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Vatican confirms secret Catholic Church guidelines for priests who father children

Vincent Doyle, the founder of a support group for children of priests, told CBS News that a Vatican official showed him the confidential instructions.

Doyle said he’s been pushing the Church to publicly support those children, who often grow up living in shame and secrecy. CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi spoke with him and other children of priests fighting for recognition from the Catholic Church.

Sarah Thomas is one of those children. She told CBS News that she’s proof priests sometimes break their vows to the Church, which for nearly nine centuries has forbidden its clergymen from sex and marriage.

Iowa mom gets life for death of baby son found in swing

Cheyanne Renae Harris, left, enters the courtroom prior to sentencing Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in New Hampton, Iowa.(Jeff Reinitz/The Courier via AP)

Court records say 22-year-old Cheyanne Harris was sentenced Tuesday in New Hampton to the state-mandated penalty, and her request for a new trial was denied. A jury found her guilty Feb. 6 of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

The charges stem from the death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn, whose body was found Aug. 30, 2017, in a maggot-infested diaper at an apartment in Alta Vista. The swing was in a sweltering bedroom.

Indy family warns of domestic violence dangers after woman is murdered by boyfriend

Family members say Katreena had recently gotten into a relationship with Johnson. The family admits they saw signs of trouble.

The numbers show failing to escape domestic violence can be deadly because a majority of female homicide victims are killed by domestic partners.

Police were called to the 3400 block of Marabou Mills Place, near West 34th Street and Dandy Trail, Monday night and found two people shot.

Investigators believe a man tried to take his own life after killing his girlfriend Katreena Anderson.

Tennessee woman stabs customer in McDonald’s drive-thru line, police say

Asalene Branch, 29,
Asalene Branch, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, police said. (Shelby County Sheriff’s Office)

Asalene Branch, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she allegedly attacked another woman in the drive-thru line at a McDonald’s in Memphis on Monday, FOX13 reported.

Branch and the woman were waiting when they got into a physical altercation over their place in line, police said.

Branch then allegedly took out a knife and stabbed the other woman in the head.

He threw a napkin in the trash. Police used it to arrest him for a 1993 murder.

52-year-old Jerry Westrom

Investigators say 52-year-old Jerry Westrom was identified as a suspect after a close match to DNA found at the 1993 crime scene was discovered on a genealogy website, the Pioneer Press reports.

Investigators followed him to a hockey game earlier this year. They watched him eat a hot dog, wipe his mouth with a napkin, and throw it away.

Police: Bristol man sets dog on two women over 90, threatens to kill

27-year-old Kevin Gray
27-year-old Kevin Gray

Police say they were called to a home on Friday, one day after a reported ‘domestic incident’.

Police say their investigation revealed that Kevin Gray had started yelling at three residents in the home, two of which were 93 years old. According to police, Gray threatened to kill one of the victims.

Gray had a lit blow torch in one had, and a knife in the other, waving them around, police report. Police then say Gray threatened to burn the house down, and told his German Shepard to attack.

‘Rogue’ email warns about radiation exposure at Grand Canyon museum building

In a Feb. 4 message sent to all NPS employees, park safety chief Elston Stephenson says the uranium specimens, previously kept in the cellar at park HQ, were moved to the museum collections building in 2000, where they remained until June 2018.

“The radiation readings, at first blush, exceeds [sic] the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s safe limits. … Identifying who was exposed, and your exposure level, gets tricky.”

He notes that the teen son of a park employee discovered the radiation threat when he brought his Geiger counter on a visit in March; Stephenson found out about it a few months later.

Three 5-gallon paint buckets of uranium ore were stored for 18 years in one of the park’s buildings, possibly exposing tourists and workers to radiation.

Former NFL player T.J. Cunningham fatally shot over parking spot, authorities say

Former NFL player T.J. Cunningham
Former NFL player T.J. Cunningham

Anthony “T.J.” Cunningham, 46, was an NFL safety for the Seattle Seahawks during the 1996 season. Cunningham was the assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Colorado at the time of his death.

Anthony “T.J.” Cunningham, 46, was an NFL safety for the Seattle Seahawks during the 1996 season. Cunningham was the assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Colorado at the time of his death.

New York City bans hair discrimination to fight racism

Guidelines warned black people were being discriminated against under the guise of professionalism.(GETTY IMAGES)

A report from the commission said black hairstyles are often deemed “unprofessional” and by limiting how workers and students wear their hair, organisations “perpetuate racist stereotypes”.

NYC Human Rights Commissioner Chair Carmelyn P Malalis said hairstyle policies were not about professionalism but rather a way of “limiting the way black people move through workplaces, public spaces and other settings”.

Businesses found to have flouted the guidelines could face fines of up to $250,000.

‘My 600-lb Life’ star Sean Milliken dead 29

Sean Milliken
Sean Milliken on “My 600-Lb. Life” (TLC)

Milliken was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, two days prior for an infection. Milliken’s weight soared to 900 pounds before he sought help on “My 600-lb Life.”

On the show, Milliken, then 25 and living in Cameron Park, Calif., admitted that he had trouble controlling his emotions and would seek comfort in food when he was under distress, saying his struggle with his weight likely stemmed from his turbulent relationship with his father.


The Daily Caller News Foundation compiled below some of the most outrageous fake hate crimes since Trump was elected, in rough chronological order:

Mexican Army Seizes 2 Tons of Meth, Fentanyl near U.S.

In the second operation, Army personnel came upon a Freightliner semi-truck belonging to Transportes Vega at a military checkpoint in Querobabi, Sonora. The checkpoint is located on Highway 15, approximately 100 miles south of Nogales, Arizona.

An inspection produced 631 packages of methamphetamine weighing 1,122 pounds, 14.3 pounds of cocaine, and 17.6 pounds of heroin.


Trump might have a solid case for emergency declaration, analysts say

“The legality of Trump’s decision will probably turn on highly technical provisions involving the use of funds for military construction projects,” wrote Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, a former White House official under Barack Obama.

Jack Goldsmith, Sunstein’s colleague at Harvard and a veteran of the justice department under George W Bush, said presidents have broad leeway in declaring emergencies.

According to a running list of national emergency declarations compiled by the Brennan Center for Justice, presidents have declared emergencies in 59 instances since the 1976 law was enacted. Obama made 12 such declarations, including one declaring a flu epidemic and 11 sanctioning individuals tied to foreign conflicts.


Both congresswomen waited until after they won their congressional elections to reveal their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced Monday that Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be speaking at CAIR-Michigan’s annual banquet only days after the Hamas-linked organization revealed that fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be speaking at CAIR-LA’s annual banquet.

CAIR is a notable pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups. The U.S. Department of Justice listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in funding millions of dollars to the terrorist organization Hamas. Additionally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) named CAIR a terrorist organization along with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in 2014.

Hypnotizing the World: Omar Has Ties to Radical Anti-Israel, Anti-American Group

Witness for Peace is now led by a group of radical board members who have taken positions against America, Israel, democracy, and capitalism.

Members of the board include activists who have called for efforts to “dismantle U.S. militarism,” accused Israel of inflicting “institutionalized racism that equates to modern day apartheid,” and pro-Maduro activists who write “dear comrade” letters calling for war against capitalism. One board member has ties to a group founded by a Palestinian activist who called for the “eradication of Israel.”

Upon her election to Congress, Omar received a wave of glowing media coverage as the first Somali-American Muslim legislator. Since, she has come out in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel, and has called Israel “evil,” and accused the only democracy in the Middle East of “hypnotizing the world.”

Bernie Sanders: Well Actually, Breadlines Aren’t Quite So Bad

When asked about breadlines in Nicaragua and Sanders’ support for Sandinistas, the senator quipped: “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”

If he’s talking specifically about communist and socialist countries and indicting the greed of the ruling classes, calling attention to how they’ve implemented his beloved ideology, he’s absolutely right, and it’s strange he believes that corruption is a bug, not a feature, of socialism.

When this same pattern plays out time and time again in countries all over the world, we should begin to wonder whether there’s an enormous issue with the incentives of socialism.

Federal Report Finds U.S. Department Of Education A Massive Failure

The GAO found that various education department offices failed to document consistently required monitoring activities in their official grant files.

For example, its review of 75 grants totaling $21 million in discretionary funding revealed that “almost all” of them “were missing key monitoring documents, including grantee performance reports, which describe the results grantees achieve with grant funds,” according to the GAO.

The department’s own Office of Inspector General (OIG) reached a similar conclusion in its 2016 audit of the office responsible for oversight of the Rural Education Achievement Program, which receives about $170 million in annual funding. Additionally, the OIG audit found that what little program data was collected was not being used to improve monitoring efforts or help grantees meet program goals.

The GAO’s findings underscore more fundamental problems with having a Department of Education. In the United States, education is supposed to be a strictly state and local matter under Article 10 of the Constitution. In fact, the word education does not even appear in the Constitution and, until the Civil War era, Congress took no action to extend its authority into K-12 education.

World News:

Marseille knife attacker shot dead by French police

One of the victims is said to be in a serious condition, French media report.

Police said they opened fire after the man threatened officers with a weapon. The man’s identity and motive have not yet been confirmed.

Venezuela shuts border with Caribbean islands ahead of aid efforts

The closure blocks movement of boats and aircraft between the western Venezuelan coastal state of Falcon and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, said Vice Admiral Vladimir Quintero, who heads a military unit in Falcon. He did not provide a reason.

Curacao’s government, which has agreed to receive aid for Venezuela without being involved in its delivery, said in a statement that the closure was meant “to prevent humanitarian aid from getting in.”

“Curacao will not force in the aid, but it will continue to function as a logistical center,” it said.

Enough! Thousands decry anti-Semitism in France after spike in attacks

Political leaders from all parties, including former Presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, gathered in Paris filling the Place de la Republique, a symbol of the nation, to decry anti-Semitic acts with one common slogan: “Enough!”

People also lined the streets of cities from Lille in the north to Toulouse and Marseille in the south.

President Emmanuel Macron paid respects at one of the 96 desecrated graves in the village of Quatzenheim, near the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Teen wakes from 4-day coma to find she gave birth to surprise baby

Doctors say a series of events came together to make the strange situation possible.

Stevenson has a rare condition known as uterus didelphys: She has two wombs, one of which continued to menstruate as her baby grew, unbeknownst to her, in the other one, which was positioned toward her back—allowing the pregnancy to go unnoticed, as Stevenson never got a “baby bump.”

She also didn’t get morning sickness. But she developed pre-eclampsia, which caused the headaches and seizures, and upon her arrival at the hospital doctors quickly realized what was going on and did an emergency caesarean to deliver the little girl Stevenson would go on to name Elodie.


Tucker sounds off on new Jussie Smollett developments

Tucker: Hate hoaxes make ethnic groups fear and distrust each other.