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CATHOLIC PRIEST STABBED REPEATEDLY DURING LIVE-STREAMED MASS

Rev. Claude Grou, the rector at St. Joseph’s Oratory, was celebrating mass when a “tall, slim man” approached the altar, crossed behind it and chased after the fleeing priest to stab him repeatedly, according to CBC News.

The man was thrown to the ground and restrained.

Grou was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The Montreal Diocese confirmed that the priest is recovering and in stable condition. His wounds were superficial as the knife broke during the attack, according to witnesses.


Truck driver involved in hockey team bus crash gets 8 years

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu arrives for his sentencing hearing in Melfort, Saskatchewan., Friday, March, 22, 2019.(Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press via AP) (Associated Press)

The driver whose transport truck crashed into a hockey team bus in Canada, killing 16 people, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Judge Inez Cardinal said Friday that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors, but added she had to consider the number of people who died or were severely injured and face lifelong challenges.

Sidhu’s truck ran through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at an intersection last April.


Fentanyl overdose deaths soared after 2013, new federal data shows

While the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths was roughly the same, slightly more than 1,600, in 2011 and 2012, they rose to nearly 2,000 in 2013 and by 2016 had reached 18,335, the CDC said. The year 2016 was the latest year analyzed in the data.

Death certificates citing an overdose mentioned fentanyl more than any other drugs. Often, fentanyl was found along with heroin or cocaine.

By 2016, the fentanyl-related overdose rate for men was 2.8 times that for women, the CDC found.

The overdose rate was highest among people between the ages of 25 and 34, followed by people between 35 and 44.


GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra waves before announcing the company investment of $300 million in its Orion Township, Mich., assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Orion Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.

GM wouldn’t say when the new workers will start or when the new vehicle will go on sale, nor would it say if the workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off workers from the planned closings of four U.S. factories by January.

The company also announced plans Friday to spend about another $1.4 billion at U.S. factories with 300 more jobs but did not release a time frame or details.


US existing-home sales jumped 11.8 percent in February

The National Association of Realtors said Friday that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million last month, a decisively sharp rebound from a pace of 4.94 million in January.

The burst in sales points to the housing market regaining the momentum that it lost in the middle of 2018, after a spike in rates for home loans caused sales to slow.

The February sales figures point toward growth in sales of homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000, a range that is generally affordable to middle-class families.


Fossil Fuels Are Good For U.S. National Security, New Study Reports

Row of military ships against marine sunset

The use of fossil fuels benefits the United States and its national security, states the report, published by The Heartland Institute, which also publishes Environment & Climate News.

On the other hand, laws and regulations proposed to fight climate change, such as federal and state restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide taxes, and subsidies for select renewable energy technologies, endanger national security, the report states.

Large increases in crop yields, which have provided the United States with unparalleled food security, are a result of modest warming since the late nineteenth century, the study finds.

The United States has more combined coal, natural gas, and oil resources than any other nation in the world, the report notes.

This energy dominance provides the nation with economic advantages, increased international leverage, a greater ability to help our allies economically and militarily, and expanded military power.


California governor to declare statewide wildfire emergency, waive some environmental regulations

The executive order would speed up recovery efforts, including expediting forest thinning programs.

It would also sidestep some environmental regulations and has garnered criticism from some conservation groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, The Sacramento Bee said.

Newsom said “extreme peril” to the life and property necessitates the emergency declaration.

Trump talks the Fed, McCain in exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo

President Trump, in a wide-ranging exclusive interview on FOX Business said the US economy would have been in a better position if the Federal Reserve didn’t raise interest rates.

He also discussed US-China trade negotiations and his feud with John McCain.


Student who survived Parkland school shooting dies in suicide: report

Sydney Aiello, 19, of Coconut Creek,
Sydney Aiello, 19, of Coconut Creek,

Sydney Aiello, 19, of Coconut Creek, died Sunday, according to police.

Her grief-stricken mother told a news station Sydney took her own life. Sydney and Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 persons killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were close friends.

Sydney suffered from “survivor’s guilt” and had been diagnosed recently with post-traumatic stress disorder, Cara Aiello told the station.

She said her daughter was taking college classes but struggled because she was scared to be in a classroom. She graduated Stoneman Douglas in June after the shooting.


Texas Catholic priest arrested after allegedly molesting woman while giving her last rites

Gerold Langsch.
This photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Gerold Langsch. The Rev. Langsch, of Austin, was arrested Thursday, March 14, 2019, and charged with assault by contact stemming from the October encounter.(Austin Police Department via AP)

The 75-year-old priest is accused of the assault after he visited a woman in hospice care at home for complications from diabetes and administered the sacrament of anointing the sick, a sacrament of absolution.

The alleged incident and priest’s behavior left the woman shocked and confused, she told the police. She said she felt like a “nasty, dirty piece of meat.”

Police said that the reason it took nearly half a year for the authorities to arrest Langsch is because of the woman’s health, which delayed the investigation, even though she reported the crime five days after the incident, according to CBS Austin.


2-year-old Tennessee girl is fighting for her life after being hit in the head by a stray bullet while playing on her backyard slide

Ariel Salaices
Ariel Salaices

The little girl was in critical condition and on life-support Thursday at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, her aunt, Stephanie Brown, told ABC News.

Sheriff’s investigators said Ariel was shot on Friday. Investigators are still trying to identify the person who fired the errant shot that hit the child in the back of the head.

Brown said that after getting shot, Ariel attempted to run to her father. The girl ran about 20 feet before she collapsed, Brown said.

The girl has undergone several surgeries, including one to remove part of her skull to relieve the pressure on her brain, according to the GoFundMe page.

As of Thursday afternoon, the page had raised $7,000.


Mother of girl who was brutally killed, dismembered in 2016 testifies she became ‘a non-entity’

Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan.
FILE – This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)

Sara Packer recalled in a Doylestown courtroom how she watched Jacob Sullivan sexually assault her 14-year-old daughter Grace Parker and then strangle her inside a hot attic at their home.

Packer made the comments during a sentencing hearing for Sullivan, who had already pleaded guilty to rape, first-degree murder and other crimes in the teen’s death.

“I got wrapped up in Jake’s fantasy. I didn’t think I could tell him ‘no’ without losing him,” Packer told the court, according to the Allentown Morning Call.

Packer, who already agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence, said her daughter looked at her as she was being choked to death and Packer told her it was “OK to go.”


Police searching for motive after pregnant woman allegedly strangled by stepson

Ian Anselmo’s stepmother was allegedly strangled. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Ian Anselmo, 21, was charged with second-degree attempted murder after he allegedly admitted to killing his stepmother Sue Ellen Anselmo at Eustis Cemetery in Lake County, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.

The woman was a mother of six and was six-weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

“I killed my mom, she’s dead,” Anselmo told 911 dispatchers. “I strangled her.”


WATCH: Store clerk’s machete fends off knife-wielding robbery suspects

An Alabama gas station clerk defends himself with a machete when two alleged robbers pull out knives and demand he hand over the cash in the register, shocking surveillance video shows.

The Huntsville Police Department released the footage of the March 16 incident, which took place at a Conoco convenience store at 3:15 a.m.


WATCH: Man slugs woman on city sidewalk in seemingly random attack

The attack was captured on video.

The 27-year-old woman was walking through the Crown Heights neighborhood in broad daylight March 9 when a man nonchalantly approached her and struck her in the side of her head, the New York City Police Department said.

The man exchanged no words with the woman before striking her and then quietly turned around and walked away, sources told WPIX-TV.

Police have asked anyone with information on the suspect to call 800-577-TIPS (8477).


Sex offender driving instructor held on suspicion of molesting 17-year-old student, authorities say

Tom Lam
Tom Lam is accused of sexually assaulting a driving student during a lesson last summer. ( Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Tom Lam, 56, sexually assaulted the female driving student earlier this month in Rowland Heights, about 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

The girl’s parents had reportedly paid Lam for six driving lessons and the first four were without incident, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Lam allegedly assaulted the teen during the last two lessons.


Death penalty prosecution planned for former police officer

The decision, announced in court this week, marks the second capital prosecution announced by the Southern District of New York in the past six months and comes as federal prosecutors around the country are seeking the death penalty more frequently.

The former Briarcliff Manor police officer, Nicholas Tartaglione, is charged in what authorities described as the “gangland-style” killings of four men from Middletown, New York, who disappeared during a cocaine-related dispute at a bar in nearby Chester.

Prosecutors say their bodies were found buried on an Otisville property linked to Tartaglione. Authorities have said that one of the men appeared to be involved in a drug conspiracy but that some of the victims “were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Chick-fil-A banned from San Antonio airport over ‘legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior’’

On Thursday, six members of the San Antonio City Council rejected the inclusion of Chick-fil-A from the new Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement for the airport, KTSA reports.

A rep for Chick-fil-A, Inc. returned Fox News’ request for comment on the San Antonio airport ban with the following statement:

“The press release issued by Councilmember Treviño was the first we heard of his motion and its approval by the San Antonio City Council.

We agree with him that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-fil-A,” the rep said. “We have a fundamental code of conduct at Chick-fil-A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”


Seattle homeless crisis: Historic cemetery overrun with drugs and prostitution amid worsening problem

Groundskeepers frequently find trash and other debris at the cemetery. (Ari Hoffman)

Bikur Cholim Cemetery board member and city council candidate Ari Hoffman detailed the desperate effort to fight the epidemic and placed blame for how bad it has gotten squarely on the local government.

“The city council, city elected officials failed our city.

They created a haven where it is OK for people to die on the streets through drug use, and to live on the streets people who have a mental illness,” Hoffman told “Fox & Friends.”

“They are not offering treatment solutions, and they are failing us.

Hoffman went on to paint a dire picture of the scene at the historic Bikur Cholim Cemetery.


NBC, ABC, CBS evening newscasts ignore Trump’s executive order to promote free speech on college campuses

“It wasn’t something that enthused the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and, NBC) so they omitted it from their evening broadcasts,” conservative watchdog group Media Research Center analyst Nicholas Fondacaro wrote.

Trump had announced that such an order was forthcoming at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, where he said the directive would require colleges and universities to support free speech in exchange for federal research dollars.


Harvard-educated Time Magazine writer who said she, AOC have ‘never experienced American prosperity’ roasted

Charlotte Alter,
Charlotte Alter, right pictured with dad Jonathan Alter, center and brother, Tommy Alter in 2015. They hosted the “Alter Family Politics” SiriusXM Radio channel. (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

While promoting her article on Twitter, Alter noted how she and Ocasio-Cortez were born in the same year and claimed that the growing appeal of Democratic socialism among millennials is because they’ve “never experienced American prosperity.”

Many critics have pointed out that Alter is a Harvard graduate and the daughter of former longtime Newsweek editor and New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Alter and former executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” Emily Lazar.

Her tweet was brutally mocked on social media.


Judge faults feds for ‘Kafkaesque’ stance in journalist’s surveillance suit

Sharyl Attkisson,
Sharyl Attkisson, an Emmy-award winning journalist, claims “anomalies” and problems developed with her electronic devices as she investigated high-profile stories, sparking suspicions she was under government surveillance. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Sharyl Attkisson, an Emmy-award winning former CBS News correspondent now with the Sinclair TV chain, claims that, as she was investigating high-profile stories like Operation Fast and Furious and the Benghazi attack, various “anomalies” and problems developed with her electronic devices making her suspicious that she was under government surveillance.

Several experts brought in by CBS and others to analyze Attkisson’s equipment found signs of a sophisticated hacking effort possibly routed through computers used by the U.S. Postal Service, but a Justice Department inspector general report issued in 2015 found no surveillance of her and said a stuck delete key was to blame for at least some of her computer issues.

Judge James Wynn Jr. filed a heated dissenting opinion, complaining that many of the delays in the case were due to tactics Justice Department lawyers used to delay and thwart Attkisson’s lawyers from tracking down those allegedly responsible for the digital snooping and intrusions.

Wynn compared the federal government’s approach to the “four corners” strategy University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith perfected a half-century ago to run out the clock when the Tar Heels were ahead.

“In this case, the government — not unlike Dean Smith’s Tar Heels — put up the ‘fours,’” Wynn wrote, referring to the hand sign Smith used to signal the play.

“Attkisson never got a meaningful opportunity to pursue her claims because the government did everything in its power to run out the clock on Attkisson’s action.”


Vermont woman, 84, heading to Poland to compete in pole-vaulting championship

In this Thursday, March 13, 2019 photo, Florence “Flo” Filion Meiler, an 84-year-old record-setting pole vaulter, poses while training at the University of Vermont indoor track in Burlington, Vt. Meiler is headed to the world championships in Poland. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

The Vermont native is heading to Poland next Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor where she will compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and her specialty, the pole vault.

Her favorite events are the hurdles and the pole vault – the sport which sees competitors launch themselves over a high bar with a fiberglass pole.

“You really have to work at that,” she said. “You have to have the upper core and you have to have timing, and I just love it because it’s challenging.”


Pigs on the loose! Truck carrying 3,000 piglets overturns on Illinois highway

According to Illinois State Police District 12 Facebook post, nearly 3000 piglets are loose near milepost 127.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are unclear at this time. However, troopers warn that some piglets may be wandering loose and drivers should be vigilant.

Immigration:

Chris Kyle’s Iraqi Interpreter ‘Johnny Walker’ Is Now A U.S. Citizen

Former Iraqi Navy SEAL Interpreter ‘Johny Walker’ just got his U.S. Citizenship, and he has a lot to say about Trump’s immigration policies and America.

Washington state deputy was killed by illegal immigrant: ICE

The suspect who investigators say shot and killed a Washington state sheriff’s deputy at a traffic stop was in the U.S. on an expired work visa; Jeff Paul reports.


Immigrant charged with killing 4 told cops he needed drug money

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman AP
Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman AP

Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Stefanie Brady testified that Martinez-Guzman initially denied any wrongdoing and was smiling and giggling through part of the questioning, according to a grand jury transcript.

But after she confronted him with contradictions in his story during a nearly three-hour interrogation, he said through a Spanish interpreter he had “done something that’s unforgivable.”

The four victims include the Davids, who had employed Martinez-Guzman as a landscaper last summer at their home where they were found dead on Jan. 16.


OVERWHELMED ICE FACILITIES FORCED TO RELEASE 100,000 ILLEGAL ALIENS IN PAST THREE MONTH

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Nathalie Asher, a senior official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, revealed that her agency has had to reallocate resources as it deals with a “crushing” surge of illegal aliens on the country’s southern border.

ICE has not only been forced to reduce its activity in the interior of the U.S., but the agency’s overcrowded detainment centers have released 107,000 migrant family members in the past three months, averaging more than 1,000 illegals a day.

The number of border apprehensions have been climbing, with the Department of Homeland Security expecting March to be their highest in over ten years.

“I want to cut through the politics today to tell you loud and clear: There is no ‘manufactured’ crisis at our southern border.

There is a real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday during a speech at George Washington University.

“The situation at our southern border has gone from a crisis, to a national emergency, to a near system-wide meltdown.”


Residents in world’s most violent city are buying stolen US-Mexico border wire for protection, report says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Special Response Team officers are seen through concertina wire after the San Ysidro Port of Entry land border crossing was temporarily closed to traffic in Tijuana, Mexico in November.

Officials in Tijuana reported this week that around 15 to 20 people have been arrested there for allegedly removing concertina wire from the U.S.-Mexico border fence and setting it up around their own homes.

Now, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports contractors were spotted Monday on the U.S. side of the fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry re-installing some of the stolen wire.

Those who currently have the wire wrapped around homes and properties in Tijuana are being coy as to where they obtained it.

Tijuana made headlines days ago after being ranked as the most violent city in the world.


ALABAMA HAS A PLAN TO ALLOW TAX REFUNDS TO HELP PAY FOR THE BORDER WALL

Alabama state senators voted 23-6 along party lines Thursday in favor of SB 22, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The legislation would add We Build The Wall Inc. to a list of about 20 groups and programs on state income tax forms that residents can check off and donate with their tax refunds.

“I think it’s a way for Alabamians to say to the president and to the nation that we think strong border security is important.

We want to promote that. We want Washington to build that wall,” GOP Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, the bill’s sponsor, stated according to The Associated Press.

Politics:


Trump offers Fed job to conservative economist Moore

“It is my pleasure to announce that @StephenMoore, a very respected Economist, will be nominated to serve on the Fed Board,” Trump tweeted today.

“I have known Steve for a long time – and have no doubt he will be an outstanding choice.”

Moore, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, is being vetted for the position, according to a senior administration official.

The president’s selection of Moore, who is also a regular contributor to CNN, indicates that Trump is looking for a more sympathetic voice on the Fed.


Dossier-Tied Firm Pitches Reporters Daily on ‘Collusion’

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The operation’s nerve center is a Washington-based nonprofit called The Democracy Integrity Project, or TDIP. Among other activities, it pumps out daily “research” briefings to prominent Washington journalists, as well as congressional staffers, to keep the Russia “collusion” narrative alive.

TDIP is led by Daniel J. Jones, a former FBI investigator, Clinton administration volunteer and top staffer to California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

It employs the key opposition-research figures behind the salacious and unverified dossier: Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

Its financial backers include the actor/director Rob Reiner and billionaire activist George Soros.


Research: Google Search Bias Flipped Seats for Democrats in Midterms

The study, from Epstein and a team at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT), analyzed Google searches related to three highly competitive congressional races in Southern California. In all three races, the Democrat won — and Epstein’s research suggests that Google search bias may have tipped them over the edge.

The research follows a previous study conducted in 2016 which showed that biased Google results pushed votes to Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Democrats and Google executives have disputed these findings.

Epstein says that in the days leading up to the 2018 midterms, he was able to preserve “more than 47,000 election-related searches on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, along with the nearly 400,000 web pages to which the search results linked.”

Analysis of this data showed a clear pro-Democrat bias in election-related Google search results as compared to competing search engines.

Users performing Google searches related to the three congressional races the study focused on were significantly more likely to see pro-Democrat stories and links at the top of their results.


Bid to repeal New Mexico gun-control law is blocked by Democrat state official

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver denied the state’s House Republicans’ call for a statewide referendum on a new gun-control law. (State government website)

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver denied the state’s House Republicans’ call for a statewide referendum on Senate Bill 8 through a rarely used provision of the state constitution, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Republicans cited from the state constitution that “the people reserve the power to disapprove, suspend and annul any law enacted by the Legislature.”

But Toulouse Oliver said that exceptions were allowed on laws regarding “public peace, health, and safety,” according to the New Mexican.

The legislation, which Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law March 8, requires background checks for nearly all gun sales, including when buying from private citizens, the Albuquerque Journal reported.


Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Radical Gun Ban, Champions Confiscation

On Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez flat out called for banning all semi-automatic firearms, which would include handguns, and called for banning bump stocks and high capacity magazines.

People with violent criminal records are already prohibited from owning and possessing firearms and bump stocks have already been banned.

The Hill’s Buck Sexton noted: “The problem with New Zealand mirroring the Australian approach to gun control is the Australian approach didn’t work and wasn’t needed.

There are more guns in private hands in Australia now than before the 1996 ban and gun violence has simultaneously gone down for decades.”


Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror

The content of these speeches, given to predominately Muslim audiences, remains unknown, prompting some of Omar’s critics to express concern about the type of rhetoric she is using before these paying audiences, particularly in light of the lawmaker’s repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes in public.

Omar recently spoke in Florida at a private event hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel.

Over the weekend, she will appear at another private event in California that is hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR a group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.

It remains unclear what Omar has told these audiences in her private talks. Washington Free Beacon attempts to obtain video of past events were unsuccessful, and multiple local news and television outlets in the Tampa, Fla., area, where Omar spoke to Islamic Relief last month, confirmed they were unable to gain access to the closed door event.


Special election results in first Muslim woman “hijabi” in Pennsylvania House of Representatives

At 9:45 p.m., with 75 of 80 precincts reporting, Johnson-Harrell had garnered 66 percent of the vote, with her nearest challenger at 20 percent.

The victory makes her the first Muslim woman to be elected as a state representative in Pennsylvania.

The path to victory wasn’t easy for Johnson-Harrell. She was a surprise third Democratic nominee for the seat — vacated when state Rep. Vanessa Lowery-Brown resigned following her conviction on bribery and other charges — after two previous Democratic nominees announced but quickly withdrew when each of them faced questions over their residency in the district.

The situation opened the doors for Johnson-Harrell, who had run against Lowery-Brown in the 2016 primary, to enter.

Johnson-Harrell defeated community advocate Amen Brown, activist and clergywoman Pamela K. Williams, and Republican candidate Michael Harvey.


Trump Admin Has More Female Top Advisers Than Obama, Bush or Clinton

The Washington Examiner reports that the President has seven top female advisers, compared to five for President Obama, three for Bush and five for Clinton at the same time during their presidencies.

It’s reported that Trump will nominate more women to powerful posts soon, including Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador and Jessie Liu for Rod Rosenstein’s position of Deputy Attorney General.

World News:


Police arrest ten ‘jihadists’ in Germany who were ‘plotting to use a car and guns to kill as many people as possible and had already hired a vehicle’ as knives are seized in raid

The last major terror strike in Germany was the Berlin Christmas market attack in 2016. Pictured: mourners lay flowers and light candles at the scene.

German prosecutors said the 10 suspects were under investigation for plotting to ‘kill as many people as possible’.

The main suspects were a 21-year old man from Offenbach, a city near Frankfurt, and two 31-year brothers from Wiesbaden, who were associated with the Islamist Salafist community in the area, prosecutors said.

According to FNP, the terror suspects had already been in contact with weapons dealers and hired a ‘larger vehicle’.

Evidence seized during the police raid is said to have included €20,000 (£17,000) in cash as well as numerous knives


North Korea Abruptly Withdrew Its Staff From an Inter-Korea Liaison Office, Seoul Says

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said that North Korea informed South Korea of its decision during a meeting at the liaison office at the North Korean border town of Kaesong on Friday.

The North said it “is pulling out with instructions from the superior authority,” according to a Unification Ministry statement.

It didn’t say whether North Korea’s withdrawal of staff would be temporary or permanent.


Afghanistan conflict: Two US soldiers killed on operation

They were killed on Friday but the names of the victims will be withheld until 24 hours after their families have been notified.

The deaths bring the number of US service members killed in Afghanistan this year to four.

It comes amid negotiations between the US and Taliban insurgents to end the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan.


China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

In this aerial photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, damaged buildings are seen at the site of a factory explosion in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui County of Yancheng in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Friday, March 22, 2019. The local government reports the death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen with dozens killed and more seriously injured. (Ji Chunpeng/Xinhua via AP)

Thursday’s blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years.

State-run television showed crushed cars, blown-out windows and workers leaving the factory with bloodied heads.

Schools were closed and nearly 1,000 residents were moved to safety as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions, the city government said in a statement posted to its microblog.

Commentary/Opinion:

Tucker: Did the president betray his country?

Mueller report release is imminent; Trump joins Democrats in pushing to have the entire report made public.


52 percent ‘unfriend’ over political views, Dems rage more than GOP

On the heels of reports that politics are breaking up relationships and even families, a new survey has found that a majority of social media users can’t stand the opinions of views of their friends and acquaintances.

A survey for the networking and privacy firm Comparitech found that nearly 52 percent dumped friends over politics and, overall, 44 percent unfriended anybody with opposite opinions.

Comparitech said that the findings provide a lesson to those on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms — lighten up and maybe listen to others.

The new survey found that many like to rage on social media. And while the media is often focused on President Trump’s quick Twitter finger, it’s the Democrats who are rage happy.

The survey, done by digital research firm Fractl, found these key points:


Trump Didn’t Call Neo-Nazis ‘Fine People.’ Here’s Proof.

In fact, over the weekend, Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on why Trump has not given a speech “condemning … white supremacist bigotry.”

Well, Chris, he has, and more than once. The most powerful version was from the White House following Charlottesville and the heartbreaking death of Heather Heyer. President Trump’s succinct and direct words:

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Despite the clear evidence of Trump’s statements regarding Charlottesville, major media figures insist on spreading the calumny that Trump called neo-Nazis “fine people.”

The only explanation for such a repeated falsehood is abject laziness or willful deception.

Either way, the duplicity on this topic perhaps encapsulates the depressingly low trust most Americans place in major media, with 77 percent stating in a Monmouth University 2018 poll that traditional TV and newspapers report fake news.