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Military honors unidentified fallen Korean War hero in solemn ceremony

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United Nations Command honor guards salute a casket containing the remains of an unidentified Korean War UN forces soldier during a repatriation ceremony at a US Army base in Seoul on November 20, 2018. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of an unidentified American soldier were honored at a solemn repatriation ceremony Tuesday morning in Seoul, South Korea, as the U.S. continues to push for the remains of fallen American soldiers to be returned home.

The soldier, found in South Korea, is presumed to have been a member of the 7th Infantry Division, 32nd Infantry Regiment, medical company killed in a 1951 battle northeast of Seoul, Stars and Stripes reported.

Police: Someone threw concrete from overpass, killed driver

Police in Tennessee believe someone threw a chunk of concrete from a highway overpass, killing a driver below.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted that 54-year-old Joe C. Shelton Jr. was killed when the concrete came through his front windshield. The incident happened just before 5 a.m. Tuesday while Shelton was driving eastbound on Interstate 24 near downtown Nashville.

‘We Don’t Know:’ 27 Hospitalized With Mysterious Symptoms at Florida High School

The 26 students and one adult were rushed to three different hospitals in the area, Broward General Medical Center, Broward North, and Holy Cross Hospital, around 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

“These students were having various states. Some were having syncopal episodes, we’re passing out. Some had nosebleeds, some were having shortness of breath,” Collan said.

They had just left a Thanksgiving prayer service in the gymnasium at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale and became sick in different parts of the school, including various classrooms.

Gunman in Chicago hospital shooting had prior complaint

The gunman, Juan Lopez, who also died following the shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital, had been engaged to Dr. Tamara O’Neal before he repeatedly shot the emergency room doctor near a hospital parking lot, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Investigators said he continued shooting O’Neil after she fell to the ground and, after running into the hospital, killed a police officer and a pharmacy worker.

Guglielmi said another woman complained in 2014 that Lopez was incessantly texting her and refused to stop. He said the woman called police and sought an order of protection from a judge, but it’s unclear whether she was granted such an order. Lopez was not criminally charged.

North Carolina principal accused of raping 12-year-old student found dead

Richard Omar Knight (LinkedIn)

Richard Omar Knight (LinkedIn)

Richard Omar Knight, the principal of Dillard Academy Charter School in Goldsboro, N.C., was found in a wooded area with a self-inflicted injury, the Goldsboro Police Department said. The 35-year-old man’s body was discovered by a couple of hunters, The News & Observer reported.

“The hunters’ deer cameras recorded Mr. Knight in the wooded area at approximately 12:36 a.m. on Friday morning. He is alone in the video and appears to be carrying a blanket. Further investigation led to the discovery of Mr. Knight’s Chevrolet Cruze at a Petro Mart on Buckhorn Road. No foul play is suspected in connection with Mr. Knight’s death,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

What are the ‘Ghost Face Gangsters?’ Feds indict 43 linked to white supremacist gang

With a total of 43 indictments, the move against the group, which is active mostly in Georgia but has spread to some surrounding states, is one of the largest so far, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. Law enforcement have ramped up their work combating the gang for months, with 23 members indicted in March of 2018.

Most of those indicted in the most recent case are from east Georgia, and came from places like Savannah, Bloomingdale, Pembroke or Augusta, according to the Department of Justice.

Facebook under fire for not stopping sale of child bride

Facebook is under fire from international human rights organizations for not stopping the sale of a 16-year-old child bride on its site that started at the end of October.

An auction was held on the social media giant for the marriage of a 16-year-old girl in South Sudan on Nov. 3. The winner reportedly gave the girl’s father 500 cows, three cars and $10,000 in exchange for his daughter, according to Plan International, a children’s rights organization.

Is Facebook deliberately causing harm to Americans?

A new study by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania finds that Facebook use can increase depression and loneliness; Tucker gets insight from Tom Kersting, author of ‘Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids.’

Immigration:

Trump tweets photo of wire fence at US border: ‘No climbers anymore under our Administration!’

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President Trump charged Monday that news outlets were misleading Americans by sharing videos of migrants scaling segments of the fence along the U.S. southern border before it was updated with concertina wire as an extra deterrent.

“The Fake News is showing old footage of people climbing over our Ocean Area Fence,” Trump tweeted Monday. “This is what it really looks like – no climbers anymore under our Administration!”

A Homeland Security official told the Washington Examiner the image was taken at Imperial Beach, Calif., the southern-most city in the state. The concertina wire was put in place in two installments, on Nov. 13 and Nov. 16.

Judge blocks Trump order refusing asylum to migrants who illegally cross border

A federal judge has prevented the Trump Administration from denying asylum to migrants who cross illegally into the United States.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, a judge appointed by former President Obama, ruled in favor of legal groups who sued over Trump’s Nov. 9 proclamation which sought to designate migrants ineligible for asylum if they illegally crossed the border, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

“Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Tigar declared in his ruling.

Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration is considering giving U.S. troops on the border with Mexico the authority to carry out medical screening of migrants, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The proposal, which is still in draft form and is circulating within the administration, would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency personnel were overwhelmed and unable to do so on their own, the officials said.

The proposal would expand the mission for the Pentagon, which said previously it did not expect its forces to directly interact with migrants.

Mexico Puts On Job Fair For Migrants To Stay And Work In Country

Central American migrants,

Central American migrants, as part of the Central American caravan trying to reach the United States, wait in a line to receive donated dinner downtown in Mexicali, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A job fair is underway in Mexico, giving migrants a second chance to accept Mexico’s offer to stay and work in the country instead of going to the U.S.

The fair opened just south of the U.S. border in Tijuana Monday, providing work permits and a humanitarian visas to members of the caravan.

At least five companies took part in the event, mostly offering factory work, with more expected to join over the course of the month-long fair.

Tijuana Police Chief Concerned His Forces Aren’t Enough For Migrant Influx

Tijuana Police Chief Mario Martinez

Tijuana Police Chief Mario Martinez coordinates the response to a local protest against the migrant caravan, just outside the migrant encampment in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 18, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

So far, around 2,500 migrants are camped out in a local sports complex, as well as several hundred in shelters dotted around the city. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Nov. 19 that there are currently 6,000 migrants in Tijuana.

Tijuana Police Chief Mario Martinez said he’s expecting any day an additional 2,500 in a second wave that is currently in the Mexicali area.

“Then in two weeks, another 3,000 will arrive. Hopefully that information will prove false because we are worried that we will lose control,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times on Nov. 18.

Gap in Federal Law Turns Border Wilderness to Wasteland

img_0094_1024-702x459Among the questionable objections to President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall is the claim that it would “cause serious environmental damage.”

However, environmental damage, and lots of it, is being done daily as human traffickers, drug cartels and other criminal elements crash unsecured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border, trampling delicate plant life and leaving obscene amounts of trash, human waste and other carnage in their wake.

While these areas have been protected from law abiding Americans, they haven’t been adequately safeguarded against illegal aliens whose last concern is the integrity of the environment. And as a transit corridor for illegal aliens, this scarred swath of southwestern border territory has become a dangerous, and often polluted, wasteland.

Politics:

Skid Row voter fraud: Prosecutors say homeless offered cash, cigarettes in exchange for hundreds of signatures

Skid Row’s Los Angeles

Skid Row’s Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says it is charging nine people in total with felony counts related to the offenses, which are said to have happened during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles.

“The defendants are accused of engaging in the solicitation of hundreds of false and/or forged signatures on state ballot petitions and voter registration forms by allegedly offering homeless people $1 and/or cigarettes for their participation,” a statement from the attorney’s office reads.

House Committee Subpoenas Comey, Lynch over Botched Hillary Probe

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy unloaded on former FBI chief James Comey Monday; blasting the disgraced bureau boss over his demands for a “public hearing” regarding his botched investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) notified colleagues last week that he will subpoena Comey for a closed-door deposition Nov. 29 and Lynch for Dec. 5, as part of the investigation into the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation,” writes Fox News.

Nunes Calls for Declassification of Emails that Prove Information Withheld from FISA Court

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo yesterday that he wishes to see a “fourth bucket” of emails declassified, saying it would reveal evidence that the Department of Justice and FBI withheld information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

“The new fourth bucket that we’re asking to be declassified now is — for months we have been reviewing emails between FBI, and DOJ, and others that clearly show that they knew about information that should have been presented to the FISA court,” he said. “So it is real evidence that people within the FBI withheld evidence from the FISA court.”

House Dems to probe Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner use of personal email accounts

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump

House Oversight Committee Democrats will investigate Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner’s use of private email accounts for official White House business, re-launching a 2017 probe into whether Trump administration officials are complying with the Presidential Record Act.

Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who is expected to become chairman at the beginning of the 116th Congress in January, said Tuesday he wants more information about President Trump’s daughter’s use of a personal email account while conducting official administration business.

Walmart asks for contribution back from Mississippi GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith after controversial comments

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith talks to supporters in in Jackson, Mississippi, on Nov. 6, 2018.Chris TOdd / EPA file

Walmart is the latest of several major businesses who have donated to Hyde-Smith’s campaign to ask for their money back after taking heat on social media. Both railroad owner Union Pacific and medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific have asked for the contributions to be returned.

“Union Pacific in no way, shape or form condones or supports divisive or perceived to be divisive statements,” the company tweeted. “Our contribution was mailed prior to Hyde-Smith’s statement being made public. Union Pacific has requested a refund of our contribution.”

Marcia Fudge vouched for man now accused of killing ex-wife

Rep. Marcia Fudge, pictured here with Rep. Lloyd Doggett,

In a statement released on Tuesday, Rep. Marcia Fudge, pictured here with Rep. Lloyd Doggett, mourned Aisha Fraser’s death and said Lance Mason’s actions are not those of the man she once knew. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge sent a letter several years ago supporting a former state lawmaker and judge in Ohio who is now accused of killing his ex-wife, an incident that could play out in the contest over the next speaker of the House.

Fudge asked for leniency in sentencing for Lance Mason in a 2015 letter after Mason admitted to brutally beating his then-wife, Aisha Fraser. On Saturday, Mason was arrested in connection with her death.

World News:

Gruesome quotes from Khashoggi recordings published for first time

5bf3c06bc9de3d02fc5b2e1cA Turkish news website has published quotes and the identity of some speakers in two audio recordings revealing the last moments of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Release my arm! What do you think you are doing?” Khashoggi was heard saying in the first recording from the consulate’s “A unit,” which houses the visa department.

According to the report, the quarrel between Khashoggi and four members of the hit squad could be heard in this recording for seven minutes.

US issues new sanctions in crackdown on oil shipments to Syria

The Trump administration sanctioned nine new companies as part of a crackdown on an oil smuggling network that the U.S. government claims aids the Syrian government and terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.

“Today, we are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement.

Tuesday’s sanctions are the latest sign of heightening tensions between the U.S., Iran, and Russia.

Saudi women’s rights advocates reportedly abused while in prison

ISTANBUL — Several women’s rights activists who have been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than six months have been subjected to psychological or physical abuse while in custody, including sleep deprivation and beatings, according to four people familiar with the conditions of the activists’ detention.

Some of the abuse occurred during interrogations, during which several of the women were administered electric shocks or flogged, two of the people said, citing a witness account. Other women displayed what witnesses said were apparent signs of abuse, including uncontrollable shaking or difficulty standing, the people said.

Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bomber kills dozens at gathering of clerics

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A suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 50 people.

At least 83 people were also wounded as the clerics met at the Uranus wedding hall, a large banqueting complex near the airport, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

In a major speech on Brexit, Theresa May called Europeans in Britain queue jumpers. People got upset.

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May basically called the 3 million Europeans living in Britain a bunch of queue jumpers. This has upset some people, because it is quite an insult here.

Understand that in Britain, jumping the queue is simply not done. Not by the British people, or their long-term guests.

East London, West London, posh or poor, public school or private, city or country — if there is a queue, you bloody well take your place.

China’s Xi Visits Philippines as Duterte Pressed to Take Tougher Line

Chinese leader Xi Jinping with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Visiting Chinese leader Xi Jinping with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte troop the line before their one-on-one meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila on Nov. 20, 2018. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

Xi’s visit comes two years after the maverick Duterte declared he was reorienting his foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States and toward China, despite decades of mistrust and bitter maritime disputes with Beijing.

Duterte is facing criticism from opponents for making too many political concessions to China in return for billions of dollars of pledged Chinese loans and investments that have yet to materialize, or be committed to formally.

Duterte and Xi had discussed increasing trade and investment, and China’s involvement in his signature $180 billion “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

However, of the 38 Philippine projects earmarked for Chinese involvement two years ago, only four were among the commitments made on Tuesday.

Commentary/Opinion:

Tomi Lahren on caravan protests in Tijuana: They’re fed up

Tensions grow between thousands of migrants arriving on the migrant caravan from Central America and the residents of Tijuana; reaction from FOX Nation host Tomi Lahren.

Ingraham: Time for the Uniter-in-Chief

President Trump seems to be projecting a different dimension of himself.

The Left’s Accusation That The Right Is Fascist Is Simply Psychological Projection

Antifa

Antifa

Consider Antifa, those self-styled anti-fascists who recently made headlines for harassing the family of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The paucity of actual Nazis in this country would seem to make Antifa superfluous, but they have a talent for detecting fascists everywhere. Having determined that practically everything and everyone (themselves excepted) is fascist, they spend their free time going about in black shirts smashing things and looking for political opponents to threaten and beat up.

Kevin Williamson of National Review evaluates them with pity and disdain: “These play-acting buffoons aren’t the moral equivalent of the French Resistance—they are mincing would-be thugs looking for something that will make them feel better about themselves. Apparently, terrorizing Tucker Carlson’s wife scratches an itch that weed and Netflix don’t.”

3 big distinctions between Ivanka Trump and Hillary Clinton’s email conduct

First off, there is no evidence that Trump sent any classified emails over her server. The Washington Post, which broke the Trump email story, reports that Trump’s team has strongly denied that she transmitted any classified information over the private system. That stands in stark contrast to then-Secretary of State Clinton’s use of her private system. As my colleague Tiana Lowe notes, Clinton’s claim that she transmitted no classified information was absurdly untrue. Indeed, the FBI investigation into Clinton’s conduct found that of the 110 classified emails that Clinton sent, 8 were classified at the Top Secret level.

Second, the Washington Post reports that less than 100 government-related emails were ever sent by Trump on her private account. Nor is there evidence that Trump deleted any government emails on her server. That stands in stark contrast to Secretary Clinton, who forensically wiped her private server of more than 30,000 emails.

These deleted emails, which Clinton’s legal team claims were not work related, were unrecoverable except for a number of Clinton emails that were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer. And those newly found emails were found to include classified material. That’s relevant because it suggests at least some of the other unrecoverable 30,000+ emails that Clinton deleted also included classified material.

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