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News and Headlines. 11/21/2018


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In the News:

Preschooler ‘Fought for Her Life’ While Being Strangled Say Prosecutors

Left to right: Bella Watts, Celeste Watts, and Shanann Watts.

Left to right: Bella Watts, Celeste Watts, and Shanann Watts. (Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP)

“She fought back for her life as her father smothered her,” Rourke said. “Imagine the horror in Bella’s mind as her father took her last breaths away.”

The county coroner found blunt force trauma on the girl’s jaw, and lacerations, and contusions in her mouth. The autopsy also found teeth impressions, and superficial bite marks on the surface of her tongue.

Chris Watts, aged 33, has been found guilty of killing his daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, on Aug. 13. He has also been convicted of killing their mother and his wife Shanann, 34, who was 15 weeks’ pregnant with a boy.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi Law That Banned Abortions After 15 Weeks

A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, ruling that it “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights.

The law, considered one of the most restrictive in the country, was passed in March. It had already been put on hold by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who was nominated to the seat by former President Barack Obama, after the state’s lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, immediately sued.

Mississippi lawmakers had argued that because the law made exceptions in the case of a medical emergency or severe fatal abnormality, it didn’t place an “undue burden” on a woman choosing whether or not to get an abortion.

Man, Woman Dead, 2 Officers Injured in Alabama Walmart Shooting

The Talladega Police Department said it received a 911 call for assistance about a possible kidnapping at a nearby Chevron gas station across the street, AL.com reported. Police quickly made contact with the man believed to be involved with a possible abduction of a woman.

The suspect fired on the officers, the officers returned fire, and the suspect died, said State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Jon Riley. An officer was shot in the incident and was airlifted to the UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center. Officials say he’s expected to be fine.

Siblings emptying dead mother’s home find mummified body of baby brother they never knew existed

The adult brother and two sisters found the remains in a box while emptying the home of their mother Carol Thompson in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, U.K., earlier this year.

A small 18ins box was discovered in a cupboard under the stairs, but once opened they found envelopes and a small mummified body wrapped in clothing on February 3

Colts Neck mansion fire: Deaths of 2 children, 2 adults believed homicide, brother in custody

Mugshot of Paul Caneiro from Ocean Township police

Mugshot of Paul Caneiro from Ocean Township police

COLTS NECK, New Jersey (WABC) — Investigators believe that the two children and two adults found dead in the Colts Neck mansion fire are victims of homicide, per an official briefed on the probe.

Paul Caneiro, the brother of the man who owned the mansion, is now in custody at the Monmouth County jail, charged with setting his own home in Ocean Township on fire.

The criminal complaint says Caneiro’s wife and two daughters were inside at the time.

Caneiro, 51, was arrested on a charge of aggravated arson in connection with that fire on Tuesday morning.

Global diabetes epidemic drives surge in insulin demand

A global diabetes epidemic is fuelling record demand for insulin but tens of millions will not get the injections they need unless there is a dramatic improvement in access and affordability, a new study concluded on Wednesday.

Diabetes — which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart problems, neuropathic pain and amputations — now affects 9 percent of all adults worldwide, up from 5 percent in 1980.

Many diabetics won’t be able to get insulin by 2030 unless big changes happen

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Global insulin needs are likely to surge by more than 20% by 2030, the study found. But, unless major changes occur, roughly half of the 79 million adults with type 2 diabetes won’t be able to get insulin, the authors concluded.

The study’s lead author, Stanford University’s Dr. Sanjay Basu, described the situation as a “looming health challenge.”

“Substantial improvements in access to insulin in low-income and middle-income countries are needed in order to reduce inequalities in access and complications of diabetes compared with high-income countries,” the study’s authors wrote.

Mom who survived internal decapitation makes ‘miracle’ recovery

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Lila DeLine has resumed homeschooling her children just months after surviving the severe injury.

“Just her getting here is nothing short of a miracle,” Gibson told the station. “Most people don’t even make it from the scene of the crash with this sort of injury.”

Internal decapitation — which results from extreme trauma to ligaments, muscles and joints connecting the skull to the spine, leading to the dislocation of the head from the spinal cord — is often fatal, and those who survive can have significant neurological impairments.

In Control: Five issues where Justice Kavanaugh could be the decider

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Outcomes of five big issues now or soon to be tackled by the Supreme Court will test Kavanaugh’s conservative credentials — and he could prove the deciding vote, much like the man he replaced.

After the one-hour public session dealing with capital punishment, Kavanaugh’s vote is likely to be the crucial tie breaker on a closely divided 5-4 conservative majority. The high court in March — without Kavanaugh — stayed Russell “Rusty” Bucklew’s execution at the last moment, with Kennedy at the time typically providing the “swing” or deciding outcome.

The inmate claims lethal injection would rupture tumors in his neck and cause him to “choke” on his own blood.

At issue is whether a condemned prisoner has the burden to show another execution method that would reduce the risk of needless suffering.

Betsy DeVos reinstates controversial for-profit college watchdog

A controversial for-profit college watchdog terminated by the Obama administration officially has the authority to oversee schools once again, thanks to a decision issued Wednesday by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Though seemingly wonky, the decision has the potential to affect millions of students and the future of the for-profit college industry. College accreditors like ACICS serve as gatekeepers to billions of dollars of federal financial aid that flow to colleges.

Without an accreditor’s stamp of approval, colleges can’t access that money, which is crucial to the financial stability of many colleges, particularly those in the for-profit sector.

Amazon says customer names, emails briefly exposed in ‘error’

Nov. 21 (UPI) — Amazon said Wednesday some customers’ names and email addresses were exposed due to a technical error.

In an emailed apology to affected customers, the company said the error made names and email addresses briefly available on the Amazon website. It added the problem was quickly fixed.

While customers will not be obligated to change passwords, the exposure of information could allow hackers to reset customers’ accounts.

Immigration:

Migrant caravan members may be planning ‘human stampede’ at US border: aid group

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“They have that intention,” Sergio Tamai, a founder of Angels without Borders, a group helping the migrants, told Telemundo 20 in San Diego. “I believe that thousands could make that jump.”

At least 3,000 migrants have already arrived in Tijuana, a border city across from San Diego, Calif., the past two weeks. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could grow to 10,000 in the coming weeks, or months.

Tijuana Police Arrest 34 Caravan Migrants for Drugs, Drunkenness

Tijuana Police

Tijuana Police

Through a news release, Tijuana Police revealed that under order from the mayor, they began carrying out various inspections and checkpoints, netting 34 arrests. Some migrants were reportedly in possession of methamphetamine and cocaine.

“The Tijuana government reaffirms their respect to the rights of the migrant but will not tolerate rebelliousness nor social illegality of any form,” a local government statement revealed. “All migrants who do not follow the rules will be arrested.”

Gastelum publicly called out the Mexican federal government for its lack of preparation for the migrant caravan, thus forcing him to deploy city resources to deal with the various needs including food, shelter, and clothing.

NEW PHOTOS OF TRUMP’S HARDENING BORDER ENFORCEMENT IN WAKE OF THE MIGRANT CARAVAN

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SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen toured the border area Wednesday morning.

The Borderfield State Park along the United States-Mexico Border fence in San Ysidro, California has been wrapped in razor wire to prevent climbing and entering illegally.

Border Patrol agents ride horses along the park and armed soldiers patrol other areas of the porous southern border.

New Jersey Governor Announces $2.1 Million in Aid for Illegal Aliens Facing Deportation

The governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy

The governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, announced that the state would allocate $2.1 million in aid to help illegal aliens who are facing deportation fight the process.

Murphy, in his first year as governor and a former U.S. ambassador to Germany under former President Barack Obama, made the announcement on Nov. 19.

The funding will include an allocation of $925,000 to Legal Services of New Jersey to represent illegal aliens facing deportation in court and another $925,000 to American Friends Service Committee for its direct representation services.

Politics:

House GOP plans to hold hearing on DOJ’s Clinton Foundation probe

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, told The Hill he wants to hear testimony on Dec. 5 from the prosecutor appointed to investigate the controversial foundation, which has been dogged by allegations of “pay to play” when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. The foundation has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Meadows said it was time to “circle back” with U.S. Attorney John Huber, who was appointed to investigate the foundation.

“Mr. Huber with the Department of Justice and the FBI has been having an investigation — at least part of his task was to look at the Clinton Foundation and what may or may not have happened as it relates to improper activity with that charitable foundation, so we’ve set a hearing date for December the 5th,” he said.

House Dems eagerly planning series of investigations on Ivanka emails, ObamaCare, Sessions

With several weeks to go before the new Congress is seated, House Democrats have eagerly announced plans to begin a spate of investigations into the White House on a variety of topics — including one of Trump’s executive decisions that followed precedent set by former President Barack Obama.

The slew of potential probes comes as new polling indicates that Democrats run the risk of alienating moderate voters by overplaying their hand as they retake committee gavels for the first time in eight years.

The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., on Monday vowed to look into the White House’s refusal to fully defend the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, in court against a lawsuit by 20 state

Huge: After Having The Election Stolen By Liberal Extremist Sinema, McSally May Still End Up in Senate

mcsallyThis is good news for McSally, who lost in an extremely close race against her far-left opponent.

In fact, the election was so close that Sinema won days after the election as additional votes were counted.

McSally was leading Sinema by 16,000 votes the day after the election, but mail-in-ballots pushed Sinema into the lead.

Some observers suspect election fraud could be involved – and not without reason.

Maxine Waters’ campaign committee will pay daughter $100,000, FEC filings show

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Rep. Maxine Waters’ campaign committee has paid the California Democrat’s daughter nearly $50,000 this election cycle, with an additional $65,000 forthcoming, campaign finance documents show.

Disclosures with the Federal Election Commission show Karen Waters received $42,862 from Citizens for Waters through a series of nine payments made between May 2017 and January 2018. The most recent payment, of $5,000, was made Jan. 19, according to FEC filings.

The payments to the younger Waters were described as a “slate mailer management fee.”

According to California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, a slate mailer is a mass mailing in support of or opposed to candidates or ballot initiatives.

World News:

Italy Woman Volunteering With Kenya Kids Kidnapped by Gunmen

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Villagers look up as a Kenyan police helicopter flies above the scene of an attack by gunmen in the village of Chakama, in coastal Kilifi county, Kenya Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.(AP Photo)

Silvia Costanza Romano, a 23-year-old volunteer working with Kenyan students, had begged for help before she was violently taken away by the attackers who stormed the Chakama trading center on the coastal county of Kilifi at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, police and witnesses said.

Five people were wounded in the attack, including three children, said Kenya’s police chief, Joseph Boinnet. The motive for the abduction isn’t clear and the identity of the attackers is not yet known, he said.

Baby in India narrowly escapes being hit by speeding train

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A one-year-old baby miraculously escaped without injury after falling on to train tracks in India.

UK police arrest 2, rescue 17 in anti-slavery swoop

LONDON — British police say 17 people have been rescued by police conducting an anti-slavery operation.

They added Wednesday that two men have been arrested on suspicion of violating the Modern Slavery Act.

The raids at seven different locations including a takeout restaurant were carried out Wednesday morning in the city of Manchester in northwestern England.

Norwegian man accused of sexual crimes with more than 300 boys

Nov. 21 (UPI) — Norwegian authorities charged a 26-year-old man with sexual crimes involving more than 300 teenage boys in what some police are calling the country’s biggest sexual abuse case in history.

Prosecutors said the man, whose name was not revealed, targeted the teens over the Internet, at times posing as a young girl to entice the boys to send nude photographs and videos of themselves. The victims ranged in age from 9 years old to 16 years old and were from Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

UAE sentences British student Matthew Hedges to life in prison for spying

Matthew Hedges [left] with his wife Daniela Tejada.

Matthew Hedges [left] with his wife Daniela Tejada.(Daniela Tejada via AP)

A British Ph.D. student was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates on charges that he was spying for the United Kingdom.

Matthew Hedges, 31, a doctoral student at Durham University, was arrested at Dubai’s airport on May 5 and has been held in detention since then. Hedges traveled to the UAE for a research trip to “interview sources about the country’s security policies,” the BBC reported.

The Federal Appeals Court of Abu Dhabi said Hedges was found guilty of “spying on the UAE and providing sensitive security and intelligence information to third parties.”

Durham University, meanwhile, said that there was no reason to believe Hedges “was conducting anything other than legitimate academic research.”

France riots chaos: Macron ‘playing with FIRE’ 2 dead and 500 injured in fuel tax clashes

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France’s far-left CGT trade union urged the French on Tuesday to turn the “yellow vests” movement into a bigger show of resistance to President Emmanuel Macron’s radical reform agenda, as it called on “all citizens” to take part in anti-government protests next month.

Exhorting the Macron administration to adopt a “fair tax system” in response to the “legitimate anger” over rising fuel prices, tough economic policies and stagnant spending, the CGT announced plans to organise mass demonstrations on December 1

The CGT said in a statement: “Unemployment and precarious employment are on the rise and plunging families and ordinary citizens into chaos… More and more French people are having difficulty making ends meet each month. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.

Report: China Building Another ‘Likely Military’ Structure in South China Sea

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DigitalGlobe/Getty Images

The structure in question – a small building apparently built over a reef – appears on Bombay Reef in the Paracel Islands, territory both Vietnam and Taiwan claim.

CSIS describes its finding as a “modest new structure” that first appeared in satellite images in July – a building of some sort topped by a radome and “an array of solar panels covering more than 1300 square feet (124 meters). The superstructure hides any other facilities or equipment that the platform may contain.”

There is no evidence that the floating structure is powered by anything other than the solar panels, limiting its usefulness.

Commentary/Opinion:

America has a dangerous judicial vacancy crisis –The Senate needs to stay in Washington and fix it

In times of crisis, Americans expect their leaders to persevere, roll up their sleeves and put in the work necessary to pull us through. Right now, America is experiencing a judicial vacancy crisis and it is up the Senate to stay in Washington to fix it.

The federal courts haven’t had this many vacancies – 136 – in over 20 years. Despite a very high number of judges already appointed and confirmed, vacancies have increased by 13 percent since President Trump took office.

This is not an abstract problem. Judicial vacancies lead to case backlogs, which delay our fellow citizens from getting their day in court. And when their cases finally do come up, they are heard by overworked judges.

As we all know, justice delayed is justice denied. An appeal in federal court can take two years or more. That’s two years in which citizens can be denied their liberty or their property simply because there aren’t enough judges to share the caseload.

Maxine Waters Unfit to Chair House Financial Services Committee

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Considering her record and documented history of poor ethical and moral fitness, it’s outrageous that Maxine Waters is up for chair of the ultra-powerful House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the country’s banking system, economy, housing, and insurance.

Among her most corrupt acts as a federal legislator is steering millions of federal bailout dollars to her husband’s failing bank, OneUnited. Waters allocated $12 million to the Massachusetts bank in which she and her board member husband held shares. OneUnited subsequently got shut down by the government and American taxpayers got stiffed for the millions. Judicial Watch investigated the scandal and obtained documents from the U.S. Treasury related to the controversial bailout

It wouldn’t be right to part without also noting some of Waters’ international accolades. She has made worldwide headlines for her frequent trips to communist Cuba to visit her convicted cop-assassin friend, Joanne Chesimard, who appears on the FBI’s most wanted list and is also known by her Black Panther name of Assata Shakur.

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