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West Virginia man sought in shooting of Virginia officer

Virginia State Police said in a news release Monday that they and the U.S. Marshals Service are searching for 25-year-old Donquale M. Gray of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Police said in a news release that Gray is wanted for attempted capital murder of a police officer who was shot Saturday night in Bluefield, Virginia.

Brothers questioned in Jussie Smollett break silence

CBS Chicago spoke with the Osundairo brothers Monday afternoon. In a joint statement, they said: “We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”

Chicago detectives tore through their apartment looking for clues, and an evidence log shows they found ropes, masks and bleach. They were released Friday night without charges.

A source close to the investigation told CBS News that the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the attack. The brothers said they bought rope that was found around Smollett’s neck at a nearby hardware store. A raid of their home turned up ropes, masks and bleach.

Michigan powerlifter heroically lifts vehicle pinned on top of man after accident

Michigan powerlifter Ryan Belcher, 29,
Michigan powerlifter Ryan Belcher, 29,

Ryan Belcher, 29, was at the end of his workday Thursday when he heard a loud crash outside. He explained to “Fox & Friends” on Monday he noticed a Jeep Cherokee flipped upside down, and he rushed outside toward the wreckage.

When he got there, he found a man trapped underneath the vehicle calling out for help.

Police officer leaves pregnant waitress $100 tip along with ‘lovely message’ written on check

The server’s father shared a photo of the bill, which was written with a message reading, “Enjoy your 1st, you will never forget it.” (Brian Cadigan)

“You always hear about how bad the police are, how they treated you like dirt, how they are on a power trip,” Cadigan began his post.

“Yes I am sure there are some bad apples, but most of them are just doing their jobs, they deal with the worst of society every day and have to keep going back [every day] and deal with it all over again.”

Cadigan then went on to praise the police, in general, for the things they do that “most people will never know about” before sharing the story of his daughter’s run-in with the officer who walked into the Lamp Post Diner in Gloucester Township on Friday.

North Carolina man loses pants, $10G after meeting woman for sex: cops

Bryce Mason, 23, and his girlfriend, Gracelynn Bradeberry,
Bryce Mason, 23, and his girlfriend, Gracelynn Bradeberry,

Bryce Mason, 23, and his girlfriend, Gracelynn Bradeberry, were arrested in connection with the January incident, The State reported Saturday. Randleman police were still searching for Brandon Cooke.

Christopher Hancock told police he had the money stolen from him as he was getting ready to have sex with a woman, according to The Courier-Tribune.


James Phillips mugshot (Warren County Regional Jail)

Surveillance video captured inside the store confirms that Pierce did not lay his hands on Phillips, according to the police citation. However, footage of Phillips allegedly pulling his gun on Pierce was not captured due to him backing away from the view of the camera.

Police arrived on the scene after multiple witnesses called in to report Phillips pulling a gun on the couple, according to the citation.

Phillips had a concealed .40 caliber Glock with a bullet chambered in one pocket and two additional magazines in another, according to police. He has concealed carry permit from Tennessee, according to WKNY.

Vans employee fired for allegedly cursing at MAGA hat-wearing teen

The unidentified employee, working at a store in Overland Park, Kansas, seemingly said “f–k you” to the teen as he appeared to be shopping with his family, an encounter that was filmed and uploaded to social media.

“He did nothing to you — what did you say to my son? To my 14-year-old son?” an unidentified woman asked the employee in the video. The worker didn’t deny he was the source of the comment.

California man faces hate crime charges after punching 7-Eleven clerk, saying he ‘hated Muslims’

John Crain
John Crain is facing theft, assault and hate crime charges after the incident at a 7-Eleven. (Marysville Police Department)

John Crain, 43, had tried to walk out of the store in Marysville around 2 a.m. without paying for the cup of coffee he just poured when he was confronted by the clerk, who is actually a member of the Sikh community.

The clerk told police that Crain threw hot coffee in his face, then punched him before leaving the store.

When police located Crain later that day after another suspected assault he admitted to the attack, saying he “hated Muslims,” Marysville Police told FOX40.

Former convict reportedly sought after mother, teen found brutally killed inside NYC apartment

The bodies of Marisol Ortiz, 51, and Alanche Del Orbe were discovered by her horrified 22-year-old daughter Sunday afternoon after the mother failed to show up to work at the business she owned, according to the New York Post.

“I just heard the daughter screaming,” Iris Rosa, a neighbor in the Bronx borough apartment building, told the newspaper. “It was just ‘Ahhhhh!’ And then nothing.”

Florida man who filmed Instagram Live shooting fired at deputies first, police say

Laforest Duron Gray Jr.
Laforest Duron Gray Jr. is now charged with four counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, domestic violence, and burglary. (Orange County Jail)

Officers had been called to the home after a neighbor called 911 to report a domestic violence incident between Gray and his wife, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by FOX35.

The neighbor had told deputies that Gray’s wife jumped into his car asking for help before the suspect opened the car door, dragged her out by her hair, and implied to the driver that he had a gun, according to the arrest report.

Video released by the sheriff’s office shows that when deputies arrived and ordered Gray to put both hands up in the air as he was holding a phone in his left hand and live-streaming the encounter on Instagram.

California woman stabbed officer after driving over 100 mph on Interstate 5, police say

Haile Neil, 25,
Haile Neil, 25,

Haile Neil, 25, is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing the officer during the traffic stop near the town of Williams, located about 60 miles northwest of Sacramento.

After pulling over the vehicle, the officer suspected Neil was impaired. When the 25-year-old was asked to get out of her vehicle so the officer could conduct a field sobriety test, she pulled out a concealed knife and stabbed the officer in the back.

Off-Duty San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in Suspected DUI Collision in Chino

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin , 28, (left) and Yijie Mao, 26, (right) are seen in undated photos provided by the Sheriff’s Department and Chino Police Department on Feb. 17, 2019.

O’Loughlin was traveling south on Euclid Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Yijie Mao, 26, of Alhambra, who was traveling west on Edison Avenue, police said.

The 28-year-old deputy was pronounced dead at the scene, Chino Police said a preliminary investigation revealed.

Mao was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, police said.

4 Dead in Suspected DUI Crash in Santa Ana; Driver Arrested

Vincent Michael Calvo
Officers place Vincent Michael Calvo into a patrol vehicle in Santa Ana on Feb. 17, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

“Innocent,” he told KTLA as officers placed him in a patrol vehicle.

Calvo just before 3 a.m. allegedly sped through a red light at the intersection of Fourth Street and Tustin Avenue in a Jeep. He slammed into a southbound Chevy pickup truck, causing both vehicles to flip over.

Cpl. Anthony Bertagna with Santa Ana police said surveillance video from a nearby gas station captured the collision.



Carlos Arturo Nunez Turcio, 32,
Carlos Arturo Nunez Turcio, 32,

Deputies were met at the front door by the offender, identified as Carlos Arturo Nunez Turcio, 32, of 3210 Staley Farm Road, Asheboro.

Nunez Turcio stated he did not speak English and refused to fully open the door to the residence.

The female victim, who also did not speak English, came to the door. Nunez Turcio would not allow her to speak and she attempted to push past him.


Elias Lupango, 19, Rashidi Mulanga, 18 and Swedi Iyombelo, 18, all of Boise, were arrested Thursday on the felony rape charge. A fourth suspect, a 16-year-old boy, was arrested Friday morning on the same charge.

Because the fourth suspect is a juvenile, his name has not been released, and he did not appear in court with the other defendants.

According to the prosecutor, the 18-year-old woman and Iyombelo made contact over social media and agreed to meet up in a Kuna neighborhood Feb. 7. The two agreed to hang out, but sex was not discussed, he said.


Trump accuses Rosenstein, McCabe of pursuing ‘illegal and treasonous’ plot against presidency

Trump seethed on Twitter over the comments, calling McCabe a liar before lashing out at top DOJ and FBI officials, including ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for what he described as a “deranged” plan.

“He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught …

There is a lot of explaining to do to the millions of people who had just elected a president who they really like and who has done a great job for them with the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more. This was the illegal and treasonous ‘insurance policy’ in full action!” he tweeted.

‘Heartbeat’ bills gaining momentum in several states, including Kentucky and Mississippi

April Lanham, center, undergoes a procedure in Frankfort, Ky., that allows the audience at a Kentucky legislative meeting to hear her unborn son’s heartbeat, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Frankfort, Ky.

As both sides of the abortion debate are preparing for the possibility — however remote — of Roe v. Wade being overturned, at least 10 states are currently considering or have passed “heartbeat bills,” which prohibit an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks of gestation or as late as 12 weeks.

While it’s unclear whether the bills will withstand court challenges — similar proposals have been struck down by judges because of Roe v. Wade — lawmakers are pursuing them in case the 1973 Supreme Court ruling is reversed.

In Mississippi, Bryant trumpeted state lawmakers for passing a bill he hopes will be mirrored across the country.

Louisiana congressman’s aide arrested in prostitution sting

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – An aide to Louisiana’s U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins has been arrested on charges officials say are tied to an investigation into prostitution and human trafficking at massage parlors.

The Advocate reports booking information shows 47-year-old Jerod Prunty was arrested Saturday on two charges of pandering. Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office spokesman John Mowell says Prunty’s arrest is connected to other arrests in a prostitution raid involving five Lafayette Parish massage parlors.

Trump Considering Powell, Craft, Grenell, James for UN Job, Sources Say

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert withdrew her nomination to replace former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the job, partly due to issues that arose around a nanny Nauert once employed.

The nanny was a legal U.S. immigrant but wasn’t authorized to work, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The people asked not to be identified because Trump hasn’t made a decision. Top White House aides have also discussed nominating Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump if no front-runner emerges.

UN Committee Wants to Make Abortion & Assisted Suicide a ‘Universal Human Right’

The memo, or “general comment” on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, calls for abortion to be decriminalized everywhere. Nations and states should “not introduce new barriers and should remove existing barriers [to abortion] … including barriers caused as a result of the exercise of conscientious objection by individual medical providers,” it said, Crux Now reported Thursday.

The drafted copy also addressed physician-assisted suicide, directing medical professionals to “facilitate the termination of life of afflicted adults, such as those who are terminally ill, who experience severe physical or mental pain and suffering, and who wish to die with dignity.”

World News:

7 Lawmakers Quit U.K.’s Labour Party Over Brexit and Anti-Semitism

Labour MP Chuka Umunna announcing his resignation on Feb. 18, along with a group of six other Labour lawmakers. Stefan Rousseau – PA Images—PA Images via Getty Images

No deal has yet been struck between the U.K. and the E.U. over Brexit, with U.K. lawmakers rejecting May’s deal and the bloc saying renegotiation is off the table.

If “Brexit day” of March 29 is reached without an agreement, the U.K.’s trade and legal ties will be cut abruptly with far-reaching effects.

Many businesses have already begun stockpiling essential materials to prepare for the eventuality.

France ‘yellow-vest’ protesters pelt Lyon police van with stones

The country’s ‘yellow-vest’ protests began in mid-November over fuel taxes.

But they have since broadened into a revolt against President Macron, and a political class seen as out of touch with common people.

Five Indian officers killed in Kashmir days after worst militant attack in decades

Indian police pay tribute to policeman Abdul Rashid on Monday. Rashid was killed in an 18-hour gunfight. (Farooq Khan/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Early Monday, Indian security forces engaged in a multi-hour gun battle with militants in the district of Pulwama, the same area where Thursday’s attack took place.

Four soldiers and a police officer were killed, along with three militants and one civilian. The militants targeted were members of Jaish-e-Muhammad and one was a Pakistani citizen, said Dilbag Singh, the state police chief.

One of the senior-most police officers in Kashmir was also shot in the leg in the encounter, which lasted until Monday evening.

Israeli police arrest 5 Palestinians at flashpoint holy site

Israeli police arrests a Palestinian at al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

The men took part in a prayer protest Monday outside a section of the hilltop compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for over a decade.

Muslim religious officials convened in the closed area last week, and Israeli police placed a lock on a fence in response. Videos purportedly of Monday’s incident show several men damaging the fence.

Hundreds of ISIS fighters held in Syria are a ‘time bomb,’ U.S.-backed forces say

Of more than 5,000 Europeans — most from Britain, France, Germany and Belgium — who went to fight in Syria and Iraq, some 1,500 have returned, according to police agency Europol. (Reuters)

Hundreds of foreign jihadist fighters held in Syria represent a “time bomb” and could escape and threaten the West unless countries do more to take them back, the Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed authorities holding them said on Monday.

The fate of foreign fighters who joined ISIS, as well as of their wives and children, has become more pressing in recent days as U.S.-backed fighters plan an assault to capture the last enclave of the group’s self-styled caliphate.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take them back or “we will be forced to release them.” But European countries say there is no simple solution. Fighters must be vetted and prosecuted if they return.

Man, 23, found guilty of murdering child killer David Gaut

Ieuan Harley, 23,
CCTV footage of Ieuan Harley, 23, on the day of the murder of convicted child killer David Gaut. Photograph: Gwent Police/PA Wire

During the trial, Newport crown court heard Gaut was killed on the night of 2 August last year after his neighbours in Long Row, New Tredegar, discovered he had served 32 years in jail for killing toddler Chi Ming Shek in 1985.

Prosecutors alleged he had been lured to Osborne’s flat then stabbed at least 150 times while he was still alive and another 26 times after his death. His fingernails were also cut off.

At least one knife was said to have been used to kill Gaut and a screwdriver was later allegedly used to stab his dead body, leaving him with injuries so gruesome that pictures were deliberately kept away from the jury.

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Infections spiked by more than 1,000 percent in metropolitan Manila, the densely packed capital of more than 12 million people, in January compared to last year, health officials said.

About half of the 136 who died were children aged 1 to 4 and many of those who perished were not inoculated, the officials said.

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

These abuse survivors will not be addressing the summit of church leaders itself. Rather, they will meet Wednesday with the four-member organizing committee to convey their complaints.

The larger summit of some 190 presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world, plus key Vatican officials, begins Thursday.

At a press conference Monday, organizers called the summit a “turning point” in the church’s approach to clergy sex abuse. The Catholic Church has long been criticized for its failure to hold bishops accountable when they covered up for priests who raped and molested children.

Tech Watch:

Creepy AI generates endless fake faces

A software engineer who works for Uber built a site that demonstrates advances in AI’s ability to create fake faces. None of the people pictured above are real. (

The technology underlying the site was reportedly first invented by Ian Goodfellow. This version of the model was trained on human faces, but researchers are also experimenting with anime characters, fonts and graffiti.

Artificial intelligence-generated imagery — which does have positive uses for designers — can also be harnessed for deepfakes, in which peoples’ faces are pasted onto other photographs (sometimes pornography) without their consent.

In addition, the technology can be used to create political propaganda or influence campaigns, according to experts.

Terrifying high-tech porn: Creepy ‘deepfake’ videos are on the rise

They are called deepfakes, and they are spreading like wildfire.

The term is a combination of “deep learning” and “fake” — deepfakes rely on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Programmers use existing video and images of celebrities, public figures, or anyone they know to superimpose the source images into a pornographic movie.

The movies look ultra-realistic. A Hollywood star could ‘appear’ in an adult film and you might not realize it was all created by a bot. Used for revenge porn, a programmer can insert an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend into a pornographic movie and share it on social media.

‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation by Parliament’s influential media committee.

The committee recommended that social media sites should have to follow a mandatory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to better control harmful or illegal content.

The report called out Facebook in particular, saying that the site’s structure seems to be designed to “conceal knowledge of and responsibility for specific decisions.”

“It is evident that Facebook intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws,” the report said. It also accused CEO Mark Zuckerberg of showing contempt for the U.K. Parliament by declining numerous invitations to appear before the committee.


CBS’s Lara Logan on Media Bias: ‘Unless You Seek out Breitbart,’ You Won’t See the ‘Other Side’

Lara Logan,
Lara Logan, foreign correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Chris Hondros/Getty

Logan dismissed news media claims allegedly rooted in singular anonymous government sources as unreliable. “That’s not journalism, it’s horseshit,” she said.

“Responsibility for fake news begins with us,” said Logan, referring to journalists and reporters.

Logan added, “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense — or at least the effort — to be objective, today. … We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.”

“The media everywhere is mostly liberal, not just the U.S.,” assessed Logan.

5 inconvenient truths about Che Guevara

Multiple Hollywood films glorify the Cuban revolutionary, transforming him over the decades into somewhat of a pop-culture fixture – whose face still symbolizes for many the fight against the supposed capitalist machine, at a time when socialism is picking up renewed popularity in America.

But Guevara’s fans might not be aware of just what their idol did and said. Here’s a look back at the history.

Steve Says: Taking on the ‘Never-Trumpers’

The authors speculate with relish about, “The discovery of clear criminality by the president or those closest to him… An economic recession… The prospect that he will lead his party to comprehensive defeat in 2020.

If some combination of criminality, incompetence or crisis moves the center-right against the president, his end could come quickly.”

These are Republicans, remember!

OK, I know it’s just the usual unhinged Never Trump rhetoric. But something about it got me more annoyed than usual. These people dress themselves up as intellectually and morally superior but in reality, all they care about is style, not substance.