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Ford will invest $850 million on its second North American EV factory

Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant is about to get a big pile of money to help turn it into Ford’s second North American EV factory.Ford

Ford’s hefty investment in its Southeast Michigan facilities will take place over the next four years and is expected to create up to 900 new jobs thanks to the addition of another production shift.

The $850 million also includes modernization for tooling to help build the next-generation Mustang.

Ford’s other electric vehicle factory is in Cuautitlán, Mexico and will produce an electric SUV destined for market in 2020.

The Flat Rock plant will build the cars based on Ford’s next-generation EV architecture.

Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan Emphasizes Need For Space Force

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan touts President Trump’s proposed space force. One America’s Sani Unutoa reports.

Ohio man lashes out at judge over sentence, gets longer sentence

Manson Bryant, 32,
Manson Bryant, 32, was sentenced to 28 years in prison earlier this month in Painesville, Ohio. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Bryant, after expressing remorse for what he did, was sentenced to 22 years in prison by Judge Eugene Lucci. In a video that was released on Tuesday and published by Fox affiliate WJW,

Bryant tried to fight back — seemingly by shouting expletives at the judge.

“F— your courtroom, you racist-a– b—-! F— your courtroom, man,” Bryant yelled in court. “Twenty-two f—— years! You racist-a– b—-!”

LA-area mom charged in death of daughter found in duffel bag

This undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office shows Taquesta Graham. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Twenty-eight-year-old Taquesta Graham was charged Wednesday in the death of Trinity Love Jones.

Also charged with murder in the case is Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt. His arraignment is set for April 16.

On March 5, a park worker found Trinity at the bottom of an embankment in the suburb of Hacienda Heights.

She had been wearing pants with a panda pattern and a pink shirt that said, “Future Princess Hero.”

Florida man, 32, is charged with bludgeoning father, 74, on fishing trip, officials say

Casey Hickok, 32, was arrested for second-degree murder Tuesday in the death of his father, Robert Hickok, 74, aboard a commercial fishing vessel. (Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

Casey Hickok, 32, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge on Tuesday, The Naples Daily News reported.

Casey claimed Robert raped him several times when he was a child and had started “messing with” him before the latest events unfolded.

The Bradenton Herald reported that according to jail records, the son has previous arrests on charges of kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, assault, possession of cocaine and violation of a protection injunction.

He also previously served two terms in prison related to aiding an escape and aggravated assault.

Illinois man pleads not guilty in deputy’s fatal shooting

Floyd E. Brown.
FILE–This undated booking file photo released by Illinois Department of Corrections shows Floyd E. Brown. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP,File)

Floyd E. Brown, 39, of Springfield appeared in Rockford federal court sitting in a wheelchair and wearing green jail scrubs.

He didn’t speak except to tell a judge “yes” when asked if he understood the charges against him. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted Brown on first-degree murder and weapons charges.

Brown is accused of killing 35-year-old McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner on March 7 while the task force tried to serve Brown his arrest warrant at a Rockford hotel.

The Latest: Slain Washington state deputy had wife, 3 kids

The body of a Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy is draped with a U.S. flag as it is carried out of Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Ellensburg, Wash. A sheriff’s deputy was killed and a police officer was injured after an exchange of gunfire during an attempted traffic stop. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Authorities said Wednesday that Kittitas County sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson was killed near the central city of Ellensburg.

The 42-year-old was married with three children.

Kittitas police Officer Benito Chavez was shot in the leg and underwent surgery at a Seattle hospital. Officials say the 22-year-old is married and his wife is pregnant.

The suspect was shot and later died at a hospital. His identity hasn’t been released.

Ellensburg Police Chief Ken Wade says the officers were responding to reports of a road rage incident when they were shot.

Arizona woman used pepper spray on adopted kids, police say

Machelle Hackney.
This booking photo provided by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office shows Machelle Hackney.(Pinal County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A police report says Machelle Hackney’s adopted children had no food, water or access to a bathroom for days while inside the closet at her home in the small city of Maricopa south of Phoenix.

The report says that officers who went to the house last week reported that six of the children appeared malnourished and underweight.

Man accused of stealing $547G from dead girlfriend vanishes in Florida Everglades after cutting tracking device

Alejandro Aparicio went missing after he removed his GPS tracking device. (Miami-Dade Corrections)

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Alejandro Aparicio, 60, and a Miami-Dade judge deemed him a flight risk after the GPS device’s last known location pinged in the middle of the Florida Everglades, The Miami Herald reported.

Aparicio was arrested Feb. 8 on charges of stealing $547,000 from his late on-and-off girlfriend of 17 years, Andrea Greenburg.

The arrest came 18 months after he told investigators he found Greenburg unresponsive on the couch in her home in Morningside. A toxicology report blamed her death on fentanyl.

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

FILE- In this March 5, 2013, file photo, Trinidad Drilling rigs are seen off of Way Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo. (Leah Millis/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

It came in a lawsuit that challenged leases issued in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado in 2015 and 2016, during President Barack Obama’s administration.

Only the leases in Wyoming were immediately addressed in Contreras’ ruling, which blocks federal officials from issuing drilling permits until they conduct a new environmental review looking more closely at greenhouse gas emissions.

“Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land,” Contreras wrote.

The BLM already does the correct analysis of greenhouse gas effects at the leasing stage, which changes once it knows whether and how many oil and gas wells might be drilled on leased land, an oil and gas industry group said.

“The judge is asking BLM to take a wild guess at how many wells would be developed on these leases,” said Kathleen Sgamma with the Western Energy Alliance.

Clarence Thomas makes rare intervention during Supreme Court arguments

Thomas, who is the only African-American and the only Southerner on the court, asked his rare question toward the end of arguments in a case involving a black Mississippi death row inmate, Curtis Flowers, who was tried six different times for the 1996 murders of four people in a furniture store.

Flowers’ lawyers claims a white prosecutor had a history of impermissibly using jury strikes to exclude African-Americans from the jury.

Sharon Osbourne slams young people for having ‘very bad social skills’ due to technology

The former “X Factor” judge opened up to Britain’s The Daily Star to discuss the “very bad social skills” of today’s youth and what she sees as an easy fix.

“It is just life skills and social skills,” she said. “And this generation that’s coming up – 16, 17, 18-year-olds – they have very bad social skills.”

She continued: “With all the tech, they’re just so rude and entitled.”


CNN Stunned to Find Pro-Trump Latinos: We Want ‘Longer and Taller’ Wall

CNN also found Mayra Gutierrez, who is in the process of getting her U.S. citizenship so she can vote for Trump.

She said she supports Trump because of abortion, the economy, and immigration.

Marquez’s interviews were consistent with what former longtime Univision anchor María Elena Salinas told CNN in January about Trump’s appeal among a significant number of Latinos. Salinas implied that Trump could have more support among Latinos than conventional wisdom and even polling suggests.

Trump, who got more support among Latinos in 2016 than Mitt Romney did in 2012 when Trump received 29% of the Latino vote, has often pointed out that illegal immigration hurts Latino workers and illegal immigrant criminals victimize Hispanics who are in the country legally.

‘The Ingraham Angle’ investigates Bambi Larson’s murder and the problem with sanctuary cities

Bambi Larson’s friend Diane Collman goes one-on-one with Laura on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’


A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman explained to The Daily Caller that Dominican national Christopher Santos Felix “entered the United States on a visitor’s visa in June 2015, but failed to leave within the required timeframe.

” Felix then racked up a litany of criminal charges, including driving while intoxicated, before he was arrested for assault by the New York City Police Department on Sept 29, 2018.

The ICE spokeswoman continued that they requested a detainer be put on Felix so that he could be taken into federal custody, but as a result of New York City’s sanctuary city policies, he was then let go.

“On March 3, 2019, Santos Felix was arrested by ERO for immigration violations. At the time of the arrest, Santos Felix allegedly assaulted an ERO officer and is now facing federal prosecution,” the spokeswoman said.


Immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras sent back a record $120 billion in remittances this decade, according to an immigration expert who spoke to the Washington Examiner using U.N. and Latin American banking statistics.

The numbers are expected to keep rising, with immigrants from these three nations having sent $17 billion in 2018 alone, and Central American bank data indicates that the trend will keeping going.

“The sums of money involved are huge, particularly as a share of GDP and personal income in the Central American countries,” Jessica Vaughan, an immigration expert with the Center for Immigration Studies, said to the Examiner.

“It offers a big clue as to why these countries are giving only token efforts to stem the tide of migrants to the United States, especially El Salvador and Honduras.”


The Hill: Ukrainian Prosecutor Investigating Alleged Plot To Aid Hillary Clinton

In an interview that aired Wednesday with The Hill’s TV, John Solomon Lutsenko said,”today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information.”

The probe is based on a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, was working to benefit Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Further, Lutsenko told Solomon the parliament member “got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign.”

“It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton,” Lutsenko told Solomon. continued.

Trump says Mueller report should be made public as end of investigation appears near

Speaking to the media ahead of a trip to Ohio, the president continued to lambast the investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 election – calling it “ridiculous” – but said he wants to see its findings nonetheless.

“Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump said. “I think it’s ridiculous, but I want to see it.”

Trump’s comments come less than a week after the House passed a resolution to encourage Attorney General William Barr to release the report’s findings to both Congress and the country amid fears information about the investigation would not be made public.

The resolution enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support and passed in a floor vote 420-0, with only four Republicans voting present.

USA Today poll reveals 50 percent of Americans agree with Trump that the Mueller investigation is a ‘witch hunt’

Ken Starr and Sol Wisenberg weigh in on President Trump’s comments that the Mueller investigation is a ‘witch hunt.’

Sen. Kamala Harris let Herbalife keep exploiting Latino community

Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris is being accused of letting one company continue to exploit her constituents.

One America’s Bobby Dupree explains.


The reprimand strips Evans of some of his responsibilities on the Committee of Finance and Revenue but keeps him in place as its chairman.

The longest-serving D.C. councilman has been involved in a number of ethics scandals this year regarding the abuse of his public office, including at least one that prompted an ongoing federal criminal investigation.

Apart from the Committee of Finance and Revenue, Evans’ responsibilities regarding the Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Sports Authority were revoked.

He still maintains oversight of the D.C. Lottery and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), however, where he also serves as chairman of the board.

Top Dem’s Trump probe targets miss deadline in sweeping document request

While Nadler touted receiving tens of thousands of documents, the GOP aide disputed that count.

“Either Democrats are deliberately concealing committee records—which confirms they’re invested in partisan inquisitions more than credible oversight—or they are deliberately misrepresenting the facts to the press and American public. Which is it?” the aide said in an email.

However, Caputo recently had warned that some targets of Nadler’s probe might not cooperate, including himself.

“I’m not gonna play,” Caputo said earlier this month on Fox News, adding in a later interview that he would not go back to testify on Capitol Hill.

Former Obama White House counsel faces possible prosecution

The DOJ is reportedly looking at lobbying work that Greg Craig performed for the Ukrainian president in 2012 — a case initially probed by special counsel Robert Mueller; analysis from John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush Justice 

World News:

Turkey earthquake: 5.7 magnitude quake strikes sending tremors through tourist hotspots

Turkey has been rocked by an earthquake (Image: USGS•GETTY)

The European earthquake monitoring service said the quake measured 6.4 magnitude. The quake was also felt in the neighbouring Izmir and Antalya.

Two aftershocks, measuring magnitude 4.8 and 4.5, were also recorded following the earthquake.

The mayor of Denizli’s Acipayam district Hulusi Sevkan told broadcaster NTV he had received no immediate reports of casualties in his district, near the epicentre of the tremor.

US man arrested for allegedly stabbing wife at Tokyo court

Police investigators inspect the site that a woman was attacked at a court in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.(Kyodo News via AP)

The man, identified only as a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, stabbed the woman in the neck near a security check at the entrance to Tokyo Family Court, police said.

The suspect’s name was not released due to concern about his mental condition and his motive was not known, police said.

The victim, identified as Kyoko Wilson, 31, was taken to a hospital but later died, police said.

Senegalese native hijacks Italy school bus with 51 children, sets vehicle ablaze over migrant policy: report

The wreckage of a bus that was set ablaze by its driver in protest against the treatment of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, is seen on a road in Milan, Italy. (Reuters)

The man, reportedly in his 40s, took the bus carrying two middle-school classes in Cremona province, about 25 miles from Milan, and drove for an hour before authorities intercepted the vehicle using three Carabinieri vehicles.

Authorities were able to set up a roadblock based on information from an adult and a student who called a parent.

“While two officers kept the driver busy — he took a lighter and threatened to set fire to the vehicle with a gasoline canister on board — the others forced open the back door,” Commander Luca De Marchis told Sky24TV.

European Girls In Vienna Are Wearing Headscarves To Avoid Assaults By Male Muslim Migrants

This story shares unsettling similarities to how some native German girls who attend the schools with significant migrant populations have also been wearing hijabs in order to prevent harassment and aggressive behavior aimed at them.

In March last year, a number of news outlets reported that the headmaster of school in Frankfurt, Germany, told a mother whose daughter was being aggressively bullied by Muslim students due to her blonde hair, Christianity, and because she didn’t wear a headscarf, to cover her up with a hijab to prevent the harassment.

During an appearance last week on OE24, a local Austrian television station, Franz stated, “Speak with women on the street, speak with children, speak with young girls. I myself know fathers who, when their daughters come home in the evening when they live in the problem area, give them headscarves so they won’t be recognized as Austrians.

I know this personally, in the 15th district of Vienna, this is a fact.”

The doctor and former MP went on to say that native Austrian women were afraid because of ‘permanent micro-aggressions’ and being sexually propositioned by Muslim men on the streets of Vienna.

This is especially common in the districts where lots of migrants live.

Italy: Muslim father tries to run over daughter for being too Westernized

“A 53-year-old Moroccan man who tried to run over his 22-year-old daughter near Vercelli because she lived ‘western-style’ on Monday said ‘I’ve never laid hands on my daughter, I’m strict but I do it for my children’s good.’

El Mustafa Hayan was arrested on charges of attempted murder.”


Do Israeli Jewish Lives Even Matter to the Media?

Israeli security forces and firefighters gather at Israel-Gaza border as smoke rises from a bus that was reportedly hit by a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave on November 12, 2018. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, two rockets from Hamas-ruled Gaza were launched against Israel’s densely populated commercial center, Tel Aviv.

While a similar rocket attack on New York or London would have been widely reported in the media, this naked aggression against Israeli civilians received scant international media coverage.

In recent years, Iranian-backed Hamas has launched thousands of rockets against Israeli towns adjacent to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip.

International media has largely ignored the Hamas regime’s systematic war crimes against Israel.

Islamist terrorists deliberately target Israeli civilians, including Israeli children, while hiding behind Arab civilians—a double war crime.


In 2014, an independent international study conducted by generals and senior officers from several democratic NATO states and India concluded that Israel’s military has done more to minimize civilian casualties than any other army, including the U.S. military.

James McConnell, a 78-year-old Christian pastor in Northern Ireland,
James McConnell, a 78-year-old Christian pastor in Northern Ireland, was charged in 2015 with making “grossly offensive remarks” about Islam during a sermon. Pictured: Pastor McConnell leaves Belfast Magistrates’ Court on December 16, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

On February 23, Oluwole Ilesanmi, a 64-year-old Nigerian evangelist known as Preacher Olu, was arrested at Southgate Station in North London after complaints that his message about Jesus was “Islamophobic.”

A video of the arrest, viewed more than two million times, shows how two police officers ordered the man to stop preaching because “nobody wants to listen to that,” confiscated his Bible and then arrested him for “a breach of peace.”

The video shows Ilesanmi pleading with police, “Don’t take my Bible away. Don’t take my Bible away.” An officer responded:

“You should have thought about that before being racist.”

Following is the first of a three-part series which examines the persecution of Christians in Britain.

Part 1 documents efforts to remove street preachers from the public square. Part 2 examines the persecution in Britain of ordinary Christians in the workplace. Part 3 documents hostility to Christianity in the British culture.

Gatestone Institute has documented more than two dozen cases in which street preachers have been unlawfully arrested, jailed and or harassed by British police, prosecutors and the judiciary:

Max Lucado: As record floods devastate the Midwest, remember this

For about half an hour last week, the sky became a waterfall. I had to pull my car off the road.

Windshield wipers stood no chance against the downpour. Every square inch of the highway was drenched. Rain abounded. God will drench your world with hope.

Everyone is anchored to something.Salty sailors would urge you to hook on to something hidden and solid.

Don’t trust the buoy on the water, don’t trust the sailors in the next boat, and don’t trust the other boat. In fact, don’t even trust your own boat. When the storm hits, trust no one but God.

The apostle Paul proclaimed it triumphantly: “we have put our hope in the living God” (1 Tim. 4:10).

Tucker: Democrats believe our institutions no longer work

Democrats eye packing the Supreme Court, abolishing the Electoral College.

2020 Dems, the Problem Is YOU, Not the System

The Democrats have some grand visions for how they will “reform” America after they win (lol) the 2020 election.

From abolishing the Electoral College to lowering the voting age, they have all sorts of schemes they know will prevent another Republican from winning ever again.