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Horrific video shows a spider spinning its web INSIDE a man’s ear


The patient, who hasn’t been named, turned to the ear, nose and throat specialist after complaining of constant itching and a “crawling sensation” in his ear. (AsiaWire)

Dr Zhang Pan, of the Affiliated Hospital of Yangzhou University in East China’s Jiangsu Province, said he had to use an endoscope to see the bug deep in the canal.

But when he tried to grab it with a pair of tweezers, it was too quick and he had to try and flush it out with solution.

He said: “I didn’t notice it when inspecting [his ear] with the naked eye.

“However, using an endoscope, I discovered the small spider inside.”


7-Eleven launches beer delivery in 18 cities across America

The convenience chain introduced the service through its 7Now app last week, Food & Wine reports, with a feature aptly dubbed “The Beer Necessities.”

According to the outlet, users in 18 cities can order up favorite brews including Dos Equis, Modelo, Corona, Coors Light, Bud Light, Heineken, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Dogfish Head, Miler Light, Blue Moon, plus Angry Orchard ciders, and more.


Mom whose search for bone marrow donor while pregnant with twins went viral needs another match

Rabaca, 36, welcomed babies Rainey and Ryan in December, months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia.

She found her match weeks before giving birth, and called that moment “everything.”

Due to Rabaca’s mixed heritage, her search for a donor that was a 100 percent match was complicated.

According to Be the Match, only 3 percent of the organization’s donor base is mixed ethnicity.

Now she hopes another donor will come forward to help her for a second time.

Nightmare: 33-Year-Old Left Barren After Socialized Medicine in Canada ‘Treated’ Her

Nightmare: 33-Year-Old Left Barren After Socialized Medicine in Canada ‘Treated’ Her The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on the tragic case of a relatively young woman from Nova Scotia named Inez Rudderham. Rudderham has discovered she is now barren due to the incredibly delayed radiation treatment she received for a cancerous tumor.

Her cancer went undiagnosed for about two years, despite her efforts to get her declining health checked out by doctors.

At 33, I am in menopause, because when my tumor was a polyp I did not have access to a family doctor, and the ERs wouldn’t help me,” she continued, wiping away tears.

The CBC reported that, according to the president of Doctors Nova Scotia, Rudderham’s account of her treatment was an increasingly all-too-common refrain that had been heard from countless patients in the province, as well as across the entire nation of Canada.


Florida teens stranded in ocean saved by boat named ‘Amen’ after desperate prayer for help

Tyler Smith and Heather Brown,

Christ’s Church Academy seniors, Tyler Smith and Heather Brown,
(Christ’s Church Academy)

Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, Christ’s Church Academy students who’ve been friends since fourth grade, were swimming off of Vilano Beach, near St. Augustine, on Thursday, April 18, when they realized they might not make it back to shore.

Weak and tired from fighting the waves for two hours and two miles offshore, the 17-year-old soccer players told Fox News they started praying to God and crying out for help.


If Silicon Valley were a country, it would be second-wealthiest on Earth

Silicon Valley’s per capita GDP is higher than Singapore, Luxembourg, Monaco and Macau, according to figures from the IMF and the World Bank.

The entire region is home to countless newly minted millionaires and a chunk of the world’s billionaires.

All of that concentrated wealth, however, has come with negative consequences — some of America’s highest housing costs, a very high level of income inequality and a homelessness problem.

A report released last year showed that wages for 90 percent of Silicon Valley workers are lower now than they were 20 years ago, after adjusting for inflation. Only the top 10 percent of earners saw their wages climb.


Slain North Carolina college student confronted gunman, saved lives: police chief



Trystan Andrew Terrell in a booking photo released by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. REUTERS/MCSO/Handout

Environmental studies student Riley Howell of Waynesville, North Carolina, one of two students killed in the Tuesday shooting, played a key role in ending the attack by a former student, said Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

“But for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed,” Putney told a news conference.

“He’s an athletically built young man and he took the fight to the assailant. Unfortunately he had to give his life to do so,” said Putney, a UNC Charlotte alumnus. “He took the assailant off his feet.”


Pennsylvania man took girl, 4, bound and stuffed her in trunk at grandparent’s home, police say

Thomas Dewald

Thomas Dewald is escorted by Pennsylvania State troopers Monday night, April 29, 2019 after being charged in two recent cases in the Rouzerville, Pa. area. (John Irwin/The Record Herald via AP)

Pennsylvania State Police said that Thomas Dewald admitted to troopers he canvassed neighborhoods and looked for unsupervised children who he thought lived in “deplorable conditions” before taking the girl on Thursday from her home Washington Township.

When he was brought past reporters on Monday, Dewald raised a middle finger and did not respond to any questions, FOX43 reported.

After the girl escaped and discovered by a bystander, police allege that Dewald admitted to breaking into another home on Sunday intending to take one of the three children residing there, but decided their living conditions were acceptable in addition to being scared off by the family dog.

He also put tape on the bottom of his shoes so he wouldn’t leave shoe prints, according to state police.


Massachusetts teen beheaded classmate in jealous rage: prosecutor


Mathew Borges (pictured)

The prosecutor, Jay Gubitose, said on Monday that Mathew Borges flew into a rage in 2016 when he saw his girlfriend sitting with Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino in the cafeteria of Lawrence High School.

In November that year, a day before Borges allegedly killed Viloria-Paulino, he texted the girl –with whom he had broken up by then because of his jealousies – saying: “

‘The next time you see me, look at my eyes because that’s the last time they’ll be like that. They’ll be dead.’”

A man who was walking his dog on December 1 found Viloria-Paulino’s decapitated body by the river.

Police later found his head in a bag close to where the body was located.


POWAY SYNAGOGUE RABBI ACCEPTS WHITE HOUSE INVITATION TO DC FOR NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Stewart and Jonathan Morales, the off-duty border patrol agent who engaged the shooter as he fled from Stewart, will accompany Yisroel to D.C., where the three will take part in a ceremony.

Stewart could not provide any details about the ceremony, but said that it was an important opportunity to exhort people of faith to stand strong and unified in the face of evil, whether it manifests as anti-Semitism, or as attacks on churches, mosques, or any other places of worship.


Confederate statues in Charlottesville protected under Virginia law, judge rules

statue of Robert E. Lee

In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, photo, a visitor eats lunch in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee that is surrounded by fencing and a No Trespassing sign in Charlottesville, Va., at the park that was the focus of the Unite the Right rally. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In a recent nine-page ruling, the judge sided with plaintiffs in support of the statues and said that both are clearly war monuments and accordingly protected by state law.

“I find this conclusion inescapable,” the judge ruled Thursday. “It is the very reason the statues have been complained about from the beginning. It does no good pretending they are something other than what they actually are.”

“I believe that defendants have confused or conflated 1) what the statues are with 2) the intentions or motivations of some involved in erecting them, or the impact that they might have on some people and how they might make some people feel,” he added. “But that does not change what they are.”


Late-Term Abortions Outnumber Homicides in New York City 1,485 to 352

The comparison is based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and the New York Police Department.

The latest CDC report on abortion provides the numbers for 2015. In New York City, there were 1,485 abortions at or after 21 weeks gestation that year. In contrast, the NYPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 352 victims of “murder and non-negligent manslaughter” in New York City in 2015.

That equates to 4.1 late-term unborn victims of abortion and .96 victims of homicide per day in the city, according to the report.


Alabama House Of Representatives Aims At Roe, Votes To Outlaw Virtually All Abortion

Democrats did not have enough votes to stop the bill; they walked off the floor before the vote was taken.

Democrats wanted to amend the bill to include exceptions for rape and incest. Republicans voted 72-26 to table that amendment,

AL.com reported, “The bill would make it a Class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion and a Class C felony for attempting to perform an abortion unless there is a serious health risk to the mother.”


Border Patrol announces largest-ever group of migrants arrested: 424 people

The massive group of primarily Central American families and children traveling without parents arrived in Sunland Park, a suburb of El Paso, Texas, shortly after midnight.

Hours later, a second group of 230 people illegally crossed the border and surrendered to agents from the El Paso Sector.

The second collection was also made up of families and children from the northern countries of Central America.

Border Patrol’s parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, said the groups are not traveling to the U.S. on their own, they are paying human smugglers and cartels to get them into the U.S.

Politics:


As Baltimore mayor scandal drags on, donors want their money back

Democrat Catherine Pugh

Democrat Catherine Pugh has been on medical leave after demands for an investigation into payments she received from a children’s book she authored.

The first-term Democratic mayor is facing a growing chorus of calls to resign but has retreated inside her home on paid leave from her $185,000 job.

Her lawyer says she’s too fragile to make a decision about her future but residents – and donors – are quickly tiring of her open-ended retreat.

If Pugh decides not to run for a second term, Maryland law gives her three options for the cash she’s collected, including keeping the money for up to eight years in case she wants to run again.

If she decides to call it quits, she must first pay off all her debts and expenses.

Then, she can either give back all the contributions to donors on a prorated basis or dole out the money to a variety of organizations including the state party, the Baltimore City Central Committee or Maryland’s Fair Campaign Finance Fund, Jared DeMarinis, campaign finance director at the Maryland State Board of Elections said.


New Jersey Mayor Arrested for 2017 Election Tampering

 Frank Caramagna

L: Frank Caramagna (Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office); R: The location of Elmwood Park, N.J. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

The office’s investigation revealed that Caramagna “had interfered with the secrecy of the election process by completing portions of the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, Primary Election Ballot Certifications, and General Election Ballot Certifications of registered voters,” the release said.

He was the first Democrat in nearly 50 years to win the mayoral race in the small borough of Bergen County some nine miles northwest of Manhattan.

He ran in 2017 against Robert Colletti, a Republican who served as the interim mayor after the previous Republican mayor Richard Mola died in 2016 after 45 years in office, The North Jersey Record reported.

Graham Drops F-Bomb on National TV

Lindsay Graham Drops F-Bomb on National TV While Explaining Bias of Hillary Clinton Investigation.

Cruz rips Senate Democrats’ ‘weak argument’ at Barr hearing

Attorney General Bill Barr agrees with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that weaponizing the Department of Justice against a political opponent is an abuse of power no matter who does it.


Trump team releases video asserting Obama team ‘dropped the ball’ on Russian interference

Tweeted by the campaign, the video featured a series of clips with politicians and pundits claiming that the Obama team didn’t do enough to counter Russian influence.

“President Obama knew Russia was interfering in the 2016 election,” the video read, alongside an image of former President Barack Obama.

The video featured a clip of Obama saying governments needed to take action in the face of meddling attempts. “But his team just watched it happen,” the video read.

The video also showed Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., appearing to liken Obama’s actions to opening windows during a house fire when what’s needed is a fire extinguisher.

World News:


Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day Amid Rising Wave of Anti-Semitism Worldwide

People look on floating handmade boats with the names of Nazi concentration camps, during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hayarkon park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Israel marking the annual Day of Remembrance for the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide who perished during World War II. Hebrew reads “to remember”. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The 24-hour remembrance period began at sundown with the main ceremony at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and came just hours after Israeli researchers reported that violent attacks against Jews rose significantly last year. This spike, highlighted by the San Diego attack, was most dramatic in western Europe.

President Reuven Rivlin warned of anti-Semitism in Europe, which he said “is once again raising its head, fueled by waves of immigration, by economic crises, and by disillusionment with the political establishment.”

Holocaust Remembrance day is one of the most melancholy days on Israel’s calendar. Places of entertainment and cafes are closed. TV and radio stations broadcast Holocaust documentaries and interviews with survivors or somber music until sundown the next day.

Israelis come to a mournful, two-minute standstill to remember the dead Thursday morning when sirens wail across the country. Pedestrians stop in their tracks. Cars pull over on roads and many people exit their vehicles to stand still in contemplation.


WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in Prison For Skipping Bail

TOPSHOT – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. – Assange will be sentenced today for breaching a British court order seven years ago, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge Deborah Taylor appeared unimpressed by Assange’s written apology and his lawyer’s argument that he sought refuge in the embassy because of overwhelming fear of being taken from Sweden, where he faced sexual misconduct allegations, to the U.S. to face separate charges related to his WikiLeaks activity.

“It is essential to the rule of law that nobody is above or beyond the reach of the law,” Taylor said. “Orders of the court are to be obeyed.”

The judge said it was hard to imagine a more serious version of the offense as she gave the 47-year-old hacker a sentence close to the maximum of a year in custody. She pointed out that he had not surrendered “willingly” and was only facing the court because the government of Ecuador withdrew its protection last month.


U.S. and China Negotiators Meet For Talks Over Tariff War


Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pose before they proceed to their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 1, 2019.
 Andy Wong—AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday’s atmosphere appeared amicable. Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, along with China’s economic czar, Vice Premier Liu He, smiled for photos and shook hands after their one-day meeting.

But they said nothing to reporters and no details were announced after the talks at a Chinese government guest house. Both governments have said they were making progress. That has helped to calm jittery financial markets.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the discussions “remain focused toward making substantial progress on important structural issues” and the talks would continue next week in Washington.


Number of Venezuelans fleeing to Brazil surges during attempt to oust Maduro

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

The migrants arrived in Brazil’s Roraima state, one of the country’s most isolated and poor, which borders Venezuela and has seen thousands of migrants arrive in recent months.

A wider exodus has pushed millions of Venezuelans largely to Colombia and Peru.

“There is no defeat,” Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro said of Guaido in remarks broadcast on TV. “I commend and recognize the patriotic and democratic spirit that he has to fight for freedom in his party.”

Bolsonaro, who assumed office in January, has helped lead the regional opposition to Maduro’s continued leadership in Venezuela. He has stopped short of backing direct intervention in the neighboring country.


Riot police, masked protesters clash at Paris May Day rally

Tens of thousands of labor union and “yellow vest” protesters were on the streets across France, days after Macron outlined a response to months of street protests including tax cuts worth around 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion).

In Paris, riot police used tear gas and water cannon, and charged sporadically at several points along the traditional International Workers’ Day rally to disperse groups of masked protesters who had immersed themselves in the crowd.

Some 7,400 police were deployed and they made 380 arrests. Thirty-eight people were wounded, including 14 police officers with one being hit on the head with a paving stone.


Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims

It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules.

The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.

Commentary/Opinion:

Ingraham rips coverage of Mueller report: Frankly very disturbing

‘The Ingraham Angle’ host says that she does not believe the DOJ put a spin on Attorney General Bill Barr’s conversation with Robert Mueller.

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