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Incredible video shows elk herd crossing snowy Oregon road

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said they saw a herd of about 700 elk crossing a snowy road Sunday in the Grande Ronde Valley — and they caught the incredible sight on video.

The video shows the elk leaping over a snowbank to cross the road.

‘Copious’ Lightning Strikes Electrified Southern California Skies

“copious” lightning strikes
“copious” lightning strikes

The storm was the latest atmospheric river to flow into the state this winter.

The National Weather Service reported “copious” lightning strikes as the long plume of Pacific moisture approached the coast late Tuesday.

The sky over Southern California was streaked with bolts as thunder boomed and rattled the region. The weather service said it was “one of the more electrically active systems” seen all winter.


The last thing you want to find yourself staring down outside of a grizzly is probably a massive bison. Those things will mess you up if you get in their way.

If that bison wanted to, it could have easily crushed any of those snowmobiles.

Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off Chile

This undated photo provided by Paul Tixier in March 2019 shows a Type D killer whale. Scientists are waiting for test results from a tissue sample, which could give them the DNA evidence to prove the new type is a distinct species. (Paul Tixier/CEBC CNRS/MNHN Paris via AP)

An international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen of these distinctly different orcas roaming in the oceans off southern Chile in January.

Scientists are waiting for DNA tests from a tissue sample but think it may be a distinct species.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration felt confident enough to trumpet the discovery of the long rumored killer whale on Thursday.

Some outside experts were more cautious, acknowledging the whales are different, but saying they’d wait for the test results to answer the species question.

Top French cardinal sentenced in ‘historic’ case for not reporting child abuse by priest

 French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin
In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin waits for the start of his trial at the Lyon courthouse, central France.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for providing cover for the Rev. Bernard Preynat by not going to authorities about the alleged abuse between July 2014 and June 2015.

Nine alleged abuse victims claim that Barbarin and the clergy covered up crimes committed by Preynat for years, though the statute of limitations had expired on some allegations and thought that the court would actually acquit the cardinal.

Five other defendants were acquitted.


Cardinal Philippe Barbarin offered his resignation Thursday to Pope Francis after a French court convicted him of failing to report a pedophile priest.

Barbarin is the first cardinal to face trial on charges of covering up child sexual abuse. The Lyon court convicted him of covering up the crimes of Rev. Bernard Preynat, who recently confessed to abusing several boy scouts between 1970 and 1980, after an alleged victim, Alexandre Hezez, warned Barbarin of Preynat’s abuse several times beginning in 2014.


Floyd Brown, 39,
Police have captured Floyd Brown, 39,

The deputy was part of a task force that was attempting to serve Brown with “several warrants” while he was staying at the Extended Stay America. It was there that Brown allegedly shot the deputy, who was part of a regional task force, ABC News reports.

The seven law enforcement agencies and SWAT team in pursuit of Brown say he was pointing a gun out of his window at officers during a high-speed chase.

When they caught up with him after closing the interstate, Brown was stationary.

Inmate pleads guilty to trying to hire hitman to kill 3

Mason Stickney, 21, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce in the commission of murder for hire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say Stickney approached another inmate while at Essex County House of Corrections in October 2017, looking for help killing a police officer, a restaurateur from New Hampshire and a student.

He also tried to have an Essex County prosecutor kidnapped and her relatives tortured. Their names were not listed in legal filings.

At least 4 Kentucky school districts close amid protests

It was the third time in the past week districts were forced to cancel classes because of too many teacher absences. And it was the second closure in a row for Jefferson County Public Schools, the state’s largest district and one of the biggest in the country with nearly 100,000 students.

Thursday’s action comes one year after teacher uprisings in at least five states, part of a movement advocating for better pay, more education funding and protections for traditional pension benefits.

Colorado man discloses details about killing wife, daughters

Chris Watts,
FILE – This undated file photo from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office shows Chris Watts,(Weld County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

Christopher Watts made the statements during authorities’ prison visit on Feb. 18, three months after he was sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities said they believe the grim account of the killings represent Watts’ first full confession.

The suburban Denver crime began with the disappearance of Shanann Watts and the children, and Christopher Watts’ televised pleas for their safe return in August.

He was arrested within days and later pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.

Judge throws out defamation lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly, Fox News: It is ‘wholly insufficient’

U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts said Tuesday that former Fox producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein’s allegations of defamation against the host and network are “wholly insufficient,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Bernstein alleged in the lawsuit, filed in December 2018, that O’Reilly violated a settlement agreement that was reached when she accused the former TV host of sexual misconduct against her.

The agreement called on both sides not to disparage each other.

Dems Not Happy This (Very Young) Trump Judicial Nominee Was Just Confirmed to Fourth Circuit

It’s quite a feat – but not one Democrats are celebrating. Several top lawmakers and Trump critics are wondering whether or not Rushing has enough experience to serve on such an important court.

Rushing clerked for both then-Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit from 2007-2008 and Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas from 2010-2011. She became a partner at the law firm Williams & Connolly in 2017.

However, as more than one media outlet noted, no Democratic senators showed up to question the nominee at her confirmation hearing in October, in part because the Senate had already gone out of session.

Backlog of Calif. Criminals with Guns Grows While AG Focuses on Trump Suits

The report found there are now a record 23,222 people the state has identified in the Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS).

These are generally people California identified as those who previously purchased firearms legally before committing a crime or being subject to a restraining order that made it illegal for them to possess firearms.

The people flagged by the automated system, the only one of its kind in the United States, are referred to the Bureau of Firearms within the California Department of Justice.

The bureau is tasked to ensure these individuals haven’t illegally retained possession of their previously owned firearms.

Billboard in Times Square Reminds Ocasio-Cortez: ‘The American PEOPLE are the Boss’

An electronic billboard unveiled by a pro-business group addressing Democratic-Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria
An electronic billboard unveiled by a pro-business group addressing Democratic-Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., March 5, 2019. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

The fourth in a series of billboards condemning the policies and actions of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was installed on March 5. Job Creators Network (JCN) responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s “I’m the boss” statement with a billboard reading, “The American PEOPLE are the boss.”

Ocasio-Cortez declared herself the “boss” at a New York City ‘Girl’s Code Event’ in response to criticism of her proposed Green New Deal. At the event, she claimed that she was the only one trying to do something about climate change; and for that, she should be the boss.


New Mexico family begging President Trump to build the border wall

Illegal immigration projected to reach historic levels; ranch owners Russel and Brandy Johnson discuss the need for border security.

Border crisis at standstill because ‘no one wants to give the other side a victory’: Rep. Kinzinger

“Part of the problem is no one wants to give the other side a victory, especially the left right now.,” Kinzinger, R-Ill., told co-host Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom.” “We got to secure the border.”

“When the Democrats try to say it’s Border Patrol or the administration that’s terrorizing these people, that have PTS[sic] symptoms at the end of this,” Kinzinger told Hemmer.

“It’s actually the human traffickers that convince them to do it. That do these terrible things to people and it’s also the parents that send their kids up here without any adult supervision, the unaccompanied minors.

Tell me how that’s good.”

Tech Watch:

Facebook, Instagram will no longer recommend anti-vaccine content

Lawmakers and public health advocates have been pushing Facebook, as well as YouTube and Amazon, to take stronger action against anti-vaccine content, arguing the proliferation of medical misinformation has bolstered the “anti-vax” movement of people who don’t vaccinate themselves or their children. 

Health experts have attributed the recent measles outbreak in the U.S. to the increasing number of “anti-vaxers,” and they have warned that the movement largely uses social media to promote their views.

Mark Zuckerberg wants a privacy-friendly Facebook. Is it possible?

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg promised to transform Facebook from a company known for devouring the personal information shared by its users to one that gives people more ways to communicate in truly private fashion, with their intimate thoughts and pictures shielded by encryption in ways that Facebook itself can’t read.

It also plans to let messages automatically disappear, a feature pioneered by its rival Snapchat that could limit the risks posed by a trail of social media posts that follow people throughout their lives.

Zuckerberg trying to reverse Facebook’s negative public image with privacy push?

 Walser Wealth Management President Rebecca Walser on Facebook’s privacy push and the state of the markets.

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey says company was probably ‘way too aggressive’ in banning certain accounts

During an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the tech executive and his chief legal officer, Vijaya Gadde, discussed a range of controversies surrounding Twitter’s banning of accounts in the wake of harassment, hate speech or other violations of its policies.

The company has been accused by people on all sides of the political spectrum of allowing extremism to flourish and having policies that are not enforced or are applied arbitrarily.

The discussion touched on several controversial topics but focused mostly on the “learn to code” tweets that were sent to journalists as part of a coordinated harassment campaign last month.

The memes, which originated on 4chan, were then shared by a wider number of Twitter accounts and contained threatening or violent language and images.

FedEx to test driverless ‘sameday bot’ deliveries

FedEx hopes to test device in Memphis this summer; FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith explains the company’s push toward the future.

Air Force fast tracks new war machines

“We want to accelerate buying things earlier and bend metal immediately to learn, instead of wasting time on paper,” William Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, told an audience recently at an Air Force Association Symposium.

The approach calls for rapid and early prototyping of new weapons to quickly determine what works, Roper explained.

Naturally, the approach brings a measure of added risk which, he explained, is a necessary part of the process. While the intent is never to fail with combat-essential weapons development, failure is an opportunity to learn quickly and make adjustments.

Technical adjustments early in the acquisition process are easier to implement and fundamental to keeping pace with anticipated emerging threats.


Tennessee state House passes ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban

The Tennessean reported that a number of state Republican lawmakers expressed reservations about the bill in its current form, but ultimately voted for it. The legislation passed 66-21.

The bill would become one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation should it be signed into law, but it reportedly has not been scheduled to be taken up by a state Senate committee.

Bret Baier calls DNC decision to bar Fox News from hosting primary presidential debates ‘disappointing’

‘Special Report’ anchor Bret Baier defends FNC’s ‘tough but fair’ debate coverage, says he hopes the Democratic National Committee reconsiders.

Crenshaw: There is a far left wing of the Democratic Party that truly do not like Israel

Dems delay resolution on anti-Semitism as several defend Rep. Omar’s remarks; Texas Republican Rep Dan Crenshaw weighs in.

Ocasio-Cortez Says Dozens of Her Dem Colleagues Are Racists, None Push Back

Ocasio-Cortez argued that the discussion about bigotry within the Democratic caucus shouldn’t be aimed at Omar’s anti-Semitism, but rather the 26 Democrats who she says are racist for buying into the “false trope that Latino immigrants are more dangerous than U.S. born citizens.”

The proof of their racism was support for a Republican amendment to H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, that required federal authorities to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement whenever an illegal immigrant tries to buy a firearm.

More than 3,000 illegal immigrantshave their gun purchase attempts rejected each year.

Ilhan Omar’s experience ‘more personal’ than Jews whose parents survived the Holocaust: Dem congressman

Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C.,
Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C.,

Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C., defended freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Wednesday by saying her experience was “more personal” than Jews whose parents survived the Holocaust.

Clyburn argued Omar’s experience “is much more empirical — and powerful — than that of people who are generations removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during WWII and the other violent episodes that have marked history,” according to a report in The Hill.

Nazi KKK leader David Duke: “By Defiance to Z.O.G. Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress!”

“Z.O.G.” is “Zionist Occupation Government,” i.e., an implied endorsement of genocide of Israelis.

World News:

BREAKING: Government to send Tommy Robinson BACK to JAIL

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Movement at North Korea ICBM plant viewed as missile-related, South says

Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
FILE PHOTO: Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high-ranking officials during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of the country’s founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

The Sanumdong factory produced the Hwasong-15 ICBM, which can fly more than 13,000 km (8,080 miles). After its test flight in late 2017, North Korea declared the completion of its “state nuclear force,” before pursuing talks with South Korea and the United States last year.

South Korea’s presidential office and defense ministry declined to confirm the reports on Sanumdong, saying they were closely monitoring North Korea’s activities together with the United States.

Another U.S. research body, Washington-based Stimson Center’s 38 North, weighed in on Thursday, saying the Sohae site appeared to have returned to normal operational status after recent rebuilding work.

Satellite images indicate North Korea is rebuilding missile site

Pictures appear to show North Korea was rebuilding the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility while Kim Jong Un was at the Vietnam summit with President Trump. Greg Palkot reports from London.

Trump open to another North Korea summit despite missile site activity

John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, repeated the president’s comments, saying it would be “very, very disappointing” if the North Korean regime was reversing the confidence-building gestures it made last year, dismantling a space launch pad and a nuclear test site.

But Bolton told Fox News that the president was “still open to talking again”.

“The fact that both facilities are active at the same time suggests that there are preparations for a new launch, but it is impossible to tell what they are going to launch,” said Melissa Hanham, a North Korea expert at the One Earth Future foundation.

Muslims force pro-LGBT lessons to shut down after pulling hundreds of kids from UK school

In Birmingham, The Guardian reported this week, a programme to teach British primary school children about LGBT issues at Parkfield community school was shut down after 600 students were withdrawn by parents angry that their children were being “brainwashed” by lessons that were undermining their parental rights and “aggressively promoting homosexuality.”

The vast majority of the parents were Muslim, although the school refused to confirm the precise number of children that were pulled.

Assistant Head Andrew Moffat, who is in a gay civil partnership, was accused by parents of attempting to promote his own personal views on LGBT issues to children via the “No Outsiders” programme.

Children between the ages of four and eleven were read books such as Mommy, Mama, and Me as well as King & King, stories that showcase same-sex relationships.


Tucker: Democrats and the ‘manufactured’ crisis

Democrats have dismissed crisis at the southern border; numbers of migrants crossing the border illegally now reaches historic record.

The left’s new arrogant heroes and their hypocritical views

Her plan of attack means eliminating, among other things, all fossil fuels, airplanes, cars and cow flatulence.

In the meantime, the New York Post found that the left’s Gen. George S. Patton in charge of climate change is more their Leona Helmsley in charge of rules only applying to the little people.

Most of us do our best to recycle and take other energy-saving actions. We make an effort to live up to the standards we espouse in life.

When your mission, however, is to coerce every other American into living the life of a caveman in the dark ages because of “climate change,” you have a special responsibility to take it seriously and behave as though you actually believe what you’re saying and pledging to do to everyone else.

I moved to New York just a few years ago, and it took me a while to get used to the subway. But I eventually did realize its convenience (when working properly) and affordability. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been a New Yorker much longer than I have.

Running for office involving a single district lends itself specifically to using the subway or other mass transit. After all, she’s a woman of the people. But perhaps that, too, is just a charade.

Rashida Tlaib Is a PHONY with Zero Grounds to Impeach Trump

Rashida “Impeach the MF-er” Tlaib, D-Mich., is finally making her move.

She’s filing to impeach Trump on absolutely zero grounds.

She claims Trump is a racist, a homophobe, a sexist, and all of these terrible things that are really just accurate descriptors of herself.

She is the one cozying up to Islamic extremists, and she is the one endorsing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after her anti-Semitic remarks. Miller reveals the truth about this clueless phony.


Freedom to Chains a radio broadcast from 1965 by Paul Harvey, a word of prophesy for today.