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Woman falls off balcony while practicing ‘extreme’ yoga, posing for pictures: report

The woman, identified as Alexa Terrazas by local outlets, was allegedly practicing yoga over her balcony railing when she fell and broke her legs. (Javo Rayado)

In a still shot spread widely on social media, the young woman, identified by the Mexican newspaper El Universal as 23-year-old Alexa Terrazas, is seen hanging upside down on the outside of the balcony rail while supporting herself with her waist and the weight of her legs, which are bent. According to a tweet, the woman was practicing “extreme” yoga.

After the picture was taken, the woman fell from the apartment balcony and broke both of her legs, as well as suffered fractures to her arms, hips and head, El Universal reported.

According to the publication, the woman, living in San Pedro in Nuevo Leon, broke 110 bones and underwent 11 hours of surgery following the fall. She will face years of recovery.

Florida school resource officer fired after taking sexually explicit video, photos while on duty

The unidentified officer with the Kissimmee Police Department took the video in December while she was on duty at Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy and sent it to her husband, according to case documents obtained by Fox News.

In the video, the woman appears naked in the staff bathroom, touching herself inappropriately, urinating and speaking to the intended recipient, who she said was her husband.

The video, along with several explicit photos, was discovered by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year while a detective investigated a domestic issue between the woman and her husband.

McDonald’s employee defends dragging customer out by his feet: ‘He threw the french fry in my face’

The footage shows an employee grab the man by his feet and drag him towards the door while several other employees watch.

The manager, however, claims that the footage doesn’t tell the whole story.

The incident occurred at a McDonald’s in Center City in Philadelphia last Thursday, Fox 29 reports.

The video, which was uploaded to Twitter, doesn’t show how the incident began. It does, however, show an employee dragging the man to the door by his feet and forcefully telling him to get up.

NYPD arrests slump in wake of firing of officer accused in Garner case, report says

Just between Aug. 17, when Pantaleo was fired, and Aug. 25, arrests dropped by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2018, the New York Post reported.

NYPD cops made 3,508 arrests compared to 4,827 a year earlier, according to the Post.

The police union has argued that Pantaleo did nothing wrong, and say that Garner’s death was attributable to his poor health.

Officers had balked at what they saw as the politicization of the case – with national Democrats demanding Pantaleo be fired. Mayor Bill de Blasio angered cops by saying that the Garner family would have “justice.”

Now, cop sources told the outlet that they are slowing down in response to the
action.

Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits

A federal judge in Ohio is presiding over 1,500 opioid lawsuits brought by state, local and tribal governments, with the first two set for trial in October. The plaintiffs in those two cases are Ohio counties.

The Oklahoma verdict could put more pressure on Johnson & Johnson and the other drug industry defendants in those cases to settle while bolstering the claims of plaintiffs.

The deluge of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, marketers and distributors has been fueled by an epidemic that has killed more than 400,000 people across the U.S. since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control(CDC).

Purdue Pharma, Sackler family offer $10B-$12B to settle opioid lawsuits: Report

“While Purdue Pharma is prepared to defend itself vigorously in the opioid litigation, the company has made clear that it sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation and appeals,” Purdue Pharma said in a statement addressing the report.

“The people and communities affected by the opioid crisis need help now. Purdue believes a constructive global resolution is the best path forward, and the company is actively working with the state attorneys general and other plaintiffs to achieve this outcome.”

The drugmaker did not confirm or comment on the proposed settlement terms.

Purdue Pharma faces more than 2,000 lawsuits alleging the firm used deceptive sales practices to push the potent painkiller to the public.

Plaintiffs argue the tactics contributed to the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis and factored into hundreds of thousands of deaths over the last decades.

Ilhan Omar stole my husband, DC mom claims in divorce papers

Tim Mynett and Ilhan Omar with her daughter
Tim Mynett and Ilhan Omar with her daughter SplashNews.com

The physician, 55, and her 38-year-old husband — who has worked for left-wing Democrats such as Omar and her Minnesota predecessor, Keith Ellison — have a 13-year-old son together.

“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers say.

Omar — a member of “the Squad,” a group of far left-leaning female freshman House members including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and two others — recently separated from her husband, according to reports.

The 37-year-old congresswoman and mom of three paid Tim Mynett and his E. Street Group approximately $230,000 through her campaign since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, internet advertising and travel 
expenses.

Omar was spotted enjoying time with Tim Mynett at a California restaurant in March.

Beth Mynett is seeking primary physical custody of her and her husband’s son in part because of Tim Mynett’s “extensive travel” with Omar, the document says.

Former Google engineer charged with theft of trade secrets

Anthony Levandowski Getty

The alleged theft spurred a bitter lawsuit two years ago between Google’s self-driving car arm, which was renamed Waymo, and Uber.

The charges are focused on Levandowski’s work with Otto, a self-driving trucking company that the engineer founded Uber acquired in 2016.

Google alleged that Anthony Levandowski downloaded 14,000 “highly confidential” files describing self-driving technology research and brought them to Otto.

“We have always believed competition should be fueled by innovation, and we appreciate the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI on this case,” a Waymo spokeswoman said in a statement.

2 children dead, 10 hurt after suspect fights officer, steals police cruiser

Photo – ABC 6 Broadcast/Adobe Stock)

WHIO reported that it all began when police responded to the call of a woman who was reportedly stabbed on Xenia Avenue in Dayton just after 7 p.m. Shortly after heading to that area, units received another call for a vehicle crash nearby.

The first officer on the scene saw a man running back and forth in the street, apparently agitated or under the influence of something.

The man witnessed the scene unfold as the suspect allegedly tried to avoid the Riverside officer. He says that as the officer hopped out of his SUV, the suspect ran behind the vehicle and jumped into the passenger’s seat and locked the doors.

Man killed by police after standoff and attack on police dog

Anchorage Police SWAT members respond to the scene of shots fired off Strawberry Road on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Officers received information that the man was “under the influence of drugs and threatening suicide and had pointed the weapon at more than one person,” said Police Chief Justin Doll in a press conference Monday night.

After officers arrived, police said the armed man was standing by a vehicle. Ignoring commands from officers, he walked up to a house and tried to open a door.

When he was unable to open it, he fired into the home, breaking a window next to the door.

He then “turned around, pointed his gun at responding officers, and fired a shot,” police wrote in a report. Climbing through the broken window, he entered the house, police said.

Angry mob attacks man outside Portland bar for wearing ‘MAGA’ hat; two people arrested

22-year old Leopold A. Hauser, 23-year old Abedisi A. Okuneye.
22-year old Leopold A. Hauser, 23-year old Abedisi A. Okuneye.

Last week’s assault comes only weeks after a New York man had the bones in his face fractured for donning the red cap. Jahangir “John” Turan is a fan of President Trump’s and had made a special trip to visit Trump Tower where he purchased his hat.

He proudly wore it throughout the day but as he was walking down a New York City street, was approached by an upset crowd. He recalls:

Atsu Mable, originally from West Africa, had a similar experience in his Maryland neighborhood this past spring.

Mable was attempting to make his way home when he was approached by two men. He says:

Surgeons attach man’s hand to groin in effort to prevent amputation

Doctors had to harvest nerve and vein rafts from his foot and forearm but noticed a patch on his palm that was still uncovered.
Doctors had to harvest nerve and vein rafts from his foot and forearm but noticed a patch on his palm that was still uncovered. (SWNS)

“I’d say it’s probably the most complex amputation I’ve had to deal with,” Roger Adlard, consultant plastic surgeon at St. George’s Hospital in London, told SWNS.

“There are many surgeons who, once they’d seen that level of injury, would think it was unsalvageable.”

Adlard’s patient, Anthony Lelliott, had been using a circular saw while trimming flooring when the accident occurred. He described it as “blood spurting everywhere.”

Adlard and another surgeon, Farida Ali, worked for 17 hours to save what they could while being mindful of diminishing time.

Judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban hours ahead of implementation

In this June 4, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis.
In this June 4, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Missouri’s (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed the lawsuit, arguing that the law is unconstitutional and goes against the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest. If courts don’t uphold the eight-week ban, the measure includes a series of less-restrictive bans ranging from 14 weeks up to 20 weeks.

The policy also bans abortions based solely on race, sex or a diagnosis indicating the potential for Down syndrome.

Similar laws have been struck down in North Dakota and Iowa.

Philadelphia store employee shoots, kills armed robbery suspect, police say

The Philadelphia Police Department said the incident happened just after 4 p.m. at a Metro PCS store in the southwest part of the city when an unidentified man who appeared to be in his late 30’s entered the business.

The man was trying to rob the store when the lone employee inside — who has a permit to carry a firearm — fired at the would-be robber multiple times, striking him.

Police said the would-be robber was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later.

New York man, 64, dies after being beaten while being held hostage with his wife in their home for more than 24 hours by their house guest who claimed to be a CIA agent

Doru Vaduvescu, 64, was held captive alongside his wife, Mimi, allegedly by their house guest Truman Delaney, 46, who they met on a CIA-themed Facebook chat six months ago.

According to police, Delaney sent a private messages to the couple telling them he needed help ‘to complete his missions.’

But after four months the suspect allegedly lost control and nailed their bedroom door shut, taking their credit cards and beating Doru until they gave up their pin numbers, authorities say.

When Delaney left to go to the bank, Mimi yelled out the window for help.

Long Island high school and middle school are on lockdown after gunman ‘opens fire on football field in a dispute with landscapers before barricading himself in his nearby home’

The suspect's brother, an older woman and a six-year-old child were inside the home and uninjured
The suspect’s brother, an older woman and a six-year-old child were inside the home and uninjured

At least three gunshots were reported just after 9am less than 1,000ft from Roosevelt Middle School and Roosevelt High School.

Police say a man fired shots into the ground with a handgun on the football field in a dispute with landscapers over trees that had fallen into his yard.

No one was injured in the shooting, including the 140 teachers and students inside.

The man fled to his home nearby on Bauer Avenue and barricaded himself inside before surrendering without incident, police said.

Catholic order offered two black men only $15,000 each to settle sex abuse claims: report

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The Catholic Church settled two sexual abuse cases in the Mississippi Delta involving black men for significantly less money than the national average and that offered to white victims, according to The Associated Press.

In 2006, the Diocese of Jackson settled a lawsuit with 19 sexual abuse victims, 17 of them white, for $5 million, with each victim getting an average of $250,000, and payouts elsewhere have been even higher, with a settlement in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese getting an average of $500,000 per claimant, according to the AP.

The Franciscans also reportedly tried to settle with Love’s cousin Joshua by offering him up to $10,000 to cover the cost of a used car, with Joshua eventually agreeing to sign a confidential agreement awarding him $15,000.

AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Shows Jesus Robbing a Bank, Working with Hitler

YouTube screenshot of Tyson Ritter playing Humperdoo/Jesus in “Preacher.”

AMC’s show Preacher has set a new record for irreverence, making Jesus Christ out to be an adulterer and mentally handicapped.

Yet on Sunday, the show managed to become even more offensive. In one episode, the character portraying Jesus smokes a joint and imagines himself robbing a bank.

Early in the episode, Tyson Ritter — whose character is listed as “Humperdoo, Jesus Christ, Jesus” on IMDB — smokes a joint with Ruth Negga, playing Tulip O’Hare.

He reminisces about having sex with a married woman in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before his crucifixion — originally shown in an episode in 2017, as Newsbusters reported.

In that original episode, Jesus was introduced as “Humperdoo” and portrayed as an inbred simpleton.

The Epoch Times’ Stephen Gregory Responds to NBC & MSNBC’s Gross Misrepresentations of Our Media

On August 20, NBC and MSNBC published what they called an investigative report and dedicated hours of television screen time, including the Rachel Maddow show, to attacking The Epoch Times.

These spread misinformation and outright falsehoods, and led to a series of other media reports that did the same.

What was this, what amounts to a disinformation campaign, all about? How does it egregiously misrepresent The Epoch Times?

How does it play into Chinese Communist Party propaganda talking points about a group that has been severely persecuted by the Chinese regime for the last 20 years?

Today we sit down with Stephen Gregory, Publisher of the U.S. editions of The Epoch Times, to set the record straight.

Immigration:

Illegal immigrant raped Maryland girl, 16, at knifepoint in her bedroom, police say

Nelson Saul Reyes-Medrano, 46,
Nelson Saul Reyes-Medrano, 46,

Federal officials have requested to keep the man in custody.

The Montgomery County Police Department said Nelson Saul Reyes-Medrano, 46, is charged with first-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and first-degree assault in connection with the late August 2018 attack.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman told Fox News that Reyes-Medrano was living in the U.S. illegally and the federal law enforcement agency has lodged a detainer against him.

African Migrants Protest Denial of Passage Through Mexico to U.S.

Photo: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

Mexican immigration authorities reported that 3,712 people from Africa appeared between January and June 2019.

The majority of those came from Cameroon. Most of the balance came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Similar demographics were reported by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials in June when more than 500 African migrants appeared along the U.S. side of Mexico’s northern border in a one-week period, Breitbart Texas reported.

Two weeks before the illegal crossings began in the Del Rio Sector, hundreds of African migrants gathered near an international bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, to protest not being allowed entry into the U.S. through a legal port of entry, Breitbart News reported.

“I arrived in Tapachula a month ago. I left Cameroon and went directly to Ecuador. From there to Colombia.

I climbed mountains, walked through the jungle, to find this shit,” Azu expressed. “This shit! They don’t feed me. They don’t give me anything. I am very angry with the government of Mexico.

This is not normal. This is bullshit. We need a solution. We just want to get out of here.”

CBP releases drone footage showing ‘new wall system’ being built

Sixty miles of new wall built on Arizona border with hundreds more expected by end of 2020.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan says every mile counts to keep America safer.

Politics:

Andrew Yang proposes ‘giant space mirrors’ to tackle climate change

Businessman Andrew Yang addresses the South Carolina Democratic Party convention, Saturday, June 22, in Columbia, S.C.. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Like many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, Yang has proposed using a wide range of tools to ramp up renewable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, establish new standards on emissions for buildings, cars and the entire electric grid, and boost nuclear energy capacity.

However, his 20-year, $4.87 trillion climate plan differs in one way, and that’s in terms of geoengineering — the notion that humans should take deliberate and large-scale action concerning climate in order to stop or slow down the planet’s warming.

Yang’s plan would provide $800 million to NASA, the Department of Defense and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to research geoengineering, which includes investigating “giant foldable space mirrors” as an emergency measure of last resort.

New information reveals possible Dropbox of Hillary emails tied to China

The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server continues.

One America’s Jack Posobiec has the latest on those developments.

Google Can Manipulate 10.4 Million Votes says psychologist

A Psychologist who has studied Google’s effects testifies that they have the ability to sway between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes in an insidious manner.

Beto O’Rourke: White Supremacy ‘Manifest in Every Part of American Life’

Joel Pollak / Breitbart News

O’Rourke described a country founded on white supremacy, and said that the country was projecting its racism onto would-be migrants being detained on the border.

The Democratic presidential hopeful, who is trailing badly in the polls, recited a litany of claims — many of them debunked, such as the Charleston “very fine people” hoax — accusing President Donald Trump of fomenting racism in the country.

He also accused Trump, whom he likened to a fascist dictator, of “stochastic terrorism,” alleging that Trump was making provocative statements to encourage individuals, indirectly, to launch white supremacist attacks like the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

O’Rourke also called for a complete ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and a national buyback of AR-15 rifles and other legal weapons currently owned by Americans.

During the question-and-answer session, a pro-life member of the audience asked O’Rourke about his support for third-trimester abortions, asking if human life had no worth one day before birth.

Representative Calls for Charges Against Ilhan Omar as State GOP Takes Action

Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (R) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) hold a press conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on Aug. 19, 2019.
Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (R) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) hold a press conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on Aug. 19, 2019. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Drazkowski’s latest effort came several weeks after he asked the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue to probe Omar’s marriage and tax situation and after he created a website that includes a petition calling on the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics to launch an investigation into Omar’s alleged misconduct, as well as a list of documents he says shows when and how Omar committed perjury.

Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint with the committee in July, arguing there is “substantial, compelling and, to date, un-refuted evidence” that the Minnesota Democrat may have committed “immigration fraud, marriage fraud, perjurious statements on her Minnesota divorce filings, and falsifications on her tax returns.”

Another effort against Omar came from Alabama lawmakers.

The state’s GOP passed a resolution over the weekend calling for the state’s congressional delegation to seek Omar’s expulsion.

World News:

No face-to-face trade talks set for US and China, telephone talks limited

The last face-to-face communications between the U.S. and China was the July 31 meeting between Lighthizer, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Liu.

The meeting was so unsatisfactory that the following day, President Trump announced the U.S. would impose new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Before then, talks were mainly over the telephone. Any communication between the sides became rare after that.

In an Aug. 20 interview on CNBC, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “I hope the teams get back together in the next week or 10 days, at least by phone and then perhaps in person shortly after that.”

Even after communications resumed, China’s Commerce Ministry issued a public statement on Aug. 13 in which it was careful to say that while talks were ongoing, they were not face-to-face ones.

“Both sides agree to talk again on the phone within two weeks,” it said.

Young girl is kidnapped and gang-raped by six men… then has her head shaved and is paraded through the streets as PUNISHMENT by her village in India

Pictured: A woman holds a banner which reads ‘no means no’ during a rally to remember a woman gang-raped in New Delhi in 2014

Police said the girl was repeatedly raped by the men until she passed out in Gaya district of Bihar, east India, on August 14.

A villager saw her a day after the attack and told her family – who took her home.

But the Panchayat, which is reportedly under the influence of the accused’s family, called for the girl to be punished.

She had her head shaved and was marched through the village.

Desperate pleas of dying Brit father to wife while being choked in Thai hotel room by crazed Norwegian bodyguard 

Roger Bullman, 53, (pictured) a Norwegian, martial arts expert, is pictured by a Thai police officer after being stabbed in the shoulder with a butter knife during the scuffle with Mr Bajaj

Security officials were twice called to ask him to refrain from waking guests next to his room 345 at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel in the holiday resort of Phuket.

When London-born Mr Bajaj protested, Bullman opened a sliding door which separated their balconies and confronted the British IT engineer.

Mr Bajaj, as he grappled with his attacker, picked up the thin metal knife and tried to stab his attacker, bending the blade in half.

During the melee, the Mr Bajaj begged his wife Bandhna to escape with their two-year-old son, Veer – pleading with her: ‘Please leave and save our son.’

She heard her husband screaming for his life from the fourth floor when she reached the ground floor reception to seek he

Tropical Storm Dorian spurs Puerto Rico to declare state of emergency, as Florida under possible threat

Residents stand in line at a grocery store as they prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian, in Bridgetown, Barbados, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.
(AP Photo/Chris Brandis)

Hurricane watches have been posted for Puerto Rico and for the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samaná, and tropical storm warnings have been issued for Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The center said the storm is forecast to strengthen during the next 48 hours before passing near or south of the U.S. territory.

In Puerto Rico, Gov. Wanda Vázquez signed an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency and provided a list of all the new equipment that public agencies have bought since Hurricane Maria.

Commentary/Opinion:

Epoch Times the Latest to Face the Left’s Blueprint for Attacking When They Can’t Argue With the Facts

The NBC News logo is affixed to the corner of 10 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC's today show studio in New York City in this file photo.
The NBC News logo is affixed to the corner of 10 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC’s today show studio in New York City in this file photo. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

There used to be recognition even among left-leaning journalists that there’s enough wrongdoing in Washington to go around—that there are plenty of valid stories critical of Democrats, just as there are of Republicans.

But in recent years, they’ve abandoned the biggest thrill of their profession—finding official misconduct, a scoop—in favor of trying to throw cold water on investigative stories that don’t fit their agenda.

This normally entails credulously repeating the claims of defense attorneys, self-interested public officials, or foreign regimes, and doing it with relish.

In the NBC hit job, the multi-billion dollar corporation attacked the paper on the grounds that its supporters included followers of a spiritual practice that had been banned in atheist, communist China.

The Chinese government has killed members of the group and harvested their organs, a British panel found “without doubt” in June.

The NBC reporters may have had little grasp of global affairs, and they unwittingly carried water for a massive, oppressive China government.

Epoch’s crime, in NBC’s view, was approaching news coverage with the premise that authority is something to be questioned and scrutinized.

Never mind that the Chinese dissidents who founded The Epoch Times arrived at this worldview by encountering a communist government up close and personal.

Suffice it to say, they know more about big government than the NBC writers.

Epoch’s so-called “conspiracy theory” was its stellar Spygate coverage.

For two years, it has been among the front of the pack, following the truth instead of being part of an echo chamber.

Lahren: New California bill would ‘make it harder for others to live, work and learn’

A bill similar to SB-419 was vetoed by former CA Governor Jerry Brown in the last legislative session.

At the time, Brown said, “Teachers and principals are on the front lines of educating our children and are in the best position to make decisions about order and discipline in the classrooms.”

Now, advocates of SB-419 reportedly believe that they have a better chance of passing their bill under the current governor, Gavin Newsom.

Lahren said that the mentality behind this bill is a recipe for disaster. “Start showing kids their poor choices and bad actions don’t come with serious consequences and they will continue to act out.

What starts as disobeying or acting out in the classroom can become breaking the law or endangering the community later in life, and then California’s felon-friendly laws…kick in — or don’t kick in — and we start having what we are seeing on the streets today,” said Lahren.

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