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Good Samaritans find kidnapped girl

8-year-old Salem Sabatka
8-year-old Salem Sabatka

(NBC News) A young Fort Worth, Texas girl who was snatched while on a walk with her mother has been found and is now safe.

Police say 8-year-old Salem Sabatka was kidnapped while walking with her mother.

A neighbor’s doorbell camera captured the moment Salem’s mother was thrown from the suspect’s car.

Suspect arrested in deadly shooting on Alabama police responding to domestic disturbance call

Grady Wilkes in undated photo ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

The officers were met with gunfire when they responded late Sunday night to the disturbance call. Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said there is no indication that the 911 call was fake.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency described 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes as armed and extremely dangerous, wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet.

On Monday morning, the Auburn University Department of Campus Safety and Security said on Twitter that the suspect was in custody.

Las Vegas man accused of killing wife with baseball bat: police

Slobodan Miljus was arrested in Las Vegas last week on suspicion of first-degree murder, police said. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Authorities found 37-year-old Slobodan Miljus lying on a bed next to his wife in a northwest Las Vegas apartment, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a police report.

The woman reportedly had blunt force trauma wounds on her head and police found an aluminum baseball bat inside the apartment.

She was pronounced at University Medical Center, the report said.

Michigan couple sentenced for sex trafficking involving disabled woman

Michael Welch, right, and Misty George
Michael Welch, right, and Misty George were sentenced Thursday after authorities said they hired a woman with disabilities for sex while forcing her to live in a shed. (Macomb County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities said Welch and George had let the disabled woman rent a space in their mobile home then forced her to live in the shed after she was unable to pay rent.

The woman’s relatives eventually contacted police.

The couple was accused of forcing the woman, who was mentally and physically disabled, to do sexual services, which they advertised online, the court records reportedly said.

U.S. Census Bureau under fire for hiring registered child sex offender as a manager

Kenneth Mabry, 44, (NCState Bureau of Investigation)

Kenneth Mabry, 44, had been listed on the state’s sex offender registry for several years before his hiring in August by the Census Bureau, according to a FOX46 investigation.

Convicted in 2013 of the attempted molestation of an 11-year-old girl in Missouri, Mabry was sentenced to three years’ probation and was made to register as a sex offender for a minimum of ten years, FOX46 reported.

His registration seemingly went unnoticed until March 12, however, when Mabry was arrested for allegedly “engaging in a sex act” with a 9-year-old girl.

Texas father wrestles gun away, shoots intruder outside 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom: police

The suspect, who police said was in his early 30s, broke into the family’s Houston home through the ground floor window sometime after midnight, The Houston Chronicle reported.

The father of the home found an armed intruder outside his daughter’s bedroom, police said.

The suspect was taken to Southwest Memorial hospital where he was declared dead.

Prosecutors: 5 Gangster Disciples members convicted

U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in a news release Monday that each of the men was “responsible for horrific violent crimes.”

Pak says the Gangster Disciples are a national gang with Chicago roots dating back to the 1970s. The gang has a highly structured hierarchy.

Among the five convicted last week, three were high-level state leaders.

Prosecutors say Vancito Gumbs, who worked as a self-professed hitman for the gang while working as a DeKalb County police officer, was also convicted.

Tennessee church gunman hoped to kill 10 white congregants to avenge Charleston massacre, prosecutors say

Emanuel Samson
Emanuel Samson enters court in Nashville for a pre-trial hearing this past February. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Prosecutors have said they’re seeking life without parole for Samson, who faces a 43-count indictment, including a first-degree murder charge.

The shooting killed 38-year-old Melanie L. Crow of Smyrna, Tenn. She was shot in the church parking lot, and dropped her Bible and notes from a recently concluded worship ceremony, Hunter said.

“When Melanie Crow left the church that day to go to her car, she never got there because she had to pass by the defendant in his vehicle,” Hunter said.

“He shot her in her face and then three additional times in the back.”


The 32-year-old woman showed up at the emergency room concerned she was having complications with a pregnancy — she had peed herself after getting a positive result on a home pregnancy test and was having severe abdominal pains.

But she told the nurses she was transgender, and was listed as male on their charts.

The doctors who authored the report on the incident believe that resulted in wrong treatment.

Olentangy students accused of putting bodily fluids into food served to teachers

The sheriff’s office said the students are accused of peeing and ejaculating into crepes that were served to teachers in a class called “Global Gourmet.”

Staff told the resource officer video of students putting urine and semen into the crepes was circulating.

The video was discovered five to six hours after the staff had eaten the food.

Tech Watch:

Facebook Research is developing touchy-feely curious robots

AI(Artificial Intelligence) concept. metamorworks via Getty Images

Facebook on Monday shared details about three additional areas of research that could eventually lead to more capable and curious AI.

Previous research into imparting a sense of curiosity onto AI has focused on reducing uncertainty.

Facebook’s latest efforts strive for the same goal but do so in a more structured manner.

Facebook has been hard at work teaching robots how to feel. Not emotionally, but physically. And it’s leveraging a predictive deep-learning model originally designed for video.

Cybersecurity experts warn Baltimore to stop ‘playing’ with ransomware attacks

It has been two weeks since a cyberattack crippled Baltimore’s computer network. The internet thieves wanted 13 bitcoins – about $100,000 – at the beginning, but the sum has risen $10,000 per day since.

The deadline for the payment – Friday – has come and gone. The city isn’t saying whether it paid but several servers were still inoperable Monday.

“What’s frustrating with Baltimore is that it’s been quite a long time since the infection,” Daniel Tobok, CEO of Cytelligence, told Fox News.

“If they aren’t fully operational by now, why are they still playing with this?”

He also warns that if Baltimore keeps stalling, the outcome could be devastating.


FULL MEASURE: May 19, 2019 – Protecting the Border

We begin on the Southern border where the number of illegal immigrants caught by Border Patrol continues to go up.

Border Patrol says it caught more than 109-thousand illegal immigrants in April alone.

The number of “family units” apprehended is up 400% over last year.

Full Measure special correspondent Lara Logan takes us on a trip with Border Patrol by land and water for a first hand account without the hype.

Teenage migrant dies in US custody

After crossing the border illegally, the teenager was taken into custody in Texas on May 13, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.

The death of the teenage migrant follows the April 30 death of another 16-year-old migrant.

Once the teen was apprehended near Hidalgo, Texas, he was brought to a processing center and then transferred to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station Sunday.

He was due to be placed with the Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement but was found unresponsive Monday morning during a welfare check.

Feds set up massive tents in two border cities where 71% of migrant families are arriving

Customs and Border Protection officials overseeing the projects were given 30 days to plan for and install the structures, and were able to make it happen in 22 days.

The agency awarded 50 contracts in that time and quietly opened the facilities May 4.

The agency was criticized after photos published by CNN last week showed people sleeping and sitting outside a Border Patrol station in nearby McAllen, Texas, because the facilities were too crowded to accommodate everyone indoors.

The new vinyl structures are 400 feet long and 100 feet wide, and they can hold 500 people at a time.

The tents come with modern amenities and are climate-controlled to withstand the 100-degree temperatures South Texas sees during the summer months.

Illegal Alien Convicted of Raping Dog to Death Released by Sanctuary State

Fidel Lopez, 52-years-old,
Fidel Lopez, 52-years-old,

As Breitbart News reported, illegal alien Fidel Lopez, 52-years-old, was convicted last month and sentenced to 60 days in prison after raping his girlfriend’s small Lhasa Apso which led to the dog’s death.

The judge in the case said he would have given the illegal alien more prison time but that 60 days is the maximum sentence allowed in Oregon.

Following his sentence, Lopez was immediately released because he had already served 60 days while waiting to stand trial.

Despite his illegal alien status, Multnomah County, Oregon officials released Lopez back into the community.


And So It Begins …

On May 11, Rod Rosenstein left the Department of Justice after a distinguished 29-year career.

On May 13, it became public that Attorney General William Barr has tasked U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to look into the origins of the investigations into the Trump campaign.

This means Durham will receive the evidence that the teams working under DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber have been collecting for more than a year and a half.

How Obama “SURVEILLED” (I.E. Spied On) Sharyl Attkisson | Huckabee

FBI Has ‘Game-Changer’ Transcript of Informant’s Interaction With Papadopoulos, Gowdy Says

Gowdy told Fox News on May 19 that the bureau has a record of a conversation between former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and an informant sent to target him.

While several transcripts exist, one, in particular, “has the potential to actually persuade people,” Gowdy said, adding that the transcript includes exculpatory evidence that the FBI didn’t provide to a court.

“Very little in this Russia probe, I’m afraid, is going to persuade people who hate Trump, or who love Trump, but there is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public,” Gowdy said.

FULL MEASURE: May 19, 2019 – High Tech Lobbying

When Donald Trump came to Washington, it shook up the long-established money system that both Democrats and Republicans established to influence policy.

Traditional lobbying routes were disrupted.

Luke Mullens of Washingtonian magazine finds lobbyists have invented fascinating new high tech ways to reach the President and his circle.

Buttigieg’s Sunday Fox News town hall ratings double than CNN’s weekday town hall

Fox News’ town hall with Buttigieg also means it also had viewers than the town halls CNN hosted with Sens. Elizabeth Warren., D-Mass., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., all of which occurred on weekdays.

In response to their ratings with candidates, CNN has stated they do “not host presidential town halls for ratings.

We host them because substantive conversations with presidential candidates inform and empower voters to make the best possible choices for their families

Amash Gets Republican Primary Challenge 2 Days After Calling for Trump’s Impeachment

House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) speaks during a Politico Playbook Breakfast interview, at the W Hotel in Washington on April 6, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

State Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.) launched a campaign for Congress on May 20 complete with a website calling for donations.

“Congressman Justin Amash tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents,” Lower said in a statement on his campaign website.

“Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the President works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to try and bring down our President. He must be replaced and I am going to do it,” Lower added.

World News:

First Stage of Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan to Encourage Investment in West Bank, Gaza

President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall on May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem’s Old City . (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The plan will emphasize a path from “peace to prosperity” by encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to a joint statement from the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“I look forward to these important discussions about a vision that will offer Palestinians exciting new opportunities to realize their full potential,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“This workshop will engage leaders from across the entire Middle East to promote economic growth and opportunity for the people in this important region.”

President Donald Trump has called the plan the “deal of the century.” Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and regional envoy Jason Greenblatt are leading the Middle East team.

Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Ira

Map locates the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq.;
Map locates the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq.;

The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy.

No injuries were reported and no group immediately claimed the Sunday night attack.

On Monday, two influential Shiite clerics and a leading politician — all with close ties to Iran — warned that Iraq could once again get caught in the middle.

The country hosts more than 5,000 U.S. troops, and is home to powerful Iranian-backed militias, some of whom want those U.S. forces to leave.

IS claims bomb attack targeting US-backed force in Syria

Mustafa Bali is a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. He says Monday’s attack near the town of Shaddadeh caused material damage but no casualties.

IS claimed responsibility in a statement and said the blast killed or wounded eight people in the convoy.

There was no immediate comment by the U.S. military or anti-IS coalition.

Bali tweeted that the attack was an attempt by IS to disrupt the campaign to root out IS sleeper cells that are staging attacks in Syria despite their group’s territorial defeat earlier this year.

North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

In this Sunday, May 19, 2019 photo, a Guardia di Finanza patrol boat approaches the German aid group ship Sea-Watch 3 in the waters off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, southern Italy(Elio Desiderio/ANSA via AP)

The Iraqi men were found before midnight Sunday in a truck with Bulgarian license plates.

Police said Monday the driver was detained and the migrants were transferred to a shelter in the southern town of Gevgelija and would be deported to Greece.

Authorities say the eight illegally entered North Macedonia from Greece and were aiming to head through Serbia on to other European countries.

Explosion hits tourist bus in Egypt’s Giza

Tourists seen near damaged bus from the aftermath of an explosion near the Grand Egyptian Museum (Photo: Egyptian Red Crescent)

Security sources said earlier that at least 14 people were injured in the explosion near the Ring Road in Giza.

“A device exploded and shattered the glass of a bus carrying 25 people from South Africa,” the ministry said on its official Facebook page.

Some people, including four Egyptians in a nearby car, were wounded by broken glass from the two vehicles, state TV said in a video shared by the ministry.

Cop kills ex, then himself in Brazil government building

Debora Tereza Correia, 43, was shot three times and died immediately. The officer’s body was found next to hers, Education Secretary Rafael Parente told The Associated Press.

He said the shooter had entered the building normally, identified himself and said he was going to the third floor to speak with Correia.

“The employees heard the shots and then found the two bodies lying in the hallway,” said Parente, who added that he was not in the building when the shooting happened. “Everyone is in shock. Several of them needed medical assistance.”


How About Some “Adversity Points” For Hardworking Kids Of Hardworking Parents?

“Adversity scores” are manifestly not designed to cull out those applicants with the least adversity.

They are designed to cull out your kids in favor of kids in the political demographics the elite prefers. The schools the admissions racketeers gatekeep are the gateways to the elite, and the likes of our spawn need not apply.

The talented kids of middle managers, soldiers or other uncool people who probably go to church and do not even subscribe to the New York Times? Forget it.

This is another way for our garbage ruling class to promote “diversity,” by which it means a wide range of people who can be brainwashed into sharing the elite’s liberal elitist views.

“Adversity scores” seek to impose (illegal) racial, political and socio-economic quotas without actually saying so by pretending that this is just a new objective, transparent and fair way to evaluate the “whole person.”

But, of course, this is obviously baloney, and that’s why they want to hide the process from examination.