News and Headlines. 1/30/2019

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Baltimore to no longer prosecute people for marijuana possession

Baltimore state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, said her office won’t prosecute any possession cases from now on – regardless of the quantity of the drug found or the criminal history of the suspect.

Nearly 5,000 existing marijuana convictions could also be thrown out.

“No one who is serious about public safety can honestly say that spending resources to jail people for marijuana use is a smart way to use our limited time and money,” Mosby said.


Robert Jennings, 61
Robert Jennings, 61, is expected to be put to death via lethal injection Wednesday evening.

A Texas man who killed a police officer 30 years ago is scheduled to be executed Wednesday in the first execution in the U.S. for 2019.

The shooting occurred in July 1988 when Jennings was planning to steal from adult bookstore, Mr. Peeper’s Bookstore, according to The AP.

Jennings expressed remorse for killing Howard and would “face whatever punishment” was fit in a tape-recorded statement, The AP reported. He was scheduled to be executed in 2016, but was given an execution stay that delayed it.

Colorado teen was ‘purposefully set on fire and burned alive’; 3 suspects sought in 2017 death

Maggie Long
Maggie Long was “purposefully set on fire and burned alive” in 2017, police said on Monday. (Maggie Long Task Force)

Park County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday new findings in the investigation into Maggie Long’s death and released new sketches of the men who they believe were involved in the house fire, KDVR reported.

Long was reported missing in December 2017 after she didn’t show up for a concert at Platte Canyon High School.

“We believe this was a targeted crime and that there are at least three suspects still at large,” Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw said at a news conference. “Maggie was purposefully set on fire and burned alive.”

Man caught on video punching 2 women at Los Angeles hot dog stand

The suspect was described by police as a male with black hair and brown eyes, approximately 6’2″ to 6’4″ tall, between 205 to 275 pounds and around 30-years-old.

Video posted to Facebook by a relative of one of the victims has been shared hundreds of times (Warning: Video contains violence and graphic language).

Missouri mom charged with murder after falling asleep in car with 2 girls who later died

Jenna Boedecker, 30, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, four counts of child endangerment, one count of third-degree domestic assault, one count of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree property damage.

The 30-year-old mom was originally charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action and property damage in July.

Those charges stem from the fight with her husband the night of July 3. Boedecker allegedly threw a brick at her husband and rammed the truck he was driving with her Jeep.

Former valet charged in brutal murder of Wisconsin nurse found frozen under vehicle in parking garage

Kenneth Freeman, 27, faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of 33-year-old Carlie Beaudin. (Milwaukee County /Medical College of Wisconsin)

In court documents obtained by FOX6, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office revealed horrifying details about what prosecutors said took place in the parking deck early Friday morning.

Beaudin was walking out of an elevator and was heading to her vehicle when the 27-year-old stepped out from behind a concrete pillar and said something to her.

Surveillance video then shows Freeman knock the nurse to the ground before kicking or stomping on her head and neck “almost 40 times,” prosecutors said.

Outrage as video shows Virginia abortion bill sponsor saying plan would allow termination up until birth

Virginia Democrat Del. Kathy Tran
Virginia Democrat Del. Kathy Tran is the sponsor of The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. (

“First New York, and now a proposed Virginia bill that would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth,” tweeted Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. “This is a sad commentary on the culture of death that continues to creep insidiously into the laws of our [country].”

Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran is the sponsor of The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. The bill — which was tabled in committee this week — has the support of top Democrats in the state, including Gov. Ralph Northam.


During a radio interview Wednesday, Northam defended the “Repeal Act,” a proposed bill that would remove all restrictions on abortion in the state of Virginia. The bill was defeated Tuesday.

Rubio fired back, expressing disbelief that a governor would support such measures.

“I never thought I would see the day that America had government officials who openly support legal infanticide,” Rubio tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Philadelphia councilman, union leader charged in massive corruption indictment

Local 98 union leader John Dougherty, left, and Philadelphia City Councilman Robert Henonwere
Local 98 union leader John Dougherty, left, and Philadelphia City Councilman Robert Henonwere charged in a massive 116-count corruption indictment Wednesday. (Henon Facebook,Dougherty Facebook)

A Philadelphia city councilman, a union leader and six others were charged Wednesday in a massive 116-count indictment that alleged embezzlement, wire fraud and bribery among numerous other public corruption offenses.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced Wednesday that Democratic Councilman Robert Henon, John Dougherty (head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98) and other union employees were charged by the grand jury for allegedly using union funds for personal and other unauthorized expenses.

Muslims demand Nike pull Air Max 270 off shelves over ‘offensive’ logo

A petition, which garnered more than 14,000 signatures by mid-day Wednesday, claims that the logo resembles “Allah,” the Arabic word for God, written in Arabic script.

Petitioner Saiqa Noreen says the logo “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth.”

DC ‘antifa leader’ is third charged in Marine attack in Philadelphia: report

Joseph Alcoff, a 37
Joseph Alcoff, a 37-year-old who is believed to be the Antifa leader in Washington, D.C.(Philadelphia Police Department)

Joseph Alcoff, a 37-year-old who is believed to be the Antifa leader in Washington, D.C., was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and conspiracy – all felonies – and other charges for his involvement in the November 2018 attack, Philly Mag reported.

He joins codefendants Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan, who were allegedly all part of a large group of left-wing Antifa activists who began beating Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres after mistaking him them for participants in the “We the People” rally in Old City.

Facebook faces more privacy questions as it announces record profit in earnings report

In a complaint filed with the FTC on Tuesday, advocates asked the FTC to examine “significant revelations” in recent weeks regarding Facebook’s conduct.

The letter was signed by more than a dozen activist groups, including Citizens Against Monopoly, Color of Change, and Democracy for America.

“As new controversies continue to pile up and consumer concern continues to grow, we would like to understand the general steps being taken in response to these matters,” the complaint said.

As border wall talks continue, agents keep finding cross-border tunnels

Two tunnels were found in Mexico this month—both dug into the main sewer in Nogales that flows from Mexico into the US. Border Patrol. There were also two other tunnels found on the U.S. side in the past few months.

The most recent one, found in December, was a 50-foot long tunnel leading from Mexico to Nogales, Arizona.

It had digging tools inside and was submerged underwater, which Hecht and agents closed up before any illegal drugs could make it through. This incident came just months after another tunnel was found in San Luis, Arizona.

Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 non-citizens registered to vote

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration turned the numbers over to the state legislature earlier this month, after ceding a long battle to block the information’s release.

The 11,198 names the state found are less than an earlier estimate of 100,000 names, though they still represent a sizable chunk of people who could have cast illegal ballots in elections, and gone without detection.

“I believe that we need to take action and have those people removed immediately from the rolls. They were never eligible to vote,” said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican who fought a legal battle to force the Wolf administration to reveal the numbers.


Top Democrats introduce bill to prevent U.S. from striking first with nuclear weapons

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, in Claremont, N.H., last week. (Scott Eisen/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration determined that a “no first use” policy was not warranted when it released its nuclear weapons policy in early 2018.

The policy said the United States would consider employment of nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances, which could include “significant nonnuclear strategic attacks,” such as attacks on infrastructure, nuclear forces, their command and control or warning capabilities.

“To help preserve deterrence and the assurance of allies and partners, the United States has never adopted a ‘no first use’ policy and, given the contemporary threat environment, such a policy is not justified today,” the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review concluded.

“It remains the policy of the United States to retain some ambiguity regarding the precise circumstances that might lead to a U.S. nuclear response.”

29 Republicans vote with Democrats to boost federal salaries 2.6 percent

Before it passed the House, Democrats defeated a GOP amendment to prohibit raises for federal workers who are delinquent on paying taxes.

McConnell is unlikely to schedule the measure for Senate consideration. Still, the raise could become part of the upcoming negotiations on seven fiscal 2019 spending bills that Congress must pass by a Feb. 15 deadline.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said more than a quarter of the federal workforce earns more than $100,000 annually. He also argued that giving everyone a blanket raise sends a message that Congress doesn’t care which employees are doing well, and which aren’t.

World News:

Venezuela Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown

Venezuelan lawmaker Jose Guerra dropped a bombshell on Twitter Tuesday: The Russian Boeing 777 that had landed in Caracas the day before was there to spirit away 20 tons of gold from the vaults of the country’s central bank.

With strongman President Nicolas Maduro losing control of the country’s already-scant finances and reserves thanks to U.S. sanctions, who can put his hands on the nation’s estimated 200 tons of gold at home and abroad has become a key question.

The nation owes billions to its patrons Russia and China as well as bondholders, and also needs hard currency to buy food for its starving people.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Wednesday warned on Twitter against trading with the nation: “My advice to bankers, brokers, traders, facilitators, and other businesses: don’t deal in gold, oil, or other Venezuelan commodities being stolen from the Venezuelan people by the Maduro mafia.”

US falls in global corruption ranking report; Somalia and Syria are worst offenders

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 put the U.S. at number 22 – the worst ranking since 2011 and a drop from 16 in the 2017 report – right before France and just ahead of the United Arab Emirates.

The watchdog group analyzes countries on a 100-point scale, drawing from more than a dozen surveys of businesspeople and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption.

The report found that the top 10 least corrupt countries are Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Canada, and Luxembourg.

Italy sees migrant numbers plummet after nationalist policies take hold

Il Giornale reports that official data show that in January 2018, 3,176 migrants landed on the Italian coast via boats. But in January 2019 that number was just 155.

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has led the charge in pushing back against Italy accepting migrants coming across the Mediterranean from Libya and has all but closed the ports to the boats, hailed the numbers as a success.

Iran Ships 30 Tons of Mined Uranium ‘Yellow Cake’ to Facility in Isfahan

FILE PHOTO: Iranian technicians lift a barrel of "yellow cake"
FILE PHOTO: Iranian technicians lift a barrel of “yellow cake” to feed it into the processing line of Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan, about 420 kM south of Tehran, on August 8, 2005. REUTERS

Iran has sent a large batch of mined uranium “yellow cake” for processing ahead of shipment to its main enrichment facility, Iran’s state news agency reported on Wednesday in the latest sign of plans to step up its atomic activities.

Yellow cake, or uranium ore, can be further processed into enriched uranium to make fuel for nuclear power plants, Iran’s stated aim, or to provide material for atomic bombs if refined much more, which the West fears may be the Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal.

NATO chief urges Russia to comply with missile pact

Jens Stoltenberg said in Bucharest on Wednesday that Russia was violating the treaty and had “developed and deployed new intermediate range missiles,” which were “hard to detect, mobile.”

The 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union bans production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,400 miles).

The Pentagon has shared information with NATO allies asserting that Russia’s new 9M729 missile system falls within the treaty. Moscow insists the missile has a range of less than 500 kilometers.


Facebook is predicting if you’ll kill yourself. That’s wrong

Facebook and other social media platforms have been described as the new governors. They influence speech, the democratic process, and social norms.

All the while, they are quietly becoming the new health regulators. Creating, testing, and implementing health technologies with no outside oversight or accountability. For everyone’s safety, state and federal regulators should take notice.

Though Facebook’s data practices have come under scrutiny from governments around the world, its suicide prediction program has flown under the radar, escaping the notice of lawmakers and public health agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

By collecting data from users, calculating personalized suicide risk scores, and intervening in high-risk cases, Facebook is taking on the role of a healthcare provider;

Though the program may be well intentioned, there are many associated risks,

Some of those risks include high false positive rates leading to unnecessary hospitalization and forced medication, potentially violent confrontations with police, warrantless searches of one’s home, and stigmatization and discrimination against people labeled high risk for suicide.

Ep. 905 Who The Democrats Really Are. The Dan Bongino Show 1/30/2019.