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Cash spill on New Jersey highway leads to multiple crashes, chaos during morning commute

The East Rutherford Police Department said an armored truck spilled cash along the westbound lanes of Route 3 at about 8:30 a.m. — right during the peak of the morning rush hour.

In videos posted to social media, motorists can be seen leaving their cars as they scramble to grab the cash from travel lanes.


Del Monte recalls canned corn in 25 states, 12 nations, due to botulism risk

Del Monte Foods is recalling more than 64,000 cases of incompletely sterilized canned corn that could cause life-threatening illness if consumed. Walmart and Target are among the retailers in 25 states and 12 countries that sold the recalled product, the food producer said.

The recall of 64,242 cases of “Fiesta Corn” seasoned with red and green peppers was due to under-processing, the company said in a notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Fox 2 Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies at 35

Jessica Starr, a 35
Jessica Starr, a 35

FOX2 Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr, a 35-year-old Michigan native, committed suicide, the station announced on air Thursday.

She leaves behind two children and her husband, according to a tweet posted by FOX2 anchor Roop Raj.


Teen suspect killed himself inside Indiana middle school after firing at officers, police say

ISP Sgt. John Bowling said the quick response by local police and middle school staff likely prevented other students from being injured. Bowling said gunshots rang out during the incident but he did not confirm how many bullets were fired or say who fired them. He also did not confirm the student’s age or if he was enrolled in the school.

Authorities received an alert Thursday morning that someone was going to the school with the “intention of hurting people,” and officers arrived at the building about the same time as the teen gunman, leading to an exchange of gunfire, the Palladium-Item reported.


Officials: ‘Dozens’ of Bomb Threats Reported Across U.S

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Law enforcement in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco said they are addressing the reported threats, which have surfaced in several other states. Police are also responding to alerts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Iowa.

The New York Police Department issued a statement via social media, tweeting that it was monitoring the threats, yet currently considers them not “incredible”


American student, 21, stabbed to death in Netherlands: Officials

A 21-year-old American student has been stabbed to death in the Netherlands, according to police.

Sarah Papenheim, a Minnesotan who was studying in the Netherlands, died Wednesday afternoon after she was attacked at her apartment in Rotterdam, according to Rotterdam police and ABC Minneapolis affiliate KSTP.

The suspect, a 23-year-old Dutch man, lived in the same building as Papenheim, and the two were believed to be acquaintances, Rotterdam police said.


Panel investigating Parkland shooting recommends arming teachers

A Florida state commission investigating the February shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 people dead recommended on Wednesday that teachers who undergo proper training be allowed to carry firearms at schools.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the state legislature pass the proposal. The recommendation calls for teachers who would be armed to undergo a background check and proper training. 


Boy Scouts of America may declare bankruptcy

The Boy Scouts of America is mulling declaring bankruptcy amid flagging membership and an avalanche of costly sex abuse allegations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The organization has been fending off lawsuits over alleged abuse, including one filed by four former scouts who called the club a “pedophile magnet” and alleged that they were molested by scoutmaster Waldron Ackerman between 1974 and 1976.


Rolling Thunder event in Washington, DC area to end after 2019

Rolling Thunder, the annual event in Washington, D.C. where motorcyclists honor military members missing in action or who were prisoners of war, in May 2019 is expected to hold its last event, due to the costs and communication issues with the Pentagon Police Department.

The event started in 1988, with riders beginning near the Pentagon, in Virginia, and circling the National Mall, in Washington. But costs for the mass ride have risen. The group’s vice president, Pete Zaleski, said last year’s event cost approximately $200,000, including security, clean-up, and other expenses.


Ohio Senate Passes ‘Heartbeat Bill’ That Would Restrict Abortion on Unborn Children

The Ohio Senate approved the “Heartbeat Bill” that would ban abortion on fetuses after a heartbeat is detected.

The legislation would “generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat.”

The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies or medical necessities.

Immigration:


SUSPECTED TERRORIST LEADING MIGRANT GROUP DEMANDING ENTRY INTO US

Ulloa has lived in Mexico since 1987 after fleeing Honduras in the wake of a bombing that wounded six soldiers. Ulloa was suspected of planting a bomb in a Chinese restaurant, but received asylum from Mexico, whose government described the suspected terrorist as a “freedom fighter.”

An appropriations bill passed by Congress in December 1987 included Congress’s findings that “the bomb was directed at American soldiers and did in fact wound American soldiers and an American contractor.” The report noted that Ulloa was a suspect in the bombing.

Ulloa has posted on Facebook about his role in organizing the migrants in Mexico, which he is open about, and the accusations against him from 1987, which he denies.

WE ARE BUILDING THE FIRST NEW BORDER WALL IN A DECADE.

The El Centro Sector
The El Centro Sector built approximately two miles of 30′ steel bollard wall west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. The contract was awarded in November 2017, construction started in February 2018 and was completed in October 2018.

DHS is committed to building wall and building wall quickly. We are not replacing short, outdated and ineffective wall with similar wall.  Instead, under this President we are building a wall that is 30-feet high.

FACT: Prior to President Trump taking office, we have never built wall that high.

Once funding was provided, DHS began construction of border wall exceptionally quickly, in some locations in as little as nine months from funding to building– a process that commonly takes two years or more in other parts of Government.


US Border Crisis: 100,000 Illegal Immigrants in 60 Days

The recent caravan of around 8,000 migrants mostly from Honduras—an anomaly because of its size and propensity for violence—created a media frenzy for a couple of weeks, but while the coverage has waned, the illegal border crossings haven’t.

In the past two months alone, more than 100,000 people have been apprehended for illegally crossing into the United States. That’s the highest number for October and November in four of the past five years (the end of 2016 spiked before President Donald Trump took office).


Video Shows Migrants Climbing Over Border Fence in Tijuana in Broad Daylight

About half a dozen migrants were seen climbing over the barrier in broad daylight. One migrant perched at the top and assisted others in climbing up one side, then down into the United States.

The footage was recorded on Dec. 12.

Hundreds of migrants who traveled with the caravans were confirmed as gang members or convicted criminals, or both, by American officials.

An MS-13 gang member was apprehended in California recently; a number of other migrants have admitted in interviews with news outlets that they have either been deported from the United States previously, which would make entering the country a felony crime, or have described conditions that would not meet the asylum requirements, such as trying to enter America to get a job.


12 MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Multiple Crimes Including Conspiracy to Commit Murder

File photo of ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan in front of MS-13 gang-related photos during a press briefing at the White House, on July 27, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A grand jury in New York has indicted 12 members of the notorious MS-13 street gang on charges of possession of controlled substances, burglary, possession of weapons, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

The main defendants are accused of scheming to murder members of rival gang the Latin Kings, plotting to steal $80,000 cash from a Kew Gardens home, and planning the execution of a former MS-13 member.

Politics:


Judge Orders Mueller to Turn Over Key Documents in Flynn Case

The federal judge overseeing former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case has ordered Robert Mueller to hand over key documents after it was revealed the FBI suggested Flynn to not have an attorney present for the interview that eventually led to his pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller’s team to hand over any “302s or memoranda” related to Flynn’s questioning by 3:00 p.m. ET Friday.

The 302 reports are summaries of FBI interviews. Usually written soon after the questioning, Flynn’s report was dated August 22, 2017–nearly seven months after his meeting with FBI agents took place.


Republicans examine accusations of ‘pay to play’ at Clinton Foundation, amid plunge in donations

The filings showed that the foundation took in $26.6 million in 2017, a 58 percent drop from the $62.9 million it received the previous year.

“Now several reports suggest that the decrease in donations could reflect a ‘pay to play’ activity in the years prior to the decline in donations,” Meadows said.

Meadows added that the committee sought to have U.S. Attorney John Huber, the prosecutor appointed to investigate the foundation, testify at Thursday’s hearing. But Meadows said the Justice Department did not accept the invitation.

“Mr. Huber was asked to join us this afternoon and update the committee on the operations and progress of his investigation, and unfortunately, DOJ has been unwilling to make him available,” Meadows said. “I find this not only frustrating for me, but frustrating for the American people.”


DOJ investigation turns up thousands of missing texts from Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page

The investigation into Strzok and Page stemmed from the inspector general’s review of actions taken by the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, when it uncovered texts between the two that expressed a clear preference for Hillary Clinton over then-candidate Donald Trump.

The department discovered a five-month gap in which the FBI’s automated collection tool did not sweep up any texts from the phones both of Page and Strzok, coinciding with their time on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Fox News Video: NC fraud probe could prompt new primary, general elections

North Carolina state legislature votes to require new primary and general elections if there is a do-over in the scandal-plagued 9th Congressional District; Rep. Mark Walker explains on ‘America’s Newsroom.’


REPUBLICANS TAKE BOLD TACK AGAINST DEMOCRATIC GERRYMANDER IN THE SUPREME COURT

Demonstrators rally
Demonstrators rally with cut-outs of congressional districts in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments on Benisek v. Lamone, a redistricting case on whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Should the Court decide to take the case, the plaintiffs also asked the justices to schedule their argument on the same day as a related partisan gerrymandering case arising from North Carolina.

Following the 2010 census, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and other state officials conspired to produce a new district map which maximized Democratic representation in Maryland’s congressional delegation.

To that end, they folded tens of thousands of Democratic voters from Washington, D.C.’s affluent suburbs into the state’s sixth district, a rural Republican stronghold. Simultaneously, thousands of GOP voters were removed from the sixth and placed in the neighboring eighth district.


Supreme Court Will Consider Case That Could Help Undermine Administrative State

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court’s decision on Dec. 10 to hear a veteran’s appeal of a bureaucratic denial of benefits could signal that the court is considering tearing away at the legal underpinning of the modern administrative state.

The current case, Kisor v. Wilkie, was brought by James L. Kisor, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who seeks disability benefits for his service-related post-traumatic stress disorder. While the Department of Veterans Affairs agrees Kisor suffers from service-related PTSD, it has refused to award him retroactive benefits.

The decision to hear the Kisor case came after the court unanimously overruled bureaucrats enforcing the Endangered Species Act, ruling Nov. 27 that the federal government overreached by limiting the development of private land in Louisiana to help save a rare frog that doesn’t actually live there.

Judicial Watch Launches Voter Fraud Investigation into ‘Ballot Harvesting’ in California

Allegations of ballot harvesting in California are leading conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to launch an investigation.

World News:


Warring sides in Yemen agree to halt fighting in key port city, U.N. says

RIYADH — The opposing sides in Yemen’s civil war have agreed to a cease-fire in a port citythat serves as a critical lifeline for humanitarian aid to the country, along with other measures that signaled rare diplomatic progress after more than four years of conflict, the United Nations secretary general said Thursday.

The measures were announced after a week of U.N.-brokered talks in Sweden between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and a Yemeni rebel group known as the Houthis that is allied with Iran. 


Somali ex-Islamist militant running for regional government is arrested, sparking violent protests

Mukhtar Robow,
Mukhtar Robow, (AP Photo/File)

A former Islamist leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab terror group who’s now running for a regional presidency was arrested and beaten Thursday, prompting protests and violent scuffles between his supporters and security forces, his spokesman and officials said.

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, who defected last year from Africa’s deadliest extremist group, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the African Union forces supporting the Somali government, officials said.


Black South African politician urges followers to ‘kill whites’, saying: ‘We will kill their children and their women’

Andile Mngxitama
Black Land First members led by Andile Mngxitama protest in July 2017;

Andile Mngxitama, president of Black First Land First (BLF), was speaking at a rally on the weekend in Potchefstroom near Johannesburg when he made the violent comments.

Mngxitama has since claimed that these comments were taken out of context and that he was responding to comments recently made by billionaire Johann Rupert about the taxi industry.

Mngxitama is a Marxist revolutionary who is opposed to capitalism and his party’s militant stance has been accused of racism countless times.


Trump’s Signing of ‘Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act’ Was a Jubilant Moment

After two years of hard work by religious freedom advocates, it was a jubilant moment to watch as President Trump signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act into law.

While the Trump administration has been working to address the needs of those targeted by ISIS’s genocidal campaign, this new law will give another boost to relief groups, including faith-based groups.

Until recently, relief groups have been operating almost entirely on private donations. In winter, when diseases run rampant, even basic necessities like food, blankets, and medicine are rare.


UN climate talks inch forward, success uncertain

KATOWICE, Poland – Negotiators from almost 200 countries raced to find agreement on the rules that will govern an international treaty on curbing global warming, but the text the Polish diplomat chairing the talks planned to present to delegates Thursday remained under debate as the two-week summit neared an end.

Diplomats and ministers huddled behind closed doors at a U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, weighing every word in drafts that cover issues such as how countries will count their greenhouse gas emissions and tally the effect of efforts to reduce them.

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