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DNA samples sought at facility where woman in vegetative state gave birth

CBS affiliate KPHO-TV was first to report that the woman, who had been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning, delivered a healthy baby boy on Dec. 29.

Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering investigations by state agencies and police and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. Hacienda HealthCare said it welcomed the DNA testing.


FBI offers reward for armored truck driver who allegedly went missing with reported $850G

A $60,000 reward is being offered — $10,000 from the FBI and $50,000 from GardaWorld — for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved and the recovery of the stolen money.

Espinosa is described as a 5-foot-10 inch white male between 230 to 235 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Investigators said he has ties to the Northeast, and family members on the West Coast, and in Texas and Florida.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the FBI field office in Louisville at 502-263-6000.


Toddler who died after dental procedure was hooked up to empty oxygen tank as staff muted heart alarm: lawsuit

Zion Gastelum died days after being found unresponsive in the recovery room of Kool Smiles dental clinic. (GoFundMe)

According to the family’s lawsuit, while under general anesthesia Zion had nine of his baby teeth worked on, including root canals and crowns on six of them. The complaint alleges that X-rays or further investigative exams were not conducted to confirm that the nine procedures were necessary.

“Once these invasive procedures were complete, Zion was extubated and taken to a separate room for recovery from general anesthesia. Despite the fact that Zion was not awake and had not regained the ability to breathe on his own, the Kool Smiles dentists chose to leave Zion alone in order to begin procedures on the next child-patient(s),” the lawsuit alleges.


Cost of prayer: North Carolina county pays $285G for opening meetings in Jesus’ name

Rowan County commissioners in North Carolina
Rowan County commissioners in North Carolina paid $285,000 in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after the Supreme Court refused to take their case on opening prayers in Jesus’ name. (Rowan County)

Rowan County commissioners approved the court-ordered legal fee Monday after a failed challenge to a 2013 lawsuit from the ACLU, which represented three residents of the county – Nan Lund, Liesa Montag-Siegel, and Robert Voelker – who took issue with the county’s opening Christian prayers from 2007 to 2013.

The county opened its meetings with a prayer and asked its residents to stand and join in. The ACLU called that practice “coercive.”


Connecticut man in custody after leading police on wild chase onto airport runway, officials say

Alphonzo Dixon
Alphonzo Dixon was arrested after leading police on a case onto an airport runway, authorities said. (New Haven police)

Alphonzo Dixon, 31, of Hamden, was arrested after the pursuit, New Haven police said. Dixon allegedly caused significant damage to the Tweed Airport fences as he tried to elude police.

Officers reported discovering a small amount of narcotics in Dixon’s vehicle. He also had warrants out for his arrest in New Haven and Hamden.


Illinois police officer’s screams caught on camera during struggle with fugitive before backup shoots him

The Lake County State’s Attorney released the dashcam and body camera videos from the July 26 encounter between Lakemoor officer Brianna Tedesco and Kenneth Martell, who was asleep in a parked car in suburban Chicago.

Martell, who was wanted on a murder warrant for a fatal shooting in Pennsylvania, hands Tedesco a piece of paper then grabs a handgun and aims it at the officer.


Man walks up to DC officers, confesses to killing someone in North Carolina: Police

D.C. police contacted local North Carolina law enforcement, who went to Kubler’s home and confirmed a possible homicide occurred, police said.

A woman’s body was found inside, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.


MAN LEARNS A $10 MILLION LESSON AFTER TELLING ROOMMATE ABOUT HIS WINNING LOTTO SCRATCHER

The man, whose identity has not been released, returned home, told his roommates about his lucky strike and went to bed. The next morning, he went to the Sacramento district office of the California State Lottery to collect his prize, but officials said his ticket was worthless.

“The next day his suspicions were proven true when his 35-year-old roommate, Adul Saosongyang, attempted to cash in the winning ticket at the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office,” the Vacaville Police Department posted on Facebook. “Adul was told his winning ticket was not worth $10,000 dollars, but was actually worth $10 million dollars!”


Trump says he has ordered FEMA to stop sending money to California ‘unless they get their act together’

“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,” he tweeted. “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!”

President Trump on Wednesday said he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stop sending money to California to deal with forest fires “unless they get their act together.”


Lindsey Graham elected Senate Judiciary Committee chairman

“I’m honored to be selected as chairman of the Judiciary Committee,” Graham said in a news release. “I will do my best to continue down the path charted by Senator Grassley of having a fair and vibrant committee process.”

He said that “the confirmation of conservative judges will be one of my top priorities as chairman.”


Rosenstein to leave DOJ in coming weeks, sources say

Rosenstein wants to ensure a smooth transition for incoming Attorney General nominee Bill Barr and plans to transition out of the job in the coming weeks, the sources said.

Rosenstein long thought of his role as a two-year position and the two-year mark is coming soon, officials close to the departing attorney general told Fox News.


Manafort accused of sharing polling data with Russian allegedly linked to Kremlin

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team said Manafort “lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign.” The accusation was revealed by mistake in a defense filing Tuesday after the information wasn’t properly redacted as intended.

The filing sheds light on Manafort’s ties to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman who was charged last year with tampering with potential witnesses. The U.S. claims Kilimnik is linked to Russian intelligence, which is accused of leading the election interference effort in 2016, but he denies those ties.


Half the 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants

State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican representing parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, criticized the proposal as an example of de Blasio using city coffers “like his personal ATM.”

“How about instead of giving free health care to 300,000 citizens of other countries, you lower property taxes for our senior citizens who are being forced to sell the homes they’ve lived in for decades because they can’t afford to pay your 44 percent increase in property taxes?” she said.

Tech Watch:


Hyundai reveals WALKING car concept – and it looks just like a Transformer

Hyundai has revealed a walking car concept, and it looks just like a vehicle from the Transformer film series.

The car, dubbed ‘Elevate’, has moveable legs, which allow it to navigate through more difficult terrain.

Hyundai believes it could one day be used by first responders in response to natural disasters, such as forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes or floods.


Accusations spread of Dem misinformation campaigns on Facebook, as tables turn

Recent news reports have revealed two so-called “false flag” operations by Democrats during the Alabama Senate special election in 2017, where Democrat Doug Jones defeated embattled Republican nominee Roy Moore.

This week, The Washington Post also reported that Facebook is now looking into whether a liberal group bankrolled by a Democratic billionaire involved in the operations in Alabama also violated the social media network’s policies with misinformation in the 2018 midterm elections.


Facebook’s Zuckerberg to host ‘public discussions’ on the future of tech in society

In years when Facebook was not under hyper-intense scrutiny, Zuckerberg challenged himself to learn Mandarin, run a mile per day and only eat meat from animals he had killed.

But now the beleaguered tech executive, leading a company that’s been pilloried by critics on all sides, and seen its stock price drop, is trying to set a different tone after a scandal-plagued 2018.

Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that he’ll host a series of “public discussions” every few weeks with leaders, experts and community members about the role of technology in society, including the opportunities, anxieties, hopes and challenges. All of these events will be publicized on his Facebook feed, Instagram page or by other means.

Immigration:


Record number of migrant families arrested while crossing U.S. border in December

Overall, authorities detained 60,782 migrants attempting to enter the United States without authorization. It marked the third consecutive month that the figure — the most widely-used barometer of border trends — topped 60,000, remaining near the highest levels of the Trump presidency.

Trump cited the soaring numbers during his prime-time address Tuesday, urging Democrats to approve his $5.7 billion border wall plan, calling the arrival of so many families as a “crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.”


Families of Americans killed by illegal immigrants take issue with claim Trump is ‘manufacturing a crisis’

Julie Golvach, the mother of Spencer Golvach – who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant at a traffic light in Houston in 2015 – also told Fox News that Schumer and Pelosi’s comments struck a nerve.

“It may seem ‘manufactured’ to them because they are sitting safely behind walls, but for those of us out in regular America, we are victims, we are prone to the victimization of illegal aliens and crime,” she said on ‘Fox & Friends’ Wednesday morning.

Politics:


FACT CHECK: 3 CLAIMS FROM TRUMP’S OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS

President Donald Trump discussed immigration and what he called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border Tuesday in a live address to the nation from the Oval Office.

Here are three checks on his claims.


As Trump heads to border, Dems double down on ‘manufactured crisis’ claim

The response to the speech underscores how increasingly polarized the debate has become and how little progress is being made toward a resolution to the standoff that triggered a partial government shutdown nearly three weeks ago.

Tuesday night’s primetime address saw both camps drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a “humanitarian and security crisis” and vowing to protect America, “so help me God” – and Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump is working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”


MSNBC’s Brian Williams mocks Pelosi, Schumer rebuttal: It launched ‘a thousand memes’ while they were still talking

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams took note of the memes Pelosi and Schumer’s rebuttal birthed with many people comparing the Democratic leaders to angry parents and the classic American Gothic painting.

Williams asked former Democratic strategist James Carville why responses to Pelosi and Schumer’s remarks are “so bad.”

“This Chuck and Nancy visual tonight launched a thousand memes while they were still talking,” Williams said.


Rep. Gabbard accuses fellow Dems of stoking ‘bigotry’ for questioning court pick’s Knights of Columbus ties

Sen. Mazie Hirono, left Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Sen. Mazie Hirono, left, is among the senators taking heat from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for questioning a court pick’s Knights of Columbus membership.

“While I oppose the nomination of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus,” Gabbard said in an op-ed for The Hill on Tuesday.

Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about lawyer Buescher’s membership in the Catholic organization as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s review of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska.


HOUSE DEMS PLAN ON GOING AFTER TRUMP JR IN FIRST USE OF SUBPOENA POWER

Trump Jr. was falsely accused of lying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee by NPR in late November, regarding a deal with Trump Tower in Moscow. The news organization later issued an editor’s note to the article. However, the piece was never retracted.

Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said “Donald Trump Jr.” would be the first person called in before the committee in 2019.


TRUMP MOCKS ABC REPORTER FOR SHUTDOWN QUESTION: ‘WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

WATCH:
Trump accused Karl of engaging in “one-sided reporting” after the reporter suggested the president should re-open some of the government in order to alleviate government workers who aren’t currently getting paid for their work.

“Do you think I should do that?” Trump asked Karl. “No, do you think I should do that, Jon? I watch your one-sided reporting — do you think I should do that?”


Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

The president, in a tweet, called the meeting “a total waste of time” and appeared to confirm that he left after Pelosi’s answer.

“I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Trump tweeted.


President Trump Signing Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation and Impromptu Press Remarks…

President Donald Trump signs the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1862) which tightens criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.

President Trump has signed four bills in recent weeks that demonstrate the bipartisan commitment to end human trafficking.

After discussing the issues surrounding the horrific human trafficking network, President Trump connected the human trafficking crisis to urgent need for border security. The President also answered questions from the media about ongoing issues within government.


Pressure: GOP offers to pay federal employees who work during the shutdown

Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, introduced a bill with four other House Republicans to ensure federal employees who are required to work during the shutdown are paid. When the government is partially shut down, departments require essential employees to stay on the job without pay, while nonessential workers are furloughed without pay.

“If they are working to protect America and the lives of our citizens, they should be getting their paychecks on time,” Gibbs said. “We shouldn’t be forcing these men and women to shoulder the burden of Democrats’ unwillingness to work with President Trump and congressional Republicans to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border.”

World News:


U.S.-China Trade Negotiations Extend Into a Third Day as Trump Touts Progress

The two sides announced no details, but Asian stock markets rose on news of the decision to extend negotiations that originally were planned for two days. Hong Kong’s main market index rose 2.3% while Tokyo was up 1.3%.

Washington is pressing Beijing for changes including rolling back plans for government-led creation of Chinese global champions in robotics and other fields. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo Washington’s complaints that those violate Beijing’s market-opening obligations.

Chinese officials have suggested Beijing might alter its industrial plans but reject pressure to abandon what they consider a path to prosperity and global influence. They have tried to defuse pressure for more sweeping change by offering concessions including purchasing more American soybeans, natural gas and other exports.


Iran’s Supreme Leader Admits Trump’s Sanctions Are Working

“The sanctions do put pressure on the country and the people,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, according to a transcript on his website of one of his speeches in Tehran.

“The Americans happily say that these sanctions are unprecedented in history. Yes, they’re unprecedented,” Khamenei said, before launching into an attack on U.S. officials and declaring that the “defeat that the Americans will face will be unprecedented.”


American teen ISIS suspect arrested in Syria, U.S.-allied Kurds say

The Kurdish militia known as the YPG, which has been the U.S. military’s most valuable ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria, said eight foreign fighters were caught on Sunday and Monday in eastern Syria, about 15 miles from the Iraqi border.

According to the YPG, a 16-year-old boy from the U.S. identified as Soulay Noah Su was among the alleged terrorists who were trying to carry out an attack on civilians.


Iran confirms arrest of U.S. Navy veteran

White’s arrest only adds to the tension that has existed between Iran and the United States since the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the agreement.

White is at least the fourth U.S. citizen being held in Iran on accusations of espionage. In the past, Iran has agreed to prisoner swaps, releasing some U.S. prisoners as Iranian prisoners in U.S. cells were freed. The last such exchange took place when the nuclear agreement took effect in early 2016.


Freak freeway sign fall seen in shocking video nearly dooms driver in Australia

The woman was driving on the Tullamarine freeway in Melbourne when the large metal sign came crashing down without warning, Sky News Australia reported.

In video obtained by 9News, the sign is seen slamming into the SUV, but, remarkably, it barely injured the driver.

Commentary/Opinion:


On a scale of one to ten, last night Trump was a seven and Pelosi/Schumer were a zero

The president was clearly reading a teleprompter and was not as fluid as he can be when in front of an audience. I did not perceive a heart-and-soul connection to the public the way that President Reagan could handle an Oval Office address. To be fair, speaking into a camera with no audience and very high stakes is a huge challenge. A rating of five is “average,” and that’s what I thought his style was.

The contrast provided by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer was dramatic. The substance was mediocre at best, and the style went into negative point territory. They obviously did not get any help in staging from their friends in Hollywood. It was a disaster. (Transcript here, video embedded below.) Let’s start with the podium that was too narrow to accommodate both of them. It was clown car territory.


Charlie Kirk: Trump has Pelosi, Schumer on the defensive. He must keep up the fight for the border wall

There are a couple of different ways to look at this epic clash. The first is through a political lens; the second is through the lens of leadership.

Regarding the political, President Trump has the Democrats in a position they are not accustomed to – the defensive.

Tuesday night’s Democratic response to the president, delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, was a classic example of Democrats trying to explain how they are for border security, but simultaneously against securing the border. It also showed how anxious they are to spend our taxpayer money on all their favorite programs, but unwilling to spend $5 billion on border security

Analyzing the Need for Border Security with Michael Graham

On the No Spin News, CBS News contributor Michael Graham offers his solutions to border security and analyzes Tuesday’s address from the President and how it could be a big win for the Trump administration. Plus, O’Reilly and Graham debate out the two major issues staking out President Trump’s reelection.

What Does Diversity Have to Do with Science?

Do you care about the race of your doctor, or the gender of the person who built the bridge you drive across? The latest trend across STEM fields claims you should. Heather Mac Donald, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Diversity Delusion, explains where these destructive ideas are coming from.