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Georgia officer shot, killed during traffic stop, K-9 critically wounded, police say

A police officer in DeKalb County, Georgia, was fatally shot during a traffic stop Thursday, officials said.

The deadly incident occurred after the officer attempted to stop a vehicle. The operator got out of the car and ran, DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy told reporters, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. A foot chase ultimately ensued, during which “the suspect produced a handgun and shot the officer,” Conroy said.

Library supervisor, 41, gunned down in parking lot months after altercation with suspect, police say

Ronald Seay, 56,
Ronald Seay, 56, is charged in the death of Amber Clark, authorities say. (Sacramento Police Department)

A disturbance at a Northern California library in October may have led to this week’s shooting death of a 41-year-old library supervisor as she sat in her car outside the building Tuesday evening, police say.

Amber Clark was shot several times in the face and head outside the North Natomas Public Library, FOX 40 Sacramento reported.

Texas mom sentenced in deaths of toddlers inside hot car

Hawkins left 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins and 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy inside her vehicle while she visited friends at a Kerrville home on June 6, 2017, according to police reports. Hawkins was smoking marijuana with friends in a shed outside the home that night.

Witnesses reported hearing the toddlers crying inside the car, where temperatures reached into the 80s.

Hawkins retrieved the girls from the car the following afternoon when the temperature inside the car was estimated to have been 119 degrees, according to a vehicle interior temperature scale formulated by San Francisco State University.

Body found in trunk of car in Walmart parking lot, police say

A man who followed what he believed to be his missing brother’s car to a Florida Walmart’s parking lot Thursday led police to the grim discovery of a man’s body inside the trunk, authorities said.

Police arrived in the parking lot to find two men and a woman inside the car. Officers said a foul odor coming from the vehicle led to the grisly find inside the trunk, the Miami Herald reported.

Man accused of causing horrific car crash that killed retired Marine already suspected of attempted kidnapping

Charles Glaze, 54,
Charles Glaze, 54,

The man accused of causing a horrific multi-vehicle crash Wednesday in Houston — killing a retired Marine and a woman — was wearing an ankle monitor in connection with a 2017 case in which he allegedly tried to kidnap a woman at a cemetery.

Charles Glaze, 54, is alleged to have caused the deadly seven-car crash on the Grand Parkway near Tomball after his truck went across the median and veered into oncoming traffic, FOX26 reported. He was hospitalized after the crash with non-life-threatening injuries.

Man left paralyzed for 2 days after taking weight loss supplements, report says

The fat burner contained a synthetic version of thyroxine, the main hormone secreted by the thyroid that helps regulate the body’s metabolic rate.

Many common weight loss supplements contain this ingredient to help boost the body’s metabolism to burn more calories.

But in this case, it triggered the man’s thyroid to go into overdrive and his potassium levels dropped, causing muscle weakness.

Eliza Dushku got secret $9.5 million settlement from CBS after accusing Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment: report

Eliza Dushku accused her “Bull” co-star Michael Weatherly of sexual harrassment. (Getty)

“The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done,” a spokesperson for CBS told Fox News in a statement.

“The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time.”

The news comes on the heels of multiple sexual misconduct allegations being levied against former CBS CEO Les Moonves.

Inside Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam’s Strange Ties to Scientology

The alliance between the Nation of Islam, a black organization, and Scientology, an almost entirely white one, was hatched in the mid-Aughts, when the late Isaac Hayes, one of the only famous black Scientologists, approached Scientology leader David Miscavige and asked why the “religion” wasn’t doing more to court black Americans.

So Miscavige reached out to the Nation of Islam, and by 2010, they began promoting the “benefits” of Dianetics, the core set of ideas preached by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

During a sermon in Chicago on July 1, 2012, Farrakhan proclaimed to his acolytes, “I found the tool that I know can help us. And I thank God for Mr. L. Ron Hubbard. And I thank God for his research and teaching.”

San Francisco Creates World’s First Official Transgender District to Preserve ‘Traditions’

The Compton’s Transgender Cultural District is now entitled to a cut of a $3 million tax that pays for all the city’s cultural districts, which also include the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and the LGBTQ Leather Cultural District. So far, San Francisco has given $215,000 to Compton’s, said Claire Farley, the director of San Francisco’s Office of Transgender Initiatives.

Supervisor Jane Kim, who sponsored the legislation, said the idea was to support the area’s business and and preserve its culture, particularly its nightclubs, which she described as LGBTQ “safe spaces.”

FBI misses deadline to provide docs to Judiciary Committee probing whistleblower raid

The Justice Department and FBI have missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information about the government’s mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower’s home last month.

Sixteen FBI agents on Nov. 19 raided the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly gave the Justice Department’s Inspector General (IG) documents related to the Uranium One controversy and potential wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

AP Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, US officials

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of U.S.-Iranian relations.

The AP drew on data gathered by the London-based cybersecurity group Certfa to track how a hacking group often nicknamed Charming Kitten spent the past month trying to break into the private emails of more than a dozen U.S. Treasury officials.

Also on the hackers’ hit list: high-profile defenders, detractors and enforcers of the nuclear deal struck between Washington and Tehran, as well as Arab atomic scientists, Iranian civil society figures and D.C. think tank employees.


Charging Trump Over Hush Money Payouts Implicates Congress In The Same Behavior

According to the Chicago Tribune, members of Congress have a “taxpayer hush money fund,” where claims for sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace issues are settled and paid out with money supplied by the U.S. Treasury. Unlike the payments in Trump’s case, which were seemingly made using personal funds, congressional settlements and payoffs used taxpayer funds.

According to The Daily Signal, “Last year, it was reported that Congress has secretly paid out over $17 million to settle close to 300 cases by staffers claiming sexual and other forms of harassment and discrimination.”

If prosecutors failed to pursue charges relating to each of these individual claims and payments (normally these are made in secret and the identities of the parties are withheld unless suit is filed), would they be applying the law arbitrarily and unfairly?

How Ballot-Harvesting Became The New Way To Steal An Election

With a presidential election looming in less than two years, and with the example of California fresh in mind, expect the fight over expanded voting rights to include pushes for legalized ballot harvesting.

States like Florida and Georgia, which both endured contested elections and lawsuits over absentee ballots last month, can anticipate the push to be tinged with racial undertones. The two states’ respective Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, were both also their state’s first African-American nominees, and regularly alleged racial discrimination in any arguments advocating the counting of contested ballots.

Only 16 states regulate ballot-harvesting at all, and their rules vary. In Colorado, one of three states to conduct all elections entirely by mail-in ballots, third-party volunteers are allowed to collect up to 10 ballots, though critics have long alleged that the practice is ripe for exploitation.

Judicial Watch: Hillary Clinton Files New Answers Under Oath about Email System – Used It for the ‘Purpose of Convenience’

(Washington, DC) –Judicial Watch announced today Hillary Clinton submitted additional written answers under oath about her email system. Clinton testified that she used the controversial email system for the “purpose of convenience.” Clinton initially objected and refused to answer the questions but was ordered to do so last month by U.S. District Court Judge G Emmet Sullivan.

To another question regarding her October 22, 2015, testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, during which she testified that 90 to 95 percent of her emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so,” Clinton suggests she learned this from her attorneys, who seem to have guessed this answer.

Tom Fitton w/Jim Jordan: Hillary Clinton ‘Was & Is’ Being Protected over Her Actions at State Dept.

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Obama State Department Urgently Provided Classified ‘Russiagate’ Documents to Multiple Senators Immediately Ahead of Trump Inauguration

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today released two sets of heavily redacted State Department documents, 38 pages and 48 pages, showing classified information was researched and disseminated to multiple U.S. Senators by the Obama administration immediately prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The documents reveal that among those receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN).

The documents reveal the Obama State Department urgently gathering classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

Tech Watch:

Facebook, Amazon struggle in fight against fake reviews

Beyond the fact that reviews are critical for a company’s existence, the practice of compensating someone in exchange for a customer review is something that violates both Amazon and Facebook policies. It could also put you at odds with the Federal Trade Commission.

That hasn’t stopped the practice from flourishing on Facebook, Fox News has found. Groups like “Amazon review club” can be joined with the click of a button, and with no apparent background check.

Fox News was able to connect with one U.S.-based business that appears to have suffered as a direct result of the “Amazon review club” group, and they claim Amazon hasn’t been of much help since they reported the problem.

Latest Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos

With the latest Facebook API bug, up to 6.8 million consumers on the social network had their private photos inappropriately exposed to third-party apps.

Though the issue has since been fixed, some of the apps had access to photos for the 12 days between September 13 and September 25.

Though Facebook isn’t specifically giving names, it says up to 1,500 apps from 876 developers were affected. Facebook also notes it had approved photos API access for these apps, issuing an apology promising more change.

Report: Google Funds Establishment Conservatives to Fight Tech Regulation

Audio recordings obtained by Wired reveal that Google cooperates with and funds a range of establishment conservatives in D.C. that help it fend off scrutiny and oversight from politicians.

Wired details how these Google-funded legacy conservative institutions sprung into action to defend the tech giant from calls for regulation.


DHS Prevented 3,755 Known or Suspected Terrorists from Traveling to or Entering U.S. in FY 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded Wednesday after CNN accused President Donald Trump of making up statistics about illegal immigration.

“People are pouring into our country, including terrorists. We caught 10 terrorists over a short period of time,” Trump said.

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto asserted multiple times that Trump was incorrect, writing, “DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed.”

Popular Immigration and Abortion Activist To Be Deported for Drunk Driving

Alejandra Pablos, 33,
Alejandra Pablos, 33,

Alejandra Pablos, 33, told the Washington Post that she would appeal Judge Thomas Michael O’Leary decision to send her back to her native Mexico. She said that her life would be in danger there because of her activism to promote abortion rights.

In 2013, Pablos, a legal US resident who was born in Mexico and grew up in Arizona, was convicted of felony drunk driving, endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She spent two years in detention at an Arizona immigration facility.

Afterward, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in Annandale.

Tucker and Tijuana delegate blast migrant caravan

Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez on the impact the migrant caravan is having on the city.


Politico reported in its Huddle newsletter Friday that a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died a week after being taken into Border Patrol custody.

The girl was in Border Patrol custody for around eight hours before local emergency services transported her to an El Paso hospital, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. She reportedly had not eaten or had water for several days. The girl died after less than 24 hours in the hospital.

News outlets reported the girl’s death about a week after the incident. Border Patrol took the 7-year-old and her father into custody on Dec. 6 outside of Lordsburg, N.M., the Washington Post reported Thursday. They were part of a group of 163 migrants who approached border agents to turn themselves in.

Around eight hours after being taken into custody, the girl started having seizures. She “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told WaPo.

World News:

London – ‘Yellow Vest’ Pro-Brexit Protesters Block Westminster Bridge (Video)

A small group of some 40 to 60 ‘Yellow vest’ protesters, dressed in similar fashion to the ones seen in France over the past three weeks, have this morning started blocking London’s famous Westminster Bridge.

The group also called for UK Prime Minister Theresa May to resign and claimed that “we need a new mayor of London,” referring to the left-wing Labour politician Sadiq Khan who is blamed for the crime wave in the capital city.

Student turned high-end sex worker, 29, found ‘bludgeoned to death with pestle,’ court hears

Christina Abbotts
Christina Abbotts was found “bludgeoned to death

A student turned high-class escort was “bludgeoned to death with a pestle” in May by one of her businessmen clients after an alcohol and drug-fueled night together, prosecutors told a British court this week.

The accused killer, 48-year-old Zahid Naseem, stayed for another 12 hours in the Highams Hill apartment where he had just murdered 29-year-old Christina Abbotts as she lay in bed, officials said. During that half-day, Naseem allegedly sent explicit photos and videos to another sex worker — and then pretended to be unconscious when police suddenly showed up.

UN: Venezuela exodus likely to swell to 5.3 million in 2019

BOGOTA, Colombia — The number of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic and humanitarian crisis is expected to reach 5.3 million by the end of 2019 in what has become the largest exodus in modern Latin American history, the United Nations said Friday.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said that humanitarian organizations will need $738 million to provide migrants with critical services like food and emergency shelter as added stress is put on receiving nations.

“It is now vital that we stabilize the dire humanitarian situation affecting the millions of Venezuelans seeking protection and shelter across the continent,” said the commissioner, Filippo Grandi.

Venezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population’

Eduardo Espinel, 35, who serves as a representative for the rapidly growing Venezuelan population in the Colombian border town of Cucuta, said a gun bam law had actually proliferated the violence in Venezuela. (Fox News/Hollie McKay)

CUCUTA, Venezuela/Colombia border – As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons.

Under the direction of then-President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan National Assembly in 2012 enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” with the explicit aim to “disarm all citizens.”

The law took effect in 2013, with only minimal pushback from some pro-democracy opposition figures, banned the legal commercial sale of guns and munitions to all – except government entities.

A former gun store owner inside Venezuela – who told Fox News he has now been relegated to only selling fishing supplies since the ban – said he can’t sell any type of weaponry – even a slingshot – and underscored that even BB ammunition and airsoft guns are only issued to police and military officers.

The punishment for illicit carrying or selling a weapon now is 20 years behind bars.

10 dead, 32 hospitalized after suspected food poisoning at Indian temple ceremony

At least 10 people in southern India died Friday of suspected food poisoning after a ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Hindu temple, police said.

Another 32 people were hospitalized after they ate at the ceremony in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka state, south of the state capital of Bangalore, said police officer Mahadev, who uses one name. Eight of those hospitalized were in critical condition, he said.