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Baltimore sees 14 shooting victims in span of 24 hours

“It’s a very violent day,” Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said, according to CBS Baltimore. Harrison had just taken over as acting commissioner Feb. 11.

The first shooting occurred at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday when officers responding to reports of shots fired found a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the neck, police said.

Emergency responders on the scene later pronounced the man dead.


CDC: 41 Child Deaths Linked to Flu

“Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal flu; thousands of children are hospitalized and some children die from flu,” the CDC says.

In the 2017-2018 season, there were a total of 185 child deaths associated with the flu, and 110 the year before.

The flu was geographically widespread in 48 states last week, with regional activity in West Virginia, local activity in the District of Columbia and sporadic activity in Hawaii.

New York City and 30 states experienced high levels of flu-like activity, while just three – Minnesota, New Hampshire and Ohio – experienced minimal levels.


California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture, abuse

David Turpin, and wife, Louise
David Turpin, second from right, and wife, Louise, far left, sit in a courtroom with their attorneys, Allison Lowe, second from left, and David Macher Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Riverside, Calif.

David and Louise Turpin will spend at least 25 years in prison after entering the pleas in Riverside County Superior Court to 14 counts that included cruelty toward all but their toddler daughter, and imprisoning them in a house that appeared neatly kept outside, but festered with filth and reeked of human waste.

The couple was arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter called 911 after escaping from the family’s home in the city of Perris, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.


Civil War soldier’s gravestone discovered, may offer vital clue to long-lost African-American cemetery

Headstone of C.S. Hall of the United States Colored Troops
Headstone of C.S. Hall of the United States Colored Troops/File image – Sentry, African American Union soldiers, American Civil war, illustration from L’Illustration, Journal Universel, No 1093, Volume XLIII, February 6, 1864. (Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs/DEA / BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA / Getty)

Experts have not yet matched the headstone to a specific grave, and no information is known about the people buried at the site. However, the site is known to the local community as containing the remains of African-Americans that lived in the area, officials say.

“This cemetery is a significant discovery for the community and for all Delawareans who value and appreciate our state’s rich history,” said Tim Slavin, director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, in the statement.

“As work continues at the site, we hope to learn more about those who are interred there, so that they may be properly memorialized and their personal stories retold.”


Hospital: 5 patients given overdoses may have been treatable

The findings have raised questions about whether hospital staff wrongly used drugs to hasten deaths intentionally or possibly illegally without the patients’ families knowing.

The hospital said the overdoses were ordered by critical-care doctor William Husel, who was fired in December after Mount Carmel received reports of concerns and began investigating.

Husel and the hospital now face at least 19 related wrongful-death lawsuits alleging patients were negligently or intentionally killed. Some families also question whether they were misled by hospital employees about the graveness of the patients’ conditions.


R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse: reports

The news comes just one day after two more women came forward with allegations that Kelly singled them out at a party in 1996.

They allege he had his entourage give them alcohol and marijuana before inviting them to his hotel room where he allegedly raped one of them.

Allegations against the “Ignition” singer have increasingly made headlines following the airing of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” which features interviews from some of his alleged accusers, many of which were underage at the time of the alleged encounters.


Sheriff: Port Richey mayor shot at deputies serving warrant for illegal medical practice

Dale Glen Massad, the mayor of Port Richey, Florida,
Dale Glen Massad, the mayor of Port Richey, Florida, was arrested after his shot at officers who were serving an arrest warrant. (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

When SWAT arrived, the sheriff’s office said they “announced their presence” and tried to enter. That’s when bullets flew toward the SWAT members. Deputies said they did not return fire. There were no injuries and Massad was taken into custody.

Sheriff Nocco said during a press conference Thursday that Massad may face multiple charges of attempted homicide against law enforcement officials.

“He’s lucky he’s not dead,” Nocco said. “Every day those members put their lives on the line. They’re lucky to go home.”


Couple sues Planned Parenthood for child support after failed abortion

Biana Coons, who was six weeks pregnant with her son, traveled 700 miles with her partner, Cristobal Ruiz, to a Planned Parenthood in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February 2016 to avoid the mandatory waiting period in her home state.

The couple, which already had two children, didn’t want another one. But the drug-induced abortion, known as the abortion pill, ultimately failed to end the pre-born child’s life and the couple, in “extreme poverty,” could not afford a follow-up procedure.

Planned Parenthood warned her, in a letter, that the abortion drugs could cause birth defects.


PP Videos Will Be Shown in Court

Merritt and Merritt’s co-defendant, David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, are the first undercover journalists to be criminally prosecuted in the history of the state.

Liberty Counsel has shown that, to date, no other citizen journalist or journalism organization has ever been charged with a crime for undercover recordings made in the public interest.

Together, the weight of the evidence demonstrates that the prosecution against Merritt is selective and discriminatory.

Judge Christopher Hite of the San Francisco Superior Court denied the requests of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his abortion allies to seal and shield from public viewing the video evidence to be shown in the courtroom during Sandra Merritt’s upcoming preliminary hearing, scheduled for April 22 to May 3, 2019.


‘UNPLANNED’ ABORTION MOVIE HAS ZERO NUDITY OR SEX. GETS ‘R’ RATING FOR VIOLENT ‘DISTURBING’ IMAGES OF ABORTED BABIES

Movies are rated R for profanity, nudity, sex or violence. “Unplanned” contains no profanity, nudity or sex. “Ironically, the MPAA seems to be indirectly endorsing the pro-life position: namely that abortion is an act of violence,” writers and directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman told Movieguide.

The film tells the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson who worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, until 2009 when she left the organization after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old unborn baby.

Johnson was Planned Parenthood’s youngest director of a clinic in the nation.
She helped over 22,000 women have abortions during her time at the clinic.

The R rating will mean that “many teenage women in this country who can legally obtain an actual abortion without parental permission will be prohibited from going to see our film containing simulated images of abortion, without obtaining parental permission,” Solomon and Konzelman also said, noting the double-edged sword of the rating.


Trump administration to ban abortion referrals by taxpayer-funded family planning clinics

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Title X program, a family-planning grant that helps approximately four million women a year, would be subject to a revision of regulations — including one that “prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”

The release by HHS notes that from the beginning of the fund in 1970, Congress “was clear that Title X funds cannot be used to support abortion.”

“Consistent with the statutory requirement that no funds may be expended where abortion is a method of family planning, this regulation no longer requires, and affirmatively prohibits, referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” it says.


You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.

The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook, according to testing done by The Wall Street Journal.

The apps often send the data without any prominent or specific disclosure, the testing showed.

It is already known that many smartphone apps send information to Facebook about when users open them, and sometimes what they do inside.

Previously unreported is how at least 11 popular apps, totaling tens of millions of downloads, have also been sharing sensitive data entered by users. The findings alarmed some privacy experts who reviewed the Journal’s testing.


Woman assaults man wearing ‘MAGA’ hat at Mexican eatery, claims she’s the victim, video shows

Rosaine Santos, a 41-year-old immigrant, from Brazil living in Falmouth, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery after a confrontation at Casa Vallarta” Mexican restaurant last Friday.

According to police, Santos was upset that a man – later identified as 23-year-old Bryton Turner of Mashpee – had the audacity to wear the iconic red hat at the Mexican eatery, Boston 25 reported.

Turner told police that he was minding his own business when Santos started yelling at him because of his hat. Annoyed by the woman’s antics, he pulled out his phone and started recording her.

Immigration:


Iowa Looks to Punish Businesses Hiring Illegals After Mollie Tibbetts Death

(AP Images/Facebook)

The legislation would mandate that if a business is found to have knowingly hired an illegal alien instead of an American citizen, the company would have to fire all illegal hires and be put on probation for three years where the business owner would be required to submit four reports a year about each newly hired worker.

If a business was found to have hired an illegal alien, again, after being put on probation, the company would lose its business license from the state.

The legislation would create a statewide database of every Iowa business that has hired an illegal alien instead of an American.


GOP Congressman by day, National Guard pilot at night: Kinzinger says he ‘loves’ border deployment

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger
Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger

“I have some colleagues,” Kinzinger said of his job in Washington, “they have let their position get to their head a little bit.”

He said people are treated differently, for better or for worse, when they are in Congress.

“When I deploy with these guys, it’s just my old buddies,” said Kinzinger.

The work they are doing is part of a larger deployment to help bolster security along the Arizona border. The RC-26 Kinzinger flies may look like a corporate jet, but it’s specially equipped to gather information and high-resolution video of any illegal activity they may spot, on the ground.


Ohio University Muslim student from Oman arrested for rape, stalking, kidnapping and more

Mohammed Nasser Rashid Hamed Al-Mashrafi, 23,
Mohammed Nasser Rashid Hamed Al-Mashrafi, 23,

Prosecuting Attorney Keller J. Blackburn states that, “Al-Mashrafi is an Ohio University student in the United States on a student visa from Oman that is accused of stalking multiple women in and around Athens, at times using their social media accounts as a means of the stalking.

Mohammed Nasser Rashid Hamed Al-Mashrafi, 23, of Athens, appeared before Judge George P. McCarthy on Thursday for arraignment on charges, including three counts of gross sexual imposition, fourth-degree felony; rape, first-degree felony; kidnapping, a first-degree felony; intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case, third-degree felony; public indecency, a third-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of menacing by stalking, a first-degree misdemeanor.


Refugee Resettlement: The Lucrative Business of Serving Immigrants

These groups, known as “Volunteer Agencies” (VOLAGs), don’t just receive private dollars from liberal foundations; they also are richly rewarded with your tax dollars when they collaborate with federal government agencies.

Every year, the U.S. government allows approximately 1 million immigrants to establish legal permanent residence in the U.S.

This includes people from countries that represent a national security threat to the U.S. About 140,000 emigrate lawfully from majority-Muslim countries and an even greater number do so from the communist countries that still remain –including Cuba and China– more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet bloc.

Far more immigrants come to America illegally. Last year, almost 140,000 youths and families were welcomed into the U.S. after illegally entering the country through the Southwest border.

But these numbers aren’t high enough to please the foundations that will be profiled in this study.

Politics:


Trump to Use ‘Nuclear Option’ to Recover $2.5 Bn More from California’s Failed High-Speed Rail Project

The $2.5 billion has already been spent — but California has failed to deliver the high-speed rail (on time, or at all) as promised.

Therefore, the Trump administration argues, the state has to repay federal taxpayers.

The state had grown accustomed to leniency: the Obama administration modified the terms of the deal between the federal government and the state several times, because it was ideologically committed to high-speed rail.

For example, in “the final hours of the Obama administration” in January 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time, Obama extended the deadline for the high-speed rail project from 2018 to 2022, so that California might still access the nearly $1 billion in transportation funds that the Trump administration is now “de-obligating.”

Trump is somewhat indifferent to high-speed rail: he favors infrastructure spending, but wants to see the projects built.


Virginia Republicans seek testimony from Justin Fairfax accusers before House committee

Del. Rob Bell, chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, made the announcement after demands from the accusers’ lawyers that the legislature take action on the allegations before it adjourns this weekend.

“Today, the Courts of Justice Committee will schedule a meeting,” Bell said on the House floor. “We will invite Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Ms. Meredith Watson to testify. We will also be inviting Lt. Gov. Fairfax to testify to give all parties a chance to be heard.”


Amy Klobuchar reportedly ordered staffer to clean comb after she used it to eat salad

The confrontation, as reported by The New York Times, got weird.

According to the newspaper, the aide who neglected to get plastic utensils for Sen. Klobuchar, D-Minn., committed the affront at an airport while traveling to South Carolina in 2008.

Klobuchar not only chastised the aide, but reportedly proceeded to eat the salad using a comb from her bag — then handed the comb to the aide and told him to clean it.


‘Boo-Boo Words’: Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar Downplay Profane Impeachment Vow

In an interview on Showtime’s new “Desus & Mero” show, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota embraced their reputations as the new “radical” members of Congress. Ocasio-Cortez joked about the “boo-boo word” uttered by Tlaib, but dismissed the resulting outrage. 

“Rashida got into a little trouble for saying a boo-boo word,” Ocasio-Cortez recalled. 

“I hit up Rashida, I sent her a text and was like, ‘Don’t worry about it. Like, who cares?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah, I’m from Detroit. Back there that’s what we call a guy.'”

Tlaib agreed, explaining, “Honestly. That’s [like] saying ‘that guy.’

World News:


Sarah Sanders says Trump is leaving some troops in Syria to ensure peaceful withdrawal

“We’re in constant contact with our allies, we’re gonna continue to be in communication with them,” she said.

“At the end of the day the president wants to bring our troops home and he is working towards that and he wants to do that in a safe and peaceful way, in the best way possible, to make sure we have complete safety for our troops abroad.”

Sanders’ announcement comes a day after President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and “agreed to continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone,” according to the White House.


Trump says that he’s reached a deal with China on currency manipulation

The announced currency deal comes as Trump is preparing to meet one-on-one with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss trade policy.

Trump announced that meeting would likely happen next month at the president’s retreat at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. Liu expressed optimism that a trade deal could be reached.


US tech company says it will no longer sell equipment to China to expand Uighur DNA tracking capability

Uighur woman carries a toddler
In this Thursday, May 1, 2014 file photo, an Uighur woman carries a toddler as children play near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (The Associated Press)

China in recent years has been able to ramp up its controversial monitoring and detaining of the ethnic group mostly situation in the Xinjiang province with the “help of Americans”, according to a New York Times report.

Two years ago, Human Rights Watch reported that China had placed an order for equipment to expand its DNA sequencing capacity, with Thermo Fisher later named by a scientific industry publication as the supplier.

However, the questionable practice is believed to have been taking place for at least another year and reportedly entailed Chinese government officials offering blood tests as a component of a free health check-up program.


Guaido’s trucks clash with Maduro’s military in attempt to force aid into Venezuela

Lawmaker members of the Venezuelan National Assembly and supporters of Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country’s rightful interim ruler, clash with security forces as they block the road on the outskirts of Mariara, Venezuela February 21. (Reuters)

The national guardsmen in anti-riot gear positioned a trailer truck in front of a tunnel, blocking the highway westward.

A shouting match and scuffle ensured, with the guardsmen firing tear cag before the lawmakers eventually forced their way through and resumed their journey.


One dead, 12 injured after soldiers fire at civilians on Venezuela border with Brazil

Emilio Gonzalez, mayor of the Venezuela border town of Gran Sabana, identified the woman killed by a gunshot as Zoraida Rodriguez, a member of an indigenous community.

He said members of the Pemon ethnic group clashed with the Venezuela National Guard and army, who were moving tanks to the border with Brazil a day after Maduro ordered the crossing closed.

The violence came just hours before dueling concerts were expected to begin on the country’s western border with Colombia, where tons of donated food and medicine are stored.


UK: Top Police Chief Wants to Discriminate Against White Recruits to ‘Shock the System’

Currently, discriminating against people in job recruitment on the basis of certain “protected characteristics”, including race, sex, and sexuality, is technically illegal under the Equality Act of 2010.

However, excluding certain people — generally white people, or at least white males — from supposed internships, even if they pay more than a typical working-class job, or deprioritising them from training schemes or workshops designed to boost employment prospects, is allowable under the act’s so-called “positive action” provisions.

While these provisions are deployed with enthusiasm by many British police forces, in the NPCC leader’s view they do not go far enough — and the law should be changed to allow outright “positive discrimination” so the proportion of white people in law enforcement can be reduced more rapidly.

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