News and Headlines. 7/11/2019

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WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: Massive python swallows croc whole in ghastly pics

(Credit: GG Wildlife Rescue)

Kayaker Martin Mueller snapped the remarkable photos and GG Wildlife Rescue, a nonprofit in Australia, shared them on its Facebook page on June 1.

“Amazing pictures of an olive python, Australis [sic] 2nd largest snake & Western Australia’s largest having a feed on an Australian freshwater crocodile (crocodylus Johnstoni ),” GG Wildlife wrote on its Facebook page. “These pictures were taken by Martin Muller while kyaking [sic]. Mt Isa Queensland.”

Scientists may have found one of the oldest Christian churches in the world

View from the top of the mystery building in Naryn-Kala. (NUST MISIS)

Archeologists have long wondered exactly the purpose the building served and one hypothesis is that it was some type of Christian temple.

Other possible theories for the building’s function: a reservoir or a Zoroastrian fire temple.

The 39-foot building, located in the northwest sector of the medieval fortress of Naryn-Kala, is almost completely hidden underground and built of local-shell limestone; it dates to about 300 A.D.

Excavating could endanger the UNESCO site, so archeologists have not been able to fully access the structure.

Instead, researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Dagestan State University harnessed a non-invasive technique – muon radiography – to produce an image of the buried building.

Tropical Storm Barry’s path: What you need to know

Mandatory evacuations were issued for parts of Louisiana on Thursday — specifically in Plaquemines Parish where — as of Thursday morning — 8,000 to 10,000 parish residents were under a mandatory evacuation order, spokeswoman Jade Duplessis said.

Barry, which is the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by late Friday and make landfall by early Saturday along the Louisiana coast.

Human remains found on Kentucky property identified as missing mom Savannah Spurlock, police announce

The remains of Savannah Spurlock, seen here in undated images, turned up Thursday.
The remains of Savannah Spurlock, seen here in undated images, turned up Thursday. (Richmond, Ky., Police Department via AP)

Trooper First Class Robert Purdy with Kentucky State Police told reporters on Thursday afternoon that the remains found just before midnight on the property were identified as Spurlock after an autopsy took place.

Purdy said the medical examiner has not yet announced the cause of death.

Spurlock’s father told Fox News earlier Thursday that “justice has been served” after crews discovered the remains at a home believed to be the 23-year-old’s last known location and a person of interest was arrested.

David Sparks, one of the last people believed to be with Spurlock, was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. Thursday and charged with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. He was booked into a jail in Madison County.

SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT at The White House with President Trump 7-11-19

Thursday, July 11, 2019: Watch live as President Trump delivers remarks at the White House social media summit, focusing on “tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies.”

Twitter suffers widespread outage

The outage came as President Trump was hosting a social media summit with right-wing personalities and tech industry critics who’ve accused Twitter of having an anti-conservative bias.

Down Detector reported the outage began just after 2:45 p.m. ET. The disruption was affecting Twitter’s mobile and web-based platforms.

“Something is technically wrong,” appeared when users tried accessing the site. The site came back online around 3:50 p.m.

US scientist was suffocated in Greece, body found covered with burlap in Nazi-era bunker

In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was last seen on July 2 near the port of Chania, on the Greek island of Crete.

Colleagues at the conference had told authorities they believed she had gone for a run in the area.

Greek police discovered her body Monday in a man-made cave that was used as a bunker during the Nazi occupation of Crete, located about 6 miles from where Eaton was last seen.

At least SEVEN people are injured after yellow cab crashes into Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at lunchtime

A woman is shown being taken away from the scene in a wheelchair.
A woman is shown being taken away from the scene in a wheelchair. No one was seriously hurt, according to police

The restaurant is Westville, one of a chain of healthy, casual eateries dotted around the city.

The accident occurred at around lunchtime on Thursday.

Firefighters have now pulled the mangled car out of the restaurant and the scene is being cleared.

It remains unclear what caused the accident or who the driver is.

A New York Times reporter at the scene said the cab had been rear-ended which caused it to mount the curb but that remains unconfirmed by police.

Ohio police officer rescues child from burning home in dramatic video

Patrolman Josh Robertson, who arrived first at the scene, was told by the homeowner her six-year-old son was trapped inside.

Robertson then crawled into the home and began searching for the child.

“I couldn’t see him, but I was just like looking, yeah, and I just grabbed him by the shirt and I started yanking man,” he told FOX8.

‘Heroic’ Virginia rabbi missing after diving into ocean to save a student

On Tuesday, when Rabbi Reuven Bauman jumped into choppy waters to save a student, lifeguards had raised red flags prohibiting swimming due to dangerous conditions. (City of Virginia Beach)

The Coast Guard searched for 35-year-old Rabbi Reuven Bauman, a 35-year-old teacher at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Portsmouth, who was last seen around noon Tuesday when he dove in the water to rescue a 13-year-old camper from choppy waters with rip currents, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“He acted heroically,” Coast Guard Lt. Steve Arguelles said about Bauman rescuing the child, who was reported safe at False Cape State Park. About 20 people attended a field trip at the state park. Swimming was prohibited in the area they visited.

The Coast Guard, assisted by Virginia Beach fire and police departments and the National Park Service, suspended the search Wednesday morning.

Olympic swimmer Filippo Magnini saves drowning man after wind pushed him off unicorn float

Filippo Magnini, pictured in 2017, was swimming with his girlfriend when he noticed a tourist struggling
Filippo Magnini, pictured in 2017, was swimming with his girlfriend when he noticed a tourist struggling to keep his head above water on the beach in Sardinia, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. (Getty)

Magnini, a former world champion, was swimming with his girlfriend when he noticed a tourist struggling to keep his head above water on the beach in Sardinia, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

The man — later identified as Andrea Benedetto by the BBC, was floating on an inflatable unicorn with his husband until the strong winds propelled him into the water, according to a close friend.

Benedetto’s friends saw him drowning and began to signal the lifeguards, but the 37-year-old retired champion reached the drowning man much faster.

CNN mired in a credibility crisis as ratings continue to collapse, experts say

CNN primetime hosts Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo have seen ratings plummet.

CNN’s audience shriveled in the second quarter of 2019, averaging only 541,000 total viewers while being more than doubled by Fox News Channel’s 1.3 million average in the process.

But CNN struggled even more during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, finishing as the fifteenth most-watched network on basic cable behind networks such as TLC, Investigation Discovery and the Hallmark Channel. CNN averaged a dismal 761,000 primetime viewers while FNC averaged 2.4 million.

The Hill media guru Joe Concha told Fox News that CNN’s freefall may not be slowing.

CNN started off the third quarter with “the network’s lowest average since 2015” when it comes to primetime viewers among the key demographic of adults age 25-54, according to TVNewser.

DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall recently told Fox News that Lemon is no longer a news anchor in the traditional sense because of his partisan rhetoric.

One certainty is that Lemon wasn’t selected to lift the debate’s viewership totals. Lemon’s “CNN Tonight” finished the second quarter of 2019 as the 35th most-watched show on cable news.


Bill would allow victims to sue sanctuary cities

In this July 17, 2015, photo, flowers and a portrait of Kate Steinle remain at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco.
In this July 17, 2015, photo, flowers and a portrait of Kate Steinle remain at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco. A federal appeals court refused to reinstate a lawsuit the parents of Kate Steinle filed against San Francisco for refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking to deport a man later charged with killing Steinle. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Monday, March 25, 2019, that the city’s non-cooperation policy with federal immigration officials broke no federal, state or local laws.
(Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, would create a private right of action for the victims.

And it would punish states or localities that try to hide behind sovereign immunity by withholding block grant money.

Mr. Tillis said the bill is a “direct response” to moves by North Carolina authorities to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

In one instance the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office released an illegal immigrant charged with trying to strangle a woman in a domestic violence incident.

Nancy Pelosi Warns Illegal Immigrants Not To Open The Door For ICE

“An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If that is the only document ICE brings to a home raid, agents do not have the legal right to enter a home.

If ICE agents don’t have a warrant signed by a judge, a person may refuse to open the door and let them in,” Pelosi, reading from a card, said at her weekly press conference.

The speaker’s comments come as the Trump administration is once again preparing to launch sweeping raids across the U.S.

ICE will target roughly 2,000 illegal immigrants who have ignored court orders to leave the country.

The raids, which will be conducted across 10 major U.S. cities, will begin on Sunday, and be the first of an ongoing effort by the administration to apprehend and deport illegal immigrants.

Veracruz:Boy survives after being left for dead with father’s body

The travelers were Guatemalan, according to President of the Morelos State Human Rights Commission Raúl Hernández.

The boy, Cristian, and his father Rudy, 37, left from Guatemala on May 28 this year. Cristian’s uncle and teenage cousin were also on the trip. In total, it was a small group: Two brothers traveling together, each bringing a son.

They had hired a smuggler in Guatemala that would take them all the way to the United States, but the smuggler abandoned them in Mexico, Hernández said, where they were kidnapped.

By the time he was found, the boy was barely alive. The ten-year-old’s neck had been cut, leaving a nearly 3-inch (7cm) wound.

Disturbing photos taken by the authorities who found him and obtained by CNN show the boy in jeans, a US football sweatshirt and a light jacket, lying in the curve of his dead father’s arm.

Why those ICE raids are being announced in advance

Central American migrants sit together inside a room at the Latino hotel during a raid by Mexican immigration agents
Central American migrants sit together inside a room at the Latino hotel during a raid by Mexican immigration agents in Veracruz, Mexico last month. Under increasing U.S. pressure to reduce the flow of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans through Mexican territory, Mexico’s government has stepped up enforcement.
(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

The reinvigorated effort comes just weeks after President Trump tweeted that ICE was preparing to kick off days of raids in at least 10 major cities.

The operation was halted, however, the day before it was set to start, to give Congress time to arrive at a legislative solution on immigration.

Trump said his administration would relaunch the raids after a two-week window – after the Independence Day observance – and that time now seems to have arrived.

So why are the raids being publicized days in advance?

“It’s unprecedented. But there is a political purpose behind it,” Thomas Kilbride, a retired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent and ICE policy adviser, told Fox News.

He said the president has tried to get Democrats to come to the table because asylum laws need to change, and this is a way to bargain.


Trump Trolls Democratic Presidential Candidates In Latest Tweet Thread

In a tweet thread, the president touted the “Social Media Summit,” a Thursday afternoon event during which conservative social media influencers will visit the White House to address bias and censorship in big tech.

However, the thread quickly turned into an indictment of the media at large and some of the Democratic 2020 primary candidates.

Trump closed the thread with shots at former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Tucker Carlson, Dan Bongino take on new cartoon version of Mueller report: ‘Did they include the Strzok-Page texts?’

Commentary/Opinin: The cartoon and accompanying story of the Mueller report was published on Wednesday.

“We hired the author of ‘Black Hawk Down’ and an illustrator from ‘Archer’ to adapt the Mueller report so you’ll actually read it,” the headline stated.

Responding on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson said “true believers” produced the cartoon because Trump’s critics have concluded that most Americans haven’t read Mueller’s more than 400-page report.

“CNN was very excited about this,” Carlson noted, playing a clip of the network showing the illustrations, and asking former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino whether he’s read the cartoon version.

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Tucker: Rep. Omar criticizes country that took her family in

Commentary/Opinion: Democrats want you to believe America is an awful place.

Ingraham: Liberals enabling lawlessness

Commentary/Opinion: California Gov. Gavin Newsom drawing illegal immigrants to his state with Medicaid benefits.

Pelosi responds to AOC slam, says caucus has her back for condemning chief of staff’s ‘offensive’ twee

Notably, Pelosi all but confirmed that a warning she delivered to rank-and-file lawmakers a day earlier about using social media for attacks on fellow Democrats was prompted by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff.

Asked about her ongoing spat with the New York lawmaker, Pelosi acknowledged how she recently addressed — “at the request of my members” — an “offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices” that compared centrist Democrats to segregationists.

That tweet was authored and then deleted by Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.

“Our members took offense at that,” Pelosi said, claiming her comments received a positive response. “I addressed that.”

Trump 2020: On Illegal Immigration, US Economy, Tariffs, DSA & More—Trump Campaign’s Marc Lotter

With 16 months left before the 2020 Presidential election, where do things stand for the Trump campaign?

Alongside the US economy and illegal immigration, what are the key campaign issues and challenges today, through the eyes of Trump 2020 strategist Marc Lotter?

Today we sit down with the Director of Strategic Communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, Marc Lotter. Marc previously served as Special Assistant to President Trump and as Press Secretary to Vice President Mike Pence.

We discuss the key issues for the Trump 2020 campaign: the booming economy, the census controversy, the US border crisis, China tariffs, the environment, President Trump’s stance on Iran, and how the President has enacted many of his campaign promises.

We also look at how the democratic field of candidates have adopted increasingly radical, socialist policies that would have, in Lotter’s view, been unthinkable just a decade ago.

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Labour antisemitism: 30 whistleblowers to give evidence to EHRC

Four whistleblowers speak of top Labour aides interfering in antisemitism investigation.

The Jewish Labour Movement revealed on Thursday it had detailed witness statements from 30 former and current Labour members of staff that it was planning to submit to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is investigating Labour’s handling of antisemitism in the party.

Several more whistleblowers are understood to have approached the group since the programme was aired on Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the Jewish Labour Movement said: “The testimonies of whistleblowers confirm what we have suspected for some time.

The culture and scale of antisemitism within the party has been perpetuated and exacerbated by those at the very top.

Those responsible must be held accountable.”

Russia’s Putin, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Discuss Ending Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with his Bolivian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow,
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with his Bolivian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia July 11, 2019. Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS

Zelenskiy, a former comic actor with no previous political experience, won Ukraine’s presidential election in April and he has declared the settlement of the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev’s forces one of his priorities.

The Kremlin said the phone call between Putin and Zelenskiy had been initiated by the Ukrainian side.

The two men discussed the possibility of continuing contacts on the issue in the ‘Normandy’ format, which involves the participation of France and Germany, the Kremlin statement said.

UK ships in Gulf on high alert after Royal Navy trains guns on Iranian vessels

Navy frigate HMS Montrose intervened after an Isle of man-flagged vessel was challenged by Iranian gunboats in the Gulf. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

The change in guidance from the British government, changing the alert to Level 3, was made on Tuesday, a day before a Royal Navy warship trained its guns on Iranian gunboats that tried to disrupt the passage of an Isle of man-flagged vessel.

Level 3 is described as equivalent to the domestic security classification of critical in which there is an imminent risk of an incident.

The alert is for the 15-30 large British-owned vessels that travel through the Gulf every day.

The UK said the commercial ship, British Heritage, was in disputed waters claimed by Iranian when it was challenged by three Iranian Guards corps ships and ordered to move north.

HMS Montrose then intervened, aiming its guns on the Iranian boats to ward them off.

Iran has raised its ‘intensity of malign activity’ following US pullout of nuclear deal, top general says

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s comments Thursday come following the Islamic Republic’s harassment of a British oil tanker yesterday in the Strait of Hormuz. Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize the vessel but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

Milley also revealed that he supports the formation of a new coalition to escort vessels in the Persian Gulf. Britain raised its threat level for ships there this week to its highest point – one day before their oil tanker was harassed in the Strait of Hormuz.

The goal is to have U.S. military vessels serve as “command ships” and have other nations in the region escort the tankers through the volatile Strait of Hormuz, like we saw with the British warship escorting the UK-flagged tankers.

TV: IAEA finds traces of radioactive material at Iran site flagged by Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2018 in New York City, and holds up a picture of what he said was a secret Iranian nuclear warehouse. (John Moore/Getty Images/AFP)

Iran has denied that the site was a nuclear facility or served any secretive purpose. In an initial response to Netanyahu’s UN speech, Iranian state media claimed the warehouse was actually a recycling facility for scrap metal.

But the IAEA inspectors, who last visited the site in March, have reached a “definitive conclusion” that “there were traces of radioactive material” there, Channel 13 said, and are currently preparing a report on the matter.

The TV report noted that “the storing of radioactive material in a secret facility without informing the IAEA is a breach of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [NPT], to which Iran is a signatory.”

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited the site several times after Netanyahu identified it in an address to the UN General Assembly last September, took soil samples, and have now definitively concluded that there were “traces of radioactive material” there, Channel 13 news reported.

Russian nuclear submarine: Norway finds big radiation leak

The sub was filmed by Norway’s Institute of Marine Research

A sample showed radioactive caesium leaking from a ventilation pipe, but researchers said it was “not alarming”, as the Arctic water quickly diluted it.

The Soviet-era sub is also deep down, at 1,680m (5,512ft), and there are few fish in the area, they added.

For the first time a Norwegian remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) examined and filmed the Komsomolets on 7 July, revealing severe damage.

The submarine is also known as K-278 in Russia, and it sank carrying two nuclear torpedoes with plutonium warheads.

The news comes just over a week after fire swept through a Russian nuclear-powered submersible in the Barents Sea, killing 14 naval officers.

Chinese billionaire Wang Zhenhua arrested over child molestation allegations

Wang Zhenhua is pictured in 2016.
Wang Zhenhua is pictured in 2016. (Photo by Edward Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

The Shanghai prosecutor’s office said in a brief statement that the Putno district branch had ordered the arrest of two people, whom they identified only by their surnames, Wang and Zhou.

However, the Communist Party newspaper Global Times identified Wang as Wang Zhenhua, the former chairman of Seazen, one of China’s largest developers.

Seazen announced Wang’s son, Wang Xiaosong, had replaced his father as chairman after the older man’s resignation “for personal reasons.”

“We, just like the public, believe that minors are the future,” stated Seazen in a lengthy apology. “Anything that harms a minor is a severe offense.

Seazen absolutely supports and agrees with the authorities in handling this case.”


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