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Oysters from Mexico region linked to gastrointestinal illness outbreak, California officials say

The illness could potentially affect residents in other counties across California, as the raw oysters, which were later determined to be infected with various sickness-causing pathogens such as Vibrio parahaemolyticus and norovirus, were distributed statewide, officials said.

“CDPH continues to work closely with local health jurisdictions to collect information about the cases.

Traceback evidence collected to date confirms that the oysters were harvested from Estero El Cardon.


Colorado School Shooting Suspect Shared Anti-Trump Facebook Post, Report Says

Police and others are seen outside a recreation center
Police and others are seen outside a recreation center where students are reunited with their parents, in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo., after a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch May 7, 2019. (David Zalubowski/AP)

One day after Election Day in 2016, he shared a video from Seth Myers’ “Late Night” show that criticized Trump.

The Post highlighted one post he made in May 2014 that blasted Christianity and the Bible.

In 2015, he also shared a pro-Obama post from left-wing Facebook page Occupy Democrats.

The report didn’t highlight any other posts referring to social issues or politics.


Trump says GM will sell Ohio plant to electric truck company Workhorse Group


GM’s Lordstown plant in November. Getty Images

Shares of Workhorse rallied as much as 86% to $1.27 after the presidential tweet, its highest since September. The stock is down 90% from a record closing high of $11.41 on April 7, 2016.

A GM spokesperson said the car maker would have “a statement” at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

Workhorse’s website was down after Trump’s tweet and the company’s phone lines were constantly busy.


Pentagon suspends war remains effort with North Korea

In a statement on Wednesday, the Pentagon’s Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said it has had no communication with North Korean authorities since the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in January.

The Pentagon agency said that as a result, it is suspending efforts to negotiate terms of remains recovery operations during the budget year ending Sept. 30.


Homeless woman found bound, gagged in California faked kidnapping, cops say

Police said a woman lied when she claimed she was kidnapped and taken to the vacant house in Santa Ana, Calif. (FOXLA)

A property manager called police in Santa Ana about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after he went to check on the city-owned house and noticed the garage door was open and a padlock on the back door, FOXLA reported.

He told officers he heard moaning inside the property, prompting officers to cut the lock off.

Police freed the woman, who was not identified, and began investigating the alleged kidnapping as she received medical attention.


Authorities identify man killed in LAPD officer-involved shooting

Arriving officers were fired upon by the suspect, with the bullets striking the police vehicle, LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said.

The officers returned fire and called for help, police said. More officers arrived and those officers also opened fire on the still armed man, Aguilar said.

Emilio Luis Robles, 47, of Los Angeles died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred after officers went to 113th Street near Wilmington Avenue about 11 p.m. April 30 on a call of a man with a gun, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.


Naked New Jersey man under the influence of drugs attacks baby in stroller, police say


Stephon Whitfield was allegedly under the influence of narcotics. 
(Atlantic County Justice Facility)

Whitfield had no clothes on when he grabbed the child and slammed him down in the carriage, WCAU-TV reported, citing a criminal complaint.

Doctors treated the baby, who lost a tooth in the attack, for non-life threatening injuries, including scratches, bruising and swelling to his mouth and face, the complaint said.

Bystanders attacked Whitfield, pulled him off the baby and called police, the station reported.


Baltimore hit by ransomware attack, forcing officials to shut down city’s servers

Thousands of city employees were told Tuesday to unplug their computers and some departments even sent their workers home for the day as experts tried to stop the cyber bleeding after the ransomware virus spread throughout the network.

This was not the first time Baltimore has been hit. Last year, the city’s 911 dispatch system was compromised, leading to a 17-hour shutdown.

Don Norris, a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun that the city’s repeat victimization underscores how municipal governments struggle to keep computer networks out of the hands of hackers.


UTAH COMMUNITY DECLARES ITSELF A SANCTUARY CITY — FOR THE UNBORN

Riverton is believed to be the second such initiative anywhere in the United States. Roswell, New Mexico, recently passed a similar resolution and Raleigh, North Carolina is poised to do so, as well.

The resolution was sponsored by Councilwoman Tawnee McCay, who delivered an emotional appeal for support for the resolution that establishes “the community as a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn,’” which was answered by applause from the crowd, according to the Tribune.


Increasing calls for Brian Sims to ‘immediately resign’ for harassing pro-lifers


Democratic state representative in Pennsylvania Brian Sims.

Sims, in a video posted online after the controversy, said he “can do better,” stopping short of an apology.

Planned Parenthood said it did “not condone…Sims’ approach” but called him a “champion” on pro-choice issues.

Ashley Garecht, the mother of two of the teens targeted by Sims, ages 13 and 15, told Fox News they didn’t know he was an elected official when he started verbally attacking them for their skin color, religion, and political ideology.

Planned Parenthood protester harassed by Dem lawmaker speaks out

Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims recorded himself outside Planned Parenthood; Ashley Garecht recalls being confronted by Sims on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


Pro-Life Protest Planned After Pennsylvania Lawmaker Calls for Doxxing Pro-Life Teenage Girls


The Planned Parenthood clinic in Center City, Pennsylvania. (Google Maps)

A number of prominent conservatives said they were planning to attend the May 10 protest outside the clinic, including Abby Johnson, whose story of leaving Planned Parenthood was recently made into the movie, “Unplanned.”

Live Action founder Lila Rose, Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh, and Ashley Garecht were also planning on attending.

Garecht was the woman in the video and two of the three girls Sims was trying to doxx were her daughters.

“It’s time for the pro-life movement to show abortion supporters that their attempts to bully and berate us will not go unnoticed or unchecked.
We will hold them accountable for their despicable behavior,” said Johnson.

“No women’s rights organizations have condemned his hate speech or bullying of an elderly woman.”

Politics:


HOUSE DEMOCRATS THREATEN TO CUT OFF PAY FOR SOME TRUMP OFFICIALS

The House Oversight Committee issued the warning Tuesday, targeting management in the Interior, Commerce and Justice Departments, the Washington Examiner reported.

Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is also the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, sought interviews with officials relating to a House investigation into why the 2020 census will include a question about American citizenship.


Dems to decide Thursday whether to go to court for Trump’s taxes

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.,
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said he plans to huddle with House lawyers on Thursday and will make the final decision then.

He and other senior Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have already raised the prospect of skipping a subpoena and going directly to court after being repeatedly rebuffed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.


Trump bashes Warren, calls on Republicans to vote against Native American land bill

“Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren,” Trump tweeted. “It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!”

The tribe is seeking to have its land held in trust after Trump’s Interior Department overturned an Obama-era decision and ruled against a casino project on the reservation.

Some congressional Republicans have voiced their concerns over the planned casino given that the tribe is currently embroiled in a financial scandal involving Genting Malaysia, a multinational gaming conglomerate that has already invested almost a billion dollars in the project.

The legislation is also opposed by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head— a sister tribe of the Mashpee tribe –


Ken Starr bashes Mueller report: ‘Special counsel overkill’

Starr also criticized Mueller’s memo, though, calling it a “whiny complaint” that was “leaked on the very eve of Bill Barr’s testimony.”

“It is special counsel overkill. [The] special counsel is an independent counsel, go the extra, extra mile to be thorough. An occupational hazard.

“The point of this report is simply to say why I prosecuted or why I didn’t prosecute. This is not a term paper,” Starr said.

“We don’t want that anymore. We simply want to restore the Justice Department traditions, provide a confidential report, Mr. Special counsel, or Ms. Special counsel, to the attorney general and then the attorney general will provide an explanation, not the report.”


WHITE HOUSE: NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT HAS LOOKED AT LESS REDACTED MUELLER REPORT

“Not a single Democrat has even taken the time to go and look at it,” Sanders told reporters, referring to the less redacted version made available to select members of Congress.

“They’re asking for information they know they can’t have. The attorney general is actually upholding the law.”

House Democrats voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, because he has refused to turn over a totally unredacted version of the Mueller report, and additional underlying materials.

The White House says that would improperly reveal sensitive information, such as information from grand jury proceedings that is confidential by law.

Immigration:


Appeals court allows Trump administration to send back asylum seekers to Mexico to wait out court process

The court order reversed a decision by a San Francisco judge that would have blocked the policy — giving President Trump a temporary victory on immigration.

The case must still be considered on its merits at a lower court in San Francisco and could end up at the Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled April 8 that the policy should be halted while a lawsuit, filed on behalf of 11 asylum applicants and several other organizations, proceeds.

Laura Ingraham gets a first-hand look at the border crisis in Texas

‘The Ingraham Angle’ joins U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for an exclusive look at the border crossing in Del Rio, Texas.

Ingraham: On the border of insanity

Illegal immigrants jump into the Rio Grande to be rescued by border agents in order to be ferried to the other side.


TOM COTTON ON IMMIGRATION: WE NEED DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS, NOT LOW-SKILLED WORKERS

“The president wanted to lay out two broad approaches to immigration reform. The first is immediate and urgent,” Cotton said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends,” describing the president’s immigration reform package.

“It’s addressing the crisis at our southern border where we had over 100,000 illegal border crossing apprehensions last month.”

What we need is more people who are doctors or computer scientists, engineers,” Cotton continued Tuesday.

“Today we have way too many people coming into the country who are unskilled workers or low skilled workers, and that’s driving down American wages.


Border crisis worsens: 100,000 border crossers arrested in April, highest since 2007

Department of Homeland Security numbers show U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California apprehended 98,977 people who crossed between ports of entry in areas that do and do not have barriers.

A total 109,144 people were encountered at the border in April. On top of the 99,000 unauthorized crossings, another 10,000 people attempted to pass through border crossings but were turned away.

April’s numbers are up from 103,000 in March — 92,600 people who illegally crossed the southern border and nearly 11,000 people encountered by federal police approaching ports of entry but turned away, including asylum seekers.

World News:


US Would be Happy to Leave China Tariffs in Place, Trump Says

He also said any hope by the Chinese regime to renegotiate a future trade deal with a Democratic presidential administration would go unfulfilled.

“The reason for the China pullback & attempted renegotiation of the Trade Deal is the sincere HOPE that they will be able to “negotiate” with Joe Biden or one of the very weak Democrats, and thereby continue to ripoff the United States (($500 Billion a year)) for years to come,” Trump wrote in a tweet.

“Guess what, that’s not going to happen! China has just informed us that they (Vice-Premier) are now coming to the U.S. to make a deal. We’ll see, but I am very happy with over $100 Billion a year in Tariffs filling U.S. coffers,” he added.


Pompeo Defends Religious Freedom During Meetings in London

“I know that this area of freedom of religion and belief has been a priority of American foreign policy for a long time and that you’ve pushed it forward very hard Mr. Secretary,” current Arch Bishop Justin Welby said during his opening remarks.

“One of the things we’re concerned about is that foreign policy takes into account the impact and the importance of freedom of religion and belief.”

Welby expressed concerns about the near elimination of Christians in the Middle East. In 2016, the State Department officially declared ISIS was waging genocide against Christians and other minority groups.

“President Trump has made clear that he wants religious freedom to be an essential part of what his administration wants to stand for, so you’ve seen us do that at the America State Department,” Pompeo said to a group made up of Christians, Jews and Muslims. “It’s central to our founding.”


Trump announces sweeping sanctions on Iran’s metal industries

Noting that Iran gains significant revenue through metal exports, the order states that it is U.S. policy to deny the Iranian government funds that “may be used to provide funding and support for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorist groups and networks, campaigns of regional aggression, and military expansion.”

In a written statement after issuing the order, Trump said the sanctions would have a big impact on Iran’s economy.

The administration has already targeted oil — Iran’s biggest export — in recent months.

“Today’s action targets Iran’s revenue from the export of industrial metals — 10% of its export economy — and puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated,” Trump said.

“Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct.”


Explosion Near Sufi Shrine Kills 9 in Lahore, Pakistan: Police


Security officials and members of a bomb disposal team survey the site after a blast in Lahore, Pakistan May 8, 2019. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters)

The blast, one day after the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, took place close to the Data Darbar, one of the largest shrines in South Asia, which was cordoned off by security forces.

“Police was the prime target in this attack. We are collecting forensic pieces of evidence to ascertain the nature of the blast.

This attack has left nine dead and 24 injured,” said Ashfaq Khan, deputy inspector general of police operations in Lahore.

Sufis, who follow a mystical form of Islam that has been practiced in Pakistan for centuries, have been attacked by hardline Islamic terrorists in the past but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.


UK and Ireland agree on residency for citizens post-Brexit


British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister’s Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
(Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

The two governments signed a deal Wednesday to continue the U.K.-Ireland common travel area regardless of what the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union end up being.

The date and terms of Brexit are uncertain due to political gridlock in Britain.

The agreement means citizens can live, work, study, receive health care and vote in either country.

Commentary/Opinion:


High-Speed Alternatives to High-Speed Rai

These initiatives may or may not pan out, but as Pacific Research Institute fellow Bartlett Cleland says, whether the market deems them successes or failures, “the risk will be borne by investors”—not taxpayers.

The same can’t be said of California’s high-speed rail; taxpayers may have to cover nearly all its construction costs.

It’s time for the Golden State to shelve this unworkable project and start looking at alternatives that might actually succeed in moving people around the state ten years from now.

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