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Tornado hits Cape Cod leaving more than 33,000 residents without power

Yarmouth Fire crews look through the parts of the roof that blew off the Cape Sands Inn during a morning tornado that touched down on the structure, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in West Yarmouth, Mass. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)

“The tornado touched down in Yarmouth and then touched down again in Harwich with pockets of EF1 damage in both locations,” the latest update read. “ There was extensive tree and powerline damage. Most of the town of Harwich lost power due to the storm.”

The NWS said that the strongest wind speed clocked in at 110 mph. The roof of one hotel in the Massachusetts resort town was captured on video being ripped off the structure.

Breast implant recalled after link to more rare cancer cases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it called for the removal after new information showed Allergan’s Biocell breast implants with a textured surface were tied to the vast majority of cases of a rare form of lymphoma.

The move follows similar action in France, Australia and Canada.

The FDA is not recommending women with the implants have them removed because the cancer is so rare, but say they should check with their doctor if they have symptoms, which include pain and swelling.

Trump administration scores win over challenge to asylum restriction

The rule, published in the Federal Register last week, requires people seeking asylum to first apply in one of the countries they pass through on their way to the U.S., with certain exceptions.

The rule was quickly met with a legal challenge from advocacy groups, who moved for a temporary restraining order blocking the rule.

After a hearing in Washington, D.C. federal court, District Judge Timothy J. Kelly denied the motion.

The rule will remain in place for the duration of the case, unless the decision is successfully appealed.

Rapper Tay-K sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder of Texas man, 21

This undated photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office shows Taymor McIntyre. (Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

He was also found guilty on three counts of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 30 years in prison for one charge and an additional 13 years each for the two remaining charges, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

These sentences are set to run concurrently with his murder sentence.

Prosecutors said that McIntyre, now 19, was the mastermind behind the robbery, organizing it and recruiting the man who ultimately shot and killed Walker.

Meek Mill conviction overturned by Pennsylvania appeals court

In this Tuesday, July 23, 2019 photo, Meek Mill makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. (AP)

The unanimous three-judge opinion granted the rapper a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption and said he would likely be acquitted if the case is retried.

“We conclude the after-discovered evidence is of such a strong nature and character that a different verdict will likely result at a retrial,” the opinion said.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court also overturned the trial judge’s parole violation findings that sent the entertainer back to prison in 2017 for five months, and, in a rare move, pulled her off the case.

Police Arrest ‘Known Gang Member’ In Connection With Dousing NYPD Officers

Officers apprehended a 28-year-old suspect — described as a “known gang member” — allegedly involved in the one of the two videos, showing cops soaked with water while making arrests in Harlem and Brooklyn, according to a statement from NYPD Chief Terrence Monahan.

The NYPD would not provide his name to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Actions like we’ve seen in videos recently will NEVER be tolerated in this city. YOU WILL BE ARRESTED,” Monahan said on Twitter.

Four Michigan teens to be sentenced as adults in connection with ‘Overpassing’ game death

Judge Joseph J. Farah rejected the defense’s request Tuesday asking that Mark Sekelsky, 18, Mikadyn Payne, 17, Trevor Gray, 16, and Alexzander Miller, 16, be sentenced as juveniles for their roles in the October 2017 death of 32-year-old Kenneth White, FOX2 reported.

The four boys, along with Kyle Anger, who threw the rock that killed White, were said to be participating in a game called “Overpassing” where they threw various objects off an overpass on I-75 in Genesee County.

Anger is being tried separately for second-degree murder.

Authorities say the 6-pound rock he tossed from the overpass hit the van in which White was a passenger, killing him.

Father pleads guilty to paying $250,000 to get son into college as fake volleyball recruit

Jeffrey Bizzack, left, arrives at federal court with a member of his defense team, Wed., July 24, 2019, in Boston.JOSH REYNOLDS/AP

Bizzack, 59, is the 23rd defendant to plead guilty, while the others are fighting their charges.

Bizzack entered the plea to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in Boston’s federal court.

As part of a plea deal with Bizzack, prosecutors are recommending nine months in prison, a $75,000 fine and other restitution to be decided during sentencing.

Ex-law enforcement official sentenced for helping son flee

A former California Highway Patrol assistant chief and his estranged wife were sentenced to probation for helping their son flee the country during his rape trial in 2012.

The Fresno Bee reports Wednesday that a retired judge sentenced Kyle and Gail Scarber on Friday to six months of probation and community service. They must pay $10,000 in restitution.

The Scarbers agreed in June 2018 to plead no contest to a felony charge of conspiring to commit a crime.

Hitchhiker wearing bloody clothes arrested in man’s stabbing death

San Bernardino County authorities have arrested Jonathan Padilla, 24, in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a flood-control channel near a Highland home.(San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

Authorities say Jonathan Padilla, 24, walked out of a flood-control channel Monday on Mira Vista Avenue and asked a man who was leaving his house to take him to San Bernardino.

The resident agreed, and when Padilla got in the car, the driver noticed blood on his passenger’s clothes as well as “other evidence indicating a serious assault occurred,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

After returning home that night, the driver called authorities, who then searched the area and found the body of a man who had been stabbed to death in the nearby Highland Creek channel.

Man shot at Altamonte Springs Waffle House provoked shooting, arrested on attempted homicide charge, police say

Vandrae Tarrance Wright

Vandrae Wright, 29, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence and firing a weapon in a public place.

A second shooter, Tasheem Selwood, left the scene unscathed and was not charged after the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office determined he acted in self-defense, police spokeswoman Evelyn Estevez said.

Police arrested Wright after witness statements and surveillance video showed the suspect instigated the shooting.

Authorities said Wright repeatedly provoked Selwood inside and outside the restaurant, “at one point lifting up his shirt displaying the grip of a handgun.”

The two shot at each other in the restaurant parking lot, with a bullet hitting Wright in the stomach.

Celebrities react to the death of Rutger Hauer: ‘An intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor’

Rutger Hauer attends a photocall for “The Last Kingdom” at Charlotte Street Hotel on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Hauer’s agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed to Fox News that the star’s funeral was held Wednesday.

While he was most famous for his now-iconic role in “Blade Runner,” Hauer’s other credits include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Batman Begins,” “Sin City” and much more.

With such a long and storied career in showbusiness, it didn’t take long before those that respected him shared their condolences on social media.

Tech Watch:

Current Sr. Google Engineer Goes Public on Camera: Tech is “dangerous,” “taking sides”

Project Veritas has published an on-the-record interview with an insider who works at Google named Greg Coppola.

This video interview follows a series of insider Google reports, including internal Google documents, recently published by Project Veritas which exposed political bias, “algorithmic unfairness,” and the use of “blacklists” at YouTube.

White House: Google’s work in China is not a security risk

“The president and I did diligence on this issue, we’re not aware of any areas where Google is working with the Chinese government in any way that raises concerns,” Mnuchin said today.

He noted that Google continues to work with the US Department of Defense and that its work with China is “very, very limited.”

Thiel’s bold accusations surprised many. Thiel allegedly left Silicon Valley because he was tired of its liberal politics.

He backed the president’s election campaign and served on his White House transition team.

But sources close to Thiel told The Wall Street Journal that, until now, he hasn’t shared much criticism of Google, publicly or privately.

U.S. government issues stunning rebuke, historic $5 billion fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations

As a result, the settlement between the FTC and Facebook includes the largest fine in U.S. history for a privacy violation, and it grants federal regulators unparalleled access to the social-networking giant’s business decisions for the next two decades — allowing regulators to scrutinize the actions of Facebook’s leaders, including chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, and its efforts to launch new products and services.

Facebook, however, did not have to admit guilt for its misdeeds.

“Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers’ choices,” FTC Chairman Joe Simons said in a statement.

Amazon has ‘destroyed the retail industry across the United States,’ Mnuchin says

“I think if you look at Amazon, although there are certain benefits to it, they’ve destroyed the retail industry across the United States so there’s no question they’ve limited competition,” Mnuchin said in an interview on Wednesday.

“I think it’s very good that the attorney general is going to look into this.

I think it’s an important issue and I look forward to him reporting back to the president and hearing his recommendations,” the Treasury Secretary added.

Mnuchin’s comments come one day after the Justice Department formally announced a broad antitrust inquiry into whether Silicon Valley giants are unlawfully stifling competition.

Though not formally mentioned by name in the statement, it is widely believed that Amazon, along with Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Apple are in the crosshairs of the DoJ.

The agency is reviewing “whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.”

Dish agrees to $5B deal for T-Mobile and Sprint’s wireless assets, report

According to the WSJ the satellite company will be required to offer cell phone service and will be able to use T-Mobile’s network to do so during a seven-year transition period.

Dish was already under a Federal Communications Commission deadline of March 2020 to begin utilizing the billions of dollars worth of wireless spectrum it has acquired over the years or the FCC could revoke its license.

Dish previously announced it was working on a 5G narrowband “internet of things” network but that option would be designed for connecting smart devices such as power meters and lights as opposed to traditional cell phones and tablets.

The Journal also reports that both T-Mobile and Dish would be required to support the new virtual SIM card known as eSIM as part of the deal to make it easier for consumers to switch providers if they so desired.

Politics:

Tucker: The left can’t wait for Mueller on the hill tomorrow

Commentary/Opinion: Media silent about NYPD officers being pelted with objects, drenched with buckets of water while spending 24/7 on Mueller.

Robert Mueller Caught Contradicting His Report in Testimony to Congress

Jim Watson / AFP / Getty

In his opening statement, Mueller stated: “We did not address collusion, which is not a legal term. rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy, and it was not.”

Collins began by asking Mueller whether “collusion” and “conspiracy” were synonymous. Mueller said, “No.”

However, Collins read Mueller’s own report to him: “On page 180 of volume one of your report, you wrote, ‘As defined in legal dictionaries, collusion is largely synonymous with conspiracy as that crime is set forth in the general federal conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. 371; …

Are you sitting here today testifying something different than what your report states?”

Mueller struggled to explain the contradiction, and ultimately admitted that the interpretation in his report was the correct one — rather than the answer he had just given Congress.

Rep. Jim Jordan blasts Mueller for dodging questions

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan presses former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

Jordan says maybe a better course of action is to figure out how the false accusations started.

Rep. Gohmert pushes Mueller on whether anti-Trump bias existed on his team

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller during his July 24 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

Gohmert asked Mueller about former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who Gohmert stated “hated Trump.”

Mueller Withers As Questioning Turns To The Russia Narrative

Rep Gatez unloaded on Robert Mueller as he refuses to answer questions relating to the Steele Dossier.

Mueller issues clarification, takes back bombshell statement about indicting Trump

“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning,” Mueller said.

“I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the President because of the OLC opinion.

That is not the correct way to say it.

As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

Mueller made it clear that he did not intend to support Lieu’s implication that Mueller would have indicted Trump if not for the OLC opinion.

Rashida Tlaib Refuses To Condemn SHARIA, HAMAS, ANTIFA, and FGM

After speaking at a pro-socialist and communist rally at Reagan National Airport outside of Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was asked by Alicia Powe and Jacob Engels, two LauraLoomer.US contributors to condemn the recent Antifa terrorist attack on an ICE detention center in Washington state, HAMAS, Sharia Law, and Female Genital Mutilation in the same day.

In resurfaced interview, Ilhan Omar answers question on ‘jihadist terrorism’ by saying Americans should be ‘more fearful of white men’

In the interview, Al Jazeera host Medhi Hasan said some Americans feel justified in fearing Islam, not out of hate but for their own safety, before listing a number of radical Islamic terror attacks.

Omar dismissed this suggestion immediately and laid the blame on white males instead, calling for the profiling and monitoring of caucasian men.

“I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country,” she replied.

“And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”

The Democratic Party’s Awful, Rotten, Terrible, No Good Month of July

Commentary/Opinion: What an awesome month July has been for President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Thanks Democrats for Robert Mueller Hearings

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

“Now, after 3 hours, Robert Mueller has to subject himself to #Shifty Schiff – an Embarrassment to our Country!” Trump continued, referring to the chairman.

The president also shared Fox News analysis of the hearings, including Chris Wallace describing the testimony as a “disaster,” Katie Pavlich noting that Mueller denied that his investigation was impeded, and highlights of Rep. Jim Jordan’s line of questioning.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also shared an assessment of the Mueller testimony earlier on Wednesday.

After the second round of questioning Mueller, Trump appeared triumphant by the results of the House committee hearing after retweeting several highlights from the hearing from his House Republican allies.

“TRUTH IS A FORCE OF NATURE!” he wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Hawley fires back at left-wing attacks over his speech

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley speaks out against criticism of his speech on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

World News:

Former Nazi soldier charged after blaming victims for deaths, denying impact of Holocaust, report says

A commemorative plaque is pictured on November 13, 2017 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, northern France, reminding of the April 2, 1944 WWII massacre of 86 civilians by a Nazi Germany regiment. (AFP/Getty)

The soldier was identified by The Local as 96-year-old Karl Munter, who previously had been convicted and then pardoned for his role in the murders of 86 men in Ascq, France during World War II when he was a member of the “Hitler Youth” SS division.

The killings occurred as revenge after the division’s train became derailed as a result of an explosion carried out by the French Resistance.

Munter, during an interview broadcast on a German television channel last November, said those killed in the French town were to blame for their own deaths, The Local reports.

He also, the website adds, called into question that the Holocaust was responsible
for the deaths of six million Jews.

Last surviving Polish inmate from first transport to Auschwitz dies

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum’s press office said in a statement that Kazimierz Albin died Monday at the age of 96.

“With great sorrow we received information about the death of Kazimierz Albin, the last living survivor of the first transport of Poles to the German Auschwitz camp (No. 118),” the museum tweeted.

Born in 1922 in the southern Polish city of Krakow, Albin was caught by the Nazis in 1940 as he fled occupied Poland to join Polish armed forces then forming in France, AFP reported.

He was imprisoned and on June 14 of that year, deported to Auschwitz with the first convoy of Polish prisoners.

Their forearms were tattooed with the camp’s infamous identification numbers ranging from 31 to 758, and he became inmate number 118.

New U.K. PM Boris Johnson vows to deliver Brexit

Speaking in front of his new official residence at 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned “all those who continue to prophesize disaster… do not under estimate this country.”

But he didn’t say how he’d deliver the Brexit his predecessor could not.

Iran hints at swap with UK in bid to reduce tensions

President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 24, 2019.  (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

His remarks could create an opening to reduce tensions in the region just as Boris Johnson replaces Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister.

Rouhani insisted Iran does not want tensions to escalate and the U.K. would receive a “proportional response from Iran” if it returned the seized vessel.

“We do not seek the continuation of tension with some European countries,” Rouhani said in comments carried on his website.

“Should they be committed to international frameworks and give up their wrong actions, including what they did in Gibraltar, they will receive a proportional response from Iran.”

Spokesman: Puerto Rico governor hasn’t resigned

Demonstrators, some waving Puerto Rican national flags, gather in front of the governor’s mansion
Demonstrators, some waving Puerto Rican national flags, gather in front of the governor’s mansion La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/Associated Press)

In response to local media reports that Rosselló was on the verge of leaving Puerto Rico, Public Affairs Secretary Anthony Maceira said the governor “has not resigned and remains in Puerto Rico. As he said yesterday, he’s in a process of reflecting, and listening to the people.”

Maceira said that some media had published “incorrect rumors” and that “whatever decision is taken will be officially communicated, as always.”

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have been outraged by leaked, obscenity-laced online chats between Rosselló and his advisers, and have protested for nearly two weeks demanding his resignation.

Beijing strikes ominous tone, saying military could intervene in Hong Kong

Members of a Chinese honor guard take part in a ceremony welcoming Belgium’s King Philippe to Beijing on June 23.
(Ng Han Guan / Associated Press)

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said at a news conference Wednesday morning that the protests on Sunday were “intolerable.”

“Some radical protesters’ actions challenge the authority of the central government and the bottom line of ‘One Country, Two Systems,’” Wu said, adding that the ministry would follow Article 14 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

“One Country, Two Systems” is China’s way of referring to its administration of Hong Kong, under which it is part of China but allowed to maintain some degree of autonomy.

Article 14 states that the Chinese government’s military forces stationed in Hong Kong will not interfere in local affairs unless the Hong Kong government requests assistance “in the maintenance of public order” or for disaster relief.

Sunday’s protests broadened the scope of conflict as protesters shifted from targeting the Hong Kong territorial government and police to directly challenging the Chinese government.

Greece’s New Government: Undoing the Damage of Years of Socialist Rule

Greece's new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis,
Pictured: Mitsotakis (foreground left) is sworn in as prime minister on July 8, 2019, at the Presidential Palace in Athens. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greece now has a single-party government that enjoys a wide parliamentary majority, which means that it will not be forced to compromise with Marxists and Social Democrats.

This situation bodes well for the major economic and social reforms that Mitsotakis is planning and which he was elected to undertake.

He deserves a chance at home and abroad to prove that opening up the economy while clamping down on forces that threaten Greek democracy can undo the damage done by years of socialist rule.

The vote represented the Greek people’s frustration and disgust not only with the failures of the Syriza-led government, which wreaked havoc on the economy and state institutions, but with the accompanying widespread corruption and anarchy that overtook the country.

The new government’s stated economic reforms include a drastic reduction in taxes, a tough stance against the violation of workers’ rights, the encouragement of major foreign investments and curing the ills of the health-care system — the first step of which has been a surprise inspection of hospitals in Athens.

The Mitsotakis-led government is also reversing its predecessor’s course where foreign policy is concerned, stressing a desire to enhance Greek-American relations.

One step in illustrating a closer alliance with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is the recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s transitional president in his battle against Nicolás Maduro.

Commentary/Opinion:

Ingraham: The culture of disrespect

Outrage grows over videos of NYPD officers being assaulted with thrown objects and buckets of water.

“How We Can Strengthen From Within”: Mercedes Schlapp on Trump’s Approach & Her Time at White House

Former Director of Strategic Communications at the White House, Mercedes Schlapp, talks about her experience working for President Trump.

She talks about what she learned from the president as well as how he genuinely cares about the American people and lifting communities up.

She also talks about the successes of his administration over the past 2.5 years, as well as what her expectations are for the 2020 elections.

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