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Nearly 250 Fall Ill From Salmonella as Raw Beef Recall Expands to 12 Million Pounds

One of the packages of ground beef part of a nationwide recall that expanded to 12 million pounds on Dec. 3, 2018. (USDA)

A beef recall that started in early October has expanded to 12 million pounds as federal officials warned that nearly 250 people have fallen ill from the possibly tainted meat.

The raw beef items, including ground beef, all came from JBS Tolleson, which is based in Arizona.


South Carolina prison escapee shot dead by homeowner, other jail-breaker captured, cops say

One inmate was shot dead by a homeowner and another escapee was captured soon after the pair engineered an ill-fated, early-morning prison break Tuesday from a facility in South Carolina, officials said.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office told FOX Carolina the two inmates escaped around 2:40 a.m. from the Pickens County Prison, located about 25 miles west of Greenville. The pair had attacked two detention center officers and held them captive before escaping the facility


Member of ‘Texas 7’ prison-break gang set for execution

This photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death-row inmate Joseph Garcia, who is set to die by lethal injection Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018,

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Attorneys for a death row inmate who is scheduled to die Tuesday say he should be spared because he wasn’t the one who killed a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery 18 years ago, it was other escaped inmates he was with.

Joseph Garcia, 47, is slated to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. at state penitentiary in Huntsville.

He was among the notorious “Texas 7” gang of inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him.


Man viciously beaten into coma on New York City street, surveillance footage shows

A 38-year-old man was left for dead on a New York City street early Sunday morning after being viciously beaten during a robbery, police said.

“His friends in a van just dropped him off. He’d come from a party and he was drunk. He was talking s— to everybody,” Alabdi said.

At some point, the man began talking to his assailant, and surveillance video shows the attacker pointing to the man’s hand before delivering his first punch. A brief struggle ensued, but the victim fell to the ground and endured several more blows to the face as he was sprawled against a parked vehicle.


3 teens arrested in murder of Louisiana pastor’s wife

Jeannot Franco Plessy, left, was killed last week during a carjacking. (Facebook)

Jeannot Franco Plessy, 49, was pulled from her own car and thrown to the ground while she was outside her daughter’s home on Nov. 27. Her son-in-law tried to stop the carjacking, but the teens reversed the car and ran over Plessy. She died later that night from blunt force trauma.

A 17-year-old, Jontrell Robinson, was charged with second-degree murder and carjacking, New Orleans police said. Edwin Cottrell, 18, was arrested and charged with being a principal to second-degree murder and a principal to carjacking.

Another juvenile, who was not identified, was also charged with being a principal to second-degree murder and principal to carjacking.


Body found on Costa Rican property is missing Florida woman, security guard detained in her murder: reports

A body that was found on a property in Costa Rica on Monday was reportedly confirmed to be that of Carla Stefaniak, a Florida woman who disappeared last week while on vacation.

Stefaniak was discovered half-buried and covered in plastic bags on the property of an Airbnb villa where she was staying for her 36th birthday, multiple outlets reported, citing Costa Rican officials.


‘Target Tammy’ recorded harassing black women for allegedly talking about sex in public

Three black women in a Target store in Tennessee are claiming they were verbally harassed by a white woman who told them they “don’t belong here” and accused them of being “inappropriate” for allegedly talking about sex in public.

The group of women were browsing the hat section at a Nashville location of the retailer and discussing a scene from the 1992 movie “Boomerang” when the white woman came up to them.


Black man killed by Alabama police on Thanksgiving night in case of mistaken ID was shot in back, report says

The results of a report commissioned by the family of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. are “devastating” to relatives, their lawyer, Ben Crump, said at news conference Monday.

Crump said the forensic pathologist hired by the family determined Bradford was struck by one shot that entered the rear of his skull; another that hit the back of his neck; and a third that penetrated his lower back.

The report didn’t indicate the order of the shots, and the pathologist’s report did not indicate whether more than one person shot the 21-year-old man. Crump said any of the three shots could have killed Bradford.


Los Angeles: Criminal Case Against Muslim Who Tried To Kill Jews Suspended

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that “criminal proceedings against a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue have been suspended amid questions about his mental competency, officials said.”

The “Seattle man” in question is Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mogadishu, Somalia. According to the Times, Mohamed “was arrested Nov. 23 after police say he shouted anti-Semitic slurs toward a crowd of worshippers exiting Congregation Bais Yeshuda in Hancock Park.

Investigators said Mohamed tried to run down two men with his car before speeding away and crashing.”


POLICE COMMANDER DEMOTED OVER RACIST CHRISTMAS TREE

The decorations were taken down after an online photo of the tree stirred public outcry from city officials and black community leaders.

The police department announced that Inspector Aaron Biard, commander of north Minneapolis’ Fourth Police Precinct, was demoted to the rank of lieutenant and relegated to the traffic unit over a station Christmas tree decorated with Funyuns and Takis bags,

The decorations were taken down after an online photo of the tree stirred public outcry from city officials and black community leaders.


‘Whiteness’ Forum Denounces The Christian Cartoon ‘VeggieTales’ As Racist

According to The College Fix, Cal State San Marcos held a so-called “Whiteness Forum” last Thursday where a variety of topics pertaining to America’s systemic racism was discussed.

The two-hour event featured more than a dozen poster board projects critiquing various aspects of society. On top of lambasting the NFL and white women for perpetuating racism, the cartoon where talking vegetables perform biblical stories for children somehow found its way into the discussion, with speakers alleging it portrays racial stereotypes.


‘FOX & FRIENDS’ PRAISES CHRIS PRATT FOR HIS CHRISTMAS SPEECH ABOUT GOD

The hosts of “Fox & Friends” praised actor Chris Pratt Tuesday for including God and Jesus in a Christmas speech he gave in Disneyland earlier in December.

Pratt was invited to the annual Christmas show to tell the story of Jesus and the manger, but he also talked about his child and his relationship with God.


‘In God We Trust’ Signs Returning to More and More Public Schools and Spaces

A clock and the motto "In God We Trust"
A clock and the motto “In God We Trust” over the Speaker’s rostrum in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber in Washington, on Dec. 8, 2008. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

“In God We Trust” signs are increasingly being placed in public schools and other public venues across America as more and more states pass laws allowing or mandating references to the divine.

These laws have emerged as their proponents seek to expand references to God or the Bible in the public arena, motivated by reasons ranging from honoring tradition to providing direction and hope.

Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a pastor and representative for Florida House of Representatives District 14 as a member of the Democratic Party, proposed such legislation in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas school massacre.


11 PRIESTS WIN LAWSUIT TO KEEP THEIR NAMES OUT OF PENNSYLVANIA ABUSE REPORT

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with 11 Catholic priests Monday, ruling that their names would not be listed in Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on sex abuse.

The priests’ June legal challenges to their inclusion among those listed in the report as being accused of abuse forced the court to release a version of the report in August with some information redacted.

The court settled those legal challenges Monday, ruling 6 to 1 that the only way to preserve the priests’ reputation rights as enumerated in the state’s constitution was to keep their names out of the list.


Father Fighting to Save Six-year-old Son From “Gender Reassignment”

A Texas father is in danger of losing parental rights to his six-year-old son because of his refusal to agree with his ex-wife that the boy is transgender.

Anne Georgulas, the mother of six-year-old James, is a Dallas-area pediatrician, and claims in a petition seeking to terminate the parental rights of her estranged husband Jeffrey Younger that their son is a “transgender child and, by choice, now goes by the name Luna and is only known by her classmates as a girl.”

The petition seeks to terminate Younger’s parental rights because James reportedly behaves in line with his male gender when he is with Younger.

Additionally, Georgulas is asking the court to compel Younger to pay for counseling during which a therapist affirms that James is a girl, and to foot the bill for hormone treatments as part of James’ biological “transition” to the female gender.


Human skull found in flowerpot outside Detroit church

A Detroit parishioner walking out of a mass Sunday made a startling discovery – a human skull lying inside one of the church’s flowerpots.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office was working Tuesday to identify the remains found at the Greater Marion Chapel. The skull – which is missing its jaw – was discovered resting on top of the potted soil just outside the church’s front doors.


300-pound Pennsylvania woman pleads guilty to stabbing, fatally crushing boyfriend

Windi C. Thomas
Windi C. Thomas (Erie County Police Department)

A Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty to killing her boyfriend last March by stabbing him, hitting him with a table leg and then crushing him under the weight of her roughly 300 pounds.

Thomas admitted to killing Keeno Butler, 44, last March — partially by lying on top of him. She weighs about 300 pounds while Butler weighed about 120 pounds. During the incident on March 18, Butler was cut with a knife before being hit in the head with a table leg.


101-year-old WWII veteran credits longevity to daily Coors Light

Andrew E. Slavonic
Andrew E. Slavonic loves his Coors Light. (Bob Slavonic)

Andrew E. Slavonic, who celebrated his 101st birthday on Dec. 1 with his family and friends in McMurray, Penn., has been drinking one Coors Light every day at 4 p.m. for the past 15 years.

“In 1996, he actually started drinking regular Coors beer,” Andrew’s son, Bob Slavonic, told Fox News. “He switched to Coors Light beer about 15 years ago. I think I am the one to blame for the switch because that is all that I have been drinking for about the past 25 years.”


USMCA Entrenches Tech Companies’ Right To Censor

USMCA entrenches the tech giants’ legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which grant them legal immunity for user-generated content. This is an important part of the law that allows tech platforms to host a wide variety of speech with light-touch moderation.

But USMCA also entrenches tech companies’ right to censor without liability. Article 19.17 of the trade agreement gives tech companies immunity from any lawsuits arising from actions taken to “restrict material it considers to be harmful or objectionable.”
Section 230 has a similarly problematic provision, which needs to be amended by the next Congress if the censorship of the internet is to be stopped.


Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine

Verizon-owned AOL helped advertisers track children online in order to serve targeted ads, in violation of a federal children’s privacy law, and has agreed to pay a fine of $4.95 million, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced today.

“The Attorney General’s Office found that AOL conducted billions of auctions for ad space on hundreds of websites the company knew were directed to children under the age of 13,” Underwood’s announcement said.

“Through these auctions, AOL collected, used, and disclosed personal information from the websites’ users in violation of COPPA [Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act], enabling advertisers to track and serve targeted ads to young children.”


Court cites free speech in striking down part of federal law over statements on illegal immigration

A federal appeals court has tossed out parts of a law that would punish those who would knowingly encourage immigrants to come to, or remain, in the U.S. illegally.

A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit concluded the federal law unconstitutionally bans a range of protected speech.


Suspected Human Smuggler Seen Dropping Small Children From 18-Foot Wall at US-Mexico Border

Surveillance footage released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows children being dropped from an 18-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Luis, Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection officials said that on the morning of Dec. 3 security camera operators observed a group of six illegal aliens, including two small children, making their way over the border wall.

Tijuana official: Caravan costs city up to $40K per day

Tijuana struggles to cope with influx of migrants; Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez Moreno weighs in on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Politics:


National Republican Congressional Committee suffered ‘cyber intrusion,’ spokesman says

The NRCC is the committee dedicated to electing House Republicans across the country. The GOP ended up losing 40 seats in November’s elections, as well as its majority.

Politico reported that the Republican leadership, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise had not been informed of the attack until the outlet began reporting its story.

The outlet cited sources in saying the emails of four senior aides were surveilled for months. Politico reported that GOP officials believe the attack was from a foreign agent.


Rand Paul blasts ‘deep state’ for shutting him out of CIA briefing

The briefing was limited to a select group of lawmakers, including leaders of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, Foreign Relations Committee and Intelligence Committee.

The meeting comes after bipartisan outrage that Haspel didn’t attend an administration briefing for senators last week on Khashoggi’s killing, which took place at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey earlier this year.

Haspel was also sent to Capitol Hill as part of a bid to stave off a Senate vote on whether to pull U.S. support for Saudi-backed forces in Yemen.

Dershowitz: Mueller’s Methods ‘Common When You’re Dealing with the Mafia,’ ‘Terrorists’

Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz discussed FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s interview tactics that have helped “create crimes” for President Donald Trump’s associates.

“The special counsel was supposed to have found crimes that already occurred before he became special counsel. That was his mandate, to find crimes relating to Russia,” Dershowitz stated.

“As far as we know, he hasn’t found very many of those. What he has done is to help create crimes. That is he’s giving people an opportunity to lie, now it’s their fault that they lie, but these are all crimes that have occurred after he became special prosecutor. That wasn’t his mandate. And the other crimes, most of the ones he was found before are financial crimes, like with Manafort, utterly unrelated to his mandate.”


Ocasio-Cortez called out for claiming Pentagon $$ error could fund Medicare for all

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was roundly fact-checked this week — by even liberal-leaning publications — for suggesting a reported $21 trillion in Pentagon accounting errors could fund most of her proposed “Medicare for all” health care program.

But multiple fact-checkers gave a clear verdict to Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that Pentagon accounting errors could largely cover the costs: it wasn’t true.


Ocasio-Cortez Issues New ‘Living Wage’ Demand For Congress; Critics Point Out A Few Problems

In a series of posts Monday, Ocasio-Cortez said that after meeting “several” people employed in Senate and House offices working side jobs in order to make a living, she believes it’s time for Congress to set the example for the nation by providing a “DC living wage” to all people working on Capitol Hill.

She followed that tweet with another describing her own salary of $174,000 as a “living wage” and calling on Congress to right this injustice, which she suggested was the Republicans’ fault.


North Carolina Congressional Race in Limbo Amid Election Fraud Probe

A PROBE INTO POSSIBLE election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District is focusing on a political operative who worked for the Republican candidate.

According to unofficial returns, Mark Harris, a Baptist minister, defeated Democrat Dan McCready by a slim 905-vote margin out of over 280,000 ballots cast. Last week, however, the bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement twice refused to certify the results after finding incongruencies in absentee votes.

Questions have been raised about a political contractor for Harris’s top consulting firm and what appeared to be a campaign to harvest mail-in absentee ballots from potential voters in Bladen County, according to The Washington Post and other reports.


POLITICAL OPERATIVE FOR DEM CANDIDATES CONVICTED OF FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE CRIMES

A federal jury in Pennsylvania found a longtime Democratic political operative guilty of federal campaign crimes and of obstructing justice in a Federal Election Commission (FEC) investigation.

Kenneth Smukler, 58, was convicted Monday on charges of making and causing unlawful campaign contributions and giving false statements to the FEC in connection with the 2012 re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Prosecutors say Smukler, who has been working to elect dozens of Democrats for the past 30 years, was involved in and helped orchestrate a $90,000 payment to Brady’s primary election opponent, former Philadelphia Municipal Judge Jimmie Moore, to convince him to drop out of the race.

Judicial Watch sues for FBI-Clinton law firm meeting docs

Judicial Watch files lawsuit to obtain records of meetings with Clinton-DNC law firm that paid for anti-Trump dossier; Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton reacts.

World News:


Trump warns China: ‘I am a Tariff Man’

President Trump dramatically reaffirmed his support for tariffs Tuesday, declaring in a tweet that he is “a Tariff Man” as part of a warning that China will face punitive measures if a deal is not struck in the 90-window for trade negotiations.

“….I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN,” Trump said. 


Trump administration gives Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty, or the U.S. will move to withdraw

BRUSSELS — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Russia is in material breach of a Cold War-era arms control agreement and that the United States would begin the process of leaving the accord in 60 days if Moscow doesn’t come into compliance.

The ultimatum, issued at a meeting at alliance headquarters in Brussels, amounts to a softening of the Trump administration’s position after President Trump abruptly announced in October that he had decided to “terminate the agreement.” 


The Latest: NATO allies say Russia is violating nuclear pact

A general view of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO
A general view of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

NATO allies say they have concluded that Russia is in violation of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear treaty, paving the way for the United States to leave the pact unless Moscow complies with it.

Foreign ministers from NATO member countries said in a statement Tuesday that they “strongly support the finding of the United States that Russia is in material breach of its obligations” under the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.


Danes plan to banish unwanted migrants to remote island

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A pro-government lawmaker acknowledged Tuesday that Danish plans to banish rejected asylum-seekers or those with a criminal record to a remote island may breach international law — but added that his party doesn’t mind “challenging (international) conventions.”

Martin Henriksen of the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, which supports Denmark’s center-right government, told The Associated Press that the government’s move “is a signal to the world that Denmark is not attractive” for migrants.


Israel announces operation to destroy Hezbollah tunnels in its territory

The military said it had exposed one of the Lebanese militant group’s tunnels that crossed into Israeli territory in what it dubbed “Operation Northern Shield.” A military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, said that “several” tunnels had been monitored for “quite a long period of time” and that the operation had been planned for a year and a half. 

“Anyone who tries to harm the State of Israel will pay a heavy price,” Netanyahu said in a statement. He said he had briefed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the situation during a meeting in Brussels on Monday night, explaining that the tunnels are a “flagrant violation” of Israeli sovereignty and U.N. Resolution 1701. 


After weeks of mass protests, government backs down.
French PM suspends fuel tax hike

A demonstrator walks past a fire during a Gilets jaunes protest in Paris
A demonstrator walks past a fire during a Gilets jaunes protest in Paris | Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images)

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday announced a six-month suspension of a controversial fuel tax rise.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday announced a six-month suspension of a controversial fuel tax rise.

Commentary/Opinion:


Russia’s Not the Biggest Threat to Our REPUBLIC, California Is

The politicians are so very worried about Russia corrupting elections, so please tell me why they aren’t worried about California. Communists and Socialists are stealing elections. In the California system, no one can or will check for voter fraud. It’s literally impossible.

Orange County, a conservative area of California, turned deep blue this mid-term.

Much of the change resulted from ballot harvesting, but there is so much more to know. For instance, according to the tallies, every Democrat voted in Orange County and one district had 120 percent show up to vote.

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