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Texas signs ex-Microsoft lawyer, others to aid in Google antitrust probe

FILE PHOTO: Visitors pass by the logo of Google at the high profile startups and high tech leaders gathering, Viva Tech,in Paris, France May 16, 2019.
REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

A group of 48 state attorneys general, joined by Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, announced this month that they were investigating accusations of antitrust violations by search and advertising giant Google, one of several focused on tech firms.

Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, said in statement that “as we often do, the state has acquired legal consulting experts for this ongoing investigation.”

The Federal Trade Commission and several states led by New York’s attorney general have confirmed antitrust investigations into Facebook Inc.

The FTC is also looking at Amazon, sources have said. The Justice Department
has launched a broad review of large internet companies.

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 12, illnesses climb to 805

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vaping product in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

U.S. public health officials have been investigating these illnesses, but have not linked it to any specific e-cigarette product.

As of Sept. 24, the confirmed deaths were reported in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oregon, the CDC said.

The House of Representatives began public hearings about the illness this week while Massachusetts imposed a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products, including those used for tobacco and marijuana, which is legal in the state.

California Costco shooting surveillance video shows shoppers erupting in panic

The fatal shooting occurred when off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Salvador Sanchez opened fire, killing 32-year-old Kenneth French and critically injuring his parents, Russell and Paola French. Sanchez reportedly said he opened fire because he thought he was being attacked by French while he was holding his child.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday declined to bring charges against Sanchez and Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said his office would not bring its own charges against the officer.

Hestrin said at a news conference that Sanchez believed he had been shot in the head and a shooter was on the loose when he and his son were knocked to the ground in the unprovoked assault.

US postal worker, 64, shot dead in South Carolina while ‘on route’: reports

The Williamsburg County Coroner, Harrison McKnight, said that death appears to be a homicide but an official autopsy is being conducted to determine an official cause of death.

The sheriff’s office also released a “wanted” notice requesting anyone with information regarding “the homicide [of] a letter carrier” to come forward.

They offered a reward for information leading to any arrests in the case.

Pressley, 64, had worked for the agency for almost 22 years before she was killed in the rural town of Andrews, S.C., ABC News reported.

Texas inmate who claimed intellectual disability is executed for raping, killing family

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Sparks.
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Sparks. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

“I am sorry for the hard times. And what hurts me is that I hurt y’all … even y’all, too,” Sparks told family members who watched through death chamber windows.

“I love you all. … I feel it,” he said. He was pronounced dead 23 minutes later.

Prosecutors said Sparks first stabbed his wife, then-30-year-old Chare Agnew, 18 times as she lay in her bed.

He then went into the bedroom of his stepsons, Harold Sublet Jr. and Raekwon Agnew, took them separately into the kitchen, and stabbed them. Raekwon had been stabbed at least 45 times.

Minnesota couple charged in death of 21-month-old son who drowned in tub while they went shopping

Sabina Pierre Louis, left, and Eddy Pierre Louis. (Hennepin County Jail)

Prosecutors said the parents told police that the children were asleep when they left for the stores. The couple assumed the children would remain asleep until they returned.

When the parents did return home, they found their 9-year-old daughter was still asleep, but their 4-year-old was in the bathroom.

The victim, 21-month-old Asher Pierre Louis, was found floating in the tub; Eddy Pierre Louis told police water came out of the child’s mouth when he attempted CPR.

Ex-Texas judge who took bribes hidden in six-packs in exchange for favorable rulings gets prison time

On three separate occasions, Delgado agreed to release clients of attorney Noe Perez from jail before trial in exchange for cash.

Prosecutors said the first two bribes totaled approximately $520 in cash and the third bribe was approximately $5,500.

Perez cooperated with FBI agents and conceded that he bought firewood from Delgado at inflated prices and on one occasion, gave the judge a pickup truck worth approximately $15,000 because Delgado asked for it and Perez wanted to establish “credit” with the judge in his courtroom, the Brownsville Herald reported.

NJ woman, 86, is stabbed 15 times by Georgia houseguest, police say

Tanya Spears is accused of stabbing an elderly woman multiple times.
Tanya Spears is accused of stabbing an elderly woman multiple times. (Essex County Jail)

Officers had arrived at a home there to find the victim “bleeding profusely” in a bed, the press release said.

The victim’s husband said he called police after hearing screams and then seeing blood all over his wife’s chest, the The Record reported.

Officers found Spears in a downstairs guest bedroom and arrested her, the release said.

The victim was reportedly taken to a trauma center, where she remains in critical condition.

More than 24,000 Massachusetts drug convictions tossed in cases involving former state chemist

In October, the court ordered dismissals of all convictions based on evidence from the lab between Jan. 1, 2009, and Jan. 18, 2013, when the lab closed.

“This is a historic victory for thousands of people who were deeply harmed by our criminal legal system, first by Sonja Farak’s wrongdoing and then by the wrongdoing of government attorneys who covered up the scandal,” Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a statement.

UCLA receives $20 million to study ‘practice of kindness’

The institute, housed in the division of social sciences, will support research on understanding kindness through evolutionary, biological, psychological, economic, cultural and sociological perspectives.

The goal is to use kindness as an “antidote” to “current world politics, violence, and strife,” according to Darnell Hunt, dean of the UCLA division of social sciences.

Matthew Harris, the foundation’s co-founder and a 1984 UCLA graduate, said, “Much research is needed to understand why kindness can be so scarce in the modern world.

As we seek…to bridge the divide between science and spirituality…we hope to educate and empower more and more people in the practice of kindness.”

Oregon man who attacked jail guard on video, burglarized house sentenced to prison

Hayden Landry Davis was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison for assaulting a corrections deputy while in jail for breaking into a home.
(Washington County Jail)

The suspect initially denied the allegations, but later admitted to breaking into the home. He was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail.

Nearly a month later, on March 31, Davis attacked a deputy from behind during recreation time, striking him several times in the face.

“No indicators, nothing,” Corrections Officer Daniel Guzman told FOX12 on Wednesday. “He just lunged right at me and started punching.”

Video of the attack showed Davis approaching the deputy from behind as he was helping another inmate, and then launching into an attack, striking the deputy several times to the face.

Guzman said Davis was armed with a wooden tongue depressor, amplifying the hit he took to his face.

Tennessee high school students defend prayer before football games after atheist group complains

Rockvale High School Football Coach Rick Rice leads a team prayer, a practice that came under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Rockvale High School Football Coach Rick Rice leads a team prayer, a practice that came under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
(Burton Staggs/Tennessee River Valley News)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint with Rutherford County Board of Education on Aug. 30 against Coach Rick Rice, who admitted to the school principal that he had led two prayers since starting his coaching job this fall, FOX 17 reports.

Rockvale students Madison Nowacki and La’Naya Nelson announced plans to host a group prayer at 6:30 p.m. on the track before the Rockets face off against the Oakland Patriots Friday night, according to posts on social media, as teens around the world celebrate Global Week of Student Prayer this week.

Many in the community expressed anger at the complaint filed by FFRF and have come out in support of the coach.

Trump admin threatens Duke, UNC funding over alleged pro-Islam, anti-Israel bias

More than a dozen universities receive National Resource Center grants, totaling $22 million, with $3.5 million set aside for Middle East programs, at schools like Columbia, Georgetown, Yale, and the University of Texas.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos launched the investigation in June after Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., complained that the Duke-UNC CMES hosted a taxpayer-funded conference with “severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric.” DeVos said she was “troubled” by the incident.

“There is a considerable emphasis placed on understanding the positive aspects of Islam, while there is an absolute absence of any similar focus on the positive aspects of Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion or belief system in the Middle East,” the investigation stated.

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina CEO resigns after alleged drunk driving incident

Patrick Conway, 45, resigned as CEO and president of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina on Wednesday.

Patrick Conway, 45, resigned, effective immediately, despite the company’s board previously acknowledging it knew about the charges — and requesting Conway stay aboard as president and CEO.

But on Wednesday, Mike Causey, the North Carolina insurance commissioner, called for Conway’s resignation following new revelations about the car accident that happened on Interstate 95 in Randolph County on June 22.

California student, 13, declared brain dead from injuries sustained during middle school fight

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“Preparations by Diego’s family are underway for organ donation to transform this tragedy into the gift of life for other children,” the sheriff’s department said.

The fight took place Sept. 16 at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, and was captured on video, Fox 11 reported.

The video, which was shared on social media, reportedly showed two teenagers punch Diego.

As he fell to the ground, his head hit a concrete pillar. Fox 11 reported that that the first teen who hit Diego punched him again before fleeing the scene.

Iowa to celebrate ‘Carson King Day’ after beer fan raises over $1M for children’s charity

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, is "Carson King Day" in Iowa.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, is “Carson King Day” in Iowa. (Office of the Governor of Iowa)

King, 24, made headlines earlier this month when he went on a taping of ESPN’s “College Gameday” at Iowa State University asking people to send him money for beer.

His sign read, “Busch Light supply needs replenished” and included information on how to send him money through Venmo, the popular money transfer app.

King ended up receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars he decided to donate to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Soon after, Busch Light decided to match the donation — and said they would send King a year’s supply of beer with his face on the can.

Tucker Carlson Defends Carson King, Trashes Cancel Culture

Commentary/Opinion: Carlson began the segment with King’s appearance on “Fox & Friends,” sardonically joking that perhaps the Iowan should never have appeared on the show because it “clearly caught the attention of the journalistic community.”

The Fox News host blasted the Des Moines Register reporter who “decided to basically wreck this kid’s life” by “digging for an excuse to destroy King.”

Des Moines Register reportedly faces threats, adds police presence after story backlash

Despite the uproar, King defended the paper and its reporter.

“The Des Moines Register has been nothing but kind in all of their coverage, and I appreciate the reporter pointing out the post to me,” King tweeted.

“I want everyone to understand that this was my decision to publicly address the posts and apologize. I believe that is the right thing to do.”

In a statement to Fox News, King expressed that he didn’t want “any of this negativity to hinder with the amazing work everyone has done for the hospital.”

Immigration:

Tom Homan clashes with Dem over detention practices

Tom Homan clashes with Dem over detention practices.

Acting ICE Director Albence: Nothing ‘Encapsulates’ Sanctuary Issue More Than Montgomery County

REUTERS/Allison Shelley

Albence added that he would be “ashamed” to work in law enforcement in Montgomery County in response to a question from the Daily Caller during a press briefing at the White House.

County Executive Marc Elrich signed an executive order in July preventing law enforcement from honoring ICE detainers.

At least one illegal alien who was accused of child rape in Montgomery County was put back into the community after local authorities failed to properly notify ICE that he was being released from jail.

Portland Police Drop ICE Contract Following Demands Made By Democratic Socialists

REUTERS/Bob Strong

The two-year contract was signed in 2018, and was supposed to last through August 2020.

However, the contract was put under review after the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and other anti-ICE activists challenged the agreement.

The agreement, they contended, violated the city’s sanctuary law that prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Politics:

FBI agents raid Illinois state senator’s home, offices

An unidentified man carries a box marked "evidence" as he leaves the Illinois State Capital in Springfield Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. An FBI spokesman says agents are at the Illinois state Capitol building in Springfield related to law enforcement work.
An unidentified man carries a box marked “evidence” as he leaves the Illinois State Capital in Springfield Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. An FBI spokesman says agents are at the Illinois state Capitol building in Springfield related to law enforcement work.
The spokesman, John Althen, wouldn’t provide details, saying Tuesday only that “FBI personnel are present at the state capitol engaged in authorized law enforcement activity.”

Multiple media outlets reported that the raids were conducted at Sen. Martin Sandoval’s Capitol office in Springfield, his district office in the Chicago suburb of Cicero and his Chicago home.

The Chicago Tribune reported that a man who answered the door at Sandoval’s home said he was not home.

Sandoval, 55, has served in the Senate since 2003, representing a district on Chicago’s southwest side.

He is chairman of the powerful Transportation Committee and was a driving force behind a 19-cents-a-gallon increase in the gas tax to help fund Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $45 billion capital construction plan to rebuild roads, bridges and schools.

Republicans criticized him in August when a photo from a fundraiser appeared on social media showing what appeared to be a mock assassination of President Donald Trump.

Sen. Durbin Delays Green-Card Giveaway to India: He Wants a Bigger Giveaway

So far, there has been minimal coverage of the expanding plan to export college-graduate jobs to India.

Industry’s stealthy, years-long, lobbying campaign to pass Lee’s outsourcing bill has successfully minimized coverage in the establishment media to just one Hispanic-focused article in the Miami Herald, and one pro-migrant article in the Wall Street Journal.

The establishment coverage is minimal partly because the outsourcing bill has been successfully marketed as a minor correction to supposedly “discriminatory” country caps.

The current Indian workforce of roughly 800,000 visa workers has sidelined at least one million American graduates — including at least 20,000 voters in Durbin’s Illinois.

House Democrat shares why he’s against impeaching Trump

Commentary/Opinion: New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew discusses his opposition to the Democratic Party’s push for impeachment.

Trump Unloads:”It’s A Disgrace”

“What Democrats Are Doing ‘Is a Disgrace and It Shouldn’t Be Allowed, There Should Be a Way of Stopping It”

DiGenova Nothing Trump said on that call constitutes a crime

Commentary/Opinion: DiGenova: Nothing Trump said on that call constitutes a crime.

Legal experts spar over Trump Ukraine call; former U.S. attorney Joe DiGenova shares his take.

Schweizer: Hunter Biden ‘was selling access’ to Obama administration, was involved with ‘crooked’ company

“The larger issue here… is, why is it that Hunter Biden was allowed to get involved with a company that is as dirty and as crooked as Burisma?” Schweizer asked.

“[Ukraine] is one of those countries that has been saddled with corruption, really since the fall of Communism — even during the Communist period. So it’s one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Burisma is one of the most corrupt companies in a country that is one of the most corrupt in the world. So it is a very bad actor,” he said in the interview.

Schweizer said the issue of selling access is a bipartisan problem and claimed that regardless of party, this sort of behavior should not be tolerated by the American public.

Intel chief’s patience with Schiff wears thin after hours of questioning on whistleblower complaint

Maguire stressed that the committee now has all of the relevant information, including the whistleblower complaint itself that was released publicly Thursday morning, and said it’s up to them to decide how to proceed.

“The horse has left the barn,” Maguire said. “You have all of the information. You have the whistleblower complaint. You have the letter from the ICIG. You have the Office of Legal Counsel opinion and you have the transcript from the president.”

Maguire also stressed that the complaint was essentially “hearsay” and not “corroborated by other folks.”

Sanders vs. Warren: Progressive contenders split endorsement of key California union

The National Union of Healthcare Workers – which backed the independent senator from Vermont in his 2016 Democratic presidential primary bid – announced on Thursday that they’ll provide resources and grassroots support to both Sanders and Warren.

The union explained that the gap between Warren and Sanders in a vote by union members was close enough that the union’s executive board decided on Wednesday to endorse both candidates.

“This is not your typical union endorsement. We didn’t tell our members how to vote, they told us,” union president Sal Rosselli said.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers – which backed the independent senator from Vermont in his 2016 Democratic presidential primary bid – announced on Thursday that they’ll provide resources and grassroots support to both Sanders and Warren.

The union explained that the gap between Warren and Sanders in a vote by union members was close enough that the union’s executive board decided on Wednesday to endorse both candidates.

“This is not your typical union endorsement. We didn’t tell our members how to vote, they told us,” union president Sal Rosselli said.

World News:

Hong Kong protesters trap leader for hours in stadium after ‘open dialogue’

A performer carries a chain outside the venues of first community dialogue holding by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The demonstrations resumed after the dialogue session was over, with activists blocking roads around the stadium with iron railings and other debris.

The unrest followed an event that had been notable for not being the whitewash many predicted, with Lam directly facing off with an often critical and hostile audience, still aggrieved at the havoc they blame on the Beijing-backed leader and her team.

Outside, large crowds of black-clad protesters chanted: “Hong Kong people, add oil,” a slogan meaning “keep your strength up”, while encircling the sports stadium and blocking exits.

UK leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone

In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in Parliament in London, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. An unrepentant Prime Minister Boris Johnson brushed off cries of “Resign!” and dared the political opposition to try to topple him Wednesday at a raucous session of Parliament, a day after Britain’s highest court ruled he acted illegally in suspending the body ahead of the Brexit deadline. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)

It was the latest sign of the mistrust and animosity that have consumed British politics since the country narrowly voted in 2016 to leave the European Union.

Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how, or whether, to leave the 28-nation bloc.

In a raucous, ill-tempered parliamentary debate on Wednesday, Johnson referred to an opposition law ordering a Brexit delay as the “Surrender Act” and the “Humiliation Bill,” and he said postponing the country’s departure would “betray” the people.

He also brushed off concerns that his forceful language might endanger legislators as “humbug.”

France mourns as former head of state Jacques Chirac – famed for his love of fine living and many rumoured affairs – passes away aged 86

Chirac (centre) with U.S. President Bill Clinton and German leader Helmut Kohl in 1995
Chirac (centre) with U.S. President Bill Clinton and German leader Helmut Kohl in 1995

Chirac’s opposition to the Iraq War put him at loggerheads with George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

As President he made a historic apology for France’s role in the Holocaust but his term was also marked by riots and a stinging defeat over EU integration.

He also had a reputation as a womaniser and philanderer who repeatedly cheated on his long-suffering wife Bernadette during their 63 years of marriage.

His reputed partners included Italian sex symbol Claudia Cardinale and there were rumours about a series of relationships with journalists and politicians.

Chirac was also known for a love of fine living, revelling in the trappings of power including luxury trips abroad and life at the presidential palace.

Kudlow: China’s spending spree sets the ‘mood’ for a deal

FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, a farmer plants soybeans in a field in Springfield, Neb.
FILE – In this May 23, 2019, file photo, a farmer plants soybeans in a field in Springfield, Neb. China’s government says importers have agreed to buy American soybeans and pork. The announcement comes as the two sides make conciliatory gestures ahead of trade talks next month. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

In recent days, China has been in the commodity markets buying a huge volume of soybeans. As a result, soybean imports in the U.S. have been increased by over 80 percent from last year, he said.

In addition, China is also looking to buy large amounts of pork to “cover their domestic problems,” he said.

On Wednesday, President Trump told FOX Business’ Kristina Partsinevelos that China’s ready to make a deal because their economy was weakening.

Labour: The Most Dangerous Party in Europe

Commentary/Opinion: Anne Marie Waters.
Leader, For Britain

‘Flying taxi’ pulled over by police on the River Seine in Paris: report

SeaBubbles co-founder Sweden’s Anders Bringdal stands onboard a SeaBubble on the river Seine, Wednesday Sept. 18, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The bubble-shaped taxi has been undergoing tests on the famous river in the French capital. The Independent reported Wednesday that river police stopped the vessel over concerns that it was traveling too fast.

Organizers are holding test runs this week on one white, oval-shaped electric hydrofoil boat that resembles a tiny space shuttle gliding past Paris monuments.

The boats can fit four passengers, and if they get approved, can be ordered on an app like land taxis, shared bikes or other forms of transport.

Fishermen catch bluefin tuna worth up to $120G, release it back into ocean

Darren O'Sullivan (left), David Edwards (center) and Henk Veldman (right) were able to catch, tag and release the first-ever bluefin tuna in waters off the south coast of Ireland.
Darren O’Sullivan (left), David Edwards (center) and Henk Veldman (right) were able to catch, tag and release the first-ever bluefin tuna in waters off the south coast of Ireland. (Dave Edwards)

“[W]hat made [this tuna] special here is that it’s the first to be caught, tagged and released off the south coast of Ireland,” Edwards told Fox News.

West Cork Charters is one of only 15 charter companies awarded licenses for a tagging program run by government agency Inland Fisheries Ireland, which is looking to provide data on the location and size of bluefin tuna in Irish waters.

Bluefin tuna, meanwhile, can fetch a much heftier price depending on when and where they are caught and sold.

In 2019, at the first auction at the new location of the Tsukiji fish market in Japan, a bluefin tuna weighing just over 600 pounds sold for a record $3 million.

Commentary/Opinion:

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As we all know, censorship is out of control. Thousands of conservative voices have already been shut down across all the major social media platforms, including even myself from Facebook.

So before it’s too late, BEFORE they ban me here as well and stop YOU from being able to view my content for good.

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Child activist, Greta Thunberg, gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations.

It’s a shame that she doesn’t understand how she’s being used.

Here’s the Simple Truth.