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At least 23 dead in Alabama after tornadoes ravage the Deep South, causing ‘catastrophic’ damage

At least 23 people were killed, including children, in the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak in six years after twisters tore through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said.

The two tornadoes that touched down in Lee County on Sunday wrought a trail of “catastrophic” damage, leaving an untold number of people without homes and in shelters and countless others mourning their loved ones.

Jones said he fears the death toll may continue to rise as recovery efforts continued in the early morning Monday.

Drone footage captures aftermath of deadly tornado outbreak

Aerial video from Beauregard, Ala., captures the aftermath of tornados that hit the area on March 3.


MISSOURI GAS PIPELINE BURSTS INTO FLAMES

Happening near Mexico, Missouri, which is 120 miles away from St. Louis, the rupture did not cause any injuries but resulted in the loss of power for some nearby homes.

Occurring along a Missouri highway, the pipeline owned by the Dallas-based Panhandle Eastern Pipeline ruptured and took 40 minutes to be extinguished, according to the Audrain County’s Sheriff Office in a post.

You can watch the video, taken by a member of the Sheriff’s department,


Pilot, 4 passengers injured after United Express jet slides off runway

Officials say a pilot and four passengers suffered minor injuries when a United Express regional jet slid off a runway during a snowstorm in northern Maine.

An official said the pilot aborted the first landing attempt and requested that the runway lights be turned on due to low visibility before the second attempt at 11:30 a.m. Monday.


Luke Perry dies at 52: ‘My heart is broken,’ says Molly Ringwald

Luke Perry
Luke Perry speaks onstage at the Riverdale Sneak Peek and Q&A during New York Comic Con on Oct. 7, 2018.

Perry’s sudden death came as a shock to fans and friends alike.

Actress Molly Ringwald, who played Perry’s wife, Mary Andrews, on Riverdale, said in a tweet that, “My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.”


Firefighter with brain tumor given final escort through hospital on way to donate organs

Heart-wrenching video of a Colorado firefighter being escorted through the hospital halls by his pregnant wife and fellow firefighters while en route to donate his organs has gone viral after his firehouse shared it on Twitter.

South Metro Fire Rescue identified the fallen hero as 31-year-old Cody Mooney, and revealed that he had been fighting an aggressive brain tumor.


Watch:Man captures image of Jesus shining through the clouds: ‘I was enchanted’

The awe-inspiring likeness of Jesus Christ was captured by an Italian man Friday during sunset in his hometown of Agropoli, Italy.

And while Brutto normally doesn’t post on social media, he had to share what he saw over the still waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The image resembles the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Judge denies fast-track case for woman seeking to return to the U.S. after defecting from ISIS

A federal judge on Monday denied a request to fast track the case of a woman seeking to return to the United States after defecting from ISIS.

Walton did not rule on her citizenship but did say Swift’s argument on Muthana’s father’s diplomatic status had merit. Still, he said, “just because she received a U.S. passport does not mean she is a U.S. citizen.”

However, on the question of the court ordering Muthana’s return, Walton seemed much more hesitant.


Kavanaugh slams ‘pure discrimination’ against churches as court declines to hear religious liberty case

For years, Morris County had been giving churches money to make aesthetic and structural repairs to historic churches under a historic preservation program.

In 2015, a county freeholder objected, arguing that taxpayer funds should not be used to repair places of worship.

The Supreme Court’s ruling was unanimous but three justices said the issue should soon be addressed.

Kavanaugh noted that just because the court did not take up the issue does not mean it agrees with the lower court’s ruling.

“Barring religious organizations because they are religious from a general historic-preservation grants program is pure discrimination against religion,” Kavanaugh wrote.


Fox News Video:Melania Trump kicks off ‘Be Best’ tour to address the well-being of children

The first lady is kicking off a three-state tour to address the well-being of children, social media use and opioid abuse.

Spokesperson for Melania Trump Stephanie Grisham explains the initiative and how the first lady handles social media bullying.


Mollie Tibbetts’ accused killer wants trial moved to different county due to ‘minority population’

Cristhian Bahena Rivera wears headphones during his arraignment where he pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. (AP)

Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s attorneys filed the motion Friday, arguing that existing tensions and opinions in Poweshiek County — which is the area where the crime occurred, Tibbetts grew up and Rivera lived and worked at a dairy farm — will make it hard to have a “fair and impartial trial,” the Des Moines Register reported.

The attorneys asked the court to select a county that has more of a minority representation for the jury pool.

“Without venue where a minority population is substantially represented, [Rivera] cannot be fairly tried and any jury pool chosen will have to be stricken,” the motion reads.


Husband, step-daughter charged in slaying to be extradited

Keith Smith is shown in an undated photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department. On March 3, 2019 (Baltimore Police Department via AP)

Cameron County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Joe Elizardi said 52-year-old Keith Smith and his 28-year-old daughter, Valeria Smith, were arraigned Monday and agreed to be extradited. Elizardi says they’re held without bond and Baltimore officials have until March 15 to pick them up.

Jacquelyn Smith was fatally stabbed last year. Her husband said she rolled down her window to give money to a panhandler, who stabbed her.


‘I killed an innocent girl’: Indiana teen faces murder rap in disappearance of 19-year-old woman and her boyfriend

A teen is facing murder charges in Indiana in last week’s disappearance of Thomas Grill, 18, (l.) and his girlfriend, Molley Lanham, 19, (r.). (St. John Police Department)

“Grill fell to the ground and was begging for his life,” Detective Brian Dziedzinski with the Porter County Sheriff’s Office says in the court papers, quoting the friend.

“Kerner advised that he panicked due to being out of bullets in the gun,” Dziedzinski says. “Kerner then beat him with a pipe wrench until he died.”

The court papers say, according to the friend, that Kerner then showed Lanham her boyfriend’s body and told her he would kill her if she told anyone.

The court papers say the friend, described as a confidential informant, told the detective that Kerner said he loaded the bodies in their car and drove it to a location where he set it on fire.


Husband of missing San Antonio mom has been arrested and charged in connection to her disappearance

Air Force Major Andre McDonald is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Andreen Nicole, 29, who authorities believe is dead and was charged Sunday in connection with the case.

McDonald, 40, was booked on a charge of tampering with evidence because he had torn up a receipt for the purchase of a shovel, an ax, gasoline and other material that investigators believe he intended to use to dispose of her body.

INCYMI:


REPORT: REP. OCASIO-CORTEZ HAS VIOLATED HER OWN GREEN NEW DEAL

An article from the New York Post on Saturday noted that Ocasio-Cortez, the main proponent of the Green New Deal, does not do much to limit her carbon footprint and reminded the self-described “democratic socialist” that she has encouraged others to do so while warning that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”

The Post noted that Ocasio-Cortez, who purports to have a “razor-sharp BS detector,” isn’t quite so assiduous in “sniffing out her own.”

The Candace Owens Show: Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr joins Candace Owens for an in-depth conversation on the world premiere of The Candace Owens Show.

They discuss the aftermath of the controversy that lead to Roseanne’s primetime sitcom being cancelled, the 2016 election, the MeToo movement and much more!


NYPD: Murders, Rapes Soared in 2019 Despite Lower Crime Rate

Murders and rapes across all five boroughs of New York City increased sharply during January and February 2019, with authorities reporting a 50 percent increase in murders and a 23.6 percent increase in rape cases from the same time period in 2018, CBS New York reported.

At least 51 murders and 267 rapes were reported between January 1 and February 24, according to the NYPD’s CompStat reports.


Omar Doubles Down On Anti-Semitism, Accuses Jewish Congresswoman Of Wanting Her To Have Dual Loyalty To Israel

Embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ignited another firestorm on Sunday when she made anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish member of Congress, accusing the congresswoman of wanting her to have dual loyalties to Israel.

On Sunday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is also Jewish, also called out Omar for her anti-Semitic remarks from last week, tweeting: “Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry.

I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.”


Clinton-Obama figures exposed as instigators in Trump-Russia probe during Cohen hearing

Clinton and Obama supporters started and sustained Trump-Russia collusion theories.

Their centerpiece is the anti-Trump dossier funded by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party.

Its conspiracy charges fueled much of the collusion talk from Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who continues his hunt today.

A Clinton-Obama scorecard:

Politics:


New Election Date Set In North Carolina’s 9th District Following Fraud Investigation

The State Board of Elections met Monday and voted to set the dates for new general and primary elections in the district, after the results of November’s midterms were tossed out last month.

Those results were deemed tainted by the board after a months-long investigation into election fraud in the district.

The State Board voted to first hold a primary election on May 14. After that, Sept. 10 will either be the date of the runoff primary election, if it’s necessary, or the general election. If a runoff primary is needed, the general election will be held Nov. 5.


House Dems plan to introduce resolution condemning anti-Semitic comments amid Omar controversy

While it is not clear whether the resolution will specifically condemn Omar’s remarks, a senior House Democratic aide told Fox News that a draft of the resolution was worked on over the weekend by the staff for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with those of Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

Despite only being in Congress since January, Omar has been the center of controversy over numerous remarks she’s made that have been labelled anti-Semitic.


‘It’s All Nonsense’: Bongino on New Claims From Top Democrats Nadler, Schiff

Fox News contributor and author Dan Bongino responded Monday to top House Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff accusing President Trump of obstructing justice and colluding with Russia.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings, said Sunday he will send more than 60 document requests to the White House and Justice Department. 

World News:


Another minister resigns over scandal that threatens Trudeau

Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, considered a star minister, said in a resignation letter that it was “untenable” for her to continue in the Cabinet because she could not defend the government.

Philpott’s friend, former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, testified last week that Trudeau and senior members of his government inappropriately tried to pressure her to avoid prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company in a case involving allegations of corruption in Libya.

Wilson-Raybould resigned from Cabinet last month after being demoted to veteran affairs minister the month before.


The Latest: UN calls for dialogue in Venezuela standoff

Anti-government protesters rally
Anti-government protesters rally to demand the resignation of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 4, 2019. The United States and about 50 other countries recognize opposition Congress President Juan Guaido as the rightful president of Venezuela, while Maduro says he is the target of a U.S.-backed coup plot. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is stressing again that the only way the political conflict in Venezuela can be resolved is through political dialogue.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric noted reports that opposition leader Juan Guaido returned without incident to Caracas on Monday. Guaido said he came back to renew his campaign to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.


Putin suspends Russia’s obligations under 1987 nuclear pact

In a decree, Putin suspended Russia’s obligations under the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and said hold would remain in place “until the U.S. ends its violations of the treaty or until it terminates.”

Putin’s order came as Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian military’s General Staff, was in Vienna for talks on strategic stability with U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The INF treaty was one of the issues discussed in what the Russia’s Defense Ministry described as “constructive” talks.


UK, EU to hold more Brexit talks as May woos opposition

EU and U.K. officials said the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will meet U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman, James Slack, said the two sides have “definitely been making progress” over the past few weeks and negotiations are at a “critical point.”

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but Parliament has rejected May’s deal, raising the prospect of a chaotic, economically damaging departure from the bloc.

Commentary/Opinion:

Capitalism vs. Socialism

Decades after capitalism seemed to have triumphed over socialism, politicians are once again arguing about the merits and drawbacks of these opposing economic systems.

Why are we still having this debate?

Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., explains the misconceptions that keep the debate alive.


The Cult-like Psychology of the Progressive Movement

Has anybody noticed the ideology of the Progressive movement has significant similarities to the psychology of cults?

Both are premised on brainwashing and lies.

They both grow by hoodwinking people to distrust their sensibilities. Plain and simple. I looked at several studies on how cults form—whether centered on religion, politics or terrorism—and how they recruit their members.

The parallels are so similar it’s difficult to discern the differences.

One study pointed out that cults are built around extreme, unusual or fringe beliefs. Think global warming, abortion and the scientific assignment of gender for instance.

Why Are GOP Senators Blocking the President on Securing the Border?

When it comes to securing the border, Republicans are going to sink their own ship.

They’d rather side with the resistance to block the president’s national emergency declaration.
But guess what?

The president has TONS of congressionally granted authority to secure our border.

Miller calls out the RINOs and libertarians obstructing the president’s ability to keep America safe.

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