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Investigators ask for public’s help identifying toddler found dead in duffel bag

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has teamed up with San Diego Police Department in the effort to identify the deceased child.

On May 4, 2004, skeletal remains of a small boy were discovered by two hikers on a trail near the park and Interstate 15.

The hikers noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffle bag, according to SDPD. When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones. Red warm-up pants, gray-tan socks, a blue vest and two sweatshirts were also in the bag.


Jason Spindler survived 9/11. Then he died at the hands of terrorists in Nairobi.

Security forces walk Jan. 16 near the Nairobi hotel complex that was the scene of a terrorist attack the previous day. (Ben Curtis/AP)

That morning, as thousands of people fled from the collapsing World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, Spindler did the opposite: He ran straight into the rubble and began pulling people out, his college roommate Kevin Yu told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

“That’s exactly the kind of person he is,” Yu said. “When we hear explosions of gunfire, a lot of people immediately jump away. His instinct is quite the opposite — he jumps straight at it.”


ISIS accounts on Facebook share videos of Syria suicide bombing

Two different accounts posted what appears to be the same video showing the bombing in Majib, which reportedly killed 16 people — including a number of U.S. service members.

The videos, which were flagged for Fox News by Eric Feinberg, chief executive of cyberintelligence company GIPEC, had not been taken down more than five hours after being posted, with each racking up over 2,000 views.


Jayme Closs should get $50G reward offered because ‘she got herself out,’ 911 caller’s husband says

Peter Kasinskas told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Closs — who escaped from Jake Thomas Patterson’s remote home in Gordon, Wisconsin, last Thursday — should receive the money because “she got herself out.”

Kasinskas’ wife, Kristin, called 911 on Thursday after Jeanne Nutter brought the teen to her home.

Jayme escaped her alleged captor’s cabin Thursday after pushing herself out from under a bed, putting on a pair of Patterson’s shoes and running out into the street, according to a criminal complaint detailed Monday. Once free, she encountered Nutter, a retired child protective services worker, who brought her to the Kasinskas home and waited for police.


Former NFL player catches man allegedly peeping into daughter’s bedroom

Geoffrey Cassidy
Geoffrey Cassidy

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A man got more than he bargained for when a former NFL player spotted him peeping on his 15-year-old daughter, WPBF reports.

It was about 6:40 a.m. Monday when Tony Beckham, who once played for the Tennessee Titans, walked out of his home in Wellington, Florida, and heard a sound.

“I waited for a second and I looked again,” Beckham told WPBF. “And I see a white male and he’s standing by my window and he’s trying to get a better position.”


Wisconsin man stabs woman in wheelchair 116 times, says ‘Jesus forgives me’: complaint

Kehinde Afolayan, 31,
Kehinde Afolayan, 31, was charged after allegedly stabbing a wheelchair-bound woman 116 times. (Milwaukee County)

A witness told police he saw Afolayan stabbing Lynch while she was sitting in a wheelchair in her apartment in South Milwaukee. He identified Afolayan as “someone whom, in the past month, he had seen getting the victim’s mail from her mailbox.”

Police responded to a 911 call of the stabbing Friday and arrived at the gruesome scene to find Lynch, who appeared to be “partially disemboweled” in her wheelchair, covered in blood. Afolayan came down the stairs holding a blood-covered white undershirt, police said.


TSA says security wait times are ‘within normal’ range in latest statement

On Wednesday, the TSA reported that “overall, passengers waited less than 30 minutes” the previous day, and 97.3 percent of passengers waited less than 15 minutes at screening checkpoints. PreCheck passengers, on average, waited less than 10.

For reference, the TSA added that national average wait times are usually under 30 minutes for standard lanes and 10 minutes for TSA PreCheck lanes.


TRUMP FINDS A WAY TO KEEP NATIONAL PARKS OPEN WITHOUT GETTING COVERED IN TRASH

Trump officials wanted to keep national parks accessible during the ongoing government shutdown, in sharp contrast to the 2013 shutdown, but came under fire amid a slew of reports that parks were being trashed.

Now, national parks officials are allowed to tap into revenues to stay open and provide basic services.

“Approximately 80 parks have used revenue generated under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to address maintenance and sanitation issues that have arisen since the start of the lapse of appropriations,” a National Park Service spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.


IRS to waive some penalties for failing to withhold taxes because of the Trump tax cuts

“We realize there were many changes that affected people last year, and this penalty waiver will help taxpayers who inadvertently didn’t have enough tax withheld,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said Wednesday in a statement. “We urge people to check their withholding again this year to make sure they are having the right amount of tax withheld for 2019.”

Changes to major deductions, especially the deduction for state and local taxes paid and the deduction for mortgage interest, could affect those withholding calculations.


Broke teen who sold kidney for an iPhone now bedridden for life

Wang Shangkun was 17 years old when he made the fateful decision. Shortly after the illegal surgery he began suffering from a decreased level of kidney function.

Eight years on, the 25-year-old is now bedridden for life after his remaining organ failed.

Mr. Shangkun had sold his kidney to black market organ harvesters in April 2011 where he received AUD$4500 — purchasing a iPhone 4 and iPad 2 with the funds.


Dozens of people injured following 19 car crash in California

KTLA reports that the pileup occurred along the freeway, south of Oak Hills shortly after 9 a.m.

Victims were triaged at the scene, and preliminary reports indicated 35 people suffered minor to moderate injuries, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The majority of patients declined to be transported, the Fire Department said. It was unclear how many were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Politics:


WATCH: NY Democrat Blasts Pelosi And Schumer For Refusing To Condemn Anti-Semitic Dem Congresswoman

Hikind targeted Democratic leaders: “Who is speaking out? Who is standing up? Is it Nancy Pelosi? Does she have the guts? Does she have the courage to stand up regardless of any kind of politics?”

Hikind targeted Senator Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish, pointing out that his last name was close to another Hebrew word, “shomer,” which means to guard or keep: “Is it maybe, the ‘Shomer,’ the Watcher of the Jewish people, the minority leader of the United States Senate?

Or is it only when it’s a Republican the Democrats speak out? Or is it only when it’s President Trump that the Democratic Party is united to condemn any kind of racism or hatred? What about within the Democratic party?”


Christine Blasey Ford inspired woman to come forward with abuse allegations against California congressman

Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.,
Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., has been accused of groping a teenage girl more than a decade ago. He’s denied the allegations. (Getty Images)

Rep. Tony Cárdenas, a Democrat from California, allegedly gave Chavez, then a 16-year-old daughter of a family friend, a glass of water that “had an unusual taste” while at a golf tournament in 2007, according to a lawsuit filed last year.

Hours later, Chavez collapsed but remained conscious, and while Cárdenas took her to the hospital, he “reached inside her shirt and rubbed her breasts,” as well as “fondled” her genitals, the lawsuit alleges.

Chavez, now 28, has decided to publicly come forward now because she was inspired by Ford, who testified before lawmakers during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last year.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She’s Going to ‘Run Train on the Progressive Agenda’

According to Urban Dictionary — not always a reliable source, but useful in this case — “run train” is colloquially defined as “to gangbang” someone with “several friends.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s pledge to gang bang the progressive agenda comes in the transcript of an extensive interview with the Post, in which she was asked about “conservative media” setting her up as “another boogeyman on the left.”


‘State of the Union Is Off’: Democrat Steny Hoyer Rescinds Trump Invitation

“The state of the union is off,” Hoyer said in an interview with CNN, adding that Trump could not convince them to schedule it until Trump reopened the government.

Hoyer commented after Pelosi sent the president a letter, urging him to postpone the speech or simply deliver a letter to Congress. The White House has not responded to Pelosi’s request or Hoyer’s comments, but White House sources confirmed to Breitbart News that they are working on a response.


DON JR: PELOSI ‘TERRIFIED’ TO LET AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR TRUMP ‘UNFILTERED’

“Speaker Pelosi is clearly attempting to block my father from giving his State of the Union speech, not because 20 percent of the government is shut down, but because she is terrified of him having another opportunity to speak directly to the American people about her party’s obstruction, unfiltered and without her friends in the media running interference for her,” Trump, Jr. said.

“Pelosi correctly recognizes that the more President Trump shines a spotlight on the very real human tragedies that occur because of her and her party’s open border policies, the more of a political loser it becomes for them,” Trump continued.


New footage shows Dems at swanky ‘cocktail reception’ in Puerto Rico amid government shutdown

California Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar spotted this weekend attending a swanky cocktail dinner party in Puerto Rico in the midst of a government shutdown. (Fox News)

The memo on the trip to Puerto Rico named over 100 lobbyists and corporate executives, some from Washington firms, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association.

The trip took place at a fancy seaside resort with rooms costing more than $400 a night. The congressmen also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” though they had to buy the tickets themselves.


Maxine Waters issues warning to Wall Street, lays out agenda as head of powerful committee

Waters, a frequent and vocal critic of President Trump and his administration, now has some in the financial industry on edge given her newly obtained congressional powers — especially after the sector benefited from the Trump administration’s rollback of financial regulations implemented after the last recession.

Waters, who will be joined on the Financial Services Committee by liberal freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has already hinted she is interested in ramping up the pressure on banks that have been accused of widespread abuses.

Immigration:


Honduran Caravan Crosses Guatemala, Traveling Toward U.S.

The group that reached Guatemala on Tuesday is the first wave of a caravan that could consist of thousands. It’s the first national border crossed by the migrants on their journey that started Monday night.

“A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Tell Nancy [Pelosi] and Chuck [Schumer] that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said the U.S. is “closely monitoring” the caravan. “To be clear — participation in a caravan does not grant you a special status or provide you special treatment,” she said.


ILLEGAL ALIEN WITH EIGHT RE-ENTRY VIOLATIONS CAUGHT WITH $850,000 OF METH AND COCAINE IN CAR

Officers with the Utah County Special Enforcement Team and the Utah County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over Lopez’s car Jan. 12 because of an alleged traffic violation. When Lopez refused to stop his car, officers surrounded him and were eventually able to pull him over.

Lopez’s 16-year-old son was in the car at the time of the arrest, though police do not believe that he was involved in his father’s alleged drug trafficking. The boy has been released to his mother, according to a press release.

The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), confirmed that Lopez is an illegal alien who has eight aggravated re-entry violations.


A rape suspect, a radio show host, and an immigration rights group are among those linked to organizing Central American caravans

As a new migrant caravan grew to more than 2,000 on its way from Honduras through Central America on Tuesday, Honduran authorities announced they had arrested and detained Juan Carlos Molina, and identified him as an organizer and promoter of the trip.

Molina, 26, was traveling with the caravan when Honduran authorities realized he had an outstanding warrant for rape charges from 2015, and arrested him, according to El Heraldo, a Honduran newspaper.

Molina’s name is a new addition to the list of people and organizations – in the U.S. and Latin America – who have been flagged as suspected organizers of the caravans.


From GoFundMe to private project: Disabled vet says his border wall project gets $7M in donations

Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage, 37, who started the GoFundMe page in December to raise money for President Trump’s border wall, said Wednesday that donors have given $7 million to his new idea: privately building the wall, according to reports.

CBS News reported that Kolfage would use contributions from his new nonprofit, We Build the Wall, Inc. to build the barrier on private land.

World News:

What is happening in Zimbabwe?

The centre of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, is deserted after the third day of a nationwide strike. Demonstrators are frustrated by the huge rise in living costs that has resulted in food and fuel shortages across the impoverished country Civilians beaten and abducted in major Zimbabwe crackdown


British PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote, day after major Brexit defeat

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government narrowly survived a vote of no-confidence in Parliament Wednesday as her Conservative Party stuck together to push back an effort to oust the government — despite May’s colossal Brexit defeat a day earlier.

The House of Commons voted 325-306 in favor of the government and against the motion, as Conservative MPs and coalition allies The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) stood together and fended off Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s push for an eventual general election.


Mom calls police after Domino’s does not deliver pizza

The mom of three, ages 5, 13 and 15, said the nearly $50 pizza order had left her only $9 to live on for the next two days. and therefore unable to purchase her children food after the order fell through, so she called the police for assistance.

“I phoned the police to ask if they could help, I was nearly crying. They said there was nothing they could do and I had to phone Domino’s,” she told The Mirror. “The manager didn’t even offer for me to go to the other store. I said can I come and collect the money back from them and they said no they can’t do that.”

Commentary/Opinion:


The Shutdown Shows How Unnecessary Much of Government Is

Pundits talk as if government is the most important part of America, but it isn’t.

We need some government, limited government. But most of life, the best of life, goes on without government, many of the best parts in spite of government.

Of course, the shutdown is a big deal to the 800,000 people who aren’t being paid. But they will get paid. Government workers always do—after shutdowns.

Columnist Paul Krugman calls this shutdown “Trump’s big libertarian experiment.” But it’s not libertarian. Government’s excessive rules are still in effect, and eventually government workers will be paid for not working. That makes this a most un-libertarian experiment.


Why won’t Democrats even criticize Rashida Tlaib for promoting anti-Semitism?

As a Palestinian Muslim female, Tlaib has been celebrated by Democrats and the media as a trailblazer, symbolic of the diversity of the new House majority. Yet ever since her election, she has been unapologetically promoting anti-Semitism.

In the most recent example, she was photographed with a supporter at a private party in Detroit celebrating her swearing in to Congress. As I reported, the man pictured was a Palestinian activist who has praised the terrorist group Hezbollah, said Israel did not have the right to exist, and has called for Israeli “Zionist terrorist” Jews to return to Poland, where roughly three million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.