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The situation unfolded with a shooting at a plumbing company along Highway 321 in Cleveland, where deputies found a dead woman, said Capt. Ken DeFoor, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Two others were shot; their conditions are unknown.
A deputy followed the suspect, and gunshots were exchanged as the suspect pulled into a veterinary clinic parking lot down the road, DeFoor said.
The deputy was shot in the neck and was airlifted to a hospital in Houston in stable condition, the spokesman said.
Authorities have identified the suspect as Pavol Vido.
“Consumer Confidence posted another gain in May and is now back to levels seen last Fall, when the Index was hovering near 18-year highs,” Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a May 28 release.
“The increase in the Present Situation Index was driven primarily by employment gains,” Franco said, also adding that “consumers expect the economy to continue growing at a solid pace in the short-term, and despite weak retail sales in April, these high levels of confidence suggest no significant pullback in consumer spending in the months ahead.”
An astonishing 57% of patients left before seeing a doctor due to the delay — that constitutes roughly 352,000 persons leaving without fully addressing their medical conditions.
Emergency room visits grew 20 percent from 2012 to 2017. That translates to an additional 2.4 million patients on top of the already over-taxed hospitals.
Given the hundreds of billions spent on health care, it is incredible to think of having to sit for an average of 5 1/2 hours to just see a doctor. What is worse, the wait times are even longer in four states — Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
According to the U.S. Secret Service, the man set himself ablaze at 12:20 p.m. EST near 15th Street and Constitution Ave., located south of the White House. National Park Service and U.S. Park Police provided first aid to the individual.
Social media users shared footage of the incident with one showing law enforcement scrambling to the scene of the fire. The video shows what appears to be a fire extinguisher used on the fire.
Attorney for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who is accused of multiple war crimes, says he will ask for trial dismissal at May 29 hearing
In the most recent hearing, May 22, Parlatore and three other defense attorneys, and Czaplak, discussed email tracking and its link to leaked documents in Gallagher’s case.
Parlatore, at the time, reiterated his claims that emails containing tracking devices were distributed to 13 lawyers and paralegals on the defense team, as well as to the editor of Navy Times.
The defense has argued that the case should be dismissed on grounds of alleged misconduct by the Navy prosecutor, agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the presiding judge.
Parlatore has accused Navy lawyers of conducting illegal surveillance of defense attorneys and news media with the help of a tracking beacon that he said was able to follow more than just when the email was opened and to whom it was forwarded.
In court, Navy prosecutors said the email “auditing tools” they used were designed merely to detect the flow of emails without revealing their content.
The sentence given Tuesday for Emanuel Samson, 27, includes no possibility of parole.
Last week, the jury found him guilty of 43 charges, including one count of first-degree murder for the death of Melanie Crow.
Samson shot her while she walked through the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ on Sept. 24, 2017, and then walked into the church and opened fire, injuring seven others.
According to an arrest report cited by NBC Miami, Natasha Bagley, 42, was arrested on May 27. She and Genesis Peguero, 27, had allegedly asked for free french fries at the drive-thru of the fast food restaurant, at 18240 South Dixie Highway, on April 2 just before 5 p.m.
But an employee refused to give them the desired fried potato snacks. Minutes later, the two women parked their car and walked into the restaurant. Peguero proceeded to jump over the counter, according to the arrest report.
The woman told police she and Ricky Caldwell were riding around in a vehicle when she told him that she was breaking up with him May 23.
The 33-year-old reportedly became “irate” and started punching her in the face. Once he stopped, she said he stepped on the gas, stating “we’re both about to die.”
Scared for her life, the woman told him she loved him, effectively calming him down so she could get home safely.
According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where a doctor said the 5-week-old child “had been admitted to St. Luke’s Medical Center and was in respiratory failure.”
Hospital personnel administered two doses of Narcan on the baby before the child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Officers spoke with the child’s mother who said she left the baby with Anderson, the child’s father, on May 6th. She said when she got home from work, Anderson told her the baby was “sleeping all day and would not drink from her bottle.”
Police said they believe Alexander William Whipple is involved in the disappearance — and the 21-year-old man, who’s Elizabeth’s uncle, has not been cooperative with police.
Whipple has been charged with misdemeanors that range from failing to stop at the command of law enforcers to failing to disclose his identity.
Officials said he’s also charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.
Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen told reporters Tuesday Whipple is at the center of the girl’s disappearance.
“We have strong evidence connecting Alex to Lizzy’s disappearance,” Jensen said. “He’s definitely our suspect right now.”
Charges include indecency with a child by sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child.
Of the nine felony charges, eight were involved a child or minor.
The county spent months refusing to release the video and disciplinary records and did so after the start of mediation between the county and cleveland.com.
County officials also twice released Clark’s personnel file to cleveland.com while withholding the documents of his disciplinary case, once in February and again on March 15.
A spokeswoman for the county and spokesman for the sheriff’s office have also repeatedly not answered questions or said they did not know whether Clark was disciplined in the case.
“Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions,” Kessler wrote, adding that abortion advocates “hurt their cause” with such unproven claims.
He added that the information was “debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood,” and that the claim relies on statistics from before antibiotics were being used, when fatal complications were far more likely.
The Court reversed the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that Indiana’s fetal remains law involved a state interest that was not “legitimate.”
In a nearly unanimous decision, the Court ruled that Indiana did indeed have a “legitimate” reason to prohibit the inhuman disposal of human remains, noting that even Planned Parenthood did not claim that this law would prevent women from obtaining abortions.
As Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his concurrence, “Indiana law prohibits abortion providers from treating the bodies of aborted children as ‘infectious waste’ and incinerating them alongside used needles, laboratory-animal carcasses, and surgical byproducts. …
The brief is signed by a who’s-who of officials from the Obama era, including John Brennan, CIA director from 2013 to 2017; James Clapper, director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017; John Kerry, secretary of state from 2013 to 2017; Susan Rice, U.N. ambassador from 2009 to 2013; Samantha Power, U.N. ambassador from 2013 to 2017; Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013; Leon Panetta, secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013; and Chuck Hagel, secretary of defense from 2013 to 2015.
The 62 officials argue that the border crisis is a “nonexistent threat” and “a manufactured crisis that rests on falsehoods and fearmongering.”
“There is no factual basis for the declaration of a national emergency for the purpose of circumventing the appropriations process and reprogramming billions of dollars in funding to construct a wall at the southern border,” the officials state in the brief.
City says private border wall didn’t have building permit and orders construction to ‘cease and desist’
The project doesn’t have proper permits to proceed because an application filed was incomplete, Sunland Park spokesman Peter Ibarbo told CNN.
Brian Kolfage, whose GoFundMe campaign raised more than $20 million to build the wall on private property, disputed the city’s assessment, describing the “cease and desist” order as political intimidation.
Construction at the site halted Tuesday after the order was received, Kolfage said, and attorneys for his group, We Build the Wall, met with city officials about permits Tuesday evening.
The border wall funding organization known as “We Build the Wall” began construction earlier this week, and has already built about a mile of its wall near the New Mexico-Texas state line.
Representatives for trade bodies that lobby on behalf of debt collectors, banks, health-care providers and other businesses met with Federal Communications Commission officials last week, urging them to delay a planned June 6 vote on the matter and instead seek public comment, people who attended the meeting said.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this month said the commission would vote on a measure allowing phone companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to analyze network traffic to spot and block unwanted robocalls without running afoul of federal rules.
“It’s smoke and mirrors if anything,” said a current Google employee who, as with the others quoted in this story, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
“Artificial intelligence is not that artificial; it’s human beings that are doing the work.”
The Google employee works on Pygmalion, the team responsible for producing linguistic data sets that make the Assistant work.
And although he is employed directly by Google, most of his Pygmalion coworkers are subcontracted temps who have for years been routinely pressured to work unpaid overtime, according to seven current and former members of the team.
Having these two tiers of workers – highly paid full-time Googlers and often low-wage and precarious workers contracted through staffing firms – is “corrosive”, “highly problematic”, and “permissive of exploitation”, the employees said.
“It’s like a white-collar sweatshop,” said one current Google employee. “If it’s not illegal, it’s definitely exploitative.
It’s to the point where I don’t use the Google Assistant, because I know how it’s made, and I can’t support it
Amazon.com Inc. is updating its Alexa voice software to let users delete recordings of their voice using a spoken command, a move that follows criticism of the company’s privacy practices related to its digital assistant.
A coming set of updates will offer users who have opted in online the ability to say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” or, similarly, delete their most recent utterance. Previously, the only way to remove recordings was a tool on the Alexa privacy website.
Meanwhile, a coalition of children’s and privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Amazon had violated children’s privacy laws by giving parents insufficient control of their kids’ data.
And CNET reported that even after users delete Alexa voice recordings, a text record of that information lingers on Amazon’s servers. (Amazon said it was working on an update that would remove those text records from all of its systems after a user tries to delete them.)
Special Counsel Robert Mueller closes Russia probe, says charging Trump with a crime was ‘not an option’
Mueller, spaking from the Justice Department Wednesday morning, detailed the findings of the Russia investigation, underscoring the contention in his report that there “was not sufficient evidence to charge a conspiracy” over whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
But Mueller did not mince words on the special counsel’s inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose committee would play a starring role in any impeachment effort, said during a New York City press conference on Wednesday afternoon,
“With respect to [the] impeachment question, at this point all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”
Mueller’s statement triggered an avalanche of calls from 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, and puts pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted calls so far from Democrats to pursue impeachment.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted that there is a “legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.”
DOJ watchdog: Former FBI official illegally leaked court docs, disclosed ‘sensitive’ information and took gift from media
The investigative summary released Wednesday specifically found by a preponderance of evidence that the DAD had “engaged in misconduct when the DAD accepted a ticket, valued at approximately $225, to attend a media-sponsored dinner, as a gift from a member of the media, in violation of federal regulations and FBI policy.”
Nevertheless, the inspector general (IG) indicated, without explanation, that “prosecution of the DAD [deputy assistant director] was declined.”
The investigation’s findings will be referred to the FBI for potential further action, the IG said.
The official became the second high-level FBI employee to be formally rebuked by the IG over media contacts seen as improper.
John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, and John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, are conducting independent parallel probes into the FBI and DOJ. Last week, President Trump authorized Attorney General William Barr to declassify and release materials pertinent to the reviews.
The report, albeit heavily redacted, was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Knight First Amendment Institute (KFAI) at Columbia University and the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF).
The subpoenas covered a period between April 1, 2012, and May 10, 2012, as part of an investigation into who leaked classified documents that the AP used to produce several articles about the CIA foiling a Yemen-based plot to put a bomb on an airliner.
Judicial Watch: Former Asst. Sec. of State for Diplomatic Security Testifies Under Oath that He Warned Hillary Clinton Twice About Unsecure BlackBerrys and Personal Emails
Boswell, who was responsible for securing classified and national security information, stated that Clinton and her staff were “wedded to their BlackBerrys.”
Additionally, he stated that he and other former State Department employees “were surprised” that Clinton used clintonemail.com to conduct official government business.
“Thanks to our court-ordered discovery, we now have confirmation that Hillary Clinton was warned by the top security official in the State Department that unsecure Blackberry and email use was a security risk, yet Hillary Clinton ignored these warnings,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
In June 2017, Judicial Watch submitted evidence to Judge Sullivan showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knowingly used an unsecure BlackBerry device despite being warned by “security hawks” against doing so.
Christopher Steele, Who Created Dossier Claiming Russia Collusion, Will Not Cooperate With DOJ Investigation: REPORT
Steele cooperated fully with the FBI when he was providing them his information. He leaked his findings to various news outlets as well, which eventually ran with the unverified claims because they hurt Trump.
Steele also cooperated with Mueller’s investigation.
But now that the origins of the investigation, which cited the Steele dossier as evidence to obtain warrants against various Trump campaign officials, are under investigation, Steele does not want to cooperate, according to Reuters.
Reuters, speaking to a “source close to Steele’s London-based private investigation firm, Orbis Business Intelligence,” reported that Steele would not answer questions from prosecutor John Durham, who was named by Attorney General William Barr to handle the investigation.
“I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” Pelosi told California’s KQED.
“We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians.
I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong,” she said, according to KQED. “I can take it. … But [Facebook is] lying to the public.”
Russia likely violating nuclear test ban treaty by conducting secret operations on island, officials say
Analysts who spoke to The Wall Street Journal say they believe Moscow is carrying out very low-yield nuclear tests on Novaya Zemlya, a remote archipelago, in order to bolster their weapons capabilities.
“The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,” Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s director, said in a speech at the Hudson Institute Think Tank.
Trump administration officials told The Wall Street Journal that other intelligence agencies share the same view.
“Will rare earths become a counter weapon for China to hit back against the pressure the United States has put on for no reason at all?
The answer is no mystery,” said the People’s Daily, the official publication of the ruling Communist Party. The editorial ran under the headline “United States, don’t underestimate China’s ability to strike back.”
China dominates trade in rare earths, a group of 17 chemical compounds used to create items ranging from batteries to smartphones.
They are also in military equipment. China accounted for 71% of the rare earths mined last year, about 120,000 metric tons, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Tan was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2016 and decided not to receive chemotherapy. In October 2016, Tan checked in to Fuling Central Hospital of Chongqing City in China for glucose and amino acid injections, since she had been feeling weak and wanted some nutritional support.
But instead of giving her glucose or amino acid, the hospital prescribed the more expensive safflower yellow injections, a type of TCM injection.
In spite of the thousands of adverse reactions every year, the TCM injection is still a billion-dollar industry in China and it’s barely regulated due to its huge profitability.
One of the worst cases of the adverse effect caused by TCM injections happened in 2006, when at least 44 people were killed from the injections of Houttuynia cordata, a herb also known as fish mint.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was reportedly doused with kerosene at school and burned to death after filing a complaint with local police in late March, alleging that the principal at her Islamic school, Siraj Ud Doula, inappropriately touched her repeatedly, according to the BBC.
Doula, who was reportedly targeted in the complaint, is among those charged. Police claim he ordered her murder from prison when she refused to drop the charges against him.
A Pew poll found that in Jordan 99 percent have an unfavorable view towards Jews, and the same in Lebanon. In Egypt, it’s 98 percent. And so on.
Even in Muslim-majority Indonesia, where there has never been more than a couple of thousand of Jews living at one time, 76 percent have an unfavorable view.
“Speak up, now, when you glimpse evidence of anti-Semitism, particularly within your own ranks, or risk enabling the spread of this deadly virus,” advises a New York Times editorial that fails to mention the words “Ihan Omar,” “Rashida Tlaib,” “Women’s March,” “Black Congressional Caucus,” or anything about the Democratic Party’s complicity in enabling these people and groups, for that matter.
To be fair, as far as New York Times editorials go, this isn’t the worst. It does, however, engage in the ugly leftist habit of blaming Jews for engendering hatred against themselves while downplaying inconvenient facts about anti-Semitism in Europe.
The women, from Nicaragua, Ecuador and Guatemala, filed cases against their governments on Wednesday for failing to provide appropriate healthcare and denying them abortions, even when it was their legal right to have one.
Now aged between 18 and 23, the women were 14 or younger when they were raped. All were attacked by older men and dropped out of school after discovering they were pregnant.
Although each of the women filed a police complaint, no one was ever arrested or charged in connection with the attacks.
The cases are being being brought on behalf of the women by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a US-based legal NGO, and Planned Parenthood Global, with law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, as well as local partners.
Venezuelan criminals curse economic crisis, complain that bullets are unaffordable, people have no money to steal
In something of an unexpected silver lining to the country’s all-consuming economic crunch, experts say armed assaults and killings are plummeting in one of the world’s most violent nations.
At the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a Caracas-based nonprofit group, researchers estimate homicides have plunged up to 20% over the last three years based on tallies from media clippings and sources at local morgues.
When night falls, streets in Caracas clear as most residents abide by an undeclared curfew out of fear for their safety.
Despite the significant drop in killings, Venezuelans tend not to gaze at their cellphones in the streets. Many leave gold and silver wedding rings in secure places at home, while others have grown accustomed to checking whether they are being followed.
Electrifying footage shows the moment Russian Soyuz rocket is struck by lightning during launch — and STILL manages to lift off successfully
The electrical discharge hit the Soyuz both on its nose fairing and its third-stage booster segment, according to the spacecraft’s on-board instruments.
The rocket continued its 3.5 hour flight into a low-Earth orbit, where it proceeded to deliver its satellite payload on schedule.
‘During the liftoff, lightning struck the nose fairing and the third stage of the carrier rocket,’ an unidentified source in the Russian space industry told the Russian News Agency TASS.
‘The incident did not affect the operation of the carrier rocket’s systems, as Soyuz spacecraft are equipped with the protection mechanism against such phenomena,’ the source added.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion, in which he addressed the pro-abortion movement’s well-known history with eugenics, and how the Court’s decision not to rule on the Indiana statute leaves an open question on whether eugenic abortions are protected by the Constitution.
Thomas’ argument is two-fold. First, embracing abortion for the sake of eugenics was an endorsed practice and long-held belief of early 20th century progressive leaders.
Second, with the development of more accurate prenatal tests, aborting children with unwanted characteristics is a modern threat disguised as “reproductive health services.”
Indeed, 21st century progressives often engage in a revisionist history of their early 20th century counterparts’ embrace of eugenics.
But Thomas recounts the lengthy history Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger had with the practice of population control. In 1921, she wrote that “the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit’ [is] admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization” and that “the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.”
The racist work of Planned Parenthood today is built on the foundational beliefs of their predecessors, Sanger and Guttmacher. Seventy-eight percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in minority communities.
Blacks make up 12.1 percent of the U.S. population, but 35 percent of the country’s abortions. In his opinion, Thomas cites New York Department of Health data that states, “there are areas of New York City in which black children are more likely to be aborted than they are to be born alive—and are up to eight times more likely to be aborted than white children in the same area.”