News and Headlines. 1/29/2019

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‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett hospitalized after attack; police investigating as possible hate crime

The Chicago Police Department told Fox News in a statement that a 36-year-old cast member from the television show “Empire” told them he was walking at 2:00 a.m. when he was approached by two unknown men who yelled out “racial and homophobic slurs.”

According to police, the actor told them the men struck him in the face with their hands and poured an unknown chemical on him before wrapping a rope around his neck.

Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting faces additional hate crimes charges

The superseding 66-count indictment filed Tuesday reveals more details about how Bowers was allegedly motivated by hate. Before the attack, Bowers wrote a series of stridently anti-Semitic statements on social media, according to the indictment.

Bowers was particularly incensed, officials said, by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a group that has long provided humanitarian assistance to refugees.

On Oct. 10, Bowers posted on a HIAS website listing Jewish congregations hosting refu­gee-related events, including the congregation in Pittsburgh, according to the indictment. Bowers allegedly wrote: “Why hello there HIAS! You like to bring hostile invaders to dwell among us? We appreciate the list of friends you have provided.”

St Louis cop accused in alleged Russian roulette shooting booked into jail

The game of Russian roulette began with Hendren removing all the bullets from his revolver and then putting one back in. Police said he then spun the cylinder, pointed the gun away and squeezed the trigger, but the gun didn’t fire.

Next, Alix took the gun, pointed it at Hendren and pulled the trigger without the gun again firing.

The game ended when Hendren took the gun back, pointed it at Alix and pulled the trigger, “causing the gun to discharge,” police said.

Houston authorities hold a presser on officers-involved shooting

Officials speak to the media about a shooting that wounded five Houston police officers.

Houston Police Officers Union president has strong warning for ‘dirtbags trying to take our lives’ following shooting; suspects named

“Now I want to speak on behalf of the 5,200 brave men and women who work in the Houston Police Department and the other 800,000 police officers who are working these streets every single day, are putting their lives on the line,” Gamaldi said.

“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families. Enough is enough.”

He also had a message for those calling police officers the “enemy.”

Texas police officer clings to window as suspect drives off, evades authorities

Adan Loa,
Authorities are searching for Adan Loa, who has active warrants and drove off with an officer still hanging on the side of his truck. (Weslaco Police Department)

When officers confronted the man — identified by police as 28-year-old Adan Loa — he refused to turn off the truck and fled the scene.

“In his attempt to flee he struck a patrol unit and also injured a Weslaco Police Department Officer,” police said.

“In his attempt to flee he struck a patrol unit and also injured a Weslaco Police Department Officer,” police said.

Florida man killed family after being kicked out for stealing $200G for obsession with porn site model: Cops

Grant Amato was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his family. (Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)

Police were called on Friday to investigate after Cody Amato failed to show up at his job. Authorities went to the Chuluota home and found Amato’s family members dead, the Sentinel reported. Investigators determined Amato’s parents had been shot execution style.

Investigators tracked Amato down on Saturday and, after he agreed to an interview, he told authorities he’d been fighting with his family about the woman from the website, the Sentinel reported.

Illinois man fatally struck by village snow plow while clearing driveway

The snow plow driver has been placed on administrative leave as the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team actively investigates the incident, according to authorities.

The man was snow blowing toward the end of his driveway when he was hit by the truck, police told ABC7.

Allen Vail, a neighbor of the unidentified man, said the incident was both shocking and terrifying.

Utah mother beat cat in front of her children then ‘snapped its neck,’ cops say

Ariane Borg
Ariane Borg allegedly snapped her cat’s neck in front of her children, police say. (Salt Lake County Jail)

On Sept. 25, Unified police arrived at Ariane Christine Borg’s home and discovered her 17-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter “crying hysterically,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported, citing court documents.

The children allegedly told officers Borg “beat their cat over and over again and snapped its neck.”

Borg’s daughter told authorities in a November interview that her mom held “the cat by the legs and pounded it repeatedly on the table” before snapping the cat’s neck, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. When the girl tried to intervene, Borg, 36, reportedly hit her on the arm.

California power market not impacted by PG&E bankruptcy: grid operator

Earlier on Tuesday, PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in anticipation of liabilities in excess of $30 billion from the deadliest wildfires in California’s history.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which operates the power grid in most of California, said PG&E was continuing to pay the ISO’s market invoices according to normal procedures.

Best Buy offers to rehire security guard who tackled man that allegedly struck California cop, tried to flee

The incident, which took place Jan. 11 at the Best Buy in Roseville, Calif., began when the guard allegedly saw Timothy Trujillo, who was wanted by Nevada State Police, strike a cop and try to flee.

“He started running past me and I thought I was doing the right thing by stopping him,” Tyler said.

Nolte: Microsoft’s NewsGuard Blacklist Admits ‘Credible’ Outlets Spread Fake News

NewsGuard is Microsoft’s blacklisting tool, a browser plug-in that tells readers which news outlets are “credible” and which are fake news.

Naturally, NewsGuard has awarded every establishment media on the planet with its “credible” rating, including those that regularly and deliberately spread fake news, such as NBC News, the Washington Post, CNN, Buzzfeed, etc.

And naturally, the sites included on NewsGuard’s blacklist are anti-establishment: Breitbart, WikiLeaks, Judicial Watch, Drudge, Gateway Pundit…

58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, state official says

Under Texas law, non-citizens may obtain driver’s licenses by providing proof that they’re in the state lawfully, but state law does not require verification of voters’ statements that they are citizens.

The Secretary of State’s Office plans to cross-reference information from the DPS monthly with the statewide voter registration database to find non-citizens who have registered to vote.

When that happens, the Secretary of State’s Office will notify the county in which the person is registered so the voter registrar can take action.

Latino group sues Texas over flagging potential noncitizens on voter rolls

The league’s lawsuit named David Whitley, Texas’ secretary of state, and Ken Paxton, the state’s attorney general, as defendants and said the state’s plan amounted to voter intimidation.

The suit added that potential citizens, particularly those who are Latino, were being “illegally targeted for voter intimidation” by the state.

“This is meant to attack Latinos,” Luis Roberto Vera Jr., national general counsel for the League of United Latin American Citizens, told NBC News.


Dems to strike ‘so help me God’ from oath taken in front of key House committee, draft shows

The draft shows that the House Committee on Natural Resources would ask witnesses to recite only: “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

The rules proposal places the words “So help you God” in red brackets, indicating they are slated to be cut. Other rules changes relate to expanding the committee’s authority over natural gas in Alaska and fossil-fuel resources.

Frosh Dems rock Capitol boat with brash, confrontational style

Unlike other freshman lawmakers trying to learn the ropes of Congress first, the three high-profile House Democrats are attracting immense media attention for their embrace of left-wing politics and, in the case of Tlaib and Omar, for being the first female Muslims elected to Congress.

They’re also stoking controversy with inflammatory comments they often have to walk back, clarify or defend from fact-checkers. And, in some cases, they are rankling party leadership.

Kamala Harris under fire after calling for abolition of private health care plans: ‘That’s not American’

Harris, who announced her 2020 bid for the White House last week, was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper Monday night if people could keep their current health care plan under her “Medicare-for-All” plan.

She indicated that people could not, suggesting she wants to move toward a single-payer system rather than a mere expansion of Medicare.

The announcement was met with immediate criticism by her political opponents. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is mulling a 2020 run as an independent, declared that abolishing private insurance is “not American.”

Ocasio-Cortez, Warren tax plans catastrophic for US economy: Larry Kudlow

“Those are prosperity killers. These are growth killers. These are job killers. These are incentive killers.

This is a return to some heavy government planning centrally directed economy,” Kudlow said during an exclusive interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo Opens a New Window. on Tuesday.

In Kudlow’s opinion the U.S. could ultimately end up in the same economic crisis as Venezuela Opens a New Window. , which at one time was a vibrant country with scores of investment.


According to a report in The Hill, one House Democrat has been trying to persuade members of the New York delegation to urge a local colleague of theirs from the Empire State to challenge the 29-year old Ocasio-Cortez in the upcoming 2020 elections.

“What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson,” the Democratic lawmaker, who requested anonymity, told The Hill.

The member added, “You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat. I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”

Dem lawmaker defends House freshmen accused of anti-Semitism as ‘thoughtful colleagues’

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., was asked to respond to a Daily Caller report that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is a member of a Facebook group called the “Palestinian-American Congress” that posts anti-Semitic videos and memes.

The Daily Caller also reported that activist Maher Abdel-qader, a key fundraiser for Tlaib’s congressional campaign, posted a video last year questioning Jewish claims to Israel as well as the historical facts of the Holocaust.

Stacey Abrams to give Democratic response to State of the Union

At a press conference, Schumer said he asked Abrams three weeks ago and is “very excited” that she agreed to deliver the Democratic rebuttal.

“She is just a great spokesperson, she’s an incredible leader she has led the charge for voting rights which is at the root of just about everything else,” Schumer said.

Trump is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address on Feb. 5

Gowdy on Roger Stone charges, Dems’ progressive push in 2020

The former House oversight chair speaks out on the Russia probe and the upcoming presidential election.


12 detained after panga boat washes ashore on California beach

Immigration officials told FOX11 a concerned citizen spotted the makeshift boat off the coast and called in the tip. When the boat made landfall, about 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border, everyone on board ran for shelter.

Nine Chinese men, a Chinese woman, and two Mexican men were handed over to federal custody. One of the Mexican men is believed to be the smuggler.

According to CBSLA, the boat first made entry via Anaheim Bay, which is the property of the U.S. Navy.

ICE nabs dozens of illegal immigrants, some with sex crime convictions, in New York

“Ultimately, efforts by local NYC politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” the release said.

It gave a number of examples of those arrested, including a 44-year-old Ecuadorian national arrested in Brooklyn, NY, who had previously been convicted of attempted sexual abuse of two girls under the age of eight.

“In spite of the significant obstacles that ICE faces due to the dangerous policies created by local jurisdictions, which hinders the cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement, ICE will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law despite challenges being pursued by politically motivated individuals.”

Poll shows voters moving towards Trump’s national security position

Reaction and analysis from Texas Rep. Michael Burgess on ‘Fox & Friends First.’

‘Several thousand’ more troops preparing to deploy to the border, Shanahan says

The military is “currently sourcing the units involved and there will be an increase of a few thousand troops,” Shanahan’s spokesman, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, added in a statement. “We will provide more clarity on the numbers when we have it.”

All the troops are in “a support role” to civilian authorities, Shanahan stressed. “It’s not about undertaking a law enforcement position.”

World News:

Cure for cancer? Israeli scientists claim to be on brink of development

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” Dan Aridor, of AEBi, told the Jerusalem Post.

The company’s CEO, Dr. Ilan Morad, said MuTaTo also works to target the cancer stem cells, eliminating the chance for recurrence, with Aridor claiming that it will be effective from “day one,” and cause “no or minimal side effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments.”

“Our solution will be both generic and personal,” Aridor said.

EU MPs propose visa-free travel post-Brexit

A European parliament committee has proposed to grant U.K. citizens visa-free access to European Union countries for short stays after Brexit, if Britain reciprocates the move.

Tuesday’s proposal by the legislature civil liberties committee now goes to the parliament’s plenary and to the 27 member states for further discussion.

If approved, citizens from both sides could travel to each other’s territories without much paperwork, much like they do currently with Britain still a member of the bloc.

Venezuela prosecutor moves on popular opposition leader

Attorney General Tarek William Saab made his request to the government-stacked Supreme Court, and also asked it to block Guaido’s financial accounts.

Saab didn’t specify what crimes Guaido is being investigated for, but said the probe is tied to unrest sparked by his decision to declare himself interim president last week in a direct challenge to Maduro’s authority.

State Department issues Venezuela travel advisory

The State Department issued a warning advising against travel to Venezuela on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. announced sanctions against the country’s state-owned oil company.

The advisory warns Americans not to travel to Venezuela, citing, crime, civil unrest, and arbitrary the arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. It is a Level 4 advisory, the highest of four levels of precaution.

France will take back 130 former ISIS fighters jailed in Syria, report says

Foreign ISIS fighters often aren’t wanted by the nations they left. (Reuters)

The former fighters are currently being detained in northern Syria by the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have expressed grave concerns regarding their ability to safeguard the jails once U.S. forces withdraw from the region.

And the question of what to do with these hundreds of other foreign ISIS fighters who are citizens of countries that don’t want them back has yet to be resolved, despite news of this latest release.

ISIS recruitment drive in Somalia could prove ‘massive threat to the US presence’ in the region

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters
FILE 2011: Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (AP)

The video was splattered all over from messaging apps such as Telegram to almost 30 websites including Microsoft One Drive, YouTube, and Google Drive before being taken down by at least some major sites.

According to the Counter Extremist Project (CEP), it marks a “clear effort to urge potential foreign fighters to look outside Iraq and Syria.”

And the recruitment drive to the Horn of Africa may be working.

Double-bombing wounds 3 police in Iran

Gen. Mohammad Ghanbari, the provincial police chief, told the official IRNA news agency that the second bomb went off as police raced to the scene of the first explosion. He says the bombs were handmade and that police are investigating.

Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province, which has seen past attacks by Baluch separatists and drug traffickers.

Ten children in Tanzania kidnapped and killed for their body parts, authorities say

Baraka Lusambo, 7, a Tanzanian with albinism
Baraka Lusambo, 7, a Tanzanian with albinism who had an arm chopped off in a witchcraft-driven attack, puts on his prosthetic arm at the Global Medical Relief Fund house in the Staten Island borough of New York City, U.S., June 3, 2017. Authorities said the murder and mutilation of 10 in this case was not related to the killings of albinos in the country. (REUTERS)

The children’s ears and teeth and “private parts” were removed, and some were missing limbs, according to published reports that cited the authorities.

They were aged between two and nine years old. Authorities in Tanzania have indicated that there may be more children missing.

A relative of three of the children has been arrested.

Canadian serial killer pleads guilty to murder of eight people

Bruce McArthur, a 67-year-old landscaper, was arrested last January,and most of his victims, some of whose remains were found on a property where he worked, had ties to the Gay Village area in downtown Toronto.

Toronto police have been criticized by some in the LGBTQ community for taking years to solve disappearances dating back to at least 2010 in the Gay Village neighborhood.

‘Aggressive’ Easyjet passenger snaps phone in half, forces emergency landing

According to The Scottish Sun, the passenger began smoking an e-cigarette onboard and becoming “aggressive” with those around him.

One witness told BBC the inebriated passenger “assaulted another passenger” before breaking his phone in a rage.

“When he realized we were landing in Scotland to arrest him, he kicked off and smashed his phone up.


Why I Reported the Case of an 11-Year-Old Drag Queen to Child Protective Services

It is not against the law to be a drag queen or to dislike them. But the general public has been so bombarded with epithets like “transphobic,” “homophobic,” or “anti-LGBTQ,” that they twist themselves into contortions to show their tolerance.

As such, formerly reasonable adults turn timid and mute even when a child is being exploited and used.

Whose agenda is this and why is it being perpetrated on such a collective scale?

Children are being exploited as pawns in the very adult, high stakes war of victim and gender politics. Consequently, we are not only watching “Princess by Proxy,” but “Politics by Proxy” as well.

As children are thrust into adult sexuality and adult political agendas, real adults are regressing into childlike behavior.

Steve Says: Advice to President Trump

President Trump has shown that he’s serious about border security, but now it’s time to go big.