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Homeless man finds $17G in bag outside food bank, hailed for turning it in

A homeless man in the Tacoma, Wash., area is being praised for his decision to turn in $17,000 he found outside a local food bank.

Kevin Booth, 32, of Sumner found the cash in August, inside a brown bag he discovered lying on the ground, the Puyallup Herald reported.

He pulled out a $20 bill, but later gave the bag to a food bank volunteer, not realizing how much more money was inside it.


Search continues for killer of North Carolina girl, 13; FBI offers $25G reward

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward as it continues searching for a suspect in the death of a 13-year-old North Carolina girl, whose body was found nearly a month after she went missing.

The body of Hania Aguilar was found in water in Robeson County on Nov. 27, about 10 miles south of the mobile home park from where she was abducted Nov. 5 after going outside to start a relative’s SUV before school.


New Jersey college student designated driver killed in crash with alleged impaired driver

Michael Sot
Michael Sot died two days after suffering serious injuries in a head-on crash with an alleged impaired driver. (GoFundMe)

A New Jersey college student acting as the designated driver for his friends died two days after an alleged impaired driver crashed into his vehicle head-on, school officials said Tuesday.

Michael Sot, a sophomore at The College of New Jersey, died from injuries sustained in the early Sunday morning crash near the university’s campus in Ewing, NJ.com reported.


Domestic assault survivor who underwent face transplant loses sight 11 years after lye attack

Carmen Blandin Tarleton
Carmen Blandin Tarleton speaks at a May 2013 press conference at Brigham and Women’s Hospital following her face transplant surgery. (Getty Images)

A New Hampshire woman who survived a horrifying domestic assault 11 years ago and underwent a face transplant in 2013 says she has lost her sight after contracting an infection.

Carmen Tarleton, whose ex-husband attacked her with lye in her Vermont home, suffered chemical burns in over 90 percent of her body and has been through over 60 surgeries since.

The attack initially robbed the then-39-year-old her of her sight, but in 2009 she received a synthetic cornea transplant that partially restored it, WCAX reported. Last month, however, she contracted an infection made her blind again.


At least 1 wounded in shooting at Baltimore food supply warehouse

At least one person was wounded in a suspected robbery attempt at a Baltimore food supply warehouse early Wednesday, police said.

Police believe the shooting occurred during an attempted robbery at the warehouse, according to WBAL-TV. Police were searching for two suspects, but they weren’t immediately identified.


Hawaii-based soldier who tried to help Islamic State gets 25-year sentence

In this image taken from FBI video and provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hawaii on July 13, 2017, Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang holds an Islamic State group flag after allegedly pledging allegiance to the group at a house in Honolulu

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, 35, pleaded guilty in August to four counts of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He provided classified military documents, a drone and other help, he said.

“Your honor, I know what I did was wrong,” Kang said before Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway imposed a sentence that includes 20 years of supervised release. “When I’m released I won’t do it again.”

The sentence is part of a plea agreement. If convicted at a trial, Kang, 35, could have faced life in prison.


Families of Iran hostages, Robert Levinson call on world governments to step up and ‘send our loved ones home’

The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson and the relatives of nearly a half dozen others held captive in Iran say they “shall remain quiet no longer” about demands for world governments to help secure the release of those hopelessly detained in the Islamic Republic.

The declaration came in an open letter addressed to “World Leaders, Rights Organizations and Media Outlets” that was published by the group earlier this week. The families have “banded together now to come to you as one voice,” the letter stated.


Five teens indicted on lynching charges in Virginia mob murder

Five teenagers – including two minors – were indicted earlier this week on the rarely used charge of “lynching” after the brutal August murder of a 24-year-old Virginia man.

A Prince William County grand jury indicted Terrence Tyrese Martin, 18, of Manassas; Ebelin Jojana Lopez, 19, of Manassas, Seni Jimenez Blanco, 19, of Manassas Park; and two 17-year-old juveniles, who police said will be tried as adults. The names of the juveniles were not immediately released.


Iowa father sentenced after leaving his maggot-infested son to die in hot apartment

Zachary Koehn, right, convicted last month of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death. Cheyanne Harris has been charged with the same crimes. (Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office)

An Iowa father will spend the rest of his life behind bars for leaving his infant son alone in an apartment bedroom for nine days while maggots crawled over the boy and E. coli infected his bloodstream before he ultimately died, The Des Moines Register reported.

Zachary Koehn, 29, was convicted last month of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death, the report said. He was sentenced Tuesday in Chickasaw County District Court.


Steelers fan chokes pregnant Chargers fan at game, photos and video show

A Pittsburgh Steelers fan was caught in stunning photos and video choking a pregnant San Diego Chargers supporter during Sunday’s game at Pennsylvania’s Heinz Field.

The altercation appears to begin with a man in a suit emblazoned with Chargers logos fighting a man dressed in blue jeans and wearing a black jacket.

At one point, a woman in a Chargers jersey — who is reportedly pregnant — steps in the middle of the fracas. As she intervenes, the Steelers fan in the black jacket, who has not been identified, is seen grabbing her throat.


WATCH: Abortion Activist Punches 15-Year-Old Girl in the Face Who Was Praying at Planned Parenthood

A Virginia teenage pro-life advocate was punched in the face and knocked to the ground Saturday morning outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Roanoke.

The attack is the latest indication of growing hostility toward pro-life advocates across the country.

The victim of the violent attack was Purity Thomas, a 15-year-old student leader of Students for Life of America. SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said police are investigating.


The first baby has been born using a womb transplanted from a deceased donor

In a world first, doctors have confirmed the birth of a healthy baby girl in Brazil using a womb transplanted from a deceased donor.

While this isn’t the first time that a baby has been born using a uterus transplant, they are still very rare — with only 11 babies having been born in this way.

This latest achievement opens up new possibilities for women with uterine infertility since it greatly expands the number of potentially available uteruses. Previously people had to rely on either close family or friends.


New York police unveil drone program

New York City police officials said Tuesday they will deploy drones to assist in rescue missions, traffic-accident investigations and large-scale events, a move that raised privacy concerns among civil-liberty advocates.

Members of the New York Police Department’s Technical Assistance Response Unit, or TARU, will use 14 drones, which will cost the department $480,000 in 2019, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.


Vehicle chased by Minnesota police crashes into playground, kids in dramatic video

Newly released video shows the moment a summer Minneapolis police chase came to a screeching halt with the driver crashing into a playground structure and seriously injuring two children playing nearby.

The Minnesota State Patrol released the video Tuesday, which shows troopers trying to pull over 27-year-old Kabaar Powell for speeding on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis before he tried to get away.

Immigration:


Border patrol: More families cross illegally to San Diego

Honduran migrant Charlot Andrea, 3, is passed under the U.S. border wall to her 19-year-old mother Rachel Rivera, who had already crossed, in order to surrender to the U.S. border patrol and request asylum, from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico,

TIJUANA, Mexico – The woman crawled under first, squeezing face down through a gap dug under the border fence. The space is only a few inches high, and her feet kicked dust into the air as she wiggled.

Next was her 3-year-old daughter, dressed in a pink sweat suit, pushed through to the California side on her back and feet first by a man who stayed in Mexico.

Fifteen seconds later, the mother and daughter from Honduras were together in the U.S. And soon a U.S. Border Protection agent approached on an all-terrain vehicle to take them away in custody.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the San Diego sector has experienced a “slight uptick” in families entering the U.S. illegally and turning themselves in to agents since the caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago.


WHILE AMERICANS WATCH MIGRANT CARAVAN, ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS SPIKE IN TEXAS

With Americans focused on the migrant caravan parked along the California border with Tijuana, illegal immigrants are streaming into the U.S. via Texas.

As the Associated Press reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents detained 1,900 illegal refugees trying to enter the Rio Grande Valley — last weekend alone. The border patrol is catching about 680 people a day, far more than the 145 illegal immigrants it is arresting across the border from Tijuana, according to the AP report.


IMMIGRANT ARRESTED FOR MURDER WAS PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED AT LEAST EIGHT TIMES

Deciderio Vargas-Ortiz, 52, was arrested for the reported murder of Renee Luis-Antonio. The two worked together at a creamery in Milton-Freewater, Oregon —

Officers were able to locate and arrest Vargas-Ortiz a day after the alleged shooting. The suspect had fled to Washington state, where a SWAT team apprehended him in a local hotel.

As it turns out, not only was Vargas-Ortiz residing it the U.S. illegally, but he had already been deported back to his home country of Mexico at least eight times, according to a statement from an immigration spokeswoman. The suspect had also been operating under an alias — his real name being Antonio Vasquez Vargas.

Tucker reacts to caravan migrants breaching US border

Former DNC communications director Luis Miranda on being empathetic towards migrant crisis and Tijuana residents.

Tech Watch:


Facebook emails suggest company explored selling people’s data despite pledges not to

Wednesday’s release of some 250 pages of emails from 2012 to 2015 provide a rare glimpse into Facebook’s internal conversations, suggesting the social media giant gave special access to some third-party software developers such as Airbnb and Netflix while restricting access for other developers and considered charging developers for access to data despite pledges that it would never do so.

According to some of the emails, Facebook also discussed cutting off access to rival companies and giving developers who bought advertising more access to data.


Fox News Video: Will GOP Senate regulate big tech?

Incoming GOP Senator Josh Hawley responds to report that new NAFTA agreement could promote censorship from Silicon Valley.


China Maneuvers to Snag Top-Secret Boeing Satellite Technology

Workers at a Boeing Co. plant in Los Angeles are nearing completion of a new satellite, which uses restricted technology relied on by the U.S. military. It was ordered by a local startup that seeks to improve web access in Africa.

In reality, the satellite is being funded by Chinese state money, according to corporate records, court documents and people close to the project.

About $200 million flowed to the satellite project from a state-owned Chinese financial firm in a complex deal that used offshore companies to channel China’s money to Boeing. It included a discussion with a longtime friend of China’s president, said the startup’s founders.

Politics:


Grassley wants answers about FBI raid on whistleblower with information on Clinton Foundation, Uranium One

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has written to FBI Director Christopher Wray and the Justice Department’s internal watchdog to request information about a raid on the home of a former FBI contractor who gave the watchdog documents related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to a Russian firm’s subsidiary.

According to The Daily Caller, 16 FBI agents raided the Maryland home of Dennis Nathan Cain on Nov. 19. Cain’s lawyer, Michael Socarras, told the website that the agent who led the raid accused his client of possessing stolen federal property.

In response, Cain reportedly claimed that he was a protected whistleblower under federal law and had been recognized as such by the DOJ watchdog, Michael Horowitz.


‘Democratic Socialist’ Ocasio-Cortez to pay interns $15 per hour

Ocasio-Cortez, who is calling on other lawmakers to raise pay for staffers, would be considered a generous boss in the nation’s capital, where plenty of interns go unpaid.

A list of who was not paying young staffers included lawmakers like California Sen. Kamala Harris, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer – all of whom have voiced support for raising the federal minimum wage.


Dems decry ‘sore losers’ as ‘disgraceful’ Wisconsin GOP limits power of incoming Gov. Tony Evers

Opponents of an extraordinary session bill submitted by Wisconsin Republican legislators hold “Stop Lame Duck” signs at a rally outside the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

As top Democrats in the state call them “sore losers” and “disgraceful,” Wisconsin Republicans on Wednesday passed sweeping and unprecedented legislation to limit the power of the Democratic governor-elect, Tony Evers, when he takes office in January.

Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November, and the outgoing incumbent has signaled that despite fervent protests, he will sign the legislation that will strengthen the GOP-controlled legislature.


Obama’s FBI brass hollowed out, after latest resignation of key official

Another top FBI official who helped oversee the Trump-Russia and Clinton email investigations is retiring, as the last traces of the bureau’s embattled leadership team that once stood under Barack Obama’s presidency disappear.

The official, Bill Priestap, will retire from his post as assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division by the end of the year.

World News:


France’s Macron scraps fuel tax rise amid fears of more protests, violence

French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled a planned fuel tax increase after three weeks of nationwide protests that left four people dead and sparked the worst anti-government riot in Paris since 2005.

An official with the Elysee Palace told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the president decided to get rid of the tax, while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed to lawmakers that “the tax is now abandoned” in the 2019 budget. A day earlier, Philippe announced that the tax increase would be suspended for six months.

But despite the government’s concession, protest leaders have said demonstrations are likely to continue with trade unions and farmers joining the fray against Macron’s increasingly unpopular policies.


After women’s protest, Israeli prime minister pledges action

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says he will fast-track a bill combating domestic violence after tens of thousands of Israelis marched the previous day in Tel Aviv to protest perceived government inaction.

Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Wednesday the government to advance the bill, which would track convicted or suspected domestic abusers with GPS bracelets to ensure they comply with probation and bail restrictions.


Spanish court again refuses to convict ‘Wolf Pack’ attackers of gang rape

People shout slogans while holding signs during a protest outside the City of Justice, after a Spanish court on Thursday sentenced five men accused of the group rape of an 18-year-old woman at the 2016 San Fermin bull-running festival each to nine years in prison for the lesser charge of sexual abuse, in Valencia, Spain April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Heino Kalis? – RC121CBBB710

For the second time, a Spanish court has refused to convict five men of gang rape for an attack on an 18-year-old woman during the San Fermin bull-running festival in July 2016.

Prosecutors argued the men boasted about the attack in a basement in the city of Pamplona, with some of them even filming the crime on their phones. Those videos were shared in a WhatsApp chat group entitled “La Manada.”

On Wednesday, the Navarra Superior Court ruled the five men did not use force, though the judges did hold that the men took advantage of the woman’s vulnerability.


‘Teacher’s Pet’ podcast subject, who moved in with student when wife vanished, accused of wife’s 1982 murder

Chris Dawson was arrested in the 1982 disappearance of his wife Lynette Dawson. (NSW Police)

An Australian man who was the subject of the popular “Teacher’s Pet” podcast — which garnered global attention as it focused on the 1982 disappearance of his wife — was arrested Wednesday and is expected to be charged with her murder, police said.

Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested at a Queensland home and is accused of killing his wife, Lynette Dawson, who vanished from her home in Sydney in January 1982. The body of Lyn, then 33 and a mother of two, has never been found.


Austria’s cure for online hate? Therapy sessions for trolls — politicians included.

Similar procedures already exist in several Nordic countries and would be relatively easy to implement in other continental European countries, where incitement laws are similar. In the United States, free speech laws may pose challenges to sentencing individuals in some cases. But European de-radicalization professionals believe that a modified version could also work in the U.S. judiciary system.

Austria’s Neustart, which predominantly deals with Islamist and right-wing extremist suspects, has been careful to avoid the political stigma any such project could quickly be accused of in a polarized country.

“We’re not a thought police force,” said Zembaty. Instead, the company’s experts examine factors that may have triggered a suspect’s vulnerability to inciting hatred. Often, perpetrators have themselves experienced insults — episodes they need to come to terms with to understand how their own actions impact others.


Putin voices support for Venezuelan leader visiting Russia

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, gestures as he speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP) (Associated Press)

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin offered firm support Wednesday for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, who is visiting Moscow to shore up political and economic assistance even as his country has been struggling to pay billions of dollars owed to Russia.

Maduro has become increasingly isolated in the world under growing sanctions led by the U.S. and the European Union which accuse him of undermining democratic institutions to hold onto power, while overseeing an economic and political crisis worse than the Great Depression.


Russia warns of “retaliation” for Donald Trump admin. bailing on INF nuclear treaty

President Vladimir Putin said if the U.S. started developing new intermediate range missiles, his country would respond in kind to build it’s own new weapons. That, however, is exactly what the Trump administration argues Russia has already done, in violation of the treaty.

The U.S. has shared intelligence evidence with its NATO allies that it says shows that Russia’s new SSC-8 ground-fired cruise missile (also known as the Novator 9M729) could give Moscow the ability to launch a nuclear strike in Europe with little or no notice.

The bilateral INF treaty between Washington and Moscow banned all land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range between 310 and 3,410 miles.

Poroshenko condemns Russia aggression against Sovereignty Nation of Ukraine 12/5/18

Poroshenko demands Russia release Ukraine Sailors held as Prisoners of WAR December 5 2018

Commentary/Opinion:


Laura Ingraham: Enemies of American history

Back in August, protestors at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill took it upon themselves to pull down a Confederate statue. The “Silent Sam” statue honored UNC students who had fought for the Confederacy in the civil war.

Over the last few years, the statue has been labeled a celebration of white supremacy by some—and as a piece of history by others.

On Monday, the university’s board announced a plan to house the statue in a new $5 million history and education center on the edge of campus—where it would be properly contextualized. But even as she announced the plan, Chancellor Carol Folt, was clearly not entirely on board:

Jordan Peterson Brutal HONESTY on Building the Wall and The Caravan

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Fox News Video: Mueller: Flynn valuable to investigation

Dec. 04, 2018 – 16:57 – Mueller memo says Gen. Flynn gave ‘substantial’ help to feds; panel reaction on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’


Climate Change Alarmism Is The World’s Leading Cause Of Hot Gas

Even as anti-gas tax riots raged in France this week, the naturalist David Attenborough warned a crowd at a United Nations climate change summit in Poland that the “collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

UN General Assembly President Maria Espinosa told the media that “mankind” was “in danger of disappearing” if climate change is allowed to progress at its current rate.

It’s worth noting, for example, that the 10 worst famines of the 20th century weren’t caused by the excesses of capitalism or by environmental disasters but by collectivists trying to control human nature (or to thin out the population).

It’s unsurprising that a recent study published in Nature Climate Change found that environmentalists would likely cause more hunger than climate change itself—which neatly sums up the problem with most of the climate change agenda


Jihadist Beheader In Oklahoma Cleared For Execution

Rather than to call this an Islamic terror attack and charge it federally as such, President Obama’s U.S. Department of Justice let the local district attorney charge Nolen under state murder statues (and as an assault and battery against survivor Traci Johnson).

The whole disgusting affair was quickly forgotten by the rest of the nation, government, and all but those involved and some locals. But make no mistake: This was a jihadist terror attack on American soil.

This attack and its repercussions warrants our full national attention and should be properly memorialized until all related matters are finally resolved, not least for any comfort this can still bring the victim, survivors, and witnesses.

Terrorism acknowledgement and media treatment can encourage the nation to comfort those who were there and help them close the emotionally important loop of knowing why loved ones and innocents died, who did it, and for what cause.

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