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Atlanta man arrested outside Pizza Hut with camouflaged mask and a small arsenal

Mugshot of Jeremy Arnez Eppinger. He was arrested with 3 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammo. (Photo: Spalding County Sheriff’s Office)

“The situational awareness and urgent reaction of the eyewitnesses in contact 911 was critical in notifying Griffin Police Department of the matter,” said Griffin PD.

“The immediate response did not allow Mr. Eppinger to follow through with a violent assault or flee the scene.”

Jeremy Arnez Eppinger, 26, was noticed by a witness who told police he was acting suspicious, hiding behind a retaining wall and wearing a camouflaged mask

Police arrived at the scene and found Eppinger in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and a small arsenal in the vehicle.

SpaceX launches Crew Dragon test flight to space station

Gateway Moon station: Canada joins Nasa space project

An artist’s concept of the Orion capsule (L) approaching Gateway.NASA

Nasa plans to build the small space station in lunar orbit by 2026. Astronauts will journey back and forth between Gateway and the lunar surface. It will also act as a habitat for conducting science experiments.

Canada will contribute US$1.4bn to a proposed Nasa space station that will orbit the Moon and act as a base to land astronauts on its surface.

Police officer charged with illegally making, selling guns

Environmental Protection Police Sergeant Gregg Marinelli
In this March 1, 2019 photo provided by the New York State Police in Middletown, N.Y., New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police Sergeant Gregg Marinelli is shown. (New York State Police via AP)

Thirty-eight-year-old Gregg Marinelli is also charged with tipping off a suspect in a major drug investigation, state police and the Orange County district attorney’s office said.

Marinelli, a sergeant in the DEP police, was arrested Thursday at his home in Plattekill.

Police say Marinelli assembled dozens of handguns and assault rifles and sold them to “individuals who are legally barred from possessing such weapons” including members of outlaw motorcycle clubs. Many of the guns Marinelli sold had no serial numbers and would be difficult to trace, authorities said.

Iowa Wife Warned Friends Her Husband Might Kill Her Before She Was Found Impaled with Farm Tool

Todd Mullis and Amy Mullis in a September 2016 photograph posted on social media. (Facebook)

A Delaware County Sheriff’s Office spokesman tells PEOPLE Todd Mullis, 42, of Earlville, has been formally charged with the November 10, 2018, murder of his wife, 39-year-old Amy Mullis, who was impaled with a corn rake.

According to police, Mullis insisted his wife fell on the sharp farming tool while she was helping out with chores on their land. But medical examiners found six puncture wounds and noted the rake was four-pronged.

DEA seizes enough fentanyl ‘to kill nearly 2 million people’ in New York raid

Officials said police arrested 31-year-old Braulio Mata, of Ardsley, 44-year-old Jose Garcia, of Ardsley, 47-year-old Ramon Aracena Alfe, of Mount Vernon, 32-year-old Dionell Duarte Hernandez, of New York, and 20-year-old Yarly Mendoza-Delorbe, of Ardsley.

I commend the men and women in the Task Force and Tactical Diversion Squad for their quick and efficient investigation into this organization and their diligence to the safety of the residents living nearby,” said Ray Donovan, DEA Special Agent in Charge.

Rapper who filmed British actor’s daughter as she ‘lay dying’ found guilty of manslaughter

Ceon Broughton, 30, of Enfield, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison, according to the BBC.
He was found guilty of manslaughter and “supplying the Class A drug.” The verdict was unanimous.

Broughton “bumped up” Fletcher-Michie’s dose of 2-CP, a hallucinogenic drug, while they were at the Bestival Festival in September 2017, Sky News reported.

She was found dead in a wooded area near the festival in Dorset after taking the drug, the BBC reported.

Pizza Delivery Man Is Murdered After Being Called to Vacant Philadelphia Home

Bobby Jenkins, 30,
Bobby Jenkins, 30, who worked for Stacy’s Pizza, was shot in the chest Tuesday while delivering a pizza.Family Photo

Stacy’s Pizza owner George Economo told CBS-Philly that Jenkins was a new employee and a “good guy.”

“The kid came here a couple weeks ago, asked for a job, I tried to give him some days,” Economo said. “He was a very nice guy, actually. I said, ‘Bob, you’re a very good guy, if you need more days, I’ll give you more days.’ ”

Calling the killing a “senseless tragedy,” Smith said Jenkins was robbed of unspecified items and the shooter, who used a handgun, fled. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday and PEOPLE’s inquiry to Philadelphia police was not immediately returned.

Smith said the rear door of the home had been forced open — and that the crime “bears a strong resemblance” to a non-fatal robbery of a pizza delivery person on Feb. 17 about four miles away. In both cases, said Smith, an abandoned home was used as a delivery address and the rear door was forced open.

11-Year-Old Docked Points for Not Bashing Trump

The teacher emailed Ungro and defended her question, stating that she was addressing his personality rather than his ability to serve in the office of president. She went on to add that the media makes similar references to Trump, and that she believes she has the same right.

Students are stuck in that classroom and they’re required to do what the teacher says in these cases — and it can affect their future if they do not comply. This is a prime example of forced political indoctrination in public education.

Not all the news is bad, however. It seems the principal agreed with Ungro to some extent. While she wasn’t fired, she was reprimanded and a disciplinary letter was placed in her file. That may not be much, but it’s better than nothing, and if she keeps it up she may lose her $102,000 teaching job.

Colorado high school wrestler forfeits state tournament match rather than wrestle girl

Brendan Johnston, 18, a senior at the Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., forfeited his match against Jaslynn Gallegos, a senior at Skyview High in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, Feb. 21, KDVR reported.

A few days later on Saturday, Feb. 23, he forfeited the match against Angel Rios, a junior at Valley High, in the third-round consolation match, ending his high school wrestling career.

The student cited his religious and personal beliefs for forfeiting the matches.

“It’s so physical… physically close. I don’t think that’s really appropriate with a young lady. It’s also very aggressive and I’m not really, I guess, comfortable with that,” Johnston told KDVR.

Billboard mocking CNN appears outside of network’s Hollywood headquarters

Known as The Faction, their latest project slammed CNN and its president Jeff Zucker for its coverage of this week’s summit in Hanoi, Vietnam between President Donald Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.

The billboard, which referred to CNN as “Communist News Network,” dawned the phrase “Keep Korea divided” with an asterisk that read “because OrangeManBad.”

It also featured an image of Jeff Zucker, whose title was “CEO, CNNPC,” a reference to the “non-playable character” meme which has depicted liberals as robotic.

President Trump Trolls Hillary Clinton with Website Error Page

The error page pops up whenever a user tries to access a page which doesn’t exist on the website, and was spotted by social media users.

President Trump isn’t the only 2020 U.S. presidential election contender who has set up a humorous website error page, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) taking a shot at President Trump on his.


Brothers Involved in Baby Body Parts Trafficking Arrested by ICE

The arrest of Roberto and William Isaias was gratifying to Operation Rescue, which published an investigative research report on October 27, 2016 – just days before the Presidential Election that put Donald J. Trump in office – that detailed their crimes in Ecuador, dubious dealings with the Obama administration, their business with Planned Parenthood and the aborted baby body parts trade.

“We understood that this family was in the U.S. under suspicious circumstances, and that they had committed crimes in Ecuador and Southern California,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“We had hoped that one day they would return to Ecuador so that justice could be done, but their arrests still took us by surprise.”

Six Migrants, Inc. 1-Yr-Old, Rescued from Drowning in Border Canal

File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector

The agents responded and found six migrants struggling to remain afloat in the middle of the canal, according to information received from Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials.

The agents provided rescue bags designed to help the migrants remain afloat and then safely removed the four children and two adults.

The agents provided a medical assessment and basic treatment at the scene. After determining all of the migrants to be in good condition, the agents transported them to the Yuma Station for processing on immigration violations.

Tech Watch:

A robotic hand that gives sixth sense back to users

Not surprisingly, one of the biggest challenges for amputees is losing proprioceptive ability. No matter how sophisticated prostheses are, without the underlying ability to know where they are in space they’ll always seem kludgy.

Researchers at Swiss university EPFL appear to have solved the problem with a bionic hand that gives amputees a “very subtle, close-to-natural sense of touch” and reproduces the feeling of proprioception.

Presented in an article in the journal Science Robotics, the device stimulates nerves in the amputee’s stump in order to provide sensory feedback in real time. This enables patients to determine an item’s shape, size, and consistency just by feeling it.

What YouTube needs to do to clean up its thorny kid issues

The Google-owned property wants to be a safe haven for advertisers to reach young viewers, primarily, with its mix of original videos and a library with virtually anything ever recorded on video.

Yet once again, YouTube found itself under scrutiny this week for more abuses. Seemingly innocent videos of young girls doing gymnastics were hijacked by adult viewers commenting with time stamps and links to child pornography videos elsewhere on the web. 

So after being outed by YouTuber Matt Watson expressing his rage and losing top advertisers like Disney, AT&T, Epic Games and others in response, YouTube said it would change its ways, and disable commenting on any video involving children. 

Report: 11 iPhone Apps Sending Sensitive Data to Facebook

A new investigation has revealed that 11 iOS applications are sending sensitive personal data to Facebook.

This sensitive data included personal information such as weight, BMI, menstrual cycles, and sexual activity.

A report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that a popular exercise application was sending a user’s sexual activity information to Facebook.

The application has since stopped sending personal data to Facebook.

Yes, data is the new oil and the fight to reclaim it from tech giants starts now

A war is brewing.

On the one side: data-grubbing giants set on gathering (and monetizing) your personal information. On the other: a growing army of informed users, a surprising number of concerned tech executives, and… the long arm of the law.

The amount of data produced every single day is, frankly, mind-boggling. Around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced every 24 hours — and that pace is only going to increase with the rise of connected Internet of Things devices. This data is immensely valuable to some companies.

Between user concern and comments from the powerful likes of Nadella and Cook, it appears that governments are finally paying attention.

Data collection laws are being tightened up in a way that promises to finally put some legislative teeth behind these criticisms.



The president was introduced Saturday by American Conservative Union (ACU) chairman Matt Schlapp, who touted the administration’s accomplishments and praised Trump for not acting like a politician.


Trump immediately approached the American flag as he took the stage and hugged it with a smile. The president then took a lap around the stage and grinned over the crowd before ultimately stepping up the microphone.


The president invited Hayden Williams, a conservative activist with The Leadership Institute, to speak on the CPAC stage.

Williams was assaulted last month while tabling for Turning Point USA at University of California, Berkeley, but promised that students would continue to defend the president so long as he defended them.

“These students do it because they have a love of our nation and freedom and, frankly, a love for you Mr. President,” Williams said of conservative activists on campuses.

Trump encouraged Williams to sue his attacker and UC Berkeley and revealed that he is planning to sign an executive order banning federal aid to colleges and universities that do not protect students’ speech.

New Texas Bill would create easier path for vaccine exemptions in public schools

Representative Matt Krause filed House Bill 1490 on Feb. 7, which would change how people file vaccine exemptions. The goal would be to make it easier to claim an exemption from required immunizations for public school students.

The bill would stop the Texas Department of State Health Services from maintaining a record of those vaccine exemptions, reported fox4news.

When passed, it will be more difficult to find the number of affidavit forms submitted, if a potential outbreak was caused by an unvaccinated child.

NYC Mayor De Blasio’s wife spent $900 million in taxpayer money—with no record of how it was used

The City Council discovered this shocking amount of potential waste during a meeting Wednesday. And while it sounds good to spend heavily on a mental health initiative, it appears that nobody has noticed any real benefits from that investment.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, was given $900 million to start a mental health initiative focusing on helping the homeless in the city.

Four years later, no one seems to know what that money was actually used for, according to the New York Post.

Rep. Ilhan Omar comment was ‘vile anti-Semitic slur,’ top foreign-affairs Dem says

Added Engel, who is Jewish: “I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives.”

Poster connecting Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 terror attacks ignites outrage at West Virginia capitol

It was not immediately clear who put up the poster but lawmakers got into a heated dispute over the display. The argument even became physical, leaving a doorkeeper allegedly injured and a lawmaker ended up resigning.

A few Democratic lawmakers condemned the poster and allegedly got into a feud with Anne Lieberman, the House’s sergeant at arms, “after she allegedly made an anti-Muslim remark,” NBC News reported. Lieberman denied the remark but resigned Friday following the allegation.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks ICE as a ‘dangerous agency’

The freshman Democrat, who has previously vowed to defund Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and see it abolished, made the comments in the wake of a party vote supporting a GOP amendment requiring “undocumented immigrants who try to buy guns be reported to ICE,” according to reports.

“I was upset that 26 Dems forced the other 200+ to vote for a pro-ICE provision at the last min without warning.

Because I think an agency that pins children down + forcibly injects them w/ antipsychotic drugs shouldn’t be given more power,” AOC’s first tweet read.

Rashida Tlaib’s campaign paid her $17,500 in salary after Election Day, in possible violation of FEC rules: report

Tlaib’s campaign began paying her a salary of about $4,000 every month since May 2018 up until the general election Nov. 6 – a perfectly legal practice if the campaign chose to do so.

But according to the filings, as first spotted by the Washington Free Beacon, Tlaib also paid herself $2,000 on Nov. 16 and a whopping $15,500 on Dec. 1 – weeks after the election was over, in an apparent violation of FEC statutes.

The FEC rules state that a general election candidate is allowed to dip into campaign coffers to give himself or herself a salary only up to the election date. The candidate can no longer draw a salary after the election date, or because of other reasons that ended the campaign.

Paper: Klobuchar promises to ‘do better’ by her staff

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar had the highest turnover rate of any Senator between 2001 and 2016. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Klobuchar had the highest turnover rate of any Senator between 2001 and 2016.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our staff has done and I would not be here without amazing staff,” the Minnesota senator told the Star Tribune in a statement.

“I know I can be tough, I know I can push people too hard, and I also know I can do better — and I will.”

Maryland state committees advance medical assisted-suicide bill

The House Health and Government Operations Committee and the House Judiciary Committee approved the End of Life Options Act, sending the measure for a full chamber vote next week, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The bill allows doctors to prescribe drugs to a terminally ill patient that would allow them to end his or her life.

World News:

Kashmir: at least eight killed as India-Pakistan hostilities resume

Fighting resumed overnight on Friday.

Pakistan’s military said two of its soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces near the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the rivals.

It marked the first fatalities for Pakistani troops since Wednesday, when tensions dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed neighbours over Kashmir, which is split between them but claimed by both in its entirety.

Indian police said two siblings and their mother were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The three died after a shell fired by Pakistani soldiers hit their home in the Poonch region near the Line of Control.

The children’s father was critically wounded.

French yellow vests protest for 16th straight weekend

Protesters gather in Paris, France, Saturday, March 2, 2019. French yellow vests are protesting for a 16th straight weekend in Paris and other cities to show they are still mobilized against the government’s economic policies they see as favoring the rich. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

In Paris, more than a thousand protesters marched peacefully through well-off western neighborhoods of the capital, starting from the Arc de Triomphe monument to reach a southern plaza. The demonstration was placed under tight security.

Police forces were dispersing dozens of protesters who remained near the Champs-Elysees avenue.

Many other rallies were organized across the country. Some brief scuffles between protesters and police broke out in the cities of Lyon, Lille and Nantes, but no serious injuries were reported.

183 injured in Algeria protests: state news agency

Police officers try to disperse people trying to reach the government palace during a protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to extend his 20-year rule by seeking a fifth term in April elections in Algiers, Algeria, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Large-scale demonstrations — rarely seen in Algeria with its ubiquitous security services — against Bouteflika’s re-election move began a week ago, but Friday saw the biggest turnout yet.

Tens of thousands of protesters called on the ailing, 82-year-old Bouteflika to abandon plans to seek re-election in an April presidential vote — Algeria’s biggest anti-government rallies since the Arab Spring eight years ago.

Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has been seen in public only a few times since. His re-election bid stoked resentment among Algerians who believe he is not fit to run the major oil- and gas-producing country.

Venice to charge tourists admission fees, a first for Italy

Tourists walk near St. Mark's Square in Venice,
Tourists walk near St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy in this August 2017 photo. (Reuters)

This week, the city approved a 3 Euro per person fee for all day-trippers. The new day-trip entrance fee will go toward maintaining the World Heritage site.

According to Reuters, of the 25 million tourists who visit Venice each year, around 14 million spend just one day, and many take picnics and sleep on cruise ships, bringing little income to local businesses.

Under a seven-year-old law, overnight guests are already charged a nightly tourist tax.


Larry Kudlow calls to ‘put socialism on trial’ during CPAC

Poll says 64 percent of Americans believe the Democratic Party supports socialism; President Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow weighs in on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Levin on Precedent Arguments Against Emergency Declaration: Democrats Do Unconstitutional Stuff Anyway

Levin said, “[F]or those who use the scare tactic that when the Democrats take over, they may do this too, the Democrats do all kinds of illegal and unconstitutional stuff when they take over.

They don’t need any prodding from us, that’s number one. Number two, they say they’ll use it on guns and the 2nd Amendment…you can’t use the National Emergencies Act, or any statute, to change the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.”