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Asbestos found in Claire’s makeup products, FDA warns

Claire’s refused the FDA’s request to issue a mandatory recall at this time. (Claire’s)

At least three products — including Claire’s Eye Shadows, Compact Powder and Contour Palette — have tested positive for tremolite asbestos, the FDA said Tuesday.

The federal agency decided to conduct tests on Claire’s products as well as some from teen retailer Justice after FDA officials “became aware of reports of asbestos contamination in certain cosmetic products sold by Claire’s and Justice retailers,” in 2017, the agency said.


Apparent suicide of 13-year-old boy on campus prompts 2 schools to close in Aliso Viejo

Orange County sheriff’s deputies were called to Don Juan Avila Middle School around 6:30 a.m. for an apparent suicide on campus.

Responding deputies found the body of a 13-year-old boy.

“I don’t really know why he did this, both of his parents were together, he seemed happy, he had hobbies,” said student Noah Roseblade, who said he knew the student.


LAPD: Children left alone in motel room with 100 pounds of meth

Two men were arrested Sunday at the motel on the 7400 block of South San Pedro Street and methamphetamine worth about $1 million was seized. 

The investigation began with authorities looking into reports of drug activity in the area when they saw a man get into a vehicle at the motel armed with a handgun. 

Officers detained the man and went to speak with the motel manager, when they learned there were two children, ages 8 and 10, left alone in the room. 


Stanford admissions officer arrested for allegedly stabbing woman while high on LSD

James Shirvell, 26,
James Shirvell, 26, has been arrested on a number of charges after allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times while high on LSD (Facebook)

James Shirvell, 26, was reportedly using the drug while with the woman at a house in the Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco over the weekend.

He’s charged with attempted murder, assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence — which indicates the woman was likely a romantic partner, roommate or family member.

The woman has not been named since she may be a victim of domestic violence, and her condition after the stabbing is currently unknown.


New York man gouges grandmother’s eyes out during fight, officials say

Michael Grief, 30,
Michael Grief, 30, allegedly gouged his grandmother’s eyes out during an argument on Feb. 19. (Suffolk County Police Department)

Michael Grief, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of violent assault following the Feb. 19 incident at his home in Sayville.

Grief and his grandmother, Sheila Grief, got into an argument after the 30-year-old overdrew her debit card by $1,000, ABC7NY reported.

The grandmother attempted to get help from a neighbor when the fight escalated.


Defendant in UC-Berkeley assault pleads not guilty

Zachary Greenberg, a 28
Zachary Greenberg, a 28

Zachary Greenberg, a 28-year-old software engineer, gave his plea at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed three criminal felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Greenberg on Tuesday.

Harmeet Dhillon, the attorney for Hayden Williams, the victim of the alleged assault, tweeted that Greenberg was ordered to stay off the UC-Berkeley campus, and away from her client. Dhillon, who attended the arraignment, also said the court granted Greenberg’s request to have his personal information redacted from public records because he was being harassed and threatened.


Alabama judge allows teen to sue on behalf of aborted fetus

Ryan Magers, 19, of Madison County, claims his girlfriend got a medicated abortion at the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville in February 2017 when she was six weeks pregnant, according to legal documents, even though he urged her not to terminate the pregnancy.

Alabama recognizes the personhood of a fetus, so Magers is suing on behalf of the fetus and himself.

Madison County probate court Judge Frank Barger allowed Magers to name his aborted child as a co-plaintiff in his case against Alabama Women’s Center, a move that came just four months after the passage of an amendment that gave fetuses personhood, or the same legal rights as any other person, under the state constitution.

Helms believes the case could make it to the Supreme Court.


61 Million Babies Have Been Killed in Abortions, We Must Speak Up for These Victims

Nearly one million abortions occur each year–more than 32,000 in Pennsylvania alone. That is the equivalent of a city, wiped out in one year by abortion.

The figures are staggering and are still news to Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Millennials. Even some individuals who are pro-life do not realize the mind-boggling toll abortion has taken on our nation.

It was the single U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade which has claimed more lives than all the wars America has ever fought.


Abortionist Willie Parker Says The Parable of the Good Samaritan Inspired Him to Kill Babies

Abortionist Willie Parker
Abortionist Willie Parker

Parker made the comment during a debate with Professor Mike Adams at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Summit Ministries and Ratio Christi hosted the event.

An abortionist in Mississippi and Alabama, Parker often claims he is a devout Christian. Once, he even called his abortion practice a “ministry.”

During the debate, Parker admitted to – and defended – killing human beings.

“It is wrong to kill an innocent human being, I agree,” Parker said. “Abortion kills a human being, I agree.”

At another point, Adams asked Parker, “How many innocent human beings have you intentionally killed?”

Parker initially said he was not sure, but later he estimated the total at about 20,000.


Judge green-lights the collection of company salary data on gender and race

After years of studying the issue, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was poised to make companies with at least 100 workers start revealing pay information on top of their standard reporting about race, sex, ethnicity and job titles.

However, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) put a stay on the new requirements in August 2017.

On Monday, Washington D.C. federal judge Tanya Chutkan said the OMB was wrong to arbitrarily pause the data collection effort — especially as the OMB gave a green light to regulators to ask employees these pay questions in 2016.


Uber cleared of charges in Arizona self-driving fatality

However, there was a caveat to that dismissal. Apparently, the prosecutors in the case bought the “driver error” argument after a video taken inside the car showed that the backup driver was looking down at his phone, watching an episode of ‘The Voice’ until a nanosecond before hitting a pedestrian, who died from her injuries.

Police called the incident “entirely avoidable,” and now the Uber driver could face charges of vehicular manslaughter, according to reports.

Immigration:

CBP warns Border Patrol is at its ‘breaking point’

Children and families now make up more than half of those in custody on the southern border, according to Customs and Border Patrol; Casey Stegall reports on the stats.


NPR: ‘Busloads’ Of Migrants Arriving At Border As Crossings Reach 10-Year High

“Since last year, Border Patrol agents say, they have routinely encountered large groups of a hundred or more migrants at the border, many of them arriving by bus from Guatemala,” NPR reports. “According to immigration authorities, the passengers consist almost entirely of families and children who are looking for Border Patrol agents to turn themselves in to. Agents say they’ve encountered 70 large groups since last year.”

The numbers are staggering: Over the last five months, the number of migrants attempting to cross the border picked up by Border Patrol has increased over 90% over the same period last year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they’ve picked up a stunning 260,000 people since October and 66,000 in February alone.

The February total is “the highest total for a single month in almost a decade,” NPR reports. While NPR is careful to note the flood of migrants is still not near historic highs, the makeup of those being apprehended has shifted in a way that is particularly taxing for authorities: rather than single men trying to cross, as was the trend in the past, agents are increasingly picking up families and children.

Politics:


Democrats introduce bill that aims to bring back net neutrality

Photo (c) wildpixel – Getty Images

The bill, called the Save the Internet Act of 2019, aims to restore laws preventing internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services.

“This legislation brings the power of the internet to every corner of this country, from rural America and to our cities,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an announcement Wednesday. “A free and open internet is a pillar in creating opportunities.”


Prosecutors agree to drop charges against disgraced former GOP Rep. Aaron Schock if he pays back IRS

Rep. Aaron Schock
Rep. Aaron Schock

The surprise deal, known in legal circles as a deferred prosecution agreement, came during what was supposed to be a routine status hearing for the former Republican lawmaker.

Under the new agreement, the 37-year-old Schock will have to pay $42,000 to the IRS and $68,000 to his congressional campaign fund – and stay out of any more legal trouble – in return for having all charges dropped against him.

Schock will still have to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to properly report expenses.


Dem leaders slam brakes on Omar rebuke, blame Trump for bigotry instead

Asked by reporters Wednesday about the resolution and whether Omar should lose her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee because of repeated comments viewed as anti-Semitic, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, pivoted to Trump.

“We are committed to decisively condemning anti-Semitism, racism, white supremacy, Islamophobia, homophobia, and the rise in hate that has taken place in this country – perhaps coincidentally – over the last two years, since January of 2017,” Jeffries said.

He also ripped into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for suggesting there is a rise in controversial remarks among House Democratic freshmen like Omar, accusing Trump of “hateful” comments.

Omar ignores questions on resolution condeming anti-Semitism

House Democrats delay a vote on an anti-Semitic resolution; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

Breaking down the $1M allegedly moved from AOC’s campaign


Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff allegedly moved $885K ‘off the books’; ‘Outnumbered’ co-host Melissa Francis explains on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


Trump reverses Obama-era rule requiring reports on drone strike casualties

Trump signed an executive order that nixed sections from the original order signed by former President Barack Obama on July 1, 2016.

That directive required the secretary of defense to submit an unclassified “report on civilian casualties caused as a result of United States military operations” by May 1 of every year, and required the director of national intelligence to do the same for drone strikes, including an assessment “of combatant and non combatant deaths resulting from those strikes.”

Upon the release of the first report last year, U.S. military spokeswoman Maj. Audricia Harris told The Wall Street Journal that the military wants “to be as transparent as possible and show the rigorous process U.S. forces take to protect civilians.”


Democrats advance $15 minimum federal wage bill

“Today, the Committee took an important step toward lifting millions of American workers out poverty by raising the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade … I am proud that we have advanced a bill that will benefit workers and communities across the country,” said Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-Va., the committee’s top Republican, called the legislation “blatantly socialist.” If would “hammer” small businesses, she argued, forcing them to cut back on hiring and hours, without benefiting workers.


Dem lawmaker introduces amendment to lower voting age to 16 in federal elections

“I am honored & excited to be introducing my very 1st amendment on the House floor, an amendment to #HR1, the #ForthePeopleAct,” Pressley, a first-term congresswoman who represents the 7th Congressional District in Massachusetts, said on Twitter.

“My amendment will lower the voting age from 18 to 16, allowing our youth to have a seat at the table of democracy.”

Pressley argued in a succession of tweets that citizens who are 16 and 17 make substantial contributions to America’s “labor force and to their local economy through paying taxes.”


REP. RASHIDA TLAIB TO INTRODUCE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION AGAINST TRUMP

Surrounded by impeachment activists on Capitol Hill, Tlaib announced at a press conference her intention to introduce the resolution later this month.

In announcing the resolution, Tlaib claimed a mandate from the 2018 midterms, where Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives.


“We saw record turnout in an election year, where people wanted to elect a jury that would begin the impeachment proceedings to Donald Trump,” Tlaib said, according to The Hill.

“We want to work on these economic justice issues, racial justice issues and everything. But guess what? There is a wall there, and a constitutional crisis that is not going to [let us] do our jobs as American Congress members to push a lot of these agendas forward.”

World News:


Israeli Spacecraft Snaps Ultimate Selfie on Way to Moon

Beresheet spacecraft with the Earth in the background.
This March 3, 2019 photo made available by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries on March 5 shows the Beresheet spacecraft with the Earth in the background.(SpaceIL, Israel Aerospace Industries via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 21 and has been circling Earth in ever bigger loops.

Despite some early problems, Beresheet should be close enough to enter lunar orbit in early April. A touchdown would make Israel the fourth country to pull off a moon landing.


Israeli Army: Defense System Activated After Projectile Launched From Gaza

An Iron Dome interception in the Gaza border area, July 2018.

In addition, two devices exploded over a southern Israeli community after balloons carried them over the border from the Gaza Strip, the Eshkol Regional Council said.

No casualties were reported and no specific instructions were given to residents, the council added. Rocket sirens could be heard throughout the region.

On Tuesday, the Israeli air force struck a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip in response to earlier launches of incendiary balloons into Israel.

Recently, Hamas has not only resumed launching incendiary balloons over the border into Israel, but it has upgraded them to carry bombs.


Border closure forces Venezuelan kids to make perilous treks

A Venezuelan student rides on a wooden raft to cross the Tachira River into Colombia from Venezuela, near the Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridge, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Venezuelan children in school uniforms boarded makeshift wooden rafts to cross the Tachira River on Wednesday to reach schools in Cucuta, Colombia.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has cut ties with Colombia after opposition leaders used the neighboring Andean nation as a launching point for humanitarian aid meant to undermine his authority.


Venezuelan counterintelligence forces raid home of U.S. journalist, take him into custody

Government forces also seized Weddle’s assistant, Venezuelan journalist Carlos Camacho. Camacho’s apartment was also raided before he was seized.

The whereabouts of the two men were unknown as of midday, according to the National Union of Journalism Workers and NGO Espacio Publico, which tracks freedom of expression violations nationwide.

Observers say the incident could increase tensions between the Venezuelan government of beleaguered President Nicolás Maduro and the Trump administration, which recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president and the legitimate leader of the country.


Father jailed over acid attack plot against three-year-old son

An artist’s sketch of the man, who cannot be named, and his co-defendants at Worcester crown court. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA

The man, a 40-year-old former factory worker and taxi driver, was unanimously convicted by a jury at Worcester crown court.

Also found guilty of plotting to spray sulphuric acid on the boy with intent to harm were Adam Cech, Jan Dudi, Norbert Pulko, Jabar Paktia and Saied Hussini. The five men, from the West Midlands and London, were each jailed for between 12 and 14 years.

“It has been extremely hard to accept that my child has been attacked in such a way and that his father was behind this,” she said. “How could he pay for someone to attack our child with acid?

How will I explain this to my son? I don’t think I will ever forgive any of those involved for what they have put my family through.”

Commentary/Opinion:


When Proclaiming Others’ Racism Actually Exposes Your Own

Stones are thrown, virtue is signaled, and when the hypocrisy is exposed, it’s either explained away, forgiven, or simply forgotten.

“Today a race card was played,” Ms. Patton wrote. “But not by Congressman Mark Meadows.

But rather by those on the House Oversight Committee who sadly placed more credence on the word of a self-confessed convicted perjurer, than that of a highly-educated black woman who rose up the ranks of one of the most recognized global real-estate companies in the world, spoke before 25 million people at the Republican National Convention and now successfully oversees the largest HUD program office in the country.

“That is not the resume of a prop,” she added.


“It must no longer be acceptable for liberals to ‘pull the black card’ or ‘minority card’ of people they don’t agree with. It must be fought against by ALL Patriots, understanding that only if we are UNITED can we exorcise this scourge of subversion and partisan destruction.


National Border Patrol Council President: There is a national emergency on our border — Here’s proof

Since November of 2013, I’ve been called upon to give expert Congressional testimony about various aspects of border security on 18 separate occasions.

I’ve testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Committee on Natural Resources.

This is important because during every hearing regarding border security at which I testified in 2014, Democrats claimed the United States was in the state of a humanitarian crisis at the border.

While Republicans agreed with the notion of a crisis, they argued it was one of immigration loophole exploitation.

Regardless of the underlying reasoning, both parties acknowledged a crisis at the border.

Tucker: The Russia conspiracy is dead

Michael Cohen gave the final word on collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during his testimony.


Fox News Video:Do Democrats have their priorities twisted ahead of 2020?

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume weighs in on the shifting Democratic agenda ahead of 2020 election.

Just How Far Does Obama’s Narcissism Go?!

After he announced to the world that it would be a much better place with a million more of himself in it, Miller’s pretty sure that Obama is, indeed, head over heels in love with himself.

Of course this isn’t the first time he’s declared his undying admiration for himself, as this is the same guy that honored American heroes by posting pictures of … wait for it … himself.

Miller’s read about a thing called “autosexual,” and now he’s starting to wonder!

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