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The brother of 30-year-old Artem Moskovkin, who lived in Prior Lake, said the Army veteran traveled Friday to the Cancun area of Mexico for vacation.
He was found conscious, but unable to speak, with severe injuries — including broken ribs and a punctured lung — in the garden of the Riviera Maya resort he was staying at, Igor Moskovkin told the Star Tribune.
Igor said doctors in Mexico told the family his brother needed immediate surgery, but they couldn’t afford the cost of the surgery.
“We had no family presence in Mexico, so nobody paid. They just transferred him to a public hospital,” he told KSTP. “And they just left him there.”
Distraught mother warns over Netflix suicide show 13 Reasons Why after her 12-year-old daughter watched it then took her own life
Jessica was watching this show with her friends and listed six reasons why she wanted to die,’ Rachel told the Mirror.
Jessica’s friends had called police after she posted a photo of her foot with ‘RIP’ written on it.
He found her hanged in her bedroom at her father’s home in Warrington, Cheshire, just two days short of her 13th birthday.
Her death came three weeks after 13 Reasons Why was first shown on Netlfix.
Authorities in the nation’s fourth-largest city were desperately searching Monday for Maleah Davis, who was last seen Friday with her stepfather, Darion Vence.
Vence told authorities he was in and out of consciousness for nearly 24 hours after being beaten by three men who later abducted the child.
After coming to and wandering along a highway, police said Vence went to the hospital Saturday night and reported Maleah missing while he sought treatment for his injuries.
The office confirmed Monday that homicidal asphyxia was the cause of death of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes, of New Rochelle, New York. The office did not say whether she died before she was in the suitcase.
Her body was found by Greenwich town employees Feb. 5. She had been reported missing by her family six days prior.
Her ex-boyfriend, Javier Da Silva Rojas, of New York City, is being held on a federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Anthony Trice, 26, was watching the baby Friday when he grew enraged over losing the game, threw his controller and struck the infant in the head, the Louisville Metro Police Department said.
Trice was facing charges of criminal abuse first degree of a child, but the charges were upgraded to murder after the child died, WDRB-TV reported.
Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary told reporters Sunday his officers had heard rumors of potential reprisals for Everett’s death during the course of their investigation and urged residents to “let the Rochester Police Department focus on its job.”
“We understand they are upset,” Singletary said. “They have a right to be upset. Our job is to focus on the task at hand.”
Everett was one of three men charged with connection with an Aug. 19, 2015 shooting, in which people in a car drove past a local Boys and Girls Club and opened fire on a crowd leaving a basketball game.
Three people were killed and four others were wounded.
The recall covers certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, as well as the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500.
All have GM’s 6.6-Liter diesel engines and an optional engine block heater used to keep the block warm in extremely cold temperatures.
GM is asking customers not to use engine block heaters until further notice.
The company said Friday that the electric heater cord or the terminals connecting the cord to the heater could short-circuit and fail.
“His sacrifice saved lives,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in a news conference.
“What he did was he took the assailant off his feet, and then the heroes that we have here were able to apprehend him from there.”
Putney described Howell as “the first and foremost hero as far as [he’s] concerned” regarding the shooting, which also killed 19-year-old Ellis Parlier.
Hundreds of people attended Howell’s memorial service Sunday in Lake Junaluska, N.C.
But despite praise from some within the LGBTQI+ communities, the item raised more than a few eyebrows on Twitter, with some accusing the retailer of marginalizing the community and culture.
“Shame on the good folks over at @marksandspencer for turning our culture and identity into a sandwich,” one woman wrote. ”Making an absolute mockery of lgbtq people,” she added.
“I identify as #lesbian @marksandspencer[,] not a f—ing lettuce,” wrote another critic. “Why don’t you make an ethnic minority or disability sandwich while you’re at it!!”
Assuming their own echo chamber would provide an ‘obvious’ conclusion, providing self-aggrandizing virtue signaling ammunition for the next news cycle attack on the vast right-wing conspiracy, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee tweeted out a simple poll to its 107,000 followers:
For now, social media is having a good laugh at the latest Democrat backfire…
Francisco Orozco, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was being held on $500,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A large crowd was gathered at an Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve campsite on California’s central coast when park officials began receiving calls about a shooting, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said.
A witness said the shooting occurred after an argument, according to ABC 30, though the subject of the argument wasn’t immediately clear.
Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said the slain officer, Robert McKeithen, served the department for 24 years and was preparing to retire at the end of 2019.
McEithen was shot multiple times near his patrol car parked outside the Biloxi Police Department’s headquarters Sunday night, he added, and later died at a local hospital.
Surveillance images released by investigators from that moment depict a man between 5-7 and 5-10, wearing a red beanie cap, black shirt and navy blue shorts.
After firing several rounds at McKeithen, the suspect ran off. As of Monday morning, Miller says investigators still believe he is in the area.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a watchdog group, alerted Fox News to the video.
In the video, translated by MEMRI, kids can be heard singing: “The land of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey is calling us. Our Palestine must return to us.”
“These are not isolated incidents; they are happening in major centers of the country – including in Pennsylvania,” MEMRI said in a statement.
Philadelphia Muslim group should be probed for disturbing video of ‘radicalized’ US kids: Rep. Zeldin
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., appearing on “Fox & Friends” Monday, called the video “deeply disturbing,” “dangerous,” and “infuriating to see U.S. children being radicalized on U.S. soil.”
“The Palestinians have anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hate – they incite violence in their own classrooms,” Zeldin said. “This has been going on for years.
The United States, in the past, has supplemented efforts to fight back against the hate that’s in the Palestinian textbooks.”
Zeldin said information from a recently declassified report shows the State Department lied to Congress about Palestinian education.
“So we introduced legislation to improve the reporting from the State Department to apply pressure to the Palestinians to have them to correct the material, because as we saw in that video in Philadelphia, this is something that is happening every day on the ground in schools and in mosques overseas, and that needs to be fought there as we see it manifest itself as we see the news over the weekend with over 600 rockets launched from Gaza to Israel,” Zeldin said.
CNN WROTE OVER 20 ARTICLES ON COVINGTON CATHOLIC STUDENTS, IGNORES PHILLY MUSLIM CHILDREN CHANTING ABOUT CHOPPING OFF HEADS
The irony was pointed out via Twitter by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra.
A search of the words “Covington Catholic Students” returned exactly 23 results, while a search for “Muslim American Society Islamic Center Philadelphia” yielded none.
Fox News, on the other hand, covered the story on Friday:
There are over 1,300 toxic, Superfund sites in the United States: the dirtiest, most complicated and expensive environmental cleanups in the country.
Today, we go to Montana for a dramatic look at one of the largest — where some say a long awaited clean up is finally heading in the right direction.
In March, much of the Midwest became a disaster zone, as floodwaters rushed in, swallowing homes, farms, and businesses. In Iowa alone, damage is estimated at more than $1.6 billion.
Steve Ellis — with the Watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense — has looked critically at the National Flood Insurance Program for years.
Steve Ellis: There are people who right now who are have million dollar homes that have subsidies, they don’t need that.
They can still purchase the flood insurance, but there are also people who probably have a $60,000 home who can’t afford a few hundred dollars.
FEMA wants to change that.
A study by Media Matters found that when tweeting about Trump’s statements, major news outlets include false information 30 percent of the time.
And 65 percent of the time, news outlets fail to provide corrections or context in the body of those tweets.
That’s especially troublesome given that so many people get their news via tweets and headlines and do not fully read most stories, where they might find more context.
The study analyzed more than 2,000 tweets posted by 32 major US news outlets between January 26th and February 15th.
It found that, on Twitter, news outlets amplified Trump’s misinformation more than 400 times over a three-week period — a rate of 19 times per day.
Two million home security cameras, webcams, electronic doorbells and baby monitors are vulnerable to spying and hacking, according to Paul Marrapese, an independent security expert from California who found security flaws in 140,000 devices in the United States.
“Whether it’s intentional or not, the vulnerability is still there and could be exploited by the Chinese government, as well as non-state actors,” said cybersecurity expert Klon Kitchen.
The culprit: a Chinese software company called Shenzen Yunni Tech.
Google’s 3 billion users help make it the world’s largest seller of internet ads, capturing nearly a third of all revenue, ahead of rival Facebook Inc’s 20 percent, according to research firm eMarketer.
Total digital ad spending in the United States will grow 19 percent to nearly $130 billion in 2019, according to eMarketer.
Google has been working on the cookies plan for at least six years, in stops and starts, but accelerated the work after news broke last year that personal data of Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
The social network said Monday that it removed 118 fake accounts, pages and groups from Russia that posted content about politics in Ukraine and other countries in Europe.
One of the accounts was on Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook owns.
Facebook also opened a new operations center in Ireland to combat fake news ahead of the EU parliamentary elections that will take place this month.
The center was modeled after an election “war room” the company launched during the 2018 US midterm elections.
Posts that are deemed false won’t be removed, but they won’t appear in the Explore tab or in the hashtag result pages, either.
“Our approach to misinformation is the same as Facebook’s — when we find misinfo, rather than remove it, we’ll reduce its distribution,” a spokesperson told Poynter.
According to Poynter, Instagram is also considering adding pop-ups that appear when people search for misinformation, like anti-vaccine content.
A confluence of forces is behind Big Tech’s business-model ferment.
Blowback over privacy abuses and misinformation threatens ad-driven strategies at Facebook and Google built on harvesting people’s information and maximizing the time they spend glued to the internet.
The smartphone, which underpinned so much of the tech industry’s boom over the past decade, is maturing, with incremental innovation and flagging sales.
Microsoft announced today that it’s taking a few steps towards election security.
First up is ElectionGuard, an open source software development kit that will offer public verifiability and other security measures for elections.
Additionally, the company is launching Microsoft 365 for Campaigns, aiming to do for political operations what it’s already doing for businesses, by bundling Windows, Office 365 and security offerings.
The administration solicited public comments Monday on whether to use a different inflation gauge to set the poverty threshold, asking about one inflation measure in particular that would result in the threshold rising more slowly, thereby making fewer people eligible for benefits over time.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget said in a document published Monday in the Federal Register that it would “consider the need to update the specific inflation measure used to adjust” the Official Poverty Measures. Requesting public comments is a key step in adjusting a federal rule.
The current federal poverty threshold is $13,000 or less in a year for an individual or $25,900 for a family of four, according to the Census Bureau.
The statistic is used by numerous federal, state, local, and nonprofit programs to decide whether people and families qualify for assistance programs.
Police said Matt Grossell, a Republican from Clearbrook serving in the state’s House of Representatives, was allegedly acting disorderly in the bar area at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge hotel at about 1 a.m. Saturday.
Police said Grossell, 53, had already been escorted to his room when officers arrived.
The officers reportedly became concerned Grossell couldn’t care for himself after allegedly finding he couldn’t answer basic questions and so the cops called paramedics to transport the politician to a hospital.
Police said Grossell became argumentative with hospital staff and refused to leave after being evaluated and cleared.
According to Booker’s plan, current and first-time firearms buyers would seek a license at a designated office, similar to obtaining a passport.
The applications would then be verified by the FBI. Current gun owners would have a transition period to obtain a federal license.
While no such national gun license program currently exists, 13 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some form of licensing or permit rules before people can buy guns, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Booker’s plan also includes elements proposed by other Democratic presidential contenders.
Among them are universal background checks for gun buyers; the reinstitution of a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity firearm magazines; and the modernization of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Brit Hume fires back at Pelosi: Trump ‘whines’ about election results, but he has never tried to negate them
In an interview with the New York Times published on Saturday, Pelosi said she worried that Trump might “poison the public mind” and “challenge each of the races” if Democrats don’t win by a large margin next year.
During an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, Hume argued that by Pelosi’s own admission, Trump doesn’t have a history of outright refusing election results.
“She said she does not support it with any evidence,” Hume said, adding that Pelosi’s recent comments about Trump and his administration make her appear “unhinged.”
Hume weighed in on the pressures faced by Pelosi in the modern political sphere, as she tries to push back against Trump but also urges her fellow party members to stay within the lines.
Democratic congresswoman Tlaib accuses Israel of oppressing, targeting ‘Palestinian children and families’
Tlaib leveled the accusation while responding to criticism of a New York Times headline that read: “Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes.”
Yousef Munayyer, a pro-Palestinian campaigner, tweeted out a screenshot of the headline, which he called “stunningly irresponsible and misleading.”
Tlaib joined in, writing: “When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine.”
The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is believed responsible for firing about 600 rockets at Israel over the weekend.
Israel responded with about 260. The group has acknowledged killing three Israelis, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Violence reignited in the Gaza region on Friday after a Palestinian sniper shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers — prompting Israeli airstrikes into Gaza, according to the Associated Press.
Tlaib and Omar’s chronic criticism of Israel has provoked many to suggest the attacks are anti-Semitic. Both women fundraised for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a shadowy group that has been linked with Islamic terrorism.
Committee member Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., over the weekend urged the panel to specifically pursue “inherent contempt,” calling for Barr to be arrested by the Sergeant at Arms and be physically brought before the committee to testify—a tactic reportedly not employed since the 1930s.
Inherent contempt, which allows a person to be held until they provide testimony, is one of three contempt options available, along with criminal contempt (under which an individual is charged with a crime) and civil judgment (leading to a civil court process)
The Washington Post first reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller contacted Barr, both in a letter and in a phone call, to express concerns after Barr released his four-page summary of Mueller’s findings in March.
Mueller pushed Barr to release the executive summaries written by the special counsel’s office.
However, according to both the Post and the Justice Department, Mueller made clear that he did not feel that Barr’s summary was inaccurate.
Instead, Mueller told Barr that media coverage of the letter had “misinterpreted” the results of the probe concerning obstruction of justice.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is looking to learn more about Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor whose statements reportedly trace back to the origin of the FBI’s Russia-collusion investigation.
Nunes wrote a letter (pdf) on May 3 to the heads of the FBI, CIA, the State Department, and the National Security Agency requesting all documents related to Mifsud.
Unfortunately, because reporting is an occupation with no official standards like law or medicine, no professional organizations to disbar them, and because, as A. J. Liebling wrote long ago,
“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one,” with media operations like CNN and NBC often encouraging those very lies, this is unlikely to happen.
Nevertheless. as Kimberly Strassel indicated in “For Fear of William Barr: The attorney general gets attacked because his probe endangers many powerful people,” heads of those who instigated the Russia probe are likely soon to roll.
Shouldn’t members of the press who gave them voice be more than unindicted co-conspirators?
“[T]hese texts and emails demonstrate the need to investigate leaks from agencies or entities other than FBI,” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson, pointedly asking whether he’s launched a probe “into these apparent leaks.”
Attorney General Bill Barr testified last week, under questioning from Grassley, that the Justice Department has “multiple criminal leak investigations” underway concerning media contact by department officials during the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
The region near the Israel-Gaza Border is slowly getting back to normal after the most intense escalation since the 2014 war.
But the damages from the latest violent exchange is devastating on both sides.
During the two days of intense fighting between Israel and Gaza, Israel says nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza. Many of the most threatening ones were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
But some rockets slipped past the defense system, striking several neighborhoods and killing four people.
“[A]ny attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” Bolton said.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Finland on Monday, told reporters the deployment is “something we’ve been working on for a little while” and “we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests.
If these actions take place, if they do by some third-party proxy, a militia group, Hezbollah, we will hold the Iranian leadership directly accountable for that.”
2 US destroyers just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by, and Beijing is not happy about it
The guided-missile destroyers USS Preble and USS Chung-Hoon conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of two Chinese-occupied reefs in the Spratly Islands, US Navy 7th Fleet spokesman Commander Clay Doss told Reuters.
The operation, the third by the US Navy in the South China Sea this year, was specifically intended “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” he said.
Beijing was critical of the operation, condemning it with rhetoric it has used to express its displeasure with some previous operations.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech in Finland that the U.S. will compete for influence in the Arctic and counter attempts to make it the strategic preserve of any one or two nations.
He said the rule of law must prevail for the Arctic to remain peaceful, and he criticized China and Russia for what he said were coercive practices that would destabilize the “high North” if allowed.
“The region has become an arena of global power and competition and the eight Arctic states must adapt to this new future,” Pompeo said, one day before he participates in a meeting of foreign ministers from the Arctic Council .
He said that group had once been able to focus solely on scientific, environmental and cultural issues, but profound changes in the Arctic’s environment and strategic rivalries made that extremely difficult now.
Erdogan spoke Monday during a NATO meeting in Ankara attended by alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The comments came amid a deepening rift with the United States, which says the Russian missiles pose a threat to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program of which Turkey is also a partner.
Erdogan said Turkey developing ties with “various countries and regions are not an alternative to each other,” adding his objection to “such controversies being fired up over the S-400s.”
According to the Agence France Presse, eleven members of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) were sentenced by a heavy penal court to 20 months behind bars on Friday for “inciting hatred and hostility.”
The charges came soon after the members issued a statement early last year – in response to Turkey’s military incursion to successfully seize control of the then Kurdish-majority city of Afrin – declaring that “war is a man-made public health problem.”
At his final rally Sunday, Malema said his party is demanding a bigger share of South Africa’s wealth from the country’s white minority.
“White people, all we want is to join you at the dinner table and eat with you,” said Malema to thousands of supporters in Soweto’s Orlando Stadium.
“If you do not want us to sit with you at the table, then we have no choice but to destroy the table.”
As South Africans prepare to vote on Wednesday in what is expected to be a hotly contested national election, the EFF is once again a potential game-changer.
Various polls indicate the party may increase its share of the vote to at least 12%, cutting further into the ANC’s support.
South Africa’s conservatives and far-left radicals are surging in polls just days ahead of a general election.
One America’s Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.
The overnight attack on the checkpoint in the Farah province’s Gulistan district triggered an hour-long gunbattle as Afghan troops tried to repel the attackers.
The fate of the abducted soldiers was not immediately known, said provincial councilman Dadullah Qaneh.
The Taliban still carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan forces, even as peace efforts have accelerated to find an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 17-year war.
Earlier on Sunday, the Taliban set off a suicide car bombing and stormed a police headquarters in northern Baghlan province, killing 13 policemen and setting off a six-hour gunbattle.
The Interior Ministry said 55 people, including 20 civilians, were wounded before the attackers were all killed.
The Polish interior minister, Joachim Brudziński, announced on Twitter on Monday that a person had been arrested for “carrying out a profanation of the Virgin Mary of Częstochowa”.
A Płock police spokeswoman confirmed a 51-year-old woman had been arrested over the alleged offence.
The woman had been abroad, but upon her return, the police entered and searched her home, where they found several dozen images of the Virgin Mary with the rainbow-coloured halo.
This is the second time the sultan has backed down from enacting parts of Sharia law because of public outcry.
The new penal code was originally announced in 2013, but protests pushed Brunei to delay its actual enactment until April 2019, The New York Times reported.
Gay sex no longer carries capital punishment, however, homosexuality is still illegal in Brunei and punishable by jail and whippings. It is not known how long the moratorium on capital punishment will last.
Governments worldwide have in recent months been forced into action by a rise in the number of measles cases and a growing trend towards “vaccination hesitancy”, driven partly by anti-vaccination scare campaigns.
Germany’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, recorded 170 new cases of measles in the first two months of 2019 alone.
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) is a particular focus of the “anti-vaxxer” movement.
It’s more important to Democrats to focus of Russia than on President Trump’s successes.
The American media has left the Truth Building. We’re on our own.
Is God a man, a woman, or a genderless force that cannot be identified by masculine or feminine traits?
Society offers a range of ideas, but what do religious texts have to say about this immutable characteristic of God?
Dennis Prager offers some insightful answers.