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News and Headlines. 7/25/2019


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In The News:

Barr orders executions of 5 child murderers as US set to resume death penalty

In a groundbreaking Thursday statement, Barr announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has adopted an addendum to federal protocol that clears the way for the United States to resume capital punishment.

Barr also directed officials to schedule the executions of five men convicted of heinous crimes.

“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said.

“Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers.”

“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” he added.

California couple hurt in ‘very brutal’ attack by group of teenagers outside their home

Video released by the department shows a woman being kicked and punched around her head and face area multiple times.

“If you look at the video, there’s about four to five people, both males and females,” Stockton Police spokesman Joe Silva told FOX40. “And we believe that they possibly are known to that neighborhood.”

The couple, who have asked to not be identified, said the confrontation started after they asked a group of teenagers to move along while they were taking out the trash.

The woman, who now has two black eyes, said the attack began when one of the men in the group sucker punched her.

California police hunt shooting suspect who killed 3, including father and brother

Gerry Dean Zaragoza, 26, was identified as a suspect in the two separate shootings, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police said two victims were killed in Canoga Park and another two victims were shot later in North Hollywood.

Zaragoza was last seen driving a blue Jeep Liberty with paper plates and may have attempted to rob a man at an ATM, FOX11 Los Angeles reported.

Neighboring police agencies have joined the hunt as sources tell the station Zaragoza appears to be getting “desperate.”

Trump calls out de Blasio over attacks on NYPD officers: ‘Should act immediately!’

“We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country,” the president, a New Yorker, tweeted Thursday. “

What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well.”

Trump added: “What took place was completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Bill de Blasio should act immediately!”

Florida police chief calls out de Blasio over harassment of police: ‘Stop this trend’ before it gets worse

“This has to stop, when do the buckets of water become more than that? They become more bricks, bottles, and so forth,” Andreu told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

Videos of officers being pelted with objects and drenched with water surfaced on social media on Monday.

Andrews reacted to the videos by saying “the restraint of the officers is amazing.”

“And then you hear the crowds cheering in the background. That’s unacceptable. Completely unacceptable,” he added.

Ex-college football player, 22, accused of killing 3 at random in Louisiana is denied bail

Sean Barrette, 22, was denied bail
Sean Barrette, 22, was denied bail on Tuesday after he allegedly killed three people in Louisiana last month. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Sean Barrette, 22, was charged with first- and second-degree murder involving the deaths of three men in the cities of Metairie and Kenner between June 17 and 18, and suspected of shooting at another three people.

He is also connected to a fourth death in New Orleans but has not been arrested in that case, according to WWL-TV.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said at a news conference in June that authorities at the time had “not been able to identify any connection between the victims and the suspect.

I believe that he was actually picking his targets at random, shooting them in the vehicle.”

16 Marines Arrested In California For Alleged Drug Crimes, Human Smuggling

US Marines take their positions during an amphibious landing operation at the Dawn Blitz 2015 exercise in Camp Pendleton, California on September 5, 2015. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) made the arrests during a battalion formation exercise at Camp Pendleton in California using information gathered from a “human smuggling” investigation, the press release read.

The investigation was conducted jointly by NCIS and the 1st Marine Division.

“1st Marine Division is committed to justice and the rule of law, and we will continue to fully cooperate with NCIS on this matter,” the statement said.

“Any Marines found to be in connection with these alleged activities will be questioned and handled accordingly with respect to due process.”

White professor sues historically black university for age, race discrimination after 40-year tenure

Marshall Burns, a 73-year-old physics professor at Tuskegee University, alleges the school pays younger employees at least $18,000 to $30,000 more than him, although his professorship spans over four decades.

Burns began his career at Tuskegee University in 1976 as an assistant professor, according to court documents—being promoted to a full-time position in 1980.

The physics professor wrote a physics textbook—recognized by the Alabama state legislature, helped found the university’s first physics major, and lobbied for additional university funding.

Burns claims he earns $60,500 a year, despite requesting a raise at least 12 times.

Country rock band Confederate Railroad booted from second state fair over its name: We’ve ‘done nothing wrong’

The band was scheduled to grace the stage at the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, N.Y., on Aug. 1, however, a spokesperson for the fair said the band’s performance in Hudson Valley has been canceled.

“The Ulster County Fair must be an event that everyone can enjoy while representing the values of all members of our community,” rep for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.

“Any showcasing of a symbol of division and racism runs counter to that principle and will be vigorously opposed by my administration.”

Coast Guardsman Who Jumped On Moving Narco Sub In Viral Video Will Get An Award

“We will definitely recognize that person” with an award, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason Vanderhaven said on Wednesday at a Pentagon news conference, Military.com reported.

Vanderhaven said what the Coast Guardsman did was a “tremendous feat of bravery.”

The unidentified coast guardsman will be receiving an award, but Vanderhaven did not say when the award would be given or what type of award it would be.

Trump’s doctored presidential seal leads to firing

A representative for the group, Turning Point USA, told the Washington Post that the fake seal was a mistake, the result of a rushed online search.

But while the group called the slip-up “unacceptable”, they maintained there was no “malicious intent”.

So what’s the story behind the doctored presidential seal?

Pizza Hut to test out system where customers never have to interact with an actual person

Once an order is ready, customers can pick it up from the latched cubby that has their name displayed on it. (Pizza Hut)

The company will be testing out a digital cubby system at one of its locations in Hollywood, Calif.

Customers will be able to order a pizza ahead of time and then pick it up from the appropriate cubby when they arrive at the restaurant.

The cubby system was designed to be an “easy alternative for time-strapped carryout customers,” Nation’s Restaurant News reported, adding that it won’t replace the traditional in-store experience but work alongside it.

The system is expected to work with orders made through the Pizza Hut app, along with orders made through the website or in-store.

Immigration:

GOP rep explodes at Dems over ‘dehumanizing’ hearing on border crisis: ‘Put a bill up!’

Collins, the top Republican on the panel, spoke at a forum titled, “Oversight of Family Separation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” where Democrats sought to bring attention to what they say is the continued practice of separating children from adult migrants at the border.

But a few lines into his prepared remarks, in which he complained about having another hearing on the issue without action being proposed, the Georgia lawmaker threw down his pen.

“Look, I’m going to stop, I’m not going to read this,” he said. “You know what is dehumanizing?

It’s continuing to bring the same witnesses and the same people from the same agencies to talk about this over and over and over again.

What’s dehumanizing is doing that and not doing anything about it.”

He went on to say that the majority was not “competent” as it doesn’t put legislation forward.

“We’re having bash the president time, bash the administration time, that’s all this is,” he said, before saying the panel is becoming a “committee of press releases.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs ICE Director

Seeking asylum? Seek it legally.

Want to avoid being arrested? Don’t break the law.

America welcomes immigrants, but immigrants must enter the United States legally.

Your chaos is rejected, AOC.

Trump’s Merit-Based Immigration Proposal Will Boost Economy—FreedomWorks’ Adam Brandon

At the Western Conservative Summit, we sit down with FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon to discuss President

Trump’s policies that have contributed to the booming economy and increased productivity, including tax cuts and deregulation.

We also look at immigration and how more merit-based legal immigration could potentially bolster the US economy.

Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Previously Deported Sex Offender And Convicted Contract Killer

DHS Police Officers Detain Migrants At El Paso, Texas
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Agents from the Three Points Station arrested a man near Sells, Arizona, after he tried to illegally reenter the country, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The agents identified the man as a 35-year-old Guatemalan citizen named Jose Juana-Zapata.

CPB claims that Border Patrol agents also conducted a biometric background investigation.

This investigation indicated that a court in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania had convicted Juana-Zapata in 2008 on a murder-for-hire charge and sentenced him to three years behind bars.

That same day, agents patrolling near the Port of Douglas arrested another man, according to CBP. The agents identified the man as a 40-year-old Mexican citizen named Victor Rodriguez-Galven.

Politics:

Tulsi Gabbard sues Google, alleging ‘election interference’ after Dem debate

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard, a military veteran and congresswoman from Hawaii, is an outsider candidate who has often been at odds with her fellow progressives.

Conservatives have long charged that Google discriminates against conservatives, and the Justice Department on Tuesday announced a sweeping antitrust review into large technology companies.

“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values,” Gabbard said in a statement.

“This is a threat to free speech, fair elections and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”

Jim Jordan says Dems are never going to stop going after Trump

Commentary/Opinion: During the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing with Robert Mueller, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan grilled the ex-Special Counsel on the origins of the 2016 Russian interference election probe.

The Mueller Hearings Were an Unmitigated Disaster for the Democrats

Commentary/Opinion: In subpoenaing former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before two House committees, Democrats have finally stretched the Russia hoax past its breaking point.

It may go down as one of the greatest miscalculations of modern congressional politics.

Senate report on 2016 election interference faults FBI, finds ‘extensive activity’ against ‘US election infrastructure’

The partially redacted report comes on the heels of Robert Mueller’s at times weary testimony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, when the former special counsel warned that “many more countries are developing capabilities to replicate” Moscow’s activities.

However, the committee said that a major purpose of Russia’s involvement may have been to cause hysteria, and affect America’s confidence in democracy.

The report also faulted the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for providing inadequate warnings to state governments.

The panel found that alerts often went to the wrong people or contained insufficient information, and blended in with previous general warnings the states had received.

World News:

Ukraine seizes Russian tanker involved in November conflict

A ship under the the Kerch bridge blocks the passage to the Kerch Strait near Kerch, Crimea, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo) (AP)

The vessel was at port in the Black Sea Wednesday when the security service detained the tanker, allowing its 10 crew members to disembark and leave the country because they weren’t involved in the November incident.

“This is very bad news,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Thursday through a state news agency. “Someone in Kiev wants a tough throwback to their provocation on Nov. 25.”

Shocking image from Syria shows girl, 5, clinging to sister’s T-shirt at bombed building

The image was taken in Ariha, a rural area of Idlib province, where airstrikes by the Syrian government and Russian forces have intensified this week.

A correspondent for Syrian news outlet SY-24 reported the airstrikes had hit the family’s apartment, causing them to fall from the fifth floor to the ground.

The correspondent who photographed the scene reportedly stopped to help the children.

Moments later, the building collapsed, further injuring other apartment dwellers, the five-year-old girl named Riham, and her seven-month-old sister Tuqa, BBC reported

Argentine boxer becomes second to die in last week from injuries suffered in ring

Hugo Santillan, 23, died after being injured Saturday in Buenos Aires in a super-lightweight bout with Eduardo Abreu that ended in a draw.

He was awaiting the decision when he collapsed, according to La Nacion.

Santillán was rushed from the ring to San Felipe Hospital, where doctors discovered a brain clot.

Santillán, who was nicknamed “Dinamita,” experienced a pair of cardiorespiratory arrests following the procedure.

“Upon admission to the hospital, he had successive kidney failure and he did not come out of his coma,” Dr. Graciela Olocco of Hospital Agudos San Felipe said, via The Guardian.

“He had swelling of his brain and he never recovered consciousness. The swelling continued to worsen and it affected the functioning of the rest of his organs.”

Four teens charged in attack on flight attendant and American girlfriend who refused to kiss

Melania Geymonat, 28, (right) originally from Uruguay, was riding the bus with her girlfriend Chris (left) after an evening out in West Hampstead, London, in the early hours of May 30. (Melania Geymonat)

The teens attacked 28-year-old Melania Geymonat, a flight attendant from Uruguay, and her American girlfriend, Chris, on the upper deck of a bus traveling through West Hampstead, London, in the early hours of May 30.

The women were beaten and robbed. A photo after the incident showed their bloody facial injuries.

Two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old were charged with an aggravated hate crime under the Public Order act, the Metropolitan Police Service announced in a statement. The identities of the teens were not released.

Canada tourist killings: Teenagers on the run charged with third murder

Arrest warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, after Leonard Dyck was found shot dead in British Columbia near a burnt-out camper van belonging to the pair.

Days earlier, tourists Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were also found shot dead.

The teenagers’ disappearance has prompted a national manhunt by police.

Commentary/Opinion:

Russian Totalitarianism’s Bravest Dissidents Explain How To Defeat Socialism

A look back at the Russian dissidents’ literary legacy suggests a disturbing answer.

The growth of socialism, they had come to see, was not essentially an economic phenomenon.

A people’s willingness to accept increasingly paternalistic government, argued Igor Shafarevich in his influential essay “Socialism in Our Past and Future,” stems as much from religious skepticism, a dislike of family, the desire to evade personal responsibility, and a rejection of monogamy—in short, from the adolescent fantasy of an impulse-driven life—as it does from any objection to wealth inequality.

Having studied collectivist societies from ancient Mesopotamia and the Inca empire up through the first communal experiments in the Middle Ages and the rise of nineteenth-century Marxism, Shafarevich joined with other writers to warn that socialism is less an economic theory than a symptom of advanced moral decay, especially among self-styled intellectuals.

It is, he wrote, not a form of government but an ideology of hatred for traditional values, “a hatred which cannot be explained on economic or political grounds.”

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