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Charred skull, remains ID’d as California woman with Alzheimer’s who vanished after 2016 museum trip

Nancy Paulikas, 56, who went missing in 2016. (Facebook)
Nancy Paulikas, 56, who went missing in 2016. (Facebook)

Nancy Paulikas was pronounced dead after authorities matched her DNA to the skull that was located in Fossil Ridge Park in Sherman Oaks while Los Angeles firefighters were battling a brush fire in March 2017. Ribs were also discovered in the fall of this year.

Paulikas’ husband, Kirk Moody, told the Daily Breeze that authorities identified the remains as his missing wife through DNA testing. He also confirmed the news in a blog post dedicated to his missing wife.


Former Dojo Pizza Owner Found Guilty on Federal Child Sex Charges

According to testimony at trial, Copp held himself out to be a trusted member of the community as a youth pastor, community activist, martial arts instructor, and business owner. He used these positions to gain the trust of parents to gain access to their children. For several years defendant Copp groomed and sexually abused two minor females who had been in his custody since 2009.

Copp, 49, St. Louis, MO, was indicted on April 14, 2016 on nine counts, to include production and attempted production of child pornography; possession of child pornography; and the use of interstate facilities to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity. Sentencing has been set for April 5, 2019.

“The bravery of the victims who testified at trial was essential to this case,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen. “Without them and the relentless work of the investigative and trial teams, these verdicts would not have been rendered.”


Man Busted for Allegedly Trying to Have Sex With 13-Year-Old Girl: But I Brought a Consent Form!

Adam Robert Diamond, 31,
Adam Robert Diamond, 31,

Diamond’s arrest was part of a larger sting planned by the bureau’s Child Exploitation Task Force that led to criminal charges being brought against two other men. Investigators are still looking into possible “other crimes involving children” which Diamond, who awaits his trial after posting bail for $10,000, may have committed.

Given that Utah’s age of consent is 16, Diamond’s form can be seen as a cynical exploitation of a social trend requiring consent for sexual relations to be not only ​explicit, but legally ​formalized.


Las Vegas Judge Stefany Miley arrested, accused of domestic battery

Stefany Miley (LVMPD/Ballotpedia)
Stefany Miley (LVMPD/Ballotpedia)

According to court records, Miley was arrested and charged on Dec. 22 for one count of domestic battery. The case was filed under her maiden name, Tewell, in Las Vegas Municipal Court.

Police said officers responded about 9:40 p.m. Saturday to a home on the 2300 block of Malaga Peak Street, near Sahara Avenue and the 215 Beltway.

She and her adult son got into an argument before she allegedly hit him, police said.


Deaths of police officers on duty on the rise in the US

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report that 144 federal, state and local officers have died so far in 2018. That figure represents roughly a 12 percent increase from the 129 who died in 2017.

Craig Floyd, the fund’s chief executive officer, called the increase in deaths disappointing after a decline in 2017.

Of the officers who were shot, eight were killed during investigative activity and six were killed while responding to calls of a domestic or public disturbance, according to the report. Two were shot while serving warrants, two died while handling or transporting prisoners and two others were inadvertently shot by other officers.


California mom’s plush-toy Christmas gift features recording of late son’s voice

Sean Tanner, a former police officer with the China Lake Police Department, died in October, news station KXAN reported. He was 21 years old at the time. The cause of death is not clear.

But the loss prompted Tanner’s older sister, Brittany, to give her parents a precious gift: a plush bear from Build-A-Bear Workshop that plays a recording of the fallen officer’s voice when its paw is pressed.


FBI: Record number of illegal immigrants tried to buy guns this year

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System said that it rejected 7,836,600 planned purchases from “illegal/unlawful alien” in 2018. And that was at the end of November. Christmas purchases of guns are typically high and were not included.

That number has been increasing in recent years. In 2017, it was 7.3 million. The year before, it was 7 million rejections. In 2015, it hit 6.6 million.

Illegal immigrants rank at the top of those on the FBI’s “prohibited category.” 


Migrant father declined treatment for son who later died in CBP custody

Alonzo was first taken to the hospital Monday and diagnosed with a cold. He also had a fever. He was given medication and discharged.

Later in the day, he complained of nausea and vomited. Alonzo’s father told officials that, despite the vomiting, he believed his son was feeling better and said he didn’t need anymore medical attention at the time, The Daily Caller reported.

Officials checked in on the boy again later, and noticed that he had gotten worse. They took him back to the hospital, but Alonzo lost consciousness during the trip and died late Monday night.


Secretary Nielsen Blames Parents For Death Of Second Immigrant Child

Ms Nielsen’s statement read that “in the evening hours of December 24th, a child who had been apprehended with his father by the Border Patrol attempting to illegally enter the United States, died at an El Paso hospital after being taken for emergency treatment for the second time in less than 12 hours. This tragedy, the death of a child in government custody is deeply concerning and heartbreaking.”

Secretary Nielsen furthermore announced that immigrant children will as from now receive detailed medical checkups before being allowed into border patrol facilities.

“All children will receive extensive medical screening and the subsequent medical tests will be done more extensively, whether an adult asks for it or not,” declared Ms Nielsen. In this way, comparable deaths in detention centers for migrants would hopefully be prevented in the future.


Transgender inmate gets rare transfer to female prison

Deon "Strawberry" Hampton.
This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Correction shows Deon “Strawberry” Hampton.(Illinois Department of Correction via AP)

Hampton, of Chicago, requested the transfer in 2017 on grounds she’d be less vulnerable to the sexual assault, taunting and beatings she was subjected to in male prisons, according to federal lawsuits filed on her behalf by the MacArthur Justice Center and the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago.

The IDOC’s hand was forced last month by a federal court that found Hampton had a strong case that her equal-protection rights were violated. Her lawyers said it was only the second such ruling in the country by a federal court.


Thomas More Law Center Files Supreme Court Brief Defending The 40-Foot Bladensburg Peace Cross Erected Nearly A Century Ago

War I memorial cross is pictured in Bladensburg, (Algerina Perna /The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
War I memorial cross is pictured in Bladensburg, (Algerina Perna /The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

The Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), December 19, 2018, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, in support of the forty-foot Bladensburg Peace Cross, erected nearly a century ago. The Cross was erected by the American Legion and the grieving mothers of the forty-nine soldiers from Prince George County, Maryland, who were killed in World War I, in commemoration of their service to the Nation.

Nevertheless, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Cross must be removed or destroyed as a result of a federal lawsuit brought by three atheists who occasionally drove past the cross and claimed they were offended.


TRUMP ADMINISTRATION URGES SUPREME COURT TO PROTECT CROSS-SHAPED WAR MEMORIAL

The Trump administration’s brief emphasizes the need for the high court to clarify its jurisprudence concerning religious displays in the public square. Since 2005 the justices applied two different tests for assessing the constitutionality of sectarian symbols in public settings.

Confusion has followed in lower federal courts as to which test should govern the so-called public display cases. That uncertainty, the government says, “encourages challenges to longstanding displays like the Memorial Cross, which in turn fosters the very religion-based divisiveness that the establishment clause seeks to avoid.”


Melania Trump First FLOTUS To Visit Combat Zone Since 1969

US First Lady Melania Trump may be disliked by the US mainstream media and fashion magazines who continue to refuse to put her on a cover, the troops both in Iraq and Germany loved her for joining President Trump on the First Couple’s Christmas visit to the troops. 

She was highly demanded to join in pictures with the soldiers and thus becomes the first FLOTUS to visit a combat zone since 1969. 

Politics:

SENATE EFFORT TO RENAME OFFICE BUILDING AFTER JOHN MCCAIN HAS STALLED

Following McCain’s death in August, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to introduce a resolution that would change the name of the Russell Senate Office Building as a tribute to the Arizona senator.

Schumer, however, never introduced the aforementioned resolution and his office did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation when asked if he was still planning on doing so.


OHIO LEGISLATURE DEFEATS KASICH’S VETO ON GUN-OWNER RIGHTS BILL

The state House first voted to overturn Kasich’s veto on the bill, which makes it easier for off-duty police officers to access guns and also changes laws regarding self-defense cases. The state Senate then voted a few hours later, 21-11, turning down Kasich’s veto on the legislation, The Associated Press reported.

The bill was heavily supported by pro-gun groups in the state that pushed lawmakers to overturn the veto.

The Republican governor also vetoed a bill banning abortion if an unborn baby has a heartbeat, known as the “heartbeat bill,” which was voted on Thursday as well. However, the Senate failed to overturn Kasich’s veto.

FBI is harassing my family: Jerome Corsi

Conservative author Jerome Corsi discusses his $350 million lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller.


Liberal Billionaire Apologizes for Funding False Effort to Link GOP and Russia in Senate Election

Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, is one of Silicon Valley’s top donors to the Democratic campaigns and PACs.

In the last election cycle he donated $7 million to Democratic groups, though his money also pours into non-traditional groups that aren’t mandated to report their funding and often operate in the shadows.


“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing. For that reason, I am embarrassed by my failure to track AET — the organization I did support — more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fund projects that I would reject,” he said in a statement provided to The Washington Post.


Alabama AG probing whether disinformation campaign against Roy Moore violated laws: report

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall stopped short of calling it an actual investigation but told the Washington Post Thursday that his office is looking into the “concerning” matter. Marshall added that he is worried the scheme could have impacted the outcome of the race, in which Democrat Doug Jones beat Moore by only around 20,000 votes.

“The impact it had on the election is something that’s significant for us to explore, and we’ll go from there,” Marshall said. “We’re planning to explore the issue further.”

The attorney general’s comments come a day after liberal Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman issued an apology for funding the group behind the efforts.


Jerry Brown Grants Pardons to Immigrants Facing Deportation Due to Criminal History

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s Christmas granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations for Christmas, including a handful of refugees and immigrants that he hopes to spare from deportation by scrubbing their criminal histories.

The California Supreme Court blocked Brown’s attempt to commute the sentence of Kenny Lee, convicted of robbing and murdering a cab driver in 1992. It’s the seventh time the court has stepped in to use its power to stop the outgoing governor from issuing sentence commutations for killers in recent weeks.

Brown also granted pardons to five Cambodian refugees brought to the country when they were 5 years old or younger, and now face deportation because of their criminal pasts. He likewise pardoned a Honduran immigrant facing deportation.


GOP share of Latino vote steady under Trump, bolstered by evangelicals and vets

In November’s elections, 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans, according to AP VoteCast data. The survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters — including 7,738 Latino voters — was conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

The VoteCast data shows that, like white voters, Latinos are split by gender — 61 percent of men voted Democratic in November, while 69 percent of women did. And while Republican-leaning Latinos can be found everywhere in the country, two groups stand out as especially likely to back the GOP — evangelicals and veterans.


FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WON’T LOSE THEIR PAYCHECKS FOR WEEKS UNDER SHUTDOWN

Federal workers are still set to receive their holiday paychecks for the Dec. 9 to 22 biweekly pay period on time, no matter what happens in Congress. Holiday paychecks are expected to be issued between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3, according to OMB guidance. The new Congress will convene Jan. 3.

The first federal payday that will cover workdays affected by the shutdown will not be until Jan. 11, reported Politico. Many departments have funding despite the shutdown and reopened Wednesday like normal, but nine departments are without government funding.

World News:


Saudi king orders Cabinet shakeup after Khashoggi’s killing

The changes appear to further consolidate the crown prince’s grip on power by appointing to key posts advisers and members of the royal family seen as close to him.

It may also signal further efforts to show that changes are being made after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution saying it believes the crown prince is to blame for Khashoggi’s grisly murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


IDF destroys fifth Hezbollah terror tunnel

The tunnel came from Ayta ash Shab, a village across the border from an Israeli farming community. It violated Israeli territory.

“The IDF sees the Lebanese government as responsible for the digging of the tunnels and the consequences,” the spokesman added, calling the digging of the tunnels a gross violation of U.N. Resolution 1701 and of Israeli sovereignty.

Hezbollah’s leaders have remained largely silent following the discovery of their tunnels, which most commentators agree is a major strategic and material loss for the organization.


Greece – Bomb Attack On Athens Church (Video)

A police officer and a staff member of a church were wounded Thursday morning by the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) in central Athens. The events took place outside a famous church in the center of the Greek capital. 

No one has claimed responsibility yet. The church of Agios Dionysios in Skoufa is located in the heavily guarded luxury district Kolonaki that borders Exarchia, a neighborhood where police and anarchists regularly collide. 


Millennial Couple Admits to Crippling Baby Girl With Tofu Diet

Due to her lacking nutrition, the toddler developed rickets — a bone-degenerative disease that ​usually affects kids with a prolonged Vitamin D deficiency. Experts providing testimony in the trial have noted that the girl’s Vitamin D levels were “undetectable”.

The disease has damaged the girl’s ability to crawl and speak normally. The family’s doctors, initially supportive of the parents’ dietary choices, were beginning to worry that the girl’s bones were becoming so frail and “floppy” that even “normal handling” could fracture them.

Concerned, the doctors started paying closer attention to the family and found that the girl had received no vaccinations, and that she was not taken to regular check-ups since birth. The doctors couldn’t even find her birth certificate.

Commentary/Opinion:


Tammy Bruce: Melania Trump, first lady and role model, rises above Democratic pettiness

Her agenda as first lady is expansive, focusing on children and the importance of all aspects of their lives, from self-esteem to education to health care. Our nation has a first lady who is smart, beautiful and a person of faith. She is committed to her family and to this nation.

Her sense of self-worth is not reliant on whether or not she’s on the cover of Vogue or invited to certain cocktail parties. She is her own woman — strong, independent, and won’t be bullied.

And for today’s liberals and Democrats, that is her crime.


Oh, the lengths media will go to sour Trump’s Christmas visit to troops

The usual suspects, including actress and progressive activist Alyssa Milano, jumped on board, eventually prompting a hilarious exchange between Fox’s Brit Hume and former CNN morning anchor Soledad O’Brien after the latter put forth a theory that Trump only visited because he was shamed into it, despite such the trip being planned weeks in advance for security purposes.

First lady Melania Trump broke with tradition and joined the president on the visit to Iraq and later Germany. A first lady has not visited a war zone since Lady Bird Johnson in South Vietnam in 1969.

By almost all news accounts, Trump and the first lady’s visit was met with an enthusiastic reception. Some even presented their own “Make America Great Again” hats to the president to sign, which led to this CNN report being ridiculed by mostly the right on social media.

No, Liberals, Trump Is NOT Hitler

Sorry, but there’s NO valid comparison between Trump and Hitler. And by comparing Trump to a racist psychopath responsible for the deaths of millions, you’re only trivializing Hitler’s horrific crimes against humanity.

There could not POSSIBLY be a bigger difference between a man who supports American values and a man who attempted to destroy the world. It’s crazy that we have to do this, but here is the history lesson that lefties apparently never got.


JESUS WAS NOT A REFUGEE

The argument that Jesus was a refugee is used to sway public opinion in regards to those who have arrived or will arrive at our southern border seeking asylum. It appears to be a good argument. It is meant to pull at the heart strings of Christians who tend to be more conservative politically. Many will go so far as to attach the “welcome the stranger” verse of Mathew 25 to solidify the premise that Jesus commands us to care for those that are strangers to our country, specifically those that arrive at the southern border.

The question of the day is: Was Jesus a refugee escaping violence? Was Joseph, Mary and Jesus a refugee family seeking asylum in Egypt due to persecution?

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