News and Headlines. 11/28/2018

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In The News:

‘Embarrassed’ couple kicked off cruise ship for booking error: ‘We couldn’t believe it’

Westerdam cruise ship
American man William Coates and his wife had booked a 14-day Holland America Line cruise through Japan, South Korea and China on the Westerdam cruise ship in October. (Holland America Line)

The couple flew to Japan, where they boarded the ship at Yokohama and settled into the voyage as the Westerdam cruised to South Korea.

But on the third day of the 14-day trip, a member of the ship’s guest relations staff told the Coates they would be kicked off the ship when it reached the South Korean port at Pusan.

They would have to gather their things and leave, their journey suddenly over.

Melania Trump brushes off Christmas decoration critics: ‘I think they look fantastic’

Melania Trump
Melania Trump brushed off criticism of her holiday décor, saying “everybody has different tastes.”

First lady Melania Trump brushed off criticism of her latest White House Christmas decorations and invited everyone to check them out in person during an appearance at Liberty University on Wednesday.

“It’s the 21st century and everybody has different tastes, I think they look fantastic,” the first lady said at a town hall discussion on America’s opioid crisis.

“I hope everybody will come over and visit it,” she said as the crowd erupted in applause. “In real life, they look even more beautiful. You’re all very welcome to visit the White House.”

McDonald’s touchscreens test positive for traces of feces, deadly bacteria

Metro swabbed kiosks in eight restaurants in the UK and found traces of gut bacteria on every single one of them. (Getty Images)

Traces of poop have been found on a number of McDonald’s touchscreen kiosks, an investigation has found.

Metro swabbed kiosks in eight restaurants in the UK and found traces of gut bacteria on every single one of them.

Scientists at London Metropolitan University analyzed the samples and found a host of infection-causing bacteria, such as Enterococcus faecalis, which is more commonly found in hospitals.

Guilty plea in Muslim teen’s death; will carry life sentence

Darwin Martinez-Torres, of Sterling, Va.
FILE – This file photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez-Torres, of Sterling, Va. A change-of-plea hearing has been set for Wednesday morning in Fairfax for Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling who has been charged in Hassanen’s death.

FAIRFAX, Va. – A northern Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping and killing a Muslim teenager last year in a case that drew national attention for its brutality on a young victim who had been walking with friends to early-morning religious services.

The plea deal allows Darwin Martinez-Torres, 25, of Sterling to avoid a potential death penalty for the June 2017 murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston.

She had been out with a group of friends eating a pre-dawn meal at a fast-food restaurant ahead of Ramadan services. Martinez-Torres was driving by and got into an altercation with the group.


The Pittsburgh Diocese
The Pittsburgh Diocese was rocked by revelations of abuse by priests the day before on August 14, 2018.(Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Rev. Henry Christopher Foxhoven pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual battery against a 17-year-old girl whom he impregnated and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Foxhoven reportedly engaged the altar girl in sexual acts between Aug. 17 and Oct. 25. The priest and the girl met with her parents Oct. 26 to tell them she was two months pregnant, and Foxhoven confessed the next day to Diocese of Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton.

Democrat Kathleen Kane, former Pennsylvania AG, ordered to prison

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves court during her trial in 2016. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

A Pennsylvania judge ordered the commonwealth’s former attorney general to report to prison by 9 a.m. Thursday, more than two years after she was convicted for leaking grand jury information and lying about it.

Democrat Kathleen Kane, 52, had been free on $75,000 bail while she appealed her 10-to-23-month sentence. The state Supreme Court announced Monday that it had declined to take up her case.

“Given that the rationale for (the) defendant remaining at liberty pending appeal has expired, post-sentence bail is revoked,” Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy write in ordering Kane to report to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Demchick-Alloy formally directed the Lackawanna County sheriff to serve a copy of her order on Kane, who lives in Scranton.

Oklahoma homeowner shoots, kills intruder 5 years after shooting another would-be burglar

Just over five years and a month since Sweeney shot a man who was breaking into his house, the same thing happened Tuesday morning — except this time, the situation turned deadly.

“He comes into view, and BLAHM, that 9 millimeter is real loud inside the house,” Sweeney told FOX23.

The Tulsa Police Department said the incident happened around 9:08 a.m., and when officers arrived at the home the alleged intruder, Donald Stovall, was found dead.

Fearful of bias, Google blocks gender-based pronouns from new AI tool

Google’s technology will not suggest gender-based pronouns because the risk is too high that its “Smart Compose” technology might predict someone’s sex or gender identity incorrectly and offend users, product leaders revealed to Reuters in interviews.

Consumers have become accustomed to embarrassing gaffes from autocorrect on smartphones. But Google refused to take chances at a time when gender issues are reshaping politics and society, and critics are scrutinizing potential biases in artificial intelligence like never before. resets all customer passwords after cyber attack: statement

The computer maker did not tell customers about the attack when it forced the password resets, according to a person familiar with the breach.

Dell said in a statement that on Nov. 9 the company detected and stopped hackers who had breached its network and were attempting to steal customer data. Investigators found no evidence that the hackers succeeded, but have not ruled out the possibility that they did steal some data, the company said.

GM plant closure shocks city that was Canada’s automotive capital

OSHAWA, Ontario — Mayor John Henry was enjoying a quiet Sunday watching the Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League, when his phone began ringing with calls from reporters wondering whether he had heard the rumors that General Motors was closing his city’s assembly plant.

He had not. In fact, the call from GM confirming the whisperings came just five minutes before it announced Monday that it was pulling the plug on five plants in North America, including the one in Oshawa, in an attempt to trim costs and shift its focus to electric and autonomous vehicles.

New Orleans looks underground as parts of city slowly sink

Homes by the London Avenue Canal in New Orleans sit eight to 10 feet below the canal, a flood risk for residents in the area. (Fox News)

“There’s a whole bunch of old swamps beneath the city of New Orleans and when these swamps dry out the ground they take compact and compress and the ground above them sinks,” said Kolker.

Cracked pipes could also play a part.

“Water and mud can flow into them and erode the ground around them. And then you’d create a hole, and that hole is almost a sinkhole,” added Kolker.

Texas court upholds conviction of woman sentenced to 8 years in prison for voter fraud

Rosa Maria Ortega
Rosa Maria Ortega was sentenced to 8 years in prison for voter fraud. (Dallas County Jail)

An appeals court upheld last year’s conviction of a Texas woman who officials said voted illegally multiple times, Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday.

Rosa Maria Ortega, a green card holder, is a permanent resident who lives in the Dallas area. On voter registration forms, Ortega marked she was a U.S. citizen – allowing her to vote “illegally for more than 10 years,” Paxton’s office said.

The mother of four was sentenced to eight years in prison with parole eligibility in less than one year. She was also fined $5,000. The Texas 2nd Court of Appeals upheld the conviction Tuesday.


DOJ sending agents to southern border

The personnel being dispatched in this case reveal some priorities. Marshals have wide-ranging ability to enforce the law and usually are used to track down felons eluding law enforcement. In this case, Marshals could be used to track down repeat illegal crossers, since entering the country illegally for a second time is considered a felony.

The DEA agents, expected to arrive Wednesday, could be used to conduct interviews on-site to ascertain if someone crossing the border could be involved in any illegal drug activity.

Some migrant caravan members self-deporting as frustration grows in Tijuana

TIJUANA – A little after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, a large white truck pulled up to the Benito Juarez Sports Complex in Tijuana as 57 new migrants climb out to join the more than 6,000 being sheltered here near the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry.

That’s in addition to the more 2,000 in nearby Mexicali who are expected to make their way toward Tijuana this week, according to local officials.

These migrants are tired, restless and growing frustrated by the reality that it’s proving much more difficult to get across the border than they had anticipated.

Tijuana mayor says $30,000-a-day funding for migrants is about to run out

The mayor of the Mexican border city increasingly under strain from the growing number of migrants arriving there in hopes of crossing into the U.S. says he expects funds supporting them to run out by Friday.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum revealed Tuesday the city only has enough resources to assist the crowds for a few more days. The city’s treasurer, Ricardo Chavarria, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Tijuana has been spending around $30,000 a day on the caravan arrivals.


Chuck Schumer Retreats from Border Wall Deal amid Progressive Backlash

“We are for strong border security,” Schumer said on November 27 when reporters asked him about President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in wall funding. “The $1.6 billion for border security negotiated by Democrats and Republicans [in the Senate] is our position. … We believe that is the right way to go. … We’re not negotiating in the press.”

Progressives complained, prompting Schumer to post a tweet saying he will reject Trump’s demand for extra money to build a concrete wall:

Illinois Dem says she’d like to infect GOP colleague’s family with ‘broth of legionella’

Legionella is a freshwater bacteria that can spread in buildings and can lead to the potentially fatal Legionnaire’s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives passionately denounced Kifowit for her comment.  

“How dare you take an honest debate about an issue and then wish death on my colleague Peter Breen, his wife and his two adopted kids,” Ives said. She then said she thought such rhetoric was “par for the course” among her Democratic opponents. 


A 72-year-old black congresswoman accused her fellow Democratic House members of ageism and sexism after they selected a younger black male, New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, to lead the House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday.

Both candidates for Caucus chair — Jeffries of Brooklyn and Queens and Barbara Lee of California — are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, an indication of the role identity politics are playing in Democrats’ internal leadership races.

The top three House leaders — Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn — are all 78 or 79 years old. Barbara Lee is also in her 70s, while Jeffries is 48. Many in the Democratic grassroots have clamored for new blood, saying a generation of Democrats have been stymied by a lack of career path.

Democrats overwhelmingly nominate Pelosi as Speaker amid rebellion

House Democrats voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to nominate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the Speakership in a 203-32 vote.

The outcome was no surprise despite an entrenched rebellion from insurgent lawmakers who want changes to Democratic leadership. Pelosi was running uncontested and enjoys widespread support within the liberal-heavy caucus she’s led since 2003.

The 32 votes against her were fewer than the 63 votes won in a 2016 contest for minority leader by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who ran against Pelosi at the time.

World News:

GERMANY: 15-year-old German girl dragged into public toilet in park and brutally raped by two Afghan Muslim migrants

Bild reports a police source as saying: ‘The incident was kept under lock and key by the city and police, because they fear another reaction like what happened in Freiburg.’

The source was referring to an incident in the south-western city of Freiburg last month, in which an 18-year-old girl was gang raped in an attack allegedly orchestrated by a 22-year-old Syrian man.

It sparked outrage across Germany and led to a number of violent far right protests in the country.

Suspect Arrested in Murder of 12-year-old Asylum Seeker

Tasafbaran Tsefsion
Tasafbaran Tsefsion seen in security camera footage on the day of the murder.

Security footage from a business next to the 12-year-old asylum seeker’s home from the day of the murder showed Tsefsion arriving at the apartment building at 1 P.M. and departing at 3:40 P.M. after, police suspect, beating the girl to death. The girl’s mother found her body when she returned home at 9:30 P.M.  

The discovery of Silvana’s body came hours after police found the body of a missing 16-year-old Israeli Arab girl.

Tasafbaran Tsefsion, who had previously been romantically involved with the girl’s mother, is suspected of sexually assaulting Silvana Tsegai before killing her.

Kremlin still planning on Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

The Kremlin said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is still planning to meet with President Trump on Saturday at the G-20 summit in Argentina, even after Trump said he may not meet with his Russian counterpart after Russia seized Ukrainian naval vessels on Sunday.

“Preparations are continuing. The meeting has been agreed. We have no other information from our U.S. counterparts,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state media.


Washington’s request to extradite two Russian arms dealers who allegedly attempted to sell weapons to Mexican drug cartels so they could shoot down U.S. helicopters was denied by U.S. ally Hungary, officials revealed Tuesday.

Hungary, a member of the European Union and a U.S. ally, opted to extradite the accused arms dealers, Vladimir Lyubishin Sr. and his son Vladimir Lyubishin Jr., to their home country of Russia instead. It is unclear whether the men will face trial in Russia.


Editors note: This is what I got from the commentary. Follow the link below to read the Commentary in full.

Why We Need Anti-Censorship Legislation For Social Media, Stat

Increasingly, conservatives, who long gave the issue too little attention, are taking note.

A new documentary, “The Creepy Line,” featuring high production values and luminaries such as Jordan Peterson and Peter Schweitzer, discusses the various ways Google and Facebook can manipulate search results and other things subtly in ways that dramatically disadvantage conservatives and can even tip elections.

Prominent scholars are doing groundbreaking research on the power of these social media companies, which is far greater than even big tech skeptics realized.

What is needed is an end to the bans, which will only punish the right, and a return to free speech on social media. This could be accomplished quite effectively with a modest number of user-controlled, rather than big-tech controlled, content filters.

But that will not happen unless the government, through Congress and the courts, demand the big tech monopolies oligopolies stop their reign of politically biased censorship, one which sees conservatives attacked with impunity but liberals getting off scot-free or even lauded for harassment.

Social media companies got rich with legal protections that proclaimed them only to be dumb platforms, only to turn around and behave like publishers when conservatives started using their platform to share information that they didn’t approve of. Read more here:   
Why We Need Anti-Censorship Legislation For Social Media, Stat