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UPDATE: Yesterday News and Headlines posted a video on climate change. YouTube took this video down, market it private. Here is the full article VIA One America News Network.

NASA: Climate Changes Due To Shifts In Solar Orbit, Not Human Activity

A man sells Greta Thunberg masks during a climate protest rally in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
A man sells Greta Thunberg masks during a climate protest rally in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

According to NASA scientists, so-called “climate change” is mostly driven by factors unrelated to human activity. A past study by the agency found the Sun has been the main factor behind changes in the Earth’s climate over the past 1,000 years.

Scientists say our planet’s solar orbit has changed several times over the past centuries. This resulted in a warmer climate in the Middle Ages, or medieval period, and a global cooling in the 14th Century known as the Little Ice Age.

Virginia doctor who prescribed more than 500,000 opioid doses sentenced to 40 years

Dr. Joel Smithers is facing the possibility of life in prison after being convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including oxycodone and oxymorphone that caused the death of a West Virginia woman.
Dr. Joel Smithers is facing the possibility of life in prison after being convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including oxycodone and oxymorphone that caused the death of a West Virginia woman.Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority / via AP

Judge James Jones sentenced Smithers to 40 years. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life.

Smithers was convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally distributing opioids, including oxycodone and oxymorphone that caused the death of a West Virginia woman.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said the sentence, while severe, “serves as just punishment” for Smithers’ actions.

“This physician perpetuated, on a massive scale, the vicious cycle of addiction and despair,” Cullen said in a statement.

Four Dead In Horrific Wrong-Way Crash On Highway 101 In San Francisco

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The collision occurred just before 12:30 a.m. just north of Candlestick Point and just south of Third Street, Officer Bert Diaz said.

“It is very possible it (the Volkswagen) they could have been traveling (the wrong-way) for some time,” Diaz said.

According to Diaz, the driver of the Volkswagen – only identified as a woman between 30 and 40 – the taxi driver, only identified as a man in his 60s, and a male and female passenger in the taxi were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Convicted Killer Amber Guyger Gets Forgiveness, Hugs From Brother of Victim and a Bible From the Judge

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After she was sentenced to 10 years for the murder of Botham Jean, Jean’s 18-year-old brother Brandt took the stand for his impact statement. His mind and heart were not on retribution.

Brandt told Guyger that he forgave her and if she asked God, she would be forgiven for killing Jean. He then told her he didn’t want her to go to jail because he wanted the best for her and “that’s exactly what Botham would want.”

And that “best thing” would be for her to give her life to Christ. “I love you as a person and I don’t wish anything bad on you.”

What happened next is almost too overwhelming to comprehend, but for the love and grace of God. Brandt nervously turned to the judge and asked if he could hug his brother’s murderer.

A Federal Judge Smacks Univ. of Iowa for ‘Ludicrous’ Anti-Christian Discrimination

Last week, “A federal court ruled University of Iowa officials must pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a prominent Christian student group, calling the university’s conduct ‘ludicrous’ and ‘incredibly baffling’ during a hearing last week.”

The issue was that the university had no problem allowing secular groups on campus to make specific requirements about who could be in leadership. But when it came to a Christian group, to do so was considered discriminatory.

“The university limited the Christian group’s access to campus after being there for over 25 years, froze its bank account, shut down its website and advertised that it was ‘defunct’ for lack of student interest, according to court documents.

This violated the Christian group’s free speech and free exercise rights, the court ruled.”

New York man previously indicted in girlfriend’s death now charged in death of two toddlers

He was initially indicted in the death of his girlfriend Alla Ausheva after she and their two children were found dead in their Staten Island home in June. Ausheva, who was reportedly stabbed, was found face-down on a bed with face and head trauma.

The children were found lifeless in the bathtub.

According to the indictment, Walker allegedly told detectives at the time that he confronted and strangled Ausheva after finding their children dead in the bathtub.

Florida man wanted for allegedly pouring boiling water on boy, 3, one year after being accused of putting girl in oven

The boy’s burn were discovered by day care workers, who reported it to the Florida Department of Children and Families, WOFL reported, citing an incident report.

May turned himself in last year after he was accused of placing a 3-year-old girl in an oven and beating her with a belt. Chitwood tweeted that May was arrested last year in connection with the alleged abuse, but “unfortunately it was her word against Terry’s, and prosecutors weren’t able to make the case.

The charge was dropped.”

On Thursday, a judge issued a warrant for May’s arrest on a felony charge of child abuse causing great bodily harm.

“Based on the statements made & evidence collected, Terry May willfully & maliciously inflicted physical injury to the victim that will cause a permanent scar,” the sheriff’s office wrote online.

Feds: Potentially 2.2K Foreigners Posing as Abuse Victims to Obtain Visas

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A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) details potential widespread fraud spurred by a provision in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which allows foreign nationals living in the U.S. to self-petition for a green card so long as they prove that they are the victim of domestic violence by their U.S. citizen or green card holder spouse or parent, or their adult U.S. citizen son or daughter.

“According to [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)] officials, the self-petition program is vulnerable to fraud, such as self petitioners’ use of false or forged documents,” the GAO report states.

Since October 1, 2013, USCIS has detected more than 2,200 cases of potential fraud by foreign nationals seeking a green card under the VAWA program.

In Fiscal Year 2014, there were less than 200 cases of potential fraud. By Fiscal Year 2019, the number of potential fraud cases had increased to more than 800 — a 305 percent jump in six years.

Los Angeles Police Department Leaders Smear Breitbart News, Refuse to Explain How It Happened

Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation;
Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation; Edit: BNN

The LAPD published the false statements starting early Saturday, bowing to pressure from left-wing Daily Beast editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman, who sent a tweet earlier that day demanding to know why an LAPD recruitment banner ad was appearing on Breitbart.

Shachtman has a history of making derogatory and inflammatory statements about conservatives, once comparing American conservatives to ISIS.

In addition to being pro-police and pro-law enforcement, Breitbart maintains a newsroom staff that is more diverse than many mainstream media outlets.

Women and minorities serve in key editorial roles at Breitbart.

Despite these facts, which have been confirmed by the New York Times Magazine, the LAPD said it is launching an investigation into how the ad appeared on Breitbart so that it will never happen again.

The Daily Beast has a history of running negative stories about police officers, often depicting them as racist.

The leftist site seldom runs stories spotlighting the hard work police personnel perform on a daily basis.

Body camera shows officers arresting man with rope

Officials in Texas have released body camera footage of police on horseback arresting a black man with a rope.

A photograph of the incident sparked headlines and outrage in August.

The Galveston Police Department is deciding if the officers will be reprimanded. It says it no longer uses rope for arrests.

MGM says it will pay up to $800 million to victims of Las Vegas massacre in settlement

Flowers honoring the Las Vegas shooting victims rest on a fence near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Monday, a day before the second anniversary of the massacre.
Flowers honoring the Las Vegas shooting victims rest on a fence near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Monday, a day before the second anniversary of the massacre. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The settlement was announced by MGM Resorts International almost exactly two years after what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The settlement agreement is expected to be between $735 million and $800 million, with the final amount depending on how many victims and people affected choose to participate, according to MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay.

The process should conclude late next year, the company said, and would also resolve lawsuits MGM has filed against victims, seeking to dismiss claims stemming from the rampage.

Politics:

Trump Weighs In On Impeachment Inquiry

President Trump weighs in on the Adam Schiff and the impeachment inquiry.

Trump delivers remarks on Medicare in Florida

President Trump travels to The Villages, Florida where he will deliver remarks on Medicare and sign an Executive Order: ‘Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction.’

45 House Republicans Join Movement to Condemn Adam Schiff

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., gestures while speaking before the House Oversight Committee hearing on family separation and detention centers, Friday, July 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

When Biggs sponsored the bill, he said that Schiff’s stunt was “inexcusable” to “mislead the American public with such a statement.”

Although a public list of cosponsors only shows 18 Republicans supporting the resolution, an internal GOP list obtained by Breitbart News shows that 45 Republicans have joined the list of GOP lawmakers to condemn Schiff.

This represents a growing movement of Republicans to fight back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) and Democrats’ move to impeach Trump.

The Republicans that have cosponsored Biggs’ resolution to condemn Schiff include:

Twitter removes Trump’s viral Nickelback ‘Photograph’ video over copyright issue

Warner Music Group filed a complaint, according to Ars Technica, about the tweet, which included footage from Nickelback’s “Photograph” music video — footage for which Warner owned the copyright.

The video was released as part of Trump’s messaging on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s relationship with Ukraine.

“LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH!” the tweet read, alongside a video playing Nickelback’s music while featuring a picture of the Bidens and a Ukrainian businessman.

Trump Jr. responded on Thursday by suggesting Twitter had an ulterior motive for suppressing the video. “Not sure why Twitter wouldn’t want you to ‘Look at this Photograph,'” he tweeted.

Sanders will attend next debate despite pause after heart procedure, campaign says

The campaign said on Wednesday that Sanders would stay off the campaign trail “until further notice.”

But the candidate’s wife Jane Sanders highlighted in a statement on Thursday that “we expect Bernie will be discharged and on a plane back to Burlington before the end of the weekend.

He’ll take a few days to rest, but he’s ready to get back out there and is looking forward to the October debate.”

Ex-Ukraine envoy Volker meets with lawmakers amid impeachment probe, as texts reveal ‘quid pro quo’ dispute

Volker is participating in a closed-door transcribed interview with members of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees after the complaint mentioned him as having allegedly played a role in Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s investigations connected to Ukraine.

Volker resigned soon after the complaint was made public last week.

Talking to reporters outside the hearing, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, praised Volker as “unbelievably knowledgeable about what was going on in Ukraine” and called him a “true professional in our diplomatic corps.”

“But not one thing he said comports with any of the Democrats’ impeachment narrative,” he added. “Not one thing.”

Trump calls for China to investigate Biden family

Then-Vice President Joe Biden (L) waves as he walks out of Air Force Two with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden and son Hunter Biden at the airport in Beijing December 4, 2013.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden (L) waves as he walks out of Air Force Two with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden and son Hunter Biden at the airport in Beijing December 4, 2013. (Reuters)

Trump struck a characteristically defiant tone while speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn, en route to Florida.

“China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened with China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump said.

“I’m sure that President Xi [Jinping] does not like being under that kind of scrutiny where billions of dollars is taken out of his country by a guy that just got kicked out of the Navy.”

World News:

4 People Killed By Knife-Wielding Attacker At Paris Police Headquarters

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, and Paris police leader Didier Lallement, right, give a press conference outside the police headquarters in Paris.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, and Paris police leader Didier Lallement, right, give a press conference outside the police headquarters in Paris. Kamil Zihnioglu/AP

Authorities said at a news conference that three men who were police officers and a woman who was an administrative worker died in the attack around noon local time.

The assailant was shot and killed. It was not clear how many people might have been wounded.

French media say the suspected attacker was a “civil servant” employed with the police, according to NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley.

The suspect’s identity has not been publicly released.

At least 31 dead in Iraq as anti-government protests grip country

Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.
Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP)

In the last three days, at least 20 protesters and one policeman were killed in four provinces.

On Thursday, the first death was reported in Baghdad where one protester was killed as the demonstrators pushed their way toward Tahrir Square in the city center. The square has been off-limits since Wednesday night just before the curfew.

At least three protesters were shot and killed Thursday in Zaafaraniya, a southern Baghdad neighborhood, according to police and a medical official.

Explosions were heard before dawn inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies.

Hong Kong Teen Shot by Police Charged with Rioting and Assault

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Tsang is currently hospitalized in stable condition after surgery to remove a bullet that reportedly struck his left lung, within three centimeters of his heart.

The Hong Kong Free Press reported on Thursday that he will be represented in court by his lawyer while he remains in the hospital.

Six other people have been charged with rioting alongside Tsang. The oldest of the defendants, aged 38, has also been charged with arson.

Tsang could face up to ten years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Brexit proposal met with skepticism by European leaders who say they are ‘still unconvinced’

In this image taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement to the House of Commons in London, on Thursday.
In this image taken from video, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement to the House of Commons in London, on Thursday. (AP/Parliament UK)

Johnson argued in the House of Commons the changes his government just offered on regulating trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit represented a significant compromise.

Britain is set to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 unless it seeks and is granted an extension by the bloc.

“We have made genuine effort to bridge the chasm, to reconcile the apparently irreconcilable and to go the extra mile as time runs short,’’ he said.

But as the day wore on, however, key EU figures started expressing doubt over the new U.K. proposal.

North Korea confirms underwater-launched missile, calls it ‘new phase’ for limiting outside threats

The Hermit Kingdom launched the Pukguksong-3 missile Wednesday, its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in three years, just days before stalled nuclear talks with Washington were scheduled to resume this weekend.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the missile test in the waters off its east coast was successful and “ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to (North Korea) and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense.”

The missile flew about 280 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 565 miles, higher than any other short-range weapons North Korea test-fired in recent months, said South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo.

The missile traveled twice as high as the orbit of the international space station before coming down in the Sea of Japan.

Anti-Semitic attacks of boys who were called ‘Jewish ape’ and ‘dirty Jew’ shock Australia

A 12-year-old Jewish student of Cheltenham Secondary College forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child in an antisemitic incident.
A 12-year-old Jewish student of Cheltenham Secondary College forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child in an antisemitic incident.

Reports of the two shocking incidents, which have gone viral online, have caused the Anti-Defamation Commission, an Australian civil rights organization, to address the “rapidly spreading” anti-Semitic bullying in public schools in Down Under.

Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, said both boys have had to withdraw from their schools due to their Jewish identity.

“There is mounting evidence that families are forced to take their children out of public schools and to enroll them in Jewish day schools due to a growing sense of insecurity and fear that their kids will be harmed simply because of who they are,” Abramovich said in a statement.

Jewish leader warns Christians amid rising anti-Semitism: ‘They start with Jews, but they never finish with Jews’

Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan, located in Belgium, told CBN News that anti-religious incidents will target Christians next.

“More problems will come,” Rubinfeld told the Christian news site. “No, it’s just the beginning. We know this. We know that about anti-Semitic…the anti-Semite. They start with Jews.

But they never finish with Jews.”

While the increase of anti-Semitic attacks is concentrated in Europe, Chrisitan persecution, according to watchdog group Open Doors USA, is prevalent in Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa.

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