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631 reported missing amid California’s Camp Fire

Investigators using mobile DNA labs to identify victims in the rubble in northern California; Jeff Paul reports.

Selfie saves Texas man from serving up to 99 years in prison

Precopia, 21, of Williamson County, said he was confused when police arrested him on Sept. 22, 2017. Officials said his ex-girlfriend, who was not named, claimed Precopia broke into her home, assaulted her and then slashed an “X” into her chest with a box cutter during a brutal Sept. 20 attack, KVUE reported.

Precopia said he couldn’t recall the last time he spoke to the woman, whom he dated in high school.

Pennsylvania man stomped on puppy to death, punched investigating officer in the face, police say

Richard Jukes Jr.

Richard Jukes Jr. was arrested Tuesday night after officers with the Altoona Police Department responded to a call concerning an injured animal at his home.

When officers arrived, they found a month-and-a-half-old chihuahua puppy “with a severe head injury inside the residence,” officials with the police department wrote on Facebook, adding the “puppy was also completely infested with fleas.”

When officers attempted to ask Jukes Jr. questions about the alleged incident with the puppy, the man then punched an Altoona Police Department officer in the face.

Construction worker suicide rates are highest in the US, CDC study says

Comparing the suicides of more than 22,000 people across 17 states in 2012 and 2015, researchers found males working in construction and extraction took their lives the most often, a rate of roughly 44 per 100,000 “civilian noninstitutionalized working persons” for construction workers and 53 per 100,000 for extraction workers.

Men working in the arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media came in second — an increase of 47 percent during the years studied, according to the CDC. Installation, maintenance and repair rounded out the top three for males in 2015.

Comparatively, in 2015, women working in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media had the highest suicide rates for females, while women in protective services came in second. The third were women who worked in health care support, according to the study.

Abortion debate intensifies after amendments pass removing abortion protections in 2 states

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As a piano and violin music play in the background, a sonogram shows a fetus moving in a mother’s stomach as text appears, saying: “Be a voice for the voiceless, Vote YES on Amendment 2.”

Amendment 2 recognizes the “the rights of unborn children” and clarifies that the state’s constitution “does not protect the right to an abortion or require funding of abortion.”

By a slimmer margin, voters in West Virginia approved a similar ballot measure, removing abortion protections from the state’s constitution.

Soldiers get wireless targeting to shoot around corners, hit enemies instantly


As attacking enemies appear and vanish in seconds from around corners, rocks and trees – armed U.S. soldiers in Close Quarter Combat often have little or no time to respond, while their lives often hang in the balance.

As a way to address this, the Army has leveraged wireless networking technology to give soldiers a distinct advantage; a new system connecting night vision goggles with rifle targeting sights will arrive in a matter of months, enabling soldiers to fire around corners and hit enemies instantly, without having to “shoulder” their weapon.


Kellyanne Conway: Congress needs to act on wall, immigration

Counselor to the president calls on lawmakers to meet Trump’s ‘modest demands’ on immigration reform on ‘Fox & Friends.’

Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said he wanted to “throw up” after hearing Sen. Kamala Harris draw a parallel between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Ku Klux Klan.

‘I Wanted to Throw Up’: Homan Slams Kamala Harris for Drawing ‘Disgusting’ Parallel Between ICE, KKK


Harris (D-Calif.) made the remarks during the Senate confirmation hearing for Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE.

She asked Vitiello whether he shares what she said was the public’s view that ICE was spreading fear and mistrust, in particular among immigrant communities, the same way the KKK did.

As migrant caravan reaches Tijuana, overwhelmed city asks Mexican government for $4 million


Tijuana has 700 shelter beds that are already full. So a municipal sports complex has turned into a tent city, with shivering migrants hunkering down in tents and sleeping on cots as they wait to determine their next steps. (Fox News)

TIJUANA – Tijuana has asked the Mexican federal government for $4 million so the city could accommodate thousands of migrants who part of a caravan that for the past month has been making its way to the border.

Almost 2,000 members of the migrant caravan have already descended on this border city – about 5,000 more are expected to arrive in the coming days.

The request for funds from the government comes as tensions between the migrants and local Mexicans has grown tense. On Wednesday, a fight broke out as Mexicans yelled at the migrants: “Go home. We don’t want you here!” Members of the caravan said local police made no attempt to break up the fight.

1,000 migrants sharing one bathroom at Tijuana rec center

Shelters overflowing in the Mexican city as thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming days; William La Jeunesse reports from the scene.


Trump says that China has submitted a list of trade demands, may make a deal


President Trump said Friday that further tariffs against China may not be needed, provided the two countries can reach a reciprocal trade deal, a suggestion that he is more optimistic about the prospects for negotiations.

“We have another $267 billion [in tariffs ready] to go if we want to, [but] we may not have to do that. China wants to make a deal,” Trump said at a White House bill signing event.

“China has never been in this position, and I don’t want to put China in a bad position,” he said. “I want to put them in a good position, but we have to have reciprocal trade … I think a deal will be made. We’ll find out very soon.”

Trump: Reporters must ‘behave’ in the White House

President Donald Trump says his staff is “writing up rules and regulations” for reporters after a judge ordered the administration to restore credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.


The hand recount for the U.S. Senate seat in the contentious and controversial Broward County, Fla. is reportedly complete.

The initial reports are not looking good for Democrats in the deep blue county in Florida, which is crucial for the Democrats hoping to make up the 13,000 vote margin between Republican Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

Democrats Attack President Trump For Saying Exactly What Democrats Did About California’s Fires


As California battles statewide wildfires, the death toll and expenditures are rising. The fires have torn through numerous counties throughout the state, and as many as 48 people have died in Camp Fire alone, as reported by NBC News. On Saturday, President Trump commented in a tweet criticizing “forest management.”

Many even claimed Trump’s statement was not only uncouth, but also uninformed.

However, there may be more truth to Trump’s tweet than many of his critics care to admit. The Democrat-led Little Hoover Commission is an independent state oversight agency that released a report earlier this year on wildfire destruction and forest management practices that seemed to affirm Trump’s sentiments.


Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is poised to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee following the announcement on Friday that Chairman Chuck Grassley will be heading the Senate Committee on Finance instead.

“I very much appreciate Senator Grassley’s leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Graham said in a statement. “He chaired the committee with a steady hand, sense of fundamental fairness, and resolve. His leadership serves as a model to us all.”

Comey, Lynch To Receive Subpoenas From House GOP


News of the subpoenaes rattled ranking Democrat Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who is expected to chair the panel next year.

“These subpoenas are coming out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar,” Nadler said in a statement, noting that Lynch and Comey had indicated “months ago” that they were willing to answer questions voluntarily.

Comey and Lynch were under threat of subpoena earlier this year by Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (R-IA), only to be blocked by the panel’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California.

County commissioner tells black woman he belongs to ‘master race’


Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp made the comment that many are calling racist on Tuesday in response to a presentation by Triveece Penelton on road development options.

Klemp wasn’t happy with the options Penelton and a colleague presented at the meeting, according to WDAF.

“I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race,” Klemp told Penelton. “You know you got a gap in your teeth. You’re the masters. Don’t ever forget that.”

House Ethics Committee: Dem Rep. Kihuen sexually harassed women, violated House rules

Rep. Ruben Kihuen

Rep. Ruben Kihuen has been accused of sexual harassment by a former aide. (The Associated Press)

The House Ethics Committee has found that retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen sexually harassed multiple women, both during his campaign for Congress and while a lawmaker.

Last year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that Kihuen should step down. He did not. But Kihuen did not seek re-election to a second term.

In its report on Kihuen, the Ethics Committee says that Congressman “generally denied the allegations of unwanted advances. Despite Representative Kihuen’s denials, each of the complainant’s allegations were supported by documentary evidence and some of the alleged incidents were corroborated by third party witnesses.”

World News:

Roadside bomb in Pakistan’s Karachi city kills 2, wounds 5

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistani police say a roadside bomb in the southern port city of Karachi has killed at least two people and wounded five others.

Senior police official Ameer Sheikh says Friday’s blast took place in city’s congested Quaidabad area.

He said some vendors at a makeshift market were selling fruit and other items of daily use when the bomb went off nearby.

North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States that came even as it announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified “ultramodern” weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington.

The two whiplash announcements, which seemed aimed at both appeasing and annoying Washington, suggest North Korea wants to keep alive dialogue with the United States even as it struggles to express its frustration at stalled nuclear diplomacy.

Leaders warn Australia about possible embassy move to Jerusalem


Nov. 16 (UPI) — Australia moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem would be a shift that could make the country a larger target for terrorists, leaders in Malaysia and Indonesia warned Friday.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison talked about moving the embassy during his recent campaign, though no firm decision has been made on the proposal.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamed said Australia’s posturing over the possible move is not helping relations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US hardens pro-Israel stance at UN, votes against resolution on Golan Heights

Nikki_Haley_Rt1The U.S. on Friday voted against an annual resolution condemning the “occupation” of the Golan Heights — a change from the U.S. decision to abstain in 2017– and ripped into the body’s alleged anti-Israel bias, part of an increasingly pro-Israel stance under the Trump administration.

The resolution passed 151-2 (with 14 abstentions) and came as part of a broader package of anti-Israel resolutions that passed a marathon General Assembly committee hearing on Friday morning. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 war in the region and later annexed it. The move has been repeatedly condemned by the U.N.

Syrian and Israeli diplomats clash at U.N. over Golan Heights

Majdal Shams in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

A view of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. (Ariel Schalit/AP)

Amid flaring tensions along the Israeli-Syrian border, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations on Friday said his country would retake the Golan Heights “by peace or by war,” and Israel’s ambassador vowed to never withdraw from the territory it captured in 1967.

The exchange between the two diplomats capped a nonbinding vote in which the United States for the first time opposed a resolution introduced every year calling on Israel to end its occupation of the “occupied Syrian Golan.” Israel annexed the strategic plateau in 1981, and most Israelis consider it an integral part of the country not up for negotiation.


Diamond & Silk: Kamala Harris should be ashamed of herself

Social media stars sound off after the Democrat senator compares ICE to the KKK during a Capitol Hill hearing and Nancy Pelosi thanks Rev. Al Sharpton for ‘saving America’.

How Misguided Environmentalism Is To Blame For California’s Wildfires


The saddest part about these fires in California is that they are self inflicted. Californians should not allow such mismanagement to continue. At what point will commonsense forest management practices win out over the ideologically driven environmental lobby? Soon, I hope, or Paradise might not be the only thing lost.

For decades, environmental protection schemes have usurped common sense. For example, most fire ecologists say that the surest way of preventing massive forest fires is to use prescribed burns. The California Environmental Protection Agency states that “prescribed burning is the intentional use of fire to reduce wildfire hazards, clear downed trees, control plant diseases, improve rangeland and wildlife habitats, and restore natural ecosystems.”

To prevent fires, both the California’s state government and the federal government need to deregulate logging and encourage the Forest Service to make a profit by selling timber. Until the environmental protests of the 1970s, the Forest Service was one of the only departments in the federal government making a profit. It is a myth that environmental concerns and business interests are always at odds. In the case of California’s forests, thinning the trees is in the interests of both parties. Trump understands this, and his administration is expanding timber sales on federal land.

Ironically, these ill-conceived environmental policies designed to ward off climate change have been the source of massive amounts of carbon dioxide pollution. A forest fire’s initial blaze releases 5.2. million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Forest Service ecologist Leland Tarnay. This is equivalent to the amount of emissions from 1.1 million passenger cars in a year.