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Married Army Ranger, 26, dies in Afghanistan, becoming first military fatality of 2019

Sgt. Cameron Meddock, 26,
According to Meddock’s hometown newspaper, the High Plains Observer, he leaves behind a wife, Stephanie, who is expecting the couple’s first child.
(Instagram)

Sgt. Cameron Meddock, 26, died in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries sustained from small-arms fire Jan. 13 in Badghis Province, Afghanistan. It was his second deployment.

“Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America’s precious sons. The entire nation should strive to emulate the warrior, patriot and husband that Cameron was,” Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a statement. “The 75th Ranger Regiment will forever honor Sergeant Cameron Meddock, and his family will forever be a member of our Ranger family.”


Ohio man builds wheelchair-accessible snow fort for his kids: ‘A+ dad right there’

“I keep telling everybody, it’s really no big deal. We were already building a snow fort so when we were doing it I said, ‘Hey, let’s build it so that Elijah and Zahara, my two kids in wheelchairs, could use it as well,’” he told People.

Eichhorn and his wife, Katie, are parents to nine special needs children, all adopted. The couple told Cincinnati.com in 2015 that they felt called by God to take in these children.

Gregg Eichhorn and his sister spent nearly five hours constructing the large dome-shaped structure Sunday. When one of Eichhorn’s friends shared an image of the fort on Reddit, the father received widespread praise for his efforts.


UPS Driver Strips Down to Boxers To Save Dog from Icy Pond, Then Returns to Route

An older gentleman had commandeered a rowboat and was trying to reach the dog, but the going was slow.

Cue UPS driver Ryan Arens, who heard a strange racket as he stopped to deliver a package nearby, but he couldn’t see anything. He said that the “dog was screaming and crying and going crazy.”

A dog lover, the noise got to him and he drove around the pond for a better look. That’s when he saw the poor pup and the man in the boat, and knew he’d have to help.

INCYMI:


Great white shark photo: I swam with ‘world’s biggest’

Deep Blue
The shark is believed to be one called Deep Blue – around 50 years old, weighing an estimated 2.5 tonnes and nearly six metres long.

Kimberly was out in a boat off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The photographer was hoping to get shots of sharks feeding on the carcass of a dead sperm whale.

“We noticed tiger sharks coming up to the back of the engines. It was perfect because it was ultimately what we came out to see.”

After getting into the water though, Kimberly says the team were surprised to find there were no sharks.

“Maybe 30 seconds later we see this massive shark, just kind of gracefully and slowly rising out of the depth. And she comes up to feed on the carcass.”


Former R. Kelly manager surrenders on terroristic threats charge

R. Kelly's former manager Henry James Mason (Henry County Court Clerk)
R. Kelly’s former manager Henry James Mason (Henry County Court Clerk)

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office told us Henry James Mason turned himself in around 9 a.m. Friday and was charged with making terroristic threats and acts. According to the sheriff’s office, Mason was released on a $10,000 bail and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His next court date has yet to be determined.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mason allegedly threatened the family of one of Kelly’s alleged victims in May 2018. In police records obtained by AJC.com, Mason was accused of telling Tim Savage, “I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to [f—ing] kill you.”


Store clerk violently attacked in armed robbery, suspects on the run: police

One of the men – armed with what appeared to be a handgun – snuck behind the unidentified clerk, pointing the weapon to his back and demanding money.

In surveillance footage, the clerk is seen trying to fight them off, in the process suffering blows to the head from the gun that left him bleeding.


Burglary suspect fatally shot by officer was boy, 14, carrying replica gun, police say

Police said they were responding to reports of a person burglarizing a car and the teen ran away when he was approached by officers. He was holding what appeared to be a handgun, cops said, and officers said they “gave verbal commands” during the chase.

The suspect turned toward the officers during the chase and one officer reportedly perceived that movement as a threat and shot the suspect, police said. Officials attempted to perform “life-saving measures” on the boy, but he died at a hospital later, the Arizona Republic reported.


Man stabbed in road-rage attack after honking at car in Brooklyn

The 53-year-old man was driving his blue Volvo on 65th Street near West 5th Street in Bensonhurst at about 5:30 p.m. when he honked at a red Infiniti that was stopped near the intersection, authorities said.

The driver of the Infinity and a passenger then got out of the car and began yelling at the Volvo driver, police said.


Man wanted for fatally shooting wife outside Cypress church found dead in hotel room bathroom

Arthur Edigin, 62
Arthur Edigin, 62

According to deputies, Edigin opened fire outside the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church on Huffmeister just after 7 p.m. Thursday, killing his wife. His daughter was also shot but survived the shooting. A child who was in the car at the time was unhurt, sources say.

Sources with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office tell us he threatened his wife before, with one incident happening as recently as January 6.


Prominent Democratic donor Terry Bean indicted on sex abuse charges

Terry Bean
Terry Bean

Bean, a gay rights activist who donated almost $70,000 of his own money to former President Barack Obama’s campaign, was charged with sexual abuse in 2014 but the case was dismissed after the alleged victim did not testify.

Prosecutors refiled the charges after this, court records stated, according to The Oregonian. The “alleged victim is not named in the new indictment” but the dates are similar to the previous charges, KGW8 noted.

Bean, a real estate developer, and his former boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene, Oregon, hotel in September 2013. They allegedly used the app Grindr to arrange the sexual encounter. Lawson was also charged but his case was dismissed.


Women’s March losing steam, supporters amid anti-Semitism concerns

The march will be held in D.C. again on Saturday at the National Mall, but the controversial ties of organizers have caused the campaign to lose steam.

Groups ranging from EMILY’s List to The National Council of Jewish Women as well as high-profile Democratic politicians are keeping their distance, even as other prominent organizations stand by the movement — and newly announced 2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand schedules an appearance at the march’s Iowa offshoot.


Texas can bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, appeals court panel rules

The ruling noted that the inspector general “concluded, based on the videos, that [Planned Parenthood] at a minimum violated federal standards regarding fetal tissue research and standards of medical ethics by allowing doctors to alter abortion procedures to retrieve tissue for research purposes or allowing the researchers themselves to perform the procedures.

.”[Planned Parenthood’s] briefing with regard to the substance of the discussions contained in the videos … is curiously silent,” the ruling added.


SEBASTIAN GORKA, JIM ACOSTA TRADE VERBAL BLOWS IN WHITE HOUSE DUST-UP

Multiple witnesses were aghast when they say Acosta saw Gorka, who just debuted his SALEM Radio Network show “America First,” and told him bluntly that media-related meetings with the president were for “real journalists” only. Gorka proceeded to berate Acosta at a high volume.

Gorka told The Daily Caller that the altercation had occurred earlier in the day as he waited for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Google reportedly pushed pro-life videos off of YouTube search results

A new report from Breitbart claims the search term ‘abortion’ was added to a ‘blacklist’ file for ‘controversial YouTube queries’; reaction from Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.


Facebook shocker: Unsealed docs will detail how social media giant made money off children

Facebook will surely be bracing itself for some fresh backlash from the public next week following a number of revealing legal documents being unsealed.

Those documents are expected to detail how Facebook made money off children without ongoing and clear consent from a parent or guardian.

The documents are being unsealed thanks to the work of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.


U.S. regulators discuss fining Facebook for privacy violations: report

The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook since last year. It has not finalized its findings in the probe or the total amount of the penalty, according to the newspaper.

Facebook has talked with FTC staff about the investigation, one of the people familiar with the matter told the Post.

However, it is unclear if the company would settle with the FTC by accepting a significant financial penalty, which is expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fine the agency imposed on Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google in 2012, the report said.


SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED! Over 10,000 Bricks Now Being Sent To Pelosi; First Batch Has Already Arrived!

“We wanted a fun and creative way to tell the Democrats that we’re serious about the wall. And what better way to send Pelosi a message than with thousands of bricks at her front door? 

We also want to give our supporters a way to have their voices heard and express their desire to build the wall,” said Jack Murphy, the originator of this viral campaign.

Here are some exclusive pictures from the shipment of bricks that were sent out earlier this week:

Immigration:


Largest single group of migrants ever tunnels under border wall in Arizona, says Border Protection

even tunnels were dug underneath the border wall near Yuma, Arizona, on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, as a record group of migran

Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds, according to video obtained by ABC News. Smugglers dug a series of seven holes, only a few feet long beneath the steel border fence, with hundreds going beneath the wall and a smaller number clambering over it, according to CBP.

The mass crossing this week took place in a sparsely populated stretch of the border — where an old model of border barrier rises about 12 feet from the sandy ground. The stretched agency only had three agents patrolling that 26-mile-long section of the border.

It took hours to process the families, most of which were sent to the area’s chronically overcrowded central processing center in Yuma.


Migrant caravan freely crosses Mexican border after gates were left open, authorities avoided ‘confrontation’

The border gates were open only temporarily, but migrants – who crossed the bridge from Tecun-Uman to Ciudad Hidalgo – were surprised to find no locks on the gates, effectively giving them a free pass to enter the country without being stuck at the border or registering with immigration officials.

There was little presence of police or border security officials. A Mexican official told Fox News that they “did not want to confront” the migrant caravan, fearing the repetition of last year’s incident where violent clashes between police and the migrants broke out.


Drug smugglers bring 700 lbs of cocaine into US, then flee into Mexico across border with no physical barrier

Customs and Border Protection said the suspects were seen loading “bundles of narcotics” into an off-road-style utility vehicle outside of Garciasville, a city in Texas up against the river. The suspects, apparently aware they had been seen, were able to “abruptly” drive the vehicle into the river and escape into Mexico, CBP said.

CBP did not say how many suspects got away, only that there were “several,” and that the amount of cocaine totaled 705 lbs., with an estimated value of $22.5 million.


NC Police Arrest 2 Illegal Immigrants, MS-13 Member for Alleged Meth Trafficking

L-R: Marco Tulio Ramos Garcia, Silvia Hernandez-Iturralde, Cristian Cabrera-Rivas. (Photo: Gaston County Police Department)

The Gaston Gazette reports that police in neighboring Mecklenburg County arrested Cabrera-Rivas in December on multiple violent charges. Those charges include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and possession of a stolen gun, the newspaper reported.

Breitbart News reached out to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for information about why the previously deported MS-13 gang member was released after being arrested on violent charges. No response has been received from the sheriff’s public information manager.

The website for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office lists several articles that appear to boast about the new sheriff’s ending of the 287g program that provides for cooperation between federal and local officials on immigration-related issues.


JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS HIRING LAWYERS TO TAKE ON PROPERTY SEIZURES FOR TRUMP BORDER WALL

In a strong indication the Trump administration is preparing for the next phase of the immigration battle, the Department of Justice is now hiring lawyers to handle border wall litigation in South Texas.

“Eminent domain is something that has to be used, usually you would say for anything that’s long, like a road, like a pipeline or like a wall or a fence,” Trump told reporters earlier in January in the Rose Garden.

He made clear that the White House would wield eminent domain authority only if landowners refuse to sell the land needed for the wall, and he pledged that all landholders would receive fair prices.

Politics:


Gov. DeSantis Suspends Palm Beach Supervisor Of Election & Accepts Brenda Snipes Resignation

“Today, we turn our attention to the need to restore faith in our elections processes here in Florida,” said Governor DeSantis.

“During the 2018 General Election, Florida had 65 out of 67 counties that ran good elections. Supervisor Bucher demonstrated she was unable to comply with the laws of our state and her duties as the Supervisor of Elections and failed to accurately report information related to the number of ballots that had been cast.

For these reasons, I am suspending Susan Bucher as Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, effective immediately. It is time to turn the page in Palm Beach County to ensure accountability and transparency from our elections officials.”


Report: Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress

The sources are described as two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. It is not clear if that means two officials currently involved or previously involved (which would include some of the fired or removed officials like Andrew McCabe or James Comey).

What is clear is that, if the proof is Cohen alone, they have work to do on this one. Cohen is a serial liar and felon.

Cohen is about as credible as a mob torpedo without being thoroughly and completely verified by more credible sources. There are also some gaps in the story as well as obvious defenses.

Huckabee: Trump showed he is going to come out swinging at Pelosi

Former Republican Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says that Sen. Lindsey Graham was wrong to call out President Trump over denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military aircraft for an overseas trip.


Trump to meet North Korean official in the Oval Office in possible prelude to 2nd nuclear summit

President Trump will meet with a top North Korean official Friday afternoon in the Oval Office, the White House confirmed.

The face-to-face comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim Yong-chol, North Korea’s lead negotiator, in the nation’s capital early Friday morning to negotiate terms that could lead to a second nuclear summit between Trump and Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un.

House Dem on Foreign Affairs Committee despite anti-Israel remarks

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer weighs in on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to place Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar on the House Foreign Affairs committee.


Trump campaign sending faux red bricks to Schumer, Pelosi amid border wall fight

President Trump’s re-election campaign said Friday it’ll send faux red bricks to the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer until Democrats agree to fund a border wall.

To raise money for the 2020 race, the Trump campaign is asking donors to chip in $20.20 for each fake brick, which will be sent to the Democratic congressional leaders amid the fight that underlies the extended partial government shutdown.

Parscale said the bricks will include facts about “the crime, drugs, and human trafficking that result from open borders.”

World News:


President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to hold second summit next month: White House

President Donald Trump Kim Jong Un
President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 11, 2018.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders put out a statement confirming the summit after Trump met with North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator Kim Jong Chol Friday in the Oval Office.

“President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization,” Sanders said in the statement.

Sanders said they discussed “a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date.”


Car bomb kills 21 on Colombia police academy campus

A police officer hugs his relatives
A police officer hugs his relatives who have arrived at the scene after the explosion occurred outside the General Santander police academy in Bogota, Colombia on January 17, 2019.

The attack has rattled residents and raised tough questions about lingering security threats in the wake of a peace deal with the nation’s largest rebel group. Overnight, the death toll from the Thursday morning bombing more than doubled to 21, making it the deadliest attack in Colombia in over a decade.

It proved especially unsettling because the target, the General Santander school, is one of the most protected installations in the capital and indications it may have been the result of a suicide bombing — something unprecedented in decades of political violence in the Andean nation.


Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army

Myanmar’s military says the Arakan Army, a rebel group in the same region where the government conducted an brutal counterinsurgency campaign against the Muslim Rohingya minority, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks.

A separate army offensive that caused more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh was triggered when a group of Rohingya guerrillas staged similar attacks in August 2017.


Suspect, 20, arrested over rape and murder of 21-year-old Israeli exchange student in Melbourne

Aiia Maasarwe, a 21-year-old Israeli exchange student,
Aiia Maasarwe, a 21-year-old Israeli exchange student,

The man, who was not identified by police but has been named by local media as Codey Herrmann, was taken into custody Friday morning in the neighboring suburb of Greensborough, Victoria Police said in a statement.

Hermann is reportedly an aspiring rapper who went to school just minutes from where Maasarwe’s body was found days earlier.

Maasarwe was killed around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday shorting after she got off a tram in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora. She was on a video call with her sister – who was abroad – when she was brutally attacked.


Man sets himself on fire amid Czech commemoration event

Police officers secure an area next to the Saint Wenceslas statue at upper part of Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

PRAGUE — Czech officials say a man has been seriously injured after he set himself on fire in downtown Prague amid commemorative events to remember a student who burned himself to death 50 years ago to inspire resistance against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Police say the man born in 1964 poured an unspecified flammable liquid on himself at Wenceslas Square and set himself on fire Friday. They say that people who were nearby extinguished the fire.


Zimbabwe shuts down internet amid violent crackdown

An injured man received assistance at a hospital Thursday after an alleged assault by a group of uniformed soldiers in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe on Friday faced an internet shutdown after a violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic fuel price increase. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The African country’s largest internet service provider – Econet – says it has been ordered to cut services until further notice.

Access to Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter has been intermittently blocked since protests broke out on Monday, according to the BBC.

At least three people have been killed and 600 people have been arrested.


Hitman known as ‘Iceman’ who murdered UK crime boss ‘Mr Big’ caught by GPS running watch

Mark Fellows,
Mark Fellows, also known as “The Iceman,” was sentenced to life in prison. (Greater Manchester Police )

Detectives were able to get key evidence from Fellows, a cyclist and runner, after seizing his Garmin Forerunner watch and tracking the GPS locations, the BBC reported.

Following a raid of Fellows’ apartment, police discovered the watch and were able to track the data that showed him at the scene where Massey was killed, The Washington Post reported.

The media outlet reported a picture of him wearing the device at the Great Manchester Run in 2015 “put the item in his possession at the time of his killing.”

Commentary/Opinion:

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Laura Ingraham: Big questions about life and viability face the Supreme Court over ailing Bader Ginsburg

 According to a new Marist poll, 75 percent of Americans say they would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy, that include 6 and 10 of those who self-identify as pro-choice as well 6 and 10 Democrats.

Well, that means the Supreme Court is actually out of sync with most Americans on that issue. Not that any of that matters. Because we’ve given so much power to the Supreme Court to run roughshod over the will of the people in the states, that’s it become a super governmental force.

Tucker calls out Democrats on hypocrisy over walls

Democrats call the border wall ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic’, but are silent on their own barriers.


Herald the new space race — and another exponential advance of technology

An artist’s impression of a moon village.
An artist’s impression of a moon village.

Scientists had long speculated about the existence of water on the moon — which would be necessary to grow crops and build settlements. India’s Chandrayaan-1 satellite confirmed a decade ago that there was water in the moon’s exosphere, and in August 2018 it helped NASA find water ice on the surface of the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions.

The Americans and Soviets may have started the space race in their quest for global domination, but China, India, Japan and others have joined it.

Technology has levelled the playing field so that even startups can compete and collaborate with governments.


Democrats, Puerto Rico, and the truth about our dishonest press

Now for a moment, suspend your disbelief and imagine an alternate universe wherein the press believes in the values of our Founding Fathers.

In this alternate universe, they report that the ruling class of politicians were on a tropical island off the mainland, indulging themselves in excess, while the government was partially shutdown, workers were missing paychecks, and citizens were wanting for services.

They report that meanwhile, the president of the United States stayed back at his office, and, seeing that a commitment to celebrate a group of young American champions was about to be broken because there was no staff or funding to serve them, opened his own wallet and made sure that the deserving group was properly welcomed and recognized at the White House.

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