.”


Manuel Duran, who was arrested by police in April for allegedly refusing to leave the area during a protest, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because of his illegal immigrant status.

Duran was denied an appeal by the Board of Immigration Appeals in October following an earlier deportation order by a different immigration judge.

Yet Duran and the SPLC claim his scheduled deportation is because of his previous criticisms toward local law enforcement and say “his arrest and detention were an effort to suppress his reporting, and that they violate his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and the press.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep.-elect Chip Roy on why GOP lost House

Republicans react to why the party failed to hold onto the House while gains were made in the Senate on ‘Life, Liberty and Levin.’

‘Swamp Watch’: Steve Hilton Takes on Maxine Waters’ ‘Conflict Donations’

As seen on “The Next Revolution” In his “Swamp Watch” segment Sunday, Steve Hilton took a look at Rep. Maxine Waters and how she has appears to have used her public office to “protect her investments, benefit her friends and enrich her family.”

Chicago’s Emanuel gives advice to Dems in House: divide and conquer


Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has some advice for Democrats now that they’ve gained back control of the House: divide and conquer.

“The Democrats should triangulate,” the Chicago mayor said during a panel discussion on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“They should find everything that Mitch McConnell and the president don’t agree on and go right at it, because that will force a division in the Republican Party and bring in whatever moderate wings of the Republicans that are left and bring them over to the Democratic.”

Broward County Elections Supervisor To Be ‘Forced From Office’ After Violating Florida Law, Says Report

After a judge found her to have violated Florida elections law and amid reports of more highly suspicious actions by her office, the supervisor of elections for Broward County, Brenda Snipes, is expected to be “forced from office” by either Gov. Rick Scott or governor-elect Ron DeSantis, Politico reports.

Even Snipes’ fellow Democrats have begun to abandon her amid her increasingly indefensible mishandling of the count, which has already resulted in a judge finding her in violation of Florida election law, Snipes’ office accidentally mixing invalidated ballots into legitimate results, and a suspicious series of reports of “found” ballots and illegally transported ballots.

Donald Trump: Honest Vote Count in Florida ‘No Longer Possible’

“An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected,” he wrote on Twitter. “Must go with Election Night!”

Trump suggested that Florida officials call the election in favor of Republican Rick Scott for Senator and Ron DeSantis for governor.

“Large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged,” he wrote, referring to thousands of additional votes in Broward County and Palm County.

Hilton: Macron is completely wrong on nationalism

French president launches an unbelievable attack on President Trump.

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The Latest: Israeli strikes kill 2 after Gaza rocket attack

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes on Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Palestinian militants on Monday fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel,

The Israeli military says it has dispatched fighter jets to strike “terror targets” throughout Gaza following a barrage of mortar and rocket fire that wounded six people.

Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel at sundown Monday, a day after an Israeli military raid in Gaza left seven militants and an Israeli officer dead.

Gaza’s Hamas rulers and the smaller Islamic Jihad group claimed joint responsibility for the rocket barrage.

Israeli media say six people were wounded by Palestinian fire, including a 19-year-old who was critically hurt when a mortar shell hit a bus.

IDF special forces soldier killed in shootout

(Flash90/Meir Vaknin)

(Flash90/Meir Vaknin)

A special forces soldier in an elite IDF unit was killed in an exchange of fire in the Gaza Strip, Sunday night.

Hours after the incident, the IDF identified the slain officer as Lt. Col. M., but disclosed no further details.

A second soldier was wounded and evacuated to Soroka hospital in Beersheba.

Israeli bakery takes direct hit from Gaza rocket fire

Building burns in Sderot, Israel as violence escalates on the border; Trey Yingst reports from the scene.

ISIS claims responsibility for suicide attack in Afghanistan

Security forces inspect the site of a deadly blast

Security forces inspect the site of a deadly blast near a demonstration by hundreds of minority Shiites, in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Monday that killed at least six people. The bomber approached a crowd demonstrating against the Taliban and detonated the device at a nearby checkpoint.

The protesters were minority Shiites calling for a stop to the Taliban attacks in the province of Ghazni.

The province of Ghazni, which is south of Kabul, has been hotly contested between government forces and the Taliban. Afghan security forces have suffered heavy losses there in recent days, as they continue to battle Taliban attempts to seize full control of the province.

North Korea possibly hiding missile operating bases despite denuclearization pledge, think tank says

The satellite image of the base in Sakkanmol,

The satellite image of the base in Sakkanmol, just shy of 50 miles north of the DMZ, show support facilities. (Beyond Parallel/CSIS)

North Korea is conning the United States, building up secret, smaller missile bases even after publicly touting the dismantling of its main launch site, according to a new review of satellite images by a top think tank.

Citing new satellite pictures, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Beyond Parallel program identified what appears to be missile operating bases that have never been acknowledged by North Korean officials. CSIS’ conclusions were not immediately independently confirmed.

The report identified about 15 to 20 bases being operated by the Korean People’s Army’s Strategic Force, based on information from officials in the government, defense and intelligence, as well as North Korean defectors.

China’s stealth fighter jets feature missiles during airshow show of force

Fighter aircraft J-20 of People's Liberation Army Air Force

Fighter aircraft J-20 of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) performs in the sky showing with live ammunition for the first time on day six of the Airshow China 2018 on November 11, 2018 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

China’s largest airshow featured a show of force Sunday, as the country showed off the missiles in its advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet during a flyover.

The two J-20 fighter jets opened their missile bay doors to the public and displayed the six missiles inside, the Global Times reported.

Chinese experts told the state newspaper the airshow demonstration, which was part of the celebration of the 69th birthday of the Chinese People’s Liberation Air Force, was to show off the aircraft’s superiority to U.S. fighter jets.

Venezuelan inflation approaches 150,000% as Maduro’s efforts to curb huge price increases fail

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s most-recent attempt to stop his country’s massive inflation problems is failing, at least according to one measure.

The Bloomberg Café Con Leche Index, which gauges Venezuela’s inflation through the price of a cup of coffee, showed an annual inflation rate of 149,900 percent after its latest reading.

Venezuela’s troubles come as the country with the biggest oil reserves in the world deals with an ongoing humanitarian crisis. Venezuela faces shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods.

Asia Bibi: Canada in talks with Pakistan over asylum


Mr Trudeau confirmed to the AFP news agency that his government was looking into bringing her to Canada.

“There is a delicate domestic context that we respect which is why I don’t want to say any more about that, but I will remind people Canada is a welcoming country,” he told AFP in an interview on Monday while in Paris for a conference.

Asia Bibi’s husband has said the family is in danger and has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada. Her lawyer, Saiful Malook, has been granted temporary asylum in the Netherlands after facing death threats.

Missing boy may have been sacrificed in ritual, Bolivia police say

Nov. 12 (UPI) — Bolivia police investigated reports Monday that a missing eight-year-old child might have been offered as a human sacrifice during a ritual.

The child disappeared in a western part of Bolivia where there’s widespread mining.

“We learned this weekend something apparently extremely serious,” Bolivian Justice Minister Hector Arce told reporters Monday. He added that the boy was “presumably sacrificed.”

Pompeo Warns Saudi Prince US Will Hold All Accountable for Khashoggi Murder

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nov. 11 that the United States would hold accountable anyone they found responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and urged Saudi Arabia to do the same.

The Saudi government has acknowledged that Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 death inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey was premeditated, and has named several people it says are responsible. The question now is how far up the chain of command responsibility for the killing went.