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Frozen beef patties recalled after consumers report finding plastic in product

The products, which were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, were shipped to food service locations across the country, including some schools. (FSIS)

Food service provider AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for more than 20,000 pounds of ready-to-eat frozen beef patties over possible plastic contamination.

The products, which were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, were shipped to food service locations across the country, including some schools.

The affected products are packaged as 14.06-lb cases containing three bags with 30 pieces for a total of 90 patties labeled “CN FULLY COOKED FLAMEBROILED BEEF PATTIES CARAMEL COLOR ADDED,” and have a case code of 155-525-0 and a package code of 8334.


CIGNA LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM CAPPING MONTHLY INSULIN COSTS AT $25

The new program, called the Patient Assurance Program, will cover all out-of-pocket expenses, including deductibles and copays, for the needed diabetes drug. Last year, the average monthly supply cost for individuals with Cigna was $41.50. With the new program, these people will save approximately 40%, according to the company.

Only those who are under the pharmacy plans managed by Express Scripts will be available for the program. Express Scripts, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit management company, was acquired by Cigna in December.

“We are confident that our new program will remove cost as a barrier for people in participating plans who need insulin,” said Miller. “Better care and better outcomes are rooted in greater choice, affordability, and access, and we can bring all of these to people with the greatest needs.”

To make sure that individuals are getting the product they need at an affordable price, Cigna said that they are “partnering with insulin manufacturers” to lower the copayments to $25.

The company is working with drugmakers, such as Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi, to make all forms of insulin available, according to Express Scripts’ chief innovation officer Glen Stettin.


Woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago carried 4 smartphones, a laptop and malware

Mar-a-Lago
Mar-a-Lago Saul Martinez/Getty Images

It’s unclear what Zhang’s purpose was.

But lying to access the premises of a high-value target as part of a hacking attack is well known in the cybersecurity world.

It even has a name: social engineering. Still, simply carrying a USB stick filled with malware inside a building doesn’t add up to much of a hack. There’s no indication Zhang installed the software anywhere.

Zhang has been charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

Zhang got past a security checkpoint outside Mar-a-Lago by saying she was going to the pool, Samuel Ivanovich, the Secret Service agent, said in his affidavit.

Zhang first underwent a physical screening from a Secret Service agent and then was referred to Mar-a-Lago security. Zhang was asked if a Mar-a-Lago member with the same last name was her father, but Zhang allegedly didn’t give a clear answer. She then was cleared to enter.


Minnesota high school robotics team designs power wheelchair for 2-year-old whose family couldn’t afford one

Coach Spencer Elvebak said his students jumped at the chance to help the toddler.

The high schoolers designed a functioning power wheelchair to meet Cillian’s unique needs by replacing the electrical components of a Power Wheels riding toy, installing a seat from a child bicycle carrier and assembling a joystick with a 3D printer.

The University of Delaware’s Go Baby Go program, a group that creates mobility devices for disabled children, also provided some technical assistance along the way.

However, the students mostly relied on their expertise building competitive robots to create the two-year-old’s sweet ride.


Honeymooners booted from Easyjet flight after drunk husband went on homophobic tirade, punched two flight attendants

Michael Cunnett
Michael Cunnett has been jailed for the attack.mirror.co.uk

It happened back in February, when Michael Cunnett of Epsom, England, boarded an Easyjet flight with his new wife for their honeymoon to Egypt, International Business Times reports.

Soon after settling in his seat, Cunnett reportedly began to act “louder” than everyone else on the 9 a.m. flight, having allegedly drank four pints of beer before stepping onto the aircraft.

The newlywed proceeded to whip out an e-cigarette that he began to smoke before takeoff, prompting flight attendant Andre Botha to intervene — though the situation quickly turned for the worse.

According to the outlet, Cunnett battered Botha with homophobic slurs before punching him twice, in blows that knocked the airline worker to the ground, as per the Mirror.


Jailer Turns Self in for ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ With Inmate

Rebecca Ruth Anderson
Rebecca Ruth Anderson mugshot, Friday, March 22, 2019.Hood County Sheriff’s Office

Anderson turned herself in March 22 after a warrant was issued for violating the rights of a person in custody, which is a state jail felony and carries a bond of $5,000.

Rebecca Ruth Anderson, 23, worked as a jailer at the sheriff’s office from March 2017 to July 2018, according to a Tuesday statement.


Arkansas men in bulletproof vests shoot each other after night of drinking, invent elaborate cover story: cops

Charles Eugene Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, 36,
Charles Eugene Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, 36, were arrested after they allegedly shot at each other while wearing a bulletproof vest. (Benton County Sheriff’s Office)

Charles Eugene Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, 36, were arrested Sunday after Hicks showed up at a Rogers hospital complaining about chest pain.

Not wanting to reveal the true story of the backyard shootout, police said Ferris invented a lively story to explain the situation, KFSM reported.

But officials say Ferris went from looking like 007 to just looking like a zero when his wife showed up at the hospital and spilled the beans:

Ferris and Hicks shot each other while drinking on the back porch of their home.


Serial slasher on bicycle behind multiple attacks in Los Angeles, police say

A man wanted in a series of slashing attacks around South Los Angeles and Southern Los Angeles County can be seen in these photos released by police. (Los Angeles Police Department)

The Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release the two attacks happened around 8:40 a.m. in the area of Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles.

One man reported to officers he was standing on the sidewalk near a bus stop when the slasher rode by and cut him with an unknown type of edged weapon, causing a “severe injury” to his face.

About 15 minutes later, a woman reported a man on a bicycle slashed her face as he rode by, causing a “severe injury to the left side of her face and ear,” according to police.

The suspect is described as between 18 and 30 years of age with short hair and usually riding a black and green mountain bike. The man is between 5-6 and 5-8 and weighs about 150 pounds, according to police.


Pennsylvania man who lied about military service, lies about addiction program — and judge drops the hammer

Joseph Gorzoch, of Bensalem
Joseph Gorzoch, of Bensalem is facing additional time behind bars after he was caught lying to a judge. He previously was caught lying about serving in the military. (Bucks County Jail)

Deputy District Attorney Bob James checked on previous statements Gorzoch made to a judge about completing the program, which would have helped him receive a lesser sentence in cases involving two separate DUI charges and a theft incident.

“He technically turned what could have been a 1-to-2-year sentence into a 5-to-10-year sentence by lying to everybody,” James told KYW News Radio.

Gorzoch had previously shown an aversion to the truth when he claimed to have been injured while serving in Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy sergeant as part of a bid to receive a lighter sentence for a pair of DUI charges.


Lancaster community steps up to help veteran couple with home repairs

The Crawfords received a notice from the city of Lancaster last year that they needed to repaint their 100-year-old home. Anna, 69, and Bill, 74, are Navy retirees living mostly on their military pensions.

The couple knew their house needed a lot of work. They’ve lived in the Victorian-era house on North Columbus Street for 35 years, after all.

When the Crawfords didn’t get the house painted in the city’s 30-day time frame, they were charged with first-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Then, when Anna Crawford accidentally missed her court date in February, she was arrested for failing to appear and spent a night in the Fairfield County Jail.


A disabled Marine vet was arrested for using a handicapped parking space. He sued the US government and won

Sgt. Dominic Esquibel
Sgt. Dominic Esquibel stands to be recognized for his service at the 32nd Annual Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation West Coast Campaign Celebratory Gala, at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dana Point, Calif., Oct. 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garrett White)

Dominic Esquibel of San Diego sued the Department of Interior and the National Park Service, among others, for assault, false arrest and false imprisonment over the 2012 incident at Sequoia National Park east of Fresno, California.

The civil rights case was scheduled to go to trial last week in U.S. District Court but was recently settled.

Esquibel, who received the Navy Cross for heroism during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was satisfied with the settlement, said his Fresno attorney, Nicholas “Butch” Wagner.

“He feels vindicated,” Wagner said. “And he is glad this is over.”

Wagner said Esquibel, who sustained major injuries to his right leg and arm during the war, did not want the arrest on his record and was determined to clear his name.

Wagner said Esquibel was also injured during the arrest by the park ranger and it may have contributed additional damage to his war-related injuries.


NYC jogger Karina Vetrano’s killer boasts about landing ‘front page’ of newspapers following conviction

Chanel Lewis
Chanel Lewis at the defense table at Supreme Court in the Queens Borough of New York for the retrial of Karina Vetrano’s murder. (AP)

He was arrested in February 2017 and soon confessed to the slaying in a taped interview.

He told investigators that, on Aug. 2, 2016, he stormed out of his home because he was upset about a neighbor playing loud music.

Lewis told cops he encountered Vetrano and suggested she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“She didn’t do anything,” he told police. “I was just mad at that time.

I beat her to let my emotions out. I didn’t really mean to hurt her. It just happened.”


California engineer allegedly tried to poison, kill colleague with ‘toxic amount of cadmium,’ police say

David Xu was arrested after allegedly poisoning his coworker’s food and water with cadmium over several years. (Berkeley Police Department)

David Xu, a 34-year-old senior materials engineer at Berkeley Engineering And Research, was arrested Thursday, jail records online showed.

Court documents obtained by KTVU stated that a female coworker, also an engineer, noted “a strange taste or smell from her water and food” that was left unattended in her office that happened many times over the course of more than a year.

After consuming the food or water, the unnamed coworker experienced “immediate and significant health problems,” even going to the hospital for emergency care.


Washington woman raped after getting into fake ride-share, person of interest sought, police say

A man that police said claimed to be a ride-share driver who then raped a woman that got into his vehicle in December. (King County Sheriff’s Office)

Surveillance footage released by the sheriff’s office captured the man identified as a person of interest near the victim’s home as he unlocked her door and handed her cell phone back.

News of the incident in Washington state comes just days after a University of South Carolina student was kidnapped and killed after she got into a car she mistakenly believed was her Uber.

In the South Carolina incident, officials said the man accused of killing Samantha Josephson activated the child locks in his backseat so the doors could be opened only from the outside.

Tech Watch:


Millions of Facebook records found on Amazon cloud servers

Researchers at UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, found the private information of millions of Facebook users had been posted publicly, according to Bloomberg News.

A Mexico City-based company called Cultura Colectiva openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, which included identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names, Bloomberg reports.

That database was closed after the business news site alerted Facebook to the issue.

Bloomberg reports that another database for a long-defunct app called At the Pool listed names, passwords and email addresses for 22,000 people. UpGuard said it did not know how long the information had been exposed.


Facebook backs away from asking for some users’ email passwords

Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant faced more criticism over the weekend for apparently asking some new users — who’d registered with email addresses from sites like Yandex or GMX — to enter their personal email passwords during the sign-up process.

As a result of this latest brouhaha, Facebook decided to end the practice, a company spokesperson confirmed to Mashable.

The policy came under scrutiny on Sunday when the cybersecurity-focused Twitter account e-sushi pointed out how potentially dangerous it could be, especially given another recent scandal in which it turned out the site was storing passwords in plain text.


Sen. Josh Hawley wants independent Twitter audit after suspension of ‘Unplanned’ movie account

“Over the weekend, Twitter suspended @UnplannedMovie for no apparent reason. Latest example of deplatforming prolife and conservative voices.

Time for @jack to open Twitter to a full, independent, outside audit on its speech policies – and then publish the results,” Hawley tweeted.

The National Review reports that the GOP senator, who is a vocal critic of big tech, has sent a letter to Dorsey outlining his concerns about this weekend’s incident.


Volkswagen’s self-driving cars are about to hit a new city

Volkswagen tests autonomous driving in Hamburg.IMAGE: VOLKSWAGEN / FRISO GENTSCH

While many cities and states in the U.S. have been testing robo-cars for years, Germany only recently approved testing.

Munich has been an autonomous hot spot thanks to BMW’s research center, but now a nearly 2-mile stretch of Hamburg will allow a fleet of five e-Golf vehicles to drive the streets.

There will be safety drivers behind the wheel testing out Level 4 automation, which is almost fully autonomous, but still requires a human in some rare instances, such as unplanned street closures or severe weather.

The pilot is part of a bigger urban test center Hamburg is hoping to finish by 2020. That “test track” will include 5.5 miles of connected roads, meaning the self-driving cars will be able to communicate with traffic lights and other city infrastructure.

Hamburg city officials said 37 traffic lights and a bridge will send information out.

Immigration:


Mollie Hemingway: Focusing on potential avocado shortage from border shutdown proves how ‘unserious’ media is

“Some people when they look at our border crisis they’re worried about rule of law, they’re worried about national sovereignty, they’re worried about a humanitarian crisis or the drugs that are flowing over the border and those are very serious concerns,” Hemingway said on Fox & Friends Wednesday.

“Also, the economic impact from a possible shutdown is serious, but when the media focuses on whether they are going to get their breakfast with avocado toast instead of these bigger pressing issues, it just shows how unserious they are of this very big issue.”

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border! If no action, Border, or large sections of Border, will close. This is a National Emergency!”


US expands ‘catch and release’ practice amid migrant surge at Mexico border

With many immigration processing-and-holding centers overwhelmed, the administration is putting families on to buses and taking them hundreds of miles away, disgorging them at Greyhound stations and churches in cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Antonio, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona, because towns close to the border already have more than they can handle.

Relief organizations in some cities are struggling to feed and house the migrants and are warning that a public health crisis is taking shape.

Since 21 December, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has set free about 108,500 people detained for entering the US unlawfully.

On some days, more than 1,000 people were released in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley alone.

“The numbers are overwhelming right now,” said Gregory Archambault, Ice director of enforcement and removal operations in San Diego.

“Everybody is stressed. The agency is stressed, the [local governments] are stressed, the law enforcement agencies.

Everybody is stressed because there are these mass numbers of people.”


Vicious MS-13 gang tries to ‘indoctrinate’ children, benefits from border inaction: ex-gang member

“It’s a real problem that we are having. It can’t be overlooked and it needs to be tackled right now,” Diaz told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

“I’m 100 percent with the president and the choices that he is making to secure that border.

This is, we see that people with good hearts want to come in here and pursue a dream… but I can tell you, from being in meetings in the past, when I was active in gang leadership, that there were plans, there was an agenda.”

He added: “And in these caravans, you are going to see a lot of MS-13… a lot of gangs. They are going to try to get in here, that’s just the bottom line.”


Syrian man caught trying to sneak into US at Mexico border

“This apprehension highlights the fact that none of our inspections are routine, especially when people purposely attempt to avoid the process,” Port Director David Salazar said in a statement. “CBP puts a lot of effort in identifying, vetting and prosecuting people who just don’t want to abide by the legal process of entering our country.”

The man was interviewed and fingerprinted; the process revealed that he was a Syrian citizen with no paperwork to enter the U.S.

He was charged with improper entry by an alien and sent to Imperial County Jail, where he will wait to stand trial.


ILLEGALS CAUGHT DRAGGING CHILDREN THROUGH RAZOR WIRE AS THEY CROSS THE BORDER

The recently released footage was taken on Dec. 18 and Dec. 22 within the Custom and Border Patrol’s (CBP) Yuma Sector in Arizona.

On both days, agents filmed smugglers pulling families, including children, through razor wire laid across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Speaking in Spanish, an agent can be heard yelling “Don’t do that! Look at the child!” in the Dec. 18 clip. The smuggler can be seen pushing a young boy through a hole in the metal bollard wall and past a coil of razor wire.

A Guatemalan woman and her three children, ages 2, 4 and 15, were found drowning on Thursday as they attempted to pass through the Rio Grande River. Border Patrol agents were able to reach the family on an airboat and pull them to safety before it was too late.

Politics:


KAMALA HARRIS PROPOSING LEGISLATION FOR ‘DREAMERS’ TO FILL CONGRESSIONAL JOBS

The proposal, co-sponsored by Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, would amend the current law so that illegal immigrants who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be included as an eligible category for paid employment in Congress.

Under the current law, the majority of non-U.S. citizens, which includes Dreamers and DACA recipients, are barred from working for the federal government, according to Roll Call.

However, there are some congressional staffers with legal U.S. residency — these individuals are required to submit a sworn affidavit that they are in the process of obtaining full citizenship.


NORTH CAROLINA BILL REQUIRING HOLOCAUST EDUCATION APPROVED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE

Auschwitz survivor Mr. Leon Greenman, prison number 98288,
Auschwitz survivor Mr. Leon Greenman, prison number 98288, displays his number tattoo on December 9, 2004 at the Jewish Museum in London, England. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

The “Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act,” named after the Polish survivor who moved to Raleigh after participating in the resistance movement against the Nazis, would mandate that the State Board of Education includes lessons about the atrocities in English and social studies standard curriculum.

“The survivors are leaving us, and along with their departures, we need to make sure that we live up to the mantra of ‘never again,’” Vice Chairman of the N.C. Council on the Holocaust Richard Schwartz told The Charlotte Observer.

“This bill would help us do that in North Carolina by requiring the teaching of not only the Holocaust but other genocides and make sure our students are not repeating the most horrible times of our history,” he said.

“We’re doomed to repeat history if we don’t teach it.”


Pelosi aide sought to undercut Medicare for All

Wendell Primus, pictured with Nancy Pelosi in 2012, is the House speaker’s senior health policy adviser and a respected voice on health and domestic policy. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Wendell Primus, Pelosi’s senior health policy adviser and a long respected voice on health and domestic policy, told the roughly two dozen attendees at the Nov. 30 gathering that House Democratic leadership worried the progressives’ push for Medicare for All risked diverting attention from the party’s core health agenda — the agenda that won them the House and would likely animate Democratic voters right into 2020.

But Primus dismissed Medicare for All during the private session as an unhelpful distraction, according to four people in the room and two people briefed on the meeting, and he expressed a need for more scrutiny of single-payer’s policy implications.

Some of those six sources interpreted it as a request for data and economic analysis, but others saw it as a harder-edged invitation to discredit the idea, or at least amplify its risks.

“It came across as, we need this so we can get on with our agenda,” according to a person in the room. “Can you help us point out the problems?”


OCASIO-CORTEZ HIT WITH ANOTHER FEC COMPLAINT OVER AFFILIATION WITH JUSTICE DEMOCRATS

Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti “engaged in a brazen scheme involving multiple political and commercial entities under their control to violate federal election law, circumvent federal contribution limits and reporting requirements, and execute an unlawful subsidy scheme,” the Coolidge Reagan Foundation’s complaint states.

The FEC complaint, first reported by Fox News, also alleges that Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign benefited from a “subsidy scheme” carried out by Justice Democrats.

The complaint is the third filed against Ocasio-Cortez in the past five weeks.

Coolidge Reagan Foundation President Dan Backer said he will sue the FEC for delay if the commission fails to act on his complaint within 120 days.


House Democrat declares herself ‘proud capitalist’ and rejects AOC vision: ‘I am offended by this whole conversation about socialism’

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.

“I am offended by this whole conversation about socialism,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.

“The idea that in the greatest democracy, the greatest capitalist system in the world, we’re having casual conversation about socialism, offends me.”

“It is the system that built us the greatest nation and the greatest economy in the world. Sure, we have to fix the inequities that exist in our system.

We have to make sure everybody, no matter what zip code they’re born in, has a fair shot,” Murphy said.

“But it is not the moment to undo the whole system and embrace something that Americans have spent blood and treasure fighting to save other countries from.”


Democratic socialists pick up slew of seats on Chicago’s City Council

Democratic socialists
Democratic socialists Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Andre Vasquez, Daniel La Spata and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (L-R) have all won seats on Chicago’s City Council.

After Tuesday’s runoff elections, a total of four – and possibly five – democratic socialists have won seats for alderman on the city council.

This marks the highest number of elected socialists the Second City has had since the 1910s.

The victories for the democratic socialists on Tuesday come after two other candidates aligned with them won alderman seats back in February.


Fox News says it will host a Bernie Sanders town hall

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the We the People Membership Summit, featuring the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, at the Warner Theater in Washington on Monday. | AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Fox News’ Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story’s Martha MacCallum will moderate the event.

Baier tweeted that he is “looking forward” to moderating Sanders’ event. He also teased the possibility of more town halls, saying “others are in the works.”

The announcement that Fox News would host Sanders received some backlash.

Ian MIllhiser, a columnist with the liberal news site ThinkProgress, tweeted a link to the release with the comment, “WTF is Bernie doing?”

The Sanders event is not the only town hall Fox News has planned for 2020 presidential candidates.

The network is also hosting a town hall on Thursday with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is weighing a 2020 run as an Independent.


California bill would allow state employees to bring babies to work

The proposed law would impact parents of children ages 6 weeks through 6 months. (iStock)

The bill, AB 372, is modeled after other programs already in effect in the private sector, and does not call for the office to provide childcare of any kind, but leaves the responsibility with the parent.

If it passes, Voepel said it would be ultimately up to the office manager’s discretion to implement. Agencies interested in the program would also have to apply to ensure the environment was safe for an infant.

“It’s so important for young families to bond with their infant,” Randy Voepel, the Republican state assemblymen who sponsored the bill, told KCRA.


California bans state-funded travel to South Carolina, bringing total to 10 states

FILE – In this March 5, 2019 file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Brian Symmes, spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, appeared unfazed by the California travel ban, dismissing it as an attempt to “score cheap political points.”

“If Attorney General Becerra was interested in the truth, he would know this is all about protecting South Carolinians’ religious freedom – regardless of their faith,” Mr. Symmes told the State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

“While he tries to score cheap political points, we’ll be more than happy to continue recruiting businesses that are leaving overregulated, high tax states like California to come to South Carolina and create opportunities for our people,” Mr. Symmes said.

World News:

China’s Plan to Take Over Europe

When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched its takeover of China after World War II, its then-leader Mao Zedong devised a unique strategy: “Surround the city with the countryside.”

This same strategy is now at play in the CCP’s attempts to subvert Europe—to dominate it from within, and in a way that those being subverted will not realize until it’s too late.


NATO chief, in speech to Congress, declares Trump’s push for more defense spending is working

NATO does not have a defense budget, but members commit to spending a minimum of 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Products on defense.

Trump, however, has repeatedly called out members that do not meet that commitment, even as this campaign has caused friction with longtime U.S. allies.

The United States spends 3.5 percent of its GDP on defense, and Trump has long called for fellow NATO members to put up their share.

As Trump himself has taken credit for nations agreeing to increase their spending pledges, Stoltenberg said that NATO is stronger as a result of the U.S. pressure.

“After years of reducing defense budgets, all allies have stopped the cuts and all allies have increased their defense spending. Before they were cutting billions, now they are adding billions,” he said.


THERESA MAY IS REACHING OUT TO THE SOCIALISTS TO TRY TO SAVE HER AWFUL BREXIT DEAL

“I am offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition and to try to agree to a plan — that we would both stick to — to ensure that we leave the European Union and that we do so with a deal,” she said according to Reuters.

Both May and Corbyn opposed Brexit and supported the “Remain” campaign during the 2016 referendum.

The move has outraged conservative Brexiteers, but could enable May to finally pass a divorce deal through Parliament after a historic defeat in January. Parliament has thrice voted-down her withdrawal agreement.


Australian man accused of blowing up couple’s car following altercation at McDonald’s drive-thru

Ryan Sharp, 33, of the Illawarra region, and his 31-year-old partner allegedly stalked and harassed a couple for six weeks following the altercation at the fast-food joint.

The couple had allegedly beeped at the man’s partner at the drive-thru after she swerved close to their vehicle.

Sharp was not present at the time of the incident, but the woman reported the couple to police and wrote down their license plate number.

After the complaint was filed, Sharp allegedly decided to get back at the couple.

Police said the “relatively minor” altercation led to “a campaign of grievance-fueled violence.” He allegedly detonated a “sophisticated car bomb” on their Ford Rodeo on March 5, Sky News reported.


Man seen running with machete arrested on suspicion of murder

A man has been arrested after he was seen running near a crime scene with a machete after an “unexplained” death in north-west London.

The Metropolitan police were called by the London ambulance service on Wednesday after reports of an injured man on Northolt Road in Harrow.

The victim, in his mid-40s, was pronounced dead half an hour later as he was being treated at the scene for an injury believed to be caused by stab and slash wounds.

Commentary/Opinion:


Climate change activism, and the not-so-hidden anti-capitalist agenda

These activists actually see carbon emission reductions as a means to greater goal, which isn’t really about the environment.

They want to dismantle capitalism and replace it with socialism. We gained new evidence for that skepticism on Wednesday.

BBC News reported on an exciting new effort to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

As the BBC notes, “British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering has shown that it can extract CO2 in a cost-effective way.

It has now been boosted by $68 million in new investment from Chevron, Occidental and coal giant BHP.”

The BBC notes that climate activists aren’t very happy about the new carbon reduction system. Enter Tzeporah Berman of the Stand.earth organization.

She says the new system is “a huge concern,” because “we need to be working together to figure out how we move away completely from fossil fuel — that’s our moral and economic challenge …”