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‘Diehard’ tanner left with hole in face after skin cancer diagnosi

Her experience has moved her to warn others about the dangers of tanning, which is something she took for granted before her diagnosis.
Her experience has moved her to warn others about the dangers of tanning, which is something she took for granted before her diagnosis. (MDW Features)

Rebekah Rupp, of Oklahoma, said she would visit the tanning booth up to six times a week at the height of her tanning obsession, but in 2018 she noticed a spot on her cheek, according to MDW Features.

The spot on her cheek wasn’t as concerning to her dermatologist as a white spot on her nose, which 41-year-old Rupp hadn’t thought anything of.

Rupp said her dermatologist removed it and sent it for a biopsy, which revealed that it was cancerous. She was then sent for Mohs surgery and left with a gaping hole in her nose, which required taking a flap of skin from her forehead to repair.

Georgia murder suspect granted new trial over flawed trial transcript

Antonio Jerome Magee was granted a new trial over a flawed court transcript from his 2008 trial
Antonio Jerome Magee was granted a new trial over a flawed court transcript from his 2008 trial in which he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in Georgia.
(Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office)

Muscogee Superior Court Judge William Rumer granted Antonio Jerome Magee a new trial in 2017 after accusing the court reporter in the earlier proceedings of “faking her job,” The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

“It was a ruse to make all believe that she was taking it down word for word,” the judge wrote. “She was not.”

Magee was found guilty in 2008 of murder and reckless conduct and sentenced to life in prison in the 2005 death of his girlfriend, Mary Rodgers, in Columbus.

The couple had fled Mississippi with their 3-month-old daughter during Hurricane Katrina.

Off-duty cop shoots himself in Los Angeles County road rage incident

The dispute began around 8:35 a.m. when a Subaru was reportedly being driven erratically on a residential block.

The driver of a Mercedes-Benz pulled alongside the Subaru and gestured for the driver to lower his window.

The two men “made contact with each other, and at some point the Subaru driver shot himself once in the torso,” San Marino police said.

KTLA said it could not confirm reports that the other driver was also an off-duty law enforcement official, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.

The Subaru driver was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive.

California man arrested in Pittsburgh mass overdose deaths, linked to orange wristbands, officials say

An initial investigation determined fentanyl was present in the white powder the victims ingested, authorities said. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Peter Rene Sanchez Montalvo, aka Carlos, was arrested without incident at a house in McKees Rocks, Pa., the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday. He was charged with illegal distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and serious bodily injury.

Montalvo allegedly gave out a white powdered substance the victims believed was cocaine, prosecutors said. Those who ingested the substance became immediately ill. Three victims died at the scene.

Five victims were found in the apartment early Sunday. Two victims were found dead inside the apartment and another was found dead outside an elevator. Another was discovered at an intersection outside the building.

The four surviving victims ranged from serious to critical condition when they were rushed to Mercy Hospital, police said.

Three of the victims have since been upgraded to stable condition while one remained critical Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

16-year-old boy arrested in connection with double stabbing near Brandeis

WALTHAM MA. – SEPTEMBER 23: Firefighters clean the sidewalk at the scene of a double stabbing on Wheelock Rd . on September 23, 2019 in Waltham, MA.
WALTHAM MA. – SEPTEMBER 23: Firefighters clean the sidewalk at the scene of a double stabbing on Wheelock Rd . on September 23, 2019 in Waltham, MA.
(Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

A 16-year-old boy “covered in blood” has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of two women near the Brandeis University campus early Monday morning, according to police.

At around 1:37 a.m. Monday, Waltham Police responded to 18 Wheelock Road for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found two women who had been repeatedly stabbed.

The women were transported to area hospitals, and are expected to survive.

Accused lunch break killer was stalking his victim before brutal stabbing, prosecutor says

Defense attorney Matthew Teeter, left, speaks with his client Kenneth C. Saal, 30, of Lindenwold during a court hearing on August 23, 2019.
Defense attorney Matthew Teeter, left, speaks with his client Kenneth C. Saal, 30, of Lindenwold during a court hearing on August 23, 2019.

Kenneth C. Saal, a burly 30-year-old from Lindenwold, is charged with killing his 26-year-old co-worker, Carolyn Byington, at her Plainsboro apartment on June 10.

The two worked together at a marketing firm in Princeton. Saal is facing life in prison if convicted of murder and weapons charges.

At a pre-indictment conference in Superior Court in Middlesex County, Assistant Prosecutor Tzvi Dolinger said detectives recently obtained Google location records that show Saal was at Byington’s Hunters Glen Drive apartment complex in the days leading up to her death.

Conservative Activist Organizes Street Cleanup at Los Angeles Homeless Camp

Scott Presler/Twitter
Scott Presler/Twitter

The activist, Scott Presler, said he organized the Los Angeles event with 200 people using social media to get his message out and get them to sign up for nine hours of cleaning.

His team donned hazmat suits, masks, and heavy-duty gloves to prevent contracting life-threatening diseases such as typhoid fever and flesh-eating bacteria as they sifted through the rubble in the homeless encampments.

In a video showing the finished product from the cleanup, Presler said it was “one of the proudest moments of my life.”

Jury sequestered in trial of former Dallas cop who shot black man in his home

Amber Guyger, who is charged in the killing of Botham Jean in his own home, arrives on the first day of the trial in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 23, 2019.
Amber Guyger, who is charged in the killing of Botham Jean in his own home, arrives on the first day of the trial in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 23, 2019.
REUTERS/Jeremy Lock

Before opening statements were to begin on Monday afternoon, state District Judge Tammy Kemp sequestered the jury of four men and 12 women for the entirety of the trial, shielding them from possible outside influence and local news coverage of the case.

Kemp also denied a motion to exclude evidence from Guyger’s texts and phone calls and a motion for a mistrial from Guyger’s attorneys who claimed Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot defied a gag order by giving an interview about the case to a local television station over the weekend.

New Mexico child, 2, dead after being left by nanny in car; parents say child was miracle after 6 miscarriages

Tammie Brooks, 41, was arrested after a child in her care died from being left in a hot car in New Mexico on Tuesday,
Tammie Brooks, 41, was arrested after a child in her care died from being left in a hot car in New Mexico on Tuesday, police said. (Hobbs Police Department)

Zariah Hasheme, of Hobbs, died on Tuesday after her nanny, 41-year-old Tammie Brooks, allegedly left her in the car, according to investigators. Around 6:30 a.m., Brooks was supposed to drop the toddler off at daycare, but “drove to her place of employment instead.”

It wasn’t until hours later that Brooks “realized the child was still in the car after running an errand,” the Hobbs Police Department wrote on Facebook.

Authorities responded around 1:30 p.m., when they found Zariah unresponsive.

Police: Man found dead at fair may have been victim of teen’s cruel game

(Photo – Twitter)

It’s called the ‘knockout game’, and it’s been an issue for years. Aggressors randomly target their victims and attack them with devastating blows, often from behind.

Witnesses at the Great Frederick Fair on Friday say that the victim had been minding his own business when two teens, ages 15 and 16, allegedly launched their assault.

Now police have arrested two teenagers and charged them with serious crimes after it was determined that they had allegedly been involved in the unprovoked attack.

ABC 7’s report claimed that social media was used to help identify the suspects as Snapchat videos of the attack allegedly showed it in vivid detail.

Five officers down in Chicago this week. More than 2,000 people have been shot there this year.

In 2018, Chicago PD suffered five suicides.

In 2018, Chicago lost four officers in the line of duty – two hit by a train and two shot to death by criminals. Since it started in 1835, CPD has lost nearly 600 officers.

In August, the Chicago Police Department released a haunting audio clip that demonstrates the constant state of violent crime that continues to terrorize the city… and the battles that police officers have to face every single day.

Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted the audio clip to emphasize the severity of the situation.

WATCH: Antifa members caught on camera harassing Portland police near climate rally

On Friday, hundreds of thousands protested climate change around the world. Australia, with more than 300,000 protesters taking to the streets around the country, saw its largest demonstration since the start of the Iraq War in 2003.

However, in Portland, a faction of masked Antifa militants dressed in black harassed police officers.

“There were several arrests throughout the day,” he said. He also said one of the suspects was found to be carrying weapons such as a hammer, brass knuckles, and a switch-blade.

Ngo added that after the climate rally ended, the group of “masked militants” went to a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility and threw projectiles at officers there.

He said the video he shot showed the protesters running from police.

Climate Strike Protesters Block Traffic With A Boat

Climate strike protesters block traffic with a boat. DC commuters are frustrated as the city shuts down.

Politics:

McCabe Opened Formal Investigation of Trump One Day Before Mueller’s Appointment

“This incredible memo details the conflicted and conniving coup effort against President Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

“It is astonishing and shocking McCabe thought he could have the FBI conduct a ‘counterintelligence’ operation on the president and Rosenstein thought it would be appropriate to wear a wire to secretly record President Trump in the Oval Office.

“That the DOJ and FBI sat on this smoking gun for a year shows the need for urgent house cleaning at those agencies.”

According to the memo, McCabe spent the opening of the meeting explaining his reasons for starting the investigation.

McCabe also informed Rosenstein that Rosenstein is a witness in the case because he participated in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The “investigative team” McCabe referred to was led by Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, the FBI official notorious for his text messages expressing intense animus against Trump. Both Strzok and McCabe have been fired from the FBI.

McCabe’s Memo to File Claims Rosenstein Offered to Wear Wire to White House

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe during a news conference at the Justice Department on July 13, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McCabe earlier this year made contradictory statements during media interviews about key aspects of the memo, but Judicial Watch’s release of a significantly redacted copy of the memo Monday is the first time it has been made public.

In the memo, McCabe initially told Rosenstein he had opened an FBI investigation of Trump on collusion with the Russians.

“As our conversation continued, the DAG proposed that he could potentially wear a recording device into the Oval Office to collect additional evidence on the President’s true intentions,” McCabe said in the memo.

“He said he thought this might be possible because he was not searched when he entered the White House.

I told him that I would discuss the opportunity with my investigative team and get back to him,” McCabe continued.

ICYMI: Dem Candidates Grill 10.5K Steaks While Lecturing Us To Stop Eating Meat

Democrats running for the 2020 presidential nomination have been moaning and whining about meat-eaters, who they claim are somehow destroying the environment with their diets….

“Listen, we’ve got to address factory farming,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in February.

“Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Like, let’s keep it real,” said the 29-year-old former bartender, who Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has called “the future of the party.”

But that didn’t stop 17 of the 19 remaining candidates from descending on Iowa on Saturday to participate in the Polk County Steak Fry….

Even tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang got in on the act, despite his stance on meat.

White House Press Secretary Says Daily Briefings Canceled Because They Had Become ‘A Lot of Theater’

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham listens during a signing of a “safe third country” agreement in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 26, 2019.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham listens during a signing of a “safe third country” agreement in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 26, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Grisham made the comment during an appearance on Fox & Friends when she was asked whether the press briefings would return.

The White House has not had a daily press briefing since March when former Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was still in the role.

The press secretary said President Donald Trump is currently doing fine being “his own best spokesperson,” arguing that the president is exceptionally accessible with his frequent gaggles with the White House press corps.

“I mean, ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can do that, but right now he’s doing just fine,” Grisham told the program.

“And to be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theater. And I think that a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous. I mean, yeah, they’re writing books now.

I mean, they’re all getting famous off of this presidency. And so, I think it’s great what we’re doing now,” she added.

Ukraine: No U.S. pressure to probe Biden

Ukrainian officials are refuting the latest round of accusations against President Trump, saying the U.S. did not pressure to investigate Joe Biden’s alleged corruption.

This comes as the “Ukrainian bombshell” is threatening to derail Biden’s presidential campaign. One America’s Kristian Rouz.

Nunes: Biden admitted he did the very thing Trump is accused of doing

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s connection to Ukraine is the ‘least best-kept secret in Washington,’ says California Congressman Devin Nunes, Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Queens activist challenging Ocasio-Cortez for congressional seat: ‘She’s never in our district’

“Since she’s been elected, she’s never in our district. She’s too busy doing Washington and Hollywood,” Badrun Khan said.

Khan’s website says that she’ll provide “REAL Results… Not Empty Promises” — an apparent jab at the socialist.

Khan commented on Cortez’s push back against Amazon’s plan to open its second headquarters in New York City, a $3 billion deal that would have brought 25,000 full-time jobs to New York City in exchange for a package of state and local tax incentives.

Voters oppose ‘Medicare-for-all’ system that replaces private insurance: poll

The poll, released Sunday, indicates that what two-thirds of all voters do like is allowing a Medicare buy-in for those under 65 years old.

That’s in line with the public option being pitched by former Vice President Joe Biden. Currently, the taxpayer-funded program covers Americans 65 and older.

The latest Fox News national poll also points to the popularity of the Medicare buy-in plan, with 83 percent of Democratic primary voters saying they favor the plan, which would allow individuals to buy into the government-run system.

Even 51 percent of Republicans agree.

Among all voters, 68 percent support a buy-in system. But support for a “Medicare-for-all” plan that replaces private insurance nosedives to 46 percent among all voters in the Fox News poll, which was released last week.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California also supports Medicare-for-all, albeit with a role for private insurers.

World News:

Haiti senator opens fire outside parliament, wounding two

Senator Jean Marie Ralph Féthière is seen on the right seconds after opening fire.
Senator Jean Marie Ralph Féthière is seen on the right seconds after opening fire. REUTERS

Chery Dieu-Nalio, a photographer for the Associated Press, was hit in the face. Leon Leblanc, a security guard, was also wounded in the incident.

Senator Jean Marie Ralph Féthière opened fire as he left parliament in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

He claimed he was defending himself from protesters.

Mr Dieu-Nalio, who was wearing body armour clearly marked with the word “Press”, was struck on the chin.

Mr Féthière, a senator from the north, told local media he had attempted to defend himself after “armed individuals threatened me”.

“I was attacked by violent militant groups, so I defended myself,” he told Haiti’s Radio Mega, adding: “Self-defence is a sacred right.”

Another senator, Patrice Dumont, told local media that Mr Féthière issued a warning before opening fire.

Kidnapped Mexican police commander found beheaded in Cancun

Investigators found the decapitated body of Jose Antonio Archi Yama, commander of the Quintana Roo State Police, wrapped in a gray and red sheet about 6 feet from the side of the road.

His head was in a black bag nearby.

The men from Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) allegedly took Yama on Tuesday, triggering a massive land and air manhunt for the missing inspector, Noticaribe reported.

The brutal murder was just the latest disturbing incident in an area that has seen a sharp rise in violence as cartels have fought for control.

Indonesia fires turn sky an eerie blood red

The annual fires in Indonesia are known to create a haze that blankets the entire region.

Koh Tieh Yong, a professor at Singapore University of Social Sciences, told the British news agency that this phenomenon, known as Rayleigh scattering, has to do with certain types of particles that are present during a period of haze.

“In the smoke haze, the most abundant particles are around one micrometre in size, but these particles do not change the colour of the light we see,” he said.

The fact the photos were taken around noon could have caused the sky to appear more red, he added.

China’s Rivers Are the Major Source of Plastic Entering the Oceans

Two workers clean up trash along the bank of the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, in central China's Hubei Province on Aug. 1, 2010.
Two workers clean up trash along the bank of the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, in central China’s Hubei Province on Aug. 1, 2010. Layers of trash floating in the Yangtze River were threatening to jam China’s massive Three Gorges hydroelectric dam, state media reported on Aug. 2. (China Out/STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Production of plastics began in 1950 with 2.3 million tons, and has grown to 448 million tons in 2015.

18 percent of plastics produced that is improperly handled after use is referred to by researchers as “mismanaged plastic waste.”

Given global production trends, it is estimated that “mismanaged plastic waste” will triple to 170-292 million tons by 2060.

China currently dominates the plastics industry with about 143 million tons of production, or about 29 percent of the global market share.

But China for decades also provided reprocessing services for about 70 percent of global plastic recycling.

Almost two thirds of new plastic produced is used for commercial purposes with an average life expectancy of about ten years.

But China produces about half of all plastic packaging materials that have an average life expectancy of only six months.

Since most plastic packaging wrap cannot be profitably recycled, much of China’s domestic plastic waste and imported plastic were disposed of by non-regulated “fly-by-night recyclers” that “dumped stuff they couldn’t recycle, causing pollution on land and in waterways,” according to a National Public Radio investigative report.

Ex-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn charged with fraud in US

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Prior to these US charges, Japanese authorities brought charges against both Ghosn and Kelly for similar alleged wrongdoings in December 2018.

Ghosn’s fall from grace saw him ousted as Nissan and Mitsubishi’s chairman, he stepped down as CEO of Renault and he was swept from power at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

He’s been charged with misreporting income to financial regulators in Japan and using company funds for personal expenses, among other wrongdoings.

In the US, the SEC’s investigation went back as far as 2004. That year, Nissan’s board gave Ghosn authority to set executive compensation, including his own.

The investigation found that between 2009-2018, Ghosn worked with Kelly to hide $90 million of compensation from the public. The two also worked to add more than $50 million of retirement allowance for Ghosn.

Netanyahu, Gantz Meeting Israeli President in Expected Bid for Unity Coalition

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Netanyahu and Gantz both confirmed that they would attend the meeting, called for Monday evening.

Shortly after Rivlin’s appeal, Netanyahu, speaking at a Likud party faction meeting at the Knesset, said that “the only government that can be formed is a broad unity government” between his Likud and the centrist Blue and White.

Netanyahu, who received 55 MK recommendations to Gantz’s 54, made his own plea for Gantz to agree to a meeting “to achieve unity and compromise between the national camp headed by me… and the left-wing camp headed by Gantz.” Gantz has so far rejected an invitation to meet with the prime minster “with no preconditions,” a call Netanyahu made immediately after signing an agreement according to which his Likud party and all the parties on the religious right agreed to only enter a coalition as a single unit and negotiate the terms of the new government together.

At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S.-backed Afghan army raid

Afghan officials said a house being used by the Taliban to train suicide bombers was located adjacent to the bride’s home that came under fire during Sunday night’s commando assault in the Musa Qala area of Helmand in Afghanistan’s south.

On Monday, 30-year-old Musa Qala resident Mohammad Salim carried bodies of cousins and relatives to a burial ground from a house decorated for his sister-in-law’s wedding.

Salim and two senior provincial government officials said 40 people, including 12 children, were killed at the wedding venue when Afghan forces swooped on the house used by Taliban and al Qaeda militants to train male and female suicide bombers.

Hundreds of thousands stranded as travel agency collapses

British passengers with Thomas Cook wait in queue at Antalya airport in Antalya, Turkey, Monday Sept. 23, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of travellers were stranded across the world Monday after British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed, immediately halting almost all its flights and hotel services and laying off all its employees. According to reports Monday morning some 21,000 Thomas Cook travellers were stranded in Turkey alone.(IHA via AP)

Brought down by a variety of factors, including crushing debts and online competition, the 178-year-old travel agency that helped pioneer the package tour ceased operating in the middle of the night.

Its four airlines stopped carrying customers, and its 21,000 employees in 16 countries lost their jobs.

The company’s failure rippled across the tourism industry, particularly around the Mediterranean, with travelers uncertain how they would get home, hotels worried they wouldn’t get paid, guests afraid they wouldn’t be allowed to check out without settling their bills, and resorts hit with cancellations.

Overall, about 600,000 people were traveling with Thomas Cook as of Sunday, though it was unclear how many would be left stranded, as some regional subsidiaries were in talks with local authorities to continue operating.

20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia’s Papua province

People gather as shops burn in the background during a protest in Wamena in Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Sept 23, 2019. Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia’s restive Papua province set fire to homes and other buildings Monday in a protest sparked by rumors that a teacher had insulted students, and a soldier was killed in another protest in the region, police said. (AP Photo)

An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes on several roads leading to the district chief’s office in Wamena city, said Papua police chief Rudolf Alberth Rodja.

Papua military spokesman Eko Daryanto said at least 16 civilians, including 13 from other Indonesian provinces, were killed in Wamena, mostly after being trapped in burning houses or shops.

He said at least one soldier and three civilians died in another protest in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.

About 65 civilians were injured in Wamena and five police officers were critically injured in Jayapura, he said.

President Trump Leads the United Nations Event on Religious Freedom

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With Trump at U.N., General Keane calls for military retaliation against Iran to prevent world recession

“The administration should do what they’re currently doing,” said Keane, “and that is setting the conditions by going to the U.N., identifying to the international community with declassified evidence that Iranians are the culprits — they are attacking not just Saudi Arabia, they are attacking a world economy to destabilize and push it into recession and every single member of the UN has a stake in that…and let’s put that out there so they understand what is truly at risk there.”

Keane also called for the “further isolation of Iran, politically, diplomatically and economically,” but stressed the importance of a “limited military response” to stop Iran from pushing the world economy into a recession.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday blamed Iran for the recent attacks and said that the U.K. would consider taking part in U.S.-led military actions to support Saudi defenses.

Commentary/Opinion:

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Blue Collar Logic.

CLIMATE CRAZIES SHUT DOWN DC

A bunch of climate alarmists have decided to shut down the city because the climate is changing apparently (as if it hasn’t always been changing).

We decided to check out what these bums are up to.

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