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News and Headlines. 6/18/2019


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In The News:

Terrifying video shows diver fighting off giant octopus

A diver from Mayak Gamov, Russia was exploring the Sea of Japan when the massive mollusk swam up to him and latched on.

For a few harrowing seconds, the octopus started to swim towards the depths of the ocean.

In the frightening footage, the octopus appears to use its sharp beak, hidden by its mouth, to bite the diver.

The diver eventually managed to break away from the creature unharmed and the octopus swam away.

Libyan National Found Guilty of Terrorism Charges in Attacks on US Embassy in Benghazi

A burnt building at the U.S. consulate compound in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Sept. 13, 2012, following an attack late on Sept. 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. nationals were killed.
(Gianluigi Guercia / AFP / Getty Images)

Mustafa al-Imam, 48, was found guilty on June 13 of conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and placing lives in jeopardy.

He faces nearly 35 years in prison for participating in the attack, which culminated in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and U.S. government personnel Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

The trial began May 8, wherein the government presented testimony from 27 witnesses, some of whom were wounded in the attack on Benghazi attack.

“We will never forget those we lost in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 — Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens,” Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division John Demers wrote in the statement.

Arizona man beheaded roommate’s dog as she moved out, police say

21-year-old Jose Vega Meza
21-year-old Jose Vega Meza

The Buckeye Police Department said the woman was moving out of a home she shared with 21-year-old Jose Vega Meza in the Phoenix suburb on Saturday when she lost track of her dog.

The woman and her friends later say Meza attempted to load a small box onto a moving truck without being seen.

When the woman confronted Meza about the box, she told police the 21-year-old just smiled back at her, FOX10 reported.

Alabama man allegedly fed ‘attack squirrel’ meth to keep it aggressive: officials

Mickey Paulk, 35, is wanted for multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance. (Limestone County Sheriff’s Office)

One man, identified as Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested at the scene, but the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for another suspect — the alleged “caretaker” of the squirrel — identified as Mickey Paulk, 35.

The sheriff’s office said that prior to the drug raid, officials were told Paulk kept an “attack squirrel” in his home, AL.com reported. It’s illegal in Alabama to have a pet squirrel.

Former OC attorney faces trials for 2nd wife’s death, alleged death threat to 3rd wife

Lonnie Loren Kocontes
Lonnie Loren Kocontes

Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 61, was already charged with the murder of his second wife, Micki Kanesaki – whose body was found floating off of the coast of Paola, Italy in May 2006 – when prosecutors in 2015 alleged that he plotted with a pair of jail inmates to kill his third wife.

As a result of Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard M. King’s ruling, Kocontes is now facing two trials.

Prosecutors allege that Kocontes took steps to murder Kanesaki on a cruise while the couple was living in Orange County.

They allege the killing was carried out in part to get access to more than $1 million in their joint account.

Man arrested after allegedly rushing Phoenix airport security checkpoint, injuring security officers

The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. in Terminal 4, KNXV-TV reported. Security officers and Phoenix police officers intervened and he was arrested.

One TSA officer was taken to a hospital and the other to an urgent care facility, according to the news station. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Air China Pilots Involved in Scheme to Send US Technology With Military Applications to China, Authorities Allege

Military vehicles carrying missiles drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing
Military vehicles carrying missiles drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015. (Rolex Dela Pena – Pool /Getty Images)

In January 2018, the FBI arrested Americans Yi-Chi Shih and Kiet Anh Mai for allegedly buying microchips that can be used for military applications from a U.S. company under the pretense that they were for domestic use, while scheming to send the technology to China. 

A third suspect, Canadian Ishiang Shih—a professor at McGill University and Yi-Chi Shih’s brother—is also charged by U.S. authorities in relation to the case, although he hasn’t yet been extradited and is free in Canada.

Documents related to the ongoing court proceedings of Yi-Chi Shih in California allege his involvement in sending restricted technology to China began as early as 2005. 

Prosecutors say from this time until 2009, he shipped microchips to his contacts in China either via Singapore or by giving them to Air China pilots in Los Angeles to fly to China.

That Male Feminist Who Roundhouse Kicked A Pro-Life Woman? He Just Got Some Bad Legal News.

As previously reported by The Daily Wire, Hunt also faced repercussions at work; the hairstylist was quickly let go from his job at Noble Studio 101 Hair Studio.

“It has been brought to our attention that Jordan has been caught on camera assaulting an innocent bystander at a pro life rally.

We don’t condone his actions and he has been let go.

We believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and the right to voice their opinion without fear of physical violence,” the studio wrote in an Instagram post.

University of California Attacks Trump Administration’s Restriction on Fetal Tissue Research

This week, Campus Reform highlighted a battle between the Trump administration and the University of California system over medical research involving fetal tissue.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that the Trump administration had adopted a restriction on fetal tissue research.

The restrictions also marked the end of a $2 million annual contract with the University of California San Francisco for fetal tissue research.

Google pledges $1 billion toward Bay Area housing crisis

The allocation comes as Google and other tech giants face criticism for contributing to higher rents in the Bay Area.

Google, which was founded in Mountain View, California, 20 years ago, has also been aggressively expanding in the area.

The company has major real estate developments underway in nearby San Francisco, San Jose and Sunnyvale.

Google said it’ll repurpose $750 million worth of its land, which is currently zoned for commercial and office space, to build 15,000 residential homes.

That will include housing for mid- and lower-income people, the company said. Google will also create a $250 million investment fund that provides incentives to real estate developers for building 5,000 affordable homes in
the region. Google said it wants housing construction to begin immediately.

Google is also facing intense scrutiny more broadly as a company, so a pledge to help ease the housing crisis could also be an attempt to help improve public sentiment.

$1 billion worth of cocaine seized in record Philadelphia bust, feds say

Members of the ship’s crew have been arrested and federally charged as the investigation continues, authorities said.

The vessel they were on was described as a “large ship” at the Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia.

The seizure dwarfs a March 19 bust of nearly 1,000 pounds of cocaine that had been a record for the city of Philadelphia.

The drugs removed from a container ship on its way from Colombia to Europe had a value of around $15 million, authorities said.

Mexican Army Kills 3 Gulf Cartel Men, Rescues Border City Kidnapping Victim

The rescue took place late last week just behind a gas processing plant called “Burgos” on the south side of Reynosa.

According to information provided to Breitbart News by law enforcement sources, a convoy of Mexican soldiers were patrolling dirt roads near the plant which have been used in the past by cartel members to move without drawing attention.

The soldiers spotted a white SUV and another vehicle and moved to intercept them.

Rather than stop, the Gulf Cartel gunmen began shooting and tried to flee the area. The chase ended shortly after when the vehicle got stuck in a ditch and the gunmen made their stand.

Immigration:

Trump: ICE to begin removing ‘millions of illegal aliens’ next week

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.

They will be removed as fast as they come in.

Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…” the president tweeted.

The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress.

They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!” he added.

Migrants From Congo And Angola Arriving In San Antonio, Texas And Portland, Maine

Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur weighs in on the record number of African migrants at the border.

Brigitte Gabriel: Becoming American the LEGAL Way

ACT for America Founder and Chairman, Brigitte Gabriel, explains the process of becoming an American citizen the legal way.

Politics:

State Dept. identifies 30 security incidents in Clinton email probe

The State Department has released new information amid an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

One America’s Gienel Agcaoili has the latest.

HILLARY EMAILS: State Department Identifies 23 Violations, ‘Multiple Security Incidents’

The State Department has been investigating Clinton’s email from the time she was Secretary of State during the Barack Obama administration.

She deleted some 30,000 emails and scrubbed hard drives after she left the post, and subsequent probes have found that she mishandled classified material.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, also said the process has been time-consuming.

“Given the volume of emails provided to the Department from former Secretary Clinton’s private email server, the Department’s process has been necessarily more complicated and complex requiring a significant dedication of time and resources,” Taylor wrote.

“And in March, it was revealed that the Justice Department ‘negotiated’ an agreement with Clinton’s legal team that ensured the FBI did not have access to emails on her private servers relating to the Clinton Foundation,”

Gillibrand Panders By Claiming Pro-Life People Shouldn’t Be Judges 

Independent Women’s Voice: Lisa Boothe

IL Sen. Taunts Gun Owner: Forget the Fine, Maybe We’ll Just Take Your Firearms

Illinois State Sen. Julie Morrison (D)
Illinois State Sen. Julie Morrison (D)

The exchange was caught on video by the Illinois State Rifle Association and was tied to proposed fines for keeping commonly owned semiautomatic firearms in one’s home.

The concerned gun owner pointed to SB107 and said the purpose of it was “to take away [his] semiautomatic firearms.”

Morrison then interjected that the purpose was not to take them, but to prevent any future sales.

People in attendance applauded the gun owner’s point and once applause died Morrison said, “Well, you just maybe changed my mind.

Maybe we won’t have a fine at all, maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry
about paying the fine.”

World News:

Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

Thousands of families lost electrical power and bullet train services were suspended, but there were no reports of serious injuries or damage from the magnitude 6.7 quake.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the earthquake was located off the western coast of Yamagata about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of the city of Sakata.

The agency warned of a possible tsunami up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) high along the coasts of the northwestern prefectures of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa. But only a minor swelling of the sea was observed in several cities about half an hour after the earthquake struck.

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson advances on Britain’s top job

Boris Johnson

Johnson, the face of the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, won 126 out of 313 votes and so goes through to a third ballot between 1400 GMT and 1600 GMT on Wednesday with four other candidates who won 33 votes or more.

The former foreign minister was far ahead of the rest of the pack, stretching a lead which, for many, makes Johnson the all but inevitable victor to replace Prime Minister Theresa May and take on Britain’s so far ill-fated Brexit negotiations.

U.S., China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting

Trump said on Tuesday that teams from the two sides would begin preparations for the leaders to sit down at the G20 summit in Osaka. China, which previously declined to say whether the two leaders would meet, confirmed the get-together.

“Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan.

Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting,” Trump said in a post on Twitter.

American Donations Lead Fundraising Drive to Fix Notre Dame Cathedral

A worker stands on scaffolding during preliminary work inside the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris on May 15, 2019. (Philippe Lopez/Pool via AP, File)

Proceeds collected by the Notre Dame charitable foundations have mostly come from American and French individuals and not the French billionaire philanthropists who promised to donate hundreds of millions to restore the country’s national monument.

Friends of Notre Dame de Paris estimates that 90 percent of the proceeds came from American donors.

“Americans are very generous toward Notre Dame and the monument is very loved in America,” Friends of Notre Dame de Paris President Michel Picaud told The Associated Press after returning from a fundraising trip to New York.

“Six out of our 11 board members are residents in the United States.”

French billionaires, who together pledged almost $1 billion toward the cost of restoration work but still have not yet paid a penny, are now being encouraged to put their money where their mouth is and pay up.

New Jersey man vacationing in Dominican Republic found dead in hotel amid spate of mystery illnesses

Joseph Allen’s family says he traveled to the Dominican Republic frequently and was in good health, reports CBS News’ Mola Lenghi.

They say the 55-year-old was staying at Terra Linda Resort in Sosua last week with friends, who say he had complained about being hot at the pool.

He went to take a shower and lie down for the night and was found dead the next day.

Commentary/Opinion:

Tucker: California is a symbol of everything wrong with the US

Are liberal policies making a mess of the Golden State?

Victor Davis Hanson Tells Tucker Why California Could Be ‘America’s First Third-World State’

Hanson’s comments came after the state’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, said that national Republicans will go “into the waste bin of history, the way Republicans of the ’90s [in California] have gone.”

Responding to host Tucker Carlson’s question about why he considers California a “Third World state,” Hanson pointed to “symptoms” we typically “associate with failed states” such as high taxes, poor schools, a super-rich class, and a significant percentage of its people below the poverty line.

KNOWLES: Leaked ABC Clip Of Trump Is ‘Very Telling’

Knowles: This is a very telling exchange.

I hope it puts to rest one of the stupidest takes on Donald Trump, which is that he’s this completely undisciplined wacko lunatic who doesn’t know what’s going on and he shoots from the hip and he’s only just belching various emotions all the times.

No, this guy knows how to work a camera. This is a pretty calculated guy. How do I know that?……..

This is a disciplined guy. This is a guy with situational awareness.

This is a guy who knows how to communicate. No accidents here.

People are still going to pretend that he’s this total buffoon who just accidentally has succeeded at the highest levels of everything he’s ever tried.

But this was more revealing than the Billy Bush tape which was a guy engaging in locker room talk when he thought he was off camera.

This is much more telling about how Trump’s brain works and how he views politics in the Oval Office and imagery and how he views mass communication.

No, Trump ISN’T Running Concentration Camps: A History Lesson for AOC

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez absurdly calls the detention centers where we house illegal immigrants awaiting processing “concentration camps.”

Miller gives a little history lesson of the death camps the Nazis used to intentionally and carefully exterminate the Jews.

AOC’s ignorant, inflammatory remarks are a disgrace.

Then, in the age of moral relativism, we are told by progressives that everything goes.

Their push to decriminalize sex work is another example of progressive policies that do more harm to women and children than good.

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