News and Headlines. 7/8/2019

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In The News:

New technology helps treat skin cancer without surgery

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. (Photo: RADiant Therapy)

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer by the age of 70.

There is good news, though.

Now newer radiotherapy technology developed by Xstrahl makes it possible for local dermatologists to use radiotherapy with ease through a more practical approach for their patients, especially when surgical options may not be recommended or possible.

Mysterious deep-sea shark that’s older than the dinosaurs captured on film

Blutnose sixgill shark eyeing the bait the team laid out.
(Credit: OceanX, Florida State University)

Described as “perfectly efficient” by the team from OceanX and Florida State University, the bluntnose sixgill shark is largely still an unknown to researchers, despite having been on the planet for nearly 200 million years.

Occasionally, they come to the shallow waters, rising from depths as far as 8,200 feet, according to Science Alert, where they arrive under the blanket of the night sky to feed.

In capturing the mysterious bluntnose sixgill on film in the Bahamas, the researchers also managed to achieve history.

They were able to tag the creature from a submersible vessel, the first time that feat has been achieved.

Shark swallowed whole during rare deep-sea feeding frenzy off South Carolina coast, video shows

The wreckfish appeared unable to feed directly on the swordfish and instead ate a shark
The wreckfish appeared unable to feed directly on the swordfish and instead ate a shark that was eating the dead fish. (NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019)

The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research team shared the video of a school of sharks feasting on a dead swordfish on the ocean floor about 1,476 feet below the surface.

As the sharks tear the 8-foot swordfish apart, a large bony fish known as a wreckfish creeps out from behind the researchers’ remotely controlled vehicle and grabs a shark in its mouth.

Wreckfish can grow over 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 220 pounds, according to the NOAA.

Lightning hits boat in Boston harbor, explosive video shows

As powerful thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts and New England on Saturday, one man was recording as lightning struck a nearby boat in South Boston.

Minucci said he took out his camera after seeing the lightning strikes in the distance, but couldn’t believe it when he captured the moment the lightning bolt hit the boat.

So far this year, there have been seven lightning strike-related deaths this year, according to the NWS.

Those deaths were reported in Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Alabama.

Washington region hammered by heavy rain, flash floods; more than a dozen water rescues

After four inches of heavy rain fell in an hour, there was mayhem: dozens of water rescues throughout the region, standstill traffic along major highways, bus route cancellations, and more than 8,000 customers without power.

Some of the most severe flooding occurred along Canal Road near Arizona Avenue, near the Fletcher’s Cove boathouse along the Potomac River.

Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for D.C. Fire, said several people were rescued from the rooftops of their cars as they climbed out, trying to avoid the water along Canal Road.

New Book On Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Has Incendiary Allegations About Christine Blasey Ford

In “Justice on Trial” authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino say unnamed peers accused Ford of drinking to excess and accosting boys with some regularity as a student at the Holton-Arms School, a contrast with press accounts that cast her as innocent and naive during that period.

“Female classmates and friends at area schools recalled a heavy drinker who was much more aggressive with boys than they were,” Hemingway and Severino write of Ford.

“‘If she only had one beer’ on the night of the alleged assault, a high school friend said, ‘then it must have been early in the evening.’

Her contemporaries all reported the same nickname for Ford, a riff on her maiden name and a sexual act.”

“They also debated whether her behavior in high school could be attributed to the trauma of a sexual assault,” the authors added.

Starbucks execs meet with Tempe police

Starbucks is apologizing to an Arizona police department after six officers were apparently asked to leave a store on the Fourth of July.

This was because a customer said the officers made him feel unsafe.

The coffee giant faces growing backlash online. Jamie Yuccas reports.

Vet-owned Black Rifle Coffee to donate coffee to cops after Starbucks kicks out 6 officers

Black Rifle Coffee Company's "Thin Blue Line" series. (Black Rifle Coffee Company/Facebook)
Black Rifle Coffee Company’s “Thin Blue Line” series.
(Black Rifle Coffee Company/Facebook)

The promotion, which runs July 8 through 12, is part of BRCC’s strong support of the law enforcement community, especially after six of the Tempe Police Department’s officers were kicked out of a Starbucks in Arizona on July 4.

“BRCC has always supported the LE [law enforcement] community.

They are often the same guys that deployed with us and transition out of the military to work protecting and serving our communities in a different uniform.

As a company, we continually work with several agencies and non-profits to ensure those who protect us are always supported.

At Black Rifle Coffee Company retail locations law enforcement will always be welcome,” said BRCC CEO and former Green Beret Evan Hafer.

Gun-Controlled Chicago: At Least 66 Shot, 5 Killed, over July 4th Weekend

Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a woman was killed “before dawn” July 4, 2019, on West Wilcox Street.

“Another man was killed and three others were wounded in Humboldt Park on the West Side” during an 11:30 am drive-by shooting on July 4.

Shootings continued on throughout Sunday morning.

At least 56 were shot, four fatally, in gun-controlled Chicago during the weekend prior to July 4, 2019.

Chicago FOP president praises officers who gave up holiday time to patrol streets, stem gun violence

Exact statistics for the Fourth of July weekend are not yet available, but Kevin Graham told “America’s Newsroom” on Monday that the extra police officers appear to have helped.

There were 980 people shot in Chicago through June 30, down 11 percent from last year.

“We have been hiring more police officers. We are back to the numbers where we need to be, but we still need to hire more police officers,” he continued.

MS-13 members hiding in abandoned homes in New York after being chased out of the woods, police say

The crackdown comes as the gang’s influence appears to be diminishing in Long Island – a region considered to be one of their U.S. strongholds.

The gang is believed to have killed as many as 28 there between 2016 and 2017, but only one murder was attributed to them in that area last year, according to Newsday.

Marino says MS-13 has 284 active members in Nassau County – down from around 1,000 five years ago.

Police also reportedly are working with local governments to get foreclosed homes boarded up so they don’t become the next MS-13 meeting locations.

One of the nature preserves gang members used to frequent is now filled with surveillance cameras, Marino told Newsday.

Louisiana man arrested after allegedly licking ice cream, placing it back on shelf in ‘copycat’ video

Lenise Martin III, 36, was arrested after allegedly licking a tub of ice cream and placing is back on the shelf at a store in Louisiana. 
(Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Lenise Martin III, 36, was taken into custody after video of him circulating online apparently showed him doing the deed.

Martin appears to open a tub of ice cream, lick it, touch it with his finger, and then place it back on the freezer shelf.

When management became aware of the video, Martin returned to the store to prove he purchased the ice cream, WAFB reported.

Martin was charged with criminal mischief and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity, and remained jailed as of Monday morning, according to online records from the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office.

ACLU Told CA Teachers To Help Students Obtain Abortions Without Parental Notification, Video Reveals

The video, released by conservative organization Our Watch and published June 26, depicts ACLU staff attorney Ruth Dawson, according to Our Watch, instructing teachers on how to help students obtain abortions without parental knowledge or consent.

Dawson also instructed teachers on how to explain these students’ absences to parents, how to forbid parents from opting their children out of LGBTQ education classes and more.

“They talk about mutual masturbation,” said Murrieta School District parent John Andrews.

“They discuss gender roles, the gender spectrum, and in the support materials … they take it even further. They discuss everything, topics like roleplaying for different genders, blood play, dental dams … fisting is mentioned. I mean, they mention it all.”

Lawyer For Epstein Victim Says Trump Was “Only” High Powered Person Who Helped Him

Speculation is now raging as to which of Epstein’s influential friends will be caught up in the scandal, with Nancy Pelosi’s daughter tweeting, “It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated.”

In 2002, Trump said Epstein “likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

However, unlike some, Trump immediately ostracized Epstein once he discovered the truth about his double life.

According to one report, Trump once kicked Epstein out of his Mar-a-lago club after he caught Epstein hitting on a young girl.

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS also once attempted to discover a close connection between Epstein and Trump but failed.

Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express” private jet ferried powerful clients to his private island, “Little St. James.” Former President Bill Clinton used the plane 26 times in just three years.

WATCH LIVE: Federal prosecutors announce charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein

Epstein, who was arrested July 6, faces charges of sex trafficking of minors and accusations that he created a network to exploit dozens of underage girls.

Kevin Spacey assault accuser pleads the Fifth Amendment

Heather Unruh, a 51-year-old journalist and former TV anchorwoman from the Boston area, accused Spacey in 2017 of assaulting her son, William Little, in the previous year, claiming that the actor plied her then-18-year-old son with alcohol and molested him at a Nantucket resort bar where the teen worked as a busboy.

Criminal charges in the matter were formally filed in December 2018. Spacey pleaded not guilty in January and has also publicly denied groping the teen.

Little, now 21, filed a civil suit against Spacey last month, which claimed the alleged incident left him with “severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries.”

He voluntarily dropped the lawsuit just a week later.

Neither he nor his lawyer commented on the dismissal. The family has rejected the notion that a secret settlement was made in order to encourage them to drop the suit.

Thousands of ex-prisoners to reunite with their families this month as part of First Step Act

This month will see the largest group to be freed so far under a clause in the First Step Act that reduces sentences due to “earned good time.”

In addition to family reunification, the formerly incarcerated citizens, 90 percent of whom have been African-American, hope to get employment opportunities touted by Trump last month at the White House as part of the “Second Chance” hiring program.

“We’re a nation that believes in redemption,” the president said, noting Americans with criminal backgrounds are unemployed at rates up to five times the national average, which was around 3.8 percent earlier this year. “You’re gonna have an incredible future.”

The Trump Administration has asked the private sector to help the ex-prisoners reacclimate to their newfound freedom with jobs and housing in one of the largest criminal justice public-private-partnerships ever assembled.

Justice Department Replaces Legal Team on 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec didn’t give a reason for the change.

An official at the department said the new team would be a mix of career and political appointees, including lawyers who work in the consumer protection branch.

The Trump administration is pressed for time to include the question on questionnaires that will be distributed to residents for the 2020 headcount.

Barr says DOJ has a new way to get the citizenship question on the census

The comments from Barr follow Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec announcing that the DOJ was switching up its legal team in the census case.

“As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward,” Kupec said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“I think over the next day or two you’ll see what approach we’re taking,” Barr told reporters in South Carolina.

“And I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census.”


President Trump Delivers Remarks on America’s Environmental Leadership

President Trump delivers remarks recognizing his administration’s environmental leadership and America’s role in leading the world.

Will CIA Come Clean on Spygate?

Commentary/Opinion: The New York Times published an article on June 12 titled “Justice Department Seeks to Question C.I.A. in Its Own Russia Investigation.”

The article is largely liberal spin with some artistic interpretations of the facts, but there are a few data points worth noting.

The CIA’s problem, and why it is being questioned, is that its intelligence reporting strongly supported the premise that there was collusion between the Russians and now-President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Since it turns out to be a false premise, U.S. Attorney General William Barr is asking both the FBI and CIA why they supported the collusion charges when there was zero proof and zero evidence.

Biden Claims Russia Wouldn’t Have Interfered During His Watch – But Alleged Interference Occurred During His Watch

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Talking to CNN on Friday, Biden declared: “Look at what’s happening with Putin. While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe.

Look at what’s happening in Hungary, look what’s happening in Poland, look what’s happening. You think that would happen on my watch or Barack’s watch?

You can’t answer that, but I promise it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.”

Unfortunately for Biden, Russia’s alleged interference related to the 2016 presidential campaign took place under the Obama administration.

Eric Swalwell becomes first 2020 Democrat to drop out

Swalwell, 38, a California congressman known for his frequent cable television appearances, is due to hold an afternoon press conference to announce his decision, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He struggled to gain traction in a crowded Democratic primary field packed with senators, governors, and former vice president Joe Biden since announcing his candidacy in early April.

He was eclipsed by other youthful candidates like Pete Buttigieg, 37, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Tulsi Gabbard, 38, a Hawaii congresswoman.

Hateful Behavior Coming From Far Left Media • Varney & Co

Commentary/Opinion:Independent Women’s Voice. Tammy Bruce.

World News:

$72M worth of radioactive element used in nuclear reactors reportedly seized in Turkey

Californium is a rare, man-made radioactive element. First created in 1950 at the University of California at Berkeley, it’s used primarily in nuclear reactors.

Only the U.S. and Russia have created californium.

The 18.1 grams of californium were seized in the northern Bolu province of the country, law enforcement officials said Saturday, according to the Daily Sabah.

Five people were being investigated in regards to the incident.

Iran nuclear deal: EU urges reversal of uranium enrichment breach

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says world powers have failed to abide by their commitments.EPA

Spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the bloc was extremely concerned after Iran announced that it was producing material with a fissile purity of 4.5%.

European leaders fear it could speed up the potential development of a nuclear weapon – something Iran denies seeking.

The five other parties to the deal – the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China – could refer the issue to a “joint commission”, a process that could ultimately lead to the “snap back” of the UN and multilateral sanctions lifted three years ago.

“Palestinian” children at summer camp burn US flag, denounce Trump’s peace deal

On July 3, 2019, the Palestinian Authority’s Higher Council for Youth and Sports uploaded to its Facebook page a video about a summer camp that it was running in Tulkarm in the West Bank. Ihsan Hattab, the camp director, said that the camp’s goal is to provide children with a patriotic education and that the camp is under the Higher Council’s auspices and is run by the Society for Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities.

He added that 25 special needs children aged 13-15 were participating in the camp along with 100 non-disabled Palestinian children.

WATCH: Anti-Semite sets himself on fire while attempting to torch London synagogue

Tristan Morgan, 52, was given an indefinite hospital order after pleading guilty to arson and two charges under the Terrorism Act on Friday.

He tried burning down a synagogue but burned himself instead.

He was also given a 10-year terrorist notification order, which means that he will be subject of long-term police monitoring.

Former Miss Iraq and linguist for US troops still under rape, death threats after advocacy for Israel

In the initial wave of anger, the Iraqi government demanded their national representative take down the photograph, apologize and condemn Israel – which Idan refused to do.

But two years on, Adnan’s daily life remains plagued by death threats and accusations of being a “traitor.”

Her family – all Iraqi Muslims – have since had to flee their homeland.

Yet still today, the Iraqi TV host and former beauty queen remains a vehemently forthright champion of inter-religious tolerance and is an anti-Hamas activist, making her a deeply polarizing and widely ridiculed public figure in her homeland.

“Israel has a right to exist and its existence doesn’t mean Palestine will suffer. On the contrary, it could be the end of suffering for them when they reach a peace deal,” Idan, 29, told Fox News.

“It is acknowledging two independent and equal states and saving them from the hands of extremist militias.”

ICC convicts Congolese rebel leader known as ‘The Terminator’ with war crimes

Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the ICC
Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the ICC (International Criminal Court) during his trial at the Hague in the Netherlands, Monday July 8, 2019. (Eva Plevier/Pool via AP)

Bosco Ntaganda, who maintained his innocence during his trial, faces a maximum life sentence following his convictions Monday at the global court.

He showed no emotion as Presiding Judge Robert Fremr passed judgment.

U.N. Report: Venezuelan Special Forces Murdered Thousands, Altered Evidence So Victims Looked Like Resisters

Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Image)

Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” U.N. investigators reported.

Laying out a detailed description of a lawless system of oppression, the report says the actual number of deaths could be much higher.

It cites accounts by independent groups who report more than 9,000 killings for “resistance to authority” over the same period.

Families of the victims described FAES breaking into their houses, taking their belongings, and exercising gender-based violence against women and girls, including forced nudity.

They would separate young men from other family members before shooting them.

China Tribunal Finds Horrific Human Rights Abuses—Why Is the Australian Government Still Turning a Blind Eye?

A painting shows Chinese police and doctors harvesting the organs of a living Falun Gong practitioner.
A painting shows Chinese police and doctors harvesting the organs of a living Falun Gong practitioner. Investigators believe thousands of Falun Gong adherents have had their organs harvested by Chinese authorities. (

The Australian Senate passed motion 121 on Nov. 24, 2016, that acknowledged the problem of unethical organ harvesting in foreign countries including forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.

It recommended the Australian government legislate against its citizens travelling overseas to procure organs from non-consenting donors.

“But nothing happened,” said Senator Rice.

“I think it’s basically we’ve got both the Labor and Liberal parties who are too scared to upset China,” she said.

“They are more concerned about our economic relationship with China and they are willing to overlook these absolutely egregious human rights abuses that are going on.”

Senator Rice pointed out that whether it’s the Chinese regime’s harvesting of organs from live Falun Dafa practitioners, the imprisonment of millions of millions of Uyghur people, the persecution of Tibetans, or the kidnapping of Chinese democracy activists in China, it is apparent that the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of appalling human rights abuses.

Chinese Christians flee China amid crackdown on church: ‘No longer safe for us’

China’s ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years, including bulldozing churches and mosques, barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerating more than a million members of Islamic ethnic minorities in what are termed “re-education centers.”

President Xi Jinping , who is also party leader, has ordered that all religions must “Sinicize” to ensure they are loyal to the officially atheistic party or face the wrath of the Communist regime.

A third of all religious believers in China who belong to a faith group were also found to face “high” to “very high” levels of persecution, which ranges from bureaucratic harassment and economic exploitation to harsh prison terms and even violence.

But experts and activists say the Chinese government is now waging the most severe suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedoms were granted by the Chinese constitution in 1982.


Mexico ramps up efforts to fight migrant crisis as deadline on U.S. deal approaches

As Mexico scrambles to fulfill its promise to the Trump administration to reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering the U.S., it is faced with a host of unprecedented issues.

One America’s Jacob Demille has the details.

President Trump Planning To Extend Invitation To Reporters For Tour Of Border Detention Centers

All of this comes hot on the heels of the massive controversy stirred up by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who compared the detention centers to “concentration camps,” which also drew quite a bit of well-deserved heat for the freshman congresswoman.

Secretary McAleenan spoke with ABC News on Sunday saying that the Times’ story on the conditions at these facilities was “unsubstantiated,” noting there is adequate food and water available for those who were being held at the center. He also said the facility is cleaned every day.

Tech Watch:

Waymo offers free music and WiFi to make its driverless taxis stand out

FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, a skylight is reflected in the rear window of a Waymo driverless car during a Google event in San Francisco. Google’s robotic car spin-off Waymo is poised to become the first to test fully driverless vehicles on California’s public roads. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

The features currently being tested in Waymo vehicles in the greater Phoenix area include free WiFi and music streaming, Reuters reports.

The music is provided via Google Play Music, and does not have ads. Users can listen to preselected playlists or listen to their own playlists by linking their Waymo and Google Play Music accounts.

The WiFi service is currently only available to a small subset of users who have been forbidden from discussing their experience publicly.

Waymo says it wants to give riders the option to work on their tablet or computer, especially when it starts offering longer distance trips.

Fla. Professor Invents Artificial Intelligence Program to Hijack Rogue Drones

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) professor has invented an artificial intelligence program that can hijack rogue drones, safely neutralizing any possible threat, says a news report.

He came up with the idea after noticing an uptick in unauthorized drone sightings.

Developing approaches: 8 industries AI could impact next

Artificial intelligence technologies are spreading at a rapid pace into a variety of businesses and job types.

What will come of the tech, and which industries will be heaviest impacted, however, remains unclear.

When we look at where AI will be in the next year, five years or decade, who will feel it first? Which industries will embrace it and which will run for the hills when they see it enter?

What is one industry you think AI will disrupt next and why? What can people in that industry do to prepare?

Fieldwork Software database leak exposed sensitive SMB records, customer credit card details

vpnMentor cybersecurity researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar revealed their findings on Monday. In a blog post, the team said 26GB of data was exposed in the breach.

The variety of information exposed by the open database was vast. Customer names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and communication sent between users and clients, instructions, and photos of work sites were included.

However, there were other datasets which proved to be more serious. The GPS locations of clients, IP addresses, billing details, signatures, and full credit card details — including card number, expiration date, and CVV security code — were also involved.


Antifa Origins & Tactics Exposed, After Andy Ngo’s Assault At Portland Protest—Jack Posobiec

The recent brutal assault on journalist Andy Ngo in Portland brings Antifa in the spotlight again.

What is the longer term significance of this event, for Antifa, and America as a whole?

What is Antifa exactly, and what are its historical origins?

How has media coverage of Antifa influenced its behavior today?

And how do anti-masking laws fit into the picture?

Today we sit down with Jack Posobiec, a One America News Network host, who was once a U.S. Military Intelligence officer and later acted as Special Projects Director for Citizens for Trump.

He is the author of 4D Warfare: A Doctrine for a New Generation of Politics.

FULL MEASURE: July 7, 2019

California is the first state to require all new homes have solar power starting in 2020.

That could lead the way for other states to follow suit.
But it’s not quite that simple. It turns out free can be costly and clean can be dirty. Today’s cover story is: solar opposites.

Malaria is one of the oldest known diseases in the world – and one of the biggest killers throughout human history.

It’s developed resistance to every drug designed to beat it.
Believe it or not, the small nation of Paraguay has surprised scientists with its success in beating malaria. Scott Thuman finds out how.

If you’re old enough, like I am, you might remember the cartoon WABAC Machine from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.”

That was way before the Internet. Today, there’s an amazing, real Wayback Machine online. I recently spoke to the project’s director, Mark Graham.

VIDEO: 1958 Speech by Robert Welch Predicting How ‘Insiders’ Plan to Destroy America

Robert Henry Winborne Welch Jr. was an American businessman, political activist, and author.

He was independently wealthy following his retirement and used that wealth to sponsor anti-Communist causes.

He co-founded the conservative group the John Birch Society in 1958 and tightly controlled it until his death.