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Millions of loan, mortgage documents exposed online

The documents came from major financial institutions such as Citigroup, HSBC, Wells Fargo, and Capital One, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“These documents contained highly sensitive data, such as social security numbers, names, phones, addresses, credit history, and other details which are usually part of a mortgage or credit report,” Diachenko said.

He described the exposed information as “a gold mine for cyber criminals who would have everything they need to steal identities, file false tax returns, get loans or credit cards.”


Alabama man serving life sentence for sex trafficking escapes maximum-security prison

Corey Aris Davis escaped from his cell at the St. Clair Correctional Facility, authorities said. (AP Photo/Alabama Department of Corrections)

Corey Aris Davis, 30, was not in his cell at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville during a security check at 8 p.m. CST, the Department of Corrections said in a statement.

Members of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and tracking dogs from the Alabama Department of Corrections probed the Lauderdale area Thursday after a resident notified authorities, the Times Daily reported. The woman said she believed she saw the inmate at an intersection in town.


American Navy veteran jailed over ‘private complaint,’ Iran says

American Navy veteran Michael R. White, 46,
American Navy veteran Michael R. White, 46, was detained in Iran after visiting his Iranian girlfriend, his mother said. (Instagram)

He’s the first known American to be detained in Iran since Donald Trump became president.

According to the Mehr News Agency, prosecutor Gholamali Sadeghi said the case against White is still “under investigation” though he did not go into details nor did he confirm whether White is facing security charges.

Under Iranian law, a private complaint refers to allegations made by a citizen, not the state.


Radford University student accused of stabbing classmate to death

Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting, 21,
Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting, 21, was arrested and charged Thursday with second-degree murder. (Radford City Police Department)

Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting, 21, of Jeffersonton, Virginia, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

A search warrant said officers responded to an apartment near the school and were met by a woman covered in blood. The warrant said the woman told officers to arrest her and admitted to the slaying.

The woman was on the floor with a butcher knife “sticking out of her mouth,” the Roanoke Times reported, citing the search warrant.


6 New Mexico high school students hospitalized after vaping scare

According to the outlet, both police and school officials have remained relatively mum regarding further details.

School superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy confirmed to KRQE, however, that the students are now doing fine and that both police and the school are investigating the matter.


Whole Foods Issues Recall Over Potential Salmonella Contamination

The Amazon-owned, Texas-based company said that all of the recalled items contain baby spinach. Baby spinach and mesclun from Satur Farms, a New York-based Whole Foods supplier, was recently identified as being potentially contaminated by salmonella.

“Consumption of this product by consumers represents a potential health hazard,” Whole Foods said in a message on its website.


Republic Steel to Reopen Production at Ohio Mill

More than 60 employees will be hired after the rolling mill underwent a complete refurbishment.

The Lorain mill has a capacity of 35,000 tons per month and expects orders to come in soon. The reopening of the mill will expand Republic’s size range down to 7.5mm for carbon, free machining and alloy grades, including 12L14 and other leaded steels.

“We have successfully run internal production trials, and now anticipate receiving sufficient orders to support moving to a production mode in the 2nd Quarter of this year,” the company said.


Hawaiian Airlines flight diverted after flight attendant dies

Medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight, but suspended these efforts prior to landing, Yakel said. Sources told Hawaii News Now that crew members performed CPR for hours. The flight attendant reportedly had more than 30 years of service.

A passenger tweeted saying flight attendants asked the passengers if anyone was a doctor on board to help, Hawaii News Now reported. A passenger told the media outlet that a paramedic and doctor stepped in to help out. The San Mateo County Coroner declared the person dead, NBC News reported.


‘Gosnell’ star Dean Cain: New abortion protection ‘would make the crimes of Kermit Gosnell legal’

Actor Dean Cain
Actor Dean Cain

The regulation signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and currently being proposed in Vermont “would make the crimes of Kermit Gosnell legal,” said Cain, who is also an executive producer of the film.

Seventy-seven-year-old Gosnell, currently serving life in prison without parole, was an abortion provider who has been labeled as one of America’s most prolific serial killers.

“The worst thing I learned [during the production of the film] was what actually takes place during a late-term abortion,” Cain told Fox News.

“I did not have any idea and I thought I was a pretty knowledgeable guy — and it’s gruesome, and it’s the kind of thing you’ll learn if you watch the film.

We don’t show everything, but you understand what took place and there’s a huge emotional impact on the mothers — and you see that in the film.”


Emails show Avenatti client racing to find settlement funds he now says lawyer used for ‘Ponzi-like’ scheme

Text messages and email conversations between Avenatti and the client, exclusively obtained by Fox News this week, document the client’s persistent efforts for several months last year to locate and obtain the funds pursuant to a settlement agreement, which resulted from the client’s intellectual property dispute with an out-of-state company.

And financial documents reviewed by Fox News show that the money had been wired to an account designated by Avenatti on Jan. 5, 2018, but that Avenatti continued to dodge increasingly frantic questions from the client as to where the funds were.


YouTube to cut down on conspiracy theories, misinformation in recommendations

On Friday, YouTube said it’ll start reducing recommendations of borderline content, videos that come close to but don’t “quite cross the line” of violating its Community Standards.

For example, the company said this’ll include “videos promoting phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”


Border Patrol agent working without pay pulls suicidal man off bridge

Border Patrol Agent Brian Maitland and Monroe County Deputy Brian Sroka saved the man’s life when they responded to a report of a man sitting on the CN Railroad Bridge in Newport earlier this month.

The man, identified only as being 64 years old, had a half-empty bottle of bourbon next to him and tied one end of a rope around his neck and the other to a bridge beam. He appeared to be preparing to jump, the Detroit News reported.

Immigration:


BORDER AGENT TELLS CBS THAT THIS IS THE WORST IMMIGRATION CRISIS HE HAS EVER SEEN

CBS evening news interviewed Grijalva in Arizona Thursday, after agents apprehended 180 migrants attempting to gain access to the U.S. He said the area has become a popular spot for illegal border crossings in recent months.

“I’ve seen six different presidents the time that I’ve been with the Border Patrol, and this is the worst crisis that I’ve seen,” he said.


Tech Giant, Oracle, Allegedly Underpaid Minorities, Favored Student Visa Holders

In an amended complaint filed Jan. 22 by the Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs argues that tech giant Oracle had engaged in discrimination against minorities, while demonstrating an “extreme preference” for immigrant visa holders.

The DOL alleges that “Oracle strongly preferred hiring Asian recent graduates for Product Development jobs, almost to the exclusion of qualified available graduates of any other race” or ethnic background.

The investigation stems from 2014 Labor Department audit of Oracle that served as the basis for the original complaint filed in January 2017.


Uncle Sam’s Imported Child Brides

From 2007 to 2017, USCIS and the State Department approved 5,556 requests to admit spouses or fiancées under the age of 18, and 2,926 approvals of minors seeking to bring in older spouses.

Countries with the most requests were, in order, Mexico, Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen. Middle Eastern nationals had the highest percentage of overall approved petitions.

In 2016, FAIR noted that forced marriage was a growing problem among immigrant groups in America. At the time, Syrian refugee communities had a particularly high incidence of child brides.

Politics:

Alan Dershowitz reacts to Roger Stone’s indictment

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says that almost all of Robert Mueller’s indictments have been committed as a result of his investigation, not from colluding with Russia.

Shut down over.

BREAKING: Democrat Leaders Say They Will Never Provide Funding For A Wall

President Trump said Friday that he will support a short-term spending bill to re-open the government, temporarily ending the partial government shutdown that has dragged on for more than a month — despite a day earlier saying Republicans would not “cave” on his demands for funding for a wall on the southern border.

“I am very proud to announce we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” he said to applause from gathered Cabinet members.


Lawmakers react to Trump’s partial shutdown announcement: ‘The longest shutdown in American history will finally end’

The bill is expected to hit the Senate floor immediately and if passed, will keep the government running until Feb. 15. However, the deal appeared to include no money for a wall or steel barrier, but Trump said he hoped negotiations would continue to come to an agreement on wall funding.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement saying he “was glad” that both sides were able to make a deal that would also allow them to “negotiate a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.”


DEMOCRATS BREAKING WITH LEADERSHIP TO SUPPORT BORDER WALL FUNDING

Other House Democrats have also spoken out in support for border wall funding including Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, California Rep. John Garamendi, California Rep. Katie Hill, Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotnick, New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi, Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, Washington Rep. Adam Smith, and Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell.

Led by Virginia freshman Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, thirty members within the caucus urged Speaker Pelosi in a letter to give Trump a vote on border security funding if he first agrees to end the shutdown, Politico reported.

“He’s not talking about a wall from sea to shining sea. That is not what we are talking about. We are talking about physical barriers as recommended by experts,” Luria said.

Trump proposed Thursday night for a “down payment” on a border wall as a condition to end the government shutdown temporarily, telling reporters it would be “some sort of pro-rated down payment on the wall.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly rejected the proposal telling reporters as she walked off the floor it was not “reasonable.”

World News:


Yellow Vests and Opponents Prepare for Weekend Protests in France

GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

More than two months after starting their revolt over fuel tax increases, yellow vest protesters remain mobilized and have called for an 11th straight weekend of protests.

About 84,000 people protested last weekend, around the same number as the week before, and despite a slight rise in Macron’s approval rates in the latest opinion polls, protesters are expected to turn out in large numbers Saturday.


German Forklift Maker Mulls US Expansion as Trump Tariffs Hit Its China Production, Report Says

Kion sells more than a billion dollars’ worth of products and services a year in North America, including about 3,000 forklifts in the United States, half of them imported from China.

But the company is now reconsidering its operations after Trump included forklifts in the $50 billion of Chinese imports slapped with a 25 percent tariff, Kion Chief Financial Officer Anke Groth told The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 18.

“It is worth exploring ways to expand our production in the U.S. to avoid tariffs,” she said.

Commentary/Opinion:


Democrats Line Up to Denounce Their Recent Past

The parents of the revolution – the Democratic establishment – are falling into line.

Among the heinous political sins for which many Democratic presidential hopefuls must atone is past support for virtually any sort of immigration enforcement. Immigration positions that were, and continue to be, very much mainstream are now cause for deep remorse and shameful mea culpas.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who recently announced her candidacy while yucking it up with comedian and late night TV host Stephen Colbert quickly found herself explaining some uncomfortable facts about her past to one of the revolution’s commissars, Rachel Maddow. Sen. Gillibrand, who now calls for abolishing ICE, has some skeletons in her closet that she ruefully apologized for on Maddow’s MSNBC broadcast.

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