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Soldier wounded searching for Bergdahl dies

National Guard Master Sgt. Mark Allen 

National Guard Master Sgt. Mark Allen was on a mission to gather information in two Afghan villages in July 2009 when his unit was ambushed by insurgents using small arms, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

During the ambush Allen was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

He was left unable to speak and using a wheelchair, his wife Shannon Allen testified in 2017 during Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing on a desertion charge.

A decade after Allen was wounded in the ambush, Allen’s wife posted a message on her business Facebook account announcing the death of her husband.

Georgia foster mom charged with murder in hot car deaths of twins, 3

Mugshot for Claudette Foster. (Hinesville Police Department)

A magistrate rejected Claudette Foster’s request for bond, according to reports. She was being held in the local jail.

Foster surrendered on an arrest warrant Monday following an investigation by police in Hinesville, Ga., into the Sept. 29 deaths of Raelynn and Payton Keyes.

She was also charged with cruelty to children, authorities said.

NASA spots bright ‘blue’ meteor, Jupiter in stunning images shot from airplane

“Reflected along the wing of the A380 aircraft, the brilliant greenish streak is also internally reflected in the double layer window, producing a fainter parallel to the original meteor track,” NASA wrote in a caption along with the image.”

Jupiter can also be spotted in the image, as the gas giant “is the bright source beneath the galactic bulge and seen next to a green beacon, just off the wing tip,” the space agency added.

Wagner eventually sent the photo into NASA, where a scientist confirmed that the object he had spotted was a bolide meteor.

Improvised Explosive Device Detonates At Montana Elementary School

There were no injuries but students at the school were promptly evacuated and all Helena Schools are on lockdown and will be searched by law enforcement, according to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The IED was described by authorities as a soda bottle type device covered in duct tape.

Agents with the FBI and ATF are at the scene. No threat was made, no damage to the building was reported, and there were no children on the playground when the bomb went off.

Fort Worth Police Chief Explains Why Atatiana Jefferson’s Welfare Check Turned Deadly

Atatiana Jefferson in a Facebook photo FACEBOOK

Kraus was asked to explain how a simple welfare check turned into a deadly incident.

Between the time of the neighbor’s concerned call and the time officers arrived at the house, dispatch apparently relayed to officers that they would be responding to an “open structure call,” which Kraus explained means officers had more discretion to respond as they see fit, instead of the more constrained welfare check.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram gives more context: Though the department continues to note that officers thought they were responding to an “open structure call,” a police call sheet reportedly showed that the call was labeled a burglary.

Horse runs loose for miles on California highway before hitting Mercedes

“Chasing this horse up the highway,” said Leora Lang, a witness who captured video and pictures of the incident. “It was unbelievable.”

Lang said it started when a group of people in an advanced horse riding class took the animals into the ocean. That’s when one got spooked by the waves.

“A surfer came and tried to get the horse back to shore,” added Lang. “The horse bolted right passed the trainer.”

Foster father charged with manslaughter in Meriden teen’s death

James Bailey was formally charged with 2nd degree manslaughter in Meriden Superior Court Tuesday morning.

His case was continued to November 12. He was also charged with Manslaughter Second Degree with a Motor Vehicle , Operating MV Under the Influence, Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree and Reckless Driving

The accident is still under investigation, but police believe 63-year-old James Bailey was driving drunk on North Wall Street at 11 a.m. Monday with 73-year-old Joel Young in the front seat, and his 17-year-old foster son in the backseat, without a seat belt.

New York City police find decomposing body inside manhole

Police investigating a decomposing body that was found inside of a New York City manhole this morning. (Fox 5 NY)

The startling discovery was made around 3 a.m. by a Verizon utility crew that had been working in the area of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, according to FOX5NY.

“Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, whose body was discovered in a state of decomposition,” the New York City Police Department said in a statement.

“EMS responded to the location and pronounced the male deceased at the scene.”

Taco Bell recalls 2.3 million pounds of beef due to concerns over metal shavings

Federal regulators were alerted to the problem on Saturday, after three consumers complained about metal pieces in Taco Bell beef, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a release Monday.

Produced by Kenosha Beef in Columbus, Ohio, between September 20 and October 4, the beef being recalled involves seasoned beef taco and burrito filling shipped to Taco Bells nationwide, according to the FSIS.

The product was sent to distribution centers in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia, and then to Taco Bell restaurants in 21 states across the eastern Midwest, northern Southeast and Northeast regions, Taco Bell said.

Politics:

Liberals push 2020 Dems to release Supreme Court shortlist

Demand Justice, the organization behind the list, said in an accompanying statement that Democrats should produce similar lists, not only to emphasize how much they value the Supreme Court — progressives have assailed Democrats recently for not talking about it enough — but also to signal a move toward staunchly progressive nominees.

“In releasing this list, we also hope to make clear that the next Democratic president ought to approach the task of nominating judges with a new playbook,” the statement read, “one that prioritizes unabashedly progressive lawyers and legal thinkers, who have all too often been pushed aside.”

Many of the names on the Demand Justice list have experience with progressive groups, like Nicole Berner, general counsel to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Dale Ho, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project.

DIGENOVA: Nothing Constitutional About An Impeachment Process With Secret Evidence And Secret Witnesses

REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Commentary/Opinion: The forceful and thorough rebuke that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone delivered to the “impeachment inquiry” will go down in history as the definitive document defeating an attempted coup.

Cipollone critiqued the process by which Democrats are seeking to railroad the executive branch, arguing they “have denied the president the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans.”

By refusing to let the full House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, and instead leaving control of the process in the hands of committee chairmen, Cippolone contends the impeachment is grossly unconstitutional.

The criticisms made in Cipollone’s letter are manifestly reasonable. Cipollone lays out a set of very basic demands for guarantees related to due process and fairness that any president — or any private citizen, for that matter — would be insane to cooperate in any proceeding without.

How Amazon.com moved into the business of U.S. elections

FILE PHOTO: The Amazon.com logo and stock price information is seen on screens at the Nasdaq Market Site in New York City, New York, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

The expansion by Amazon Web Services into state and local elections has quietly gathered pace since the 2016 U.S. presidential vote.

More than 40 states now use one or more of Amazon’s election offerings, according to a presentation given by an Amazon executive this year and seen by Reuters.

So do America’s two main political parties, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the U.S. federal body charged with administering and enforcing federal campaign finance laws.

While it does not handle voting on election day, AWS – along with a broad network of partners – now runs state and county election websites, stores voter registration rolls and ballot data, facilitates overseas voting by military personnel and helps provide live election-night results, according to company documents and interviews.

Report: Elizabeth Warren Has Received Money from at Least 30 Billionaires over Political Career

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Warren prides her presidential bid as a 100 percent grassroots-funded campaign.

While she has raised millions — an impressive $24.6 million in the third quarter — she reportedly used $10.4 million in leftover funds from her 2018 senatorial bid to cushion her current campaign.

During the course of her senatorial campaign, Warren happily attended fundraisers and accepted money from big donors, sparking questions surrounding her newfound commitment to keep big donors out of politics.

The New York Post analyzed Warren’s past campaign contributions and found that she has accepted donations from at least 30 billionaires throughout her political tenure.

The Post reports:

PART 2 – CNN Leadership Picks Winners and Losers on Eve of Debate. “…They(CNN) like Warren a lot”

• CNN Insider Cary Poarch: “I Actually Came to CNN a Registered Democrat. I Campaigned and Voted for Bernie in the Primaries of the 16’ election;” “…All That I Thought I Knew and Hoped to be at CNN Was False.”

• Poarch: “It’s an Unwritten Rule That if You Are Center, Center Right, or Heaven Forbid, Full Right Republican Trump Supporter, Then You Are Not Welcome at CNN.”

• Insider Cary Poarch Wants ‘Free and Fair Election’ and Not ‘Some Ideology Shoved Down My Throat;’ Wants CNN to ‘Get Back to the Facts and Get Back to Reporting the News.’

Hunter Biden Expresses Regret for Getting Entangled in the ‘Swamp’

The 49-year-old, who has gotten rich off foreign deals inaccessible to average American business men, told ABC News that his “poor judgement” overseas was having a negative impact on his father’s presidential campaign.

Although he unequivocally denied any wrongdoing, the younger Biden also expressed regret for getting entangled “in the middle of something that is a…swamp in many ways.”

Hunter Biden’s sit down with ABC News comes as his foreign business dealings have spilled out into the open.

125 House Republicans co-sponsor resolution to censure Schiff over ‘parody’ reading of Trump-Zelensky call

Democrats have the majority and control the floor in the House, but Republicans could still attempt to force a vote on the matter.

“Schiff simply does not have the gravitas that a weighty procedure such as impeachment requires,” Biggs wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News. “He has repeatedly shown incredibly poor judgment.

He has persistently and consistently demonstrated that he has such a tremendous bias and animus against Trump that he will say anything and accept any proffer of even bogus evidence to try to remove the president from office.”

Warning to Democrats: Economy points to a Trump win

The Moody’s model had called every presidential race correctly since 1980 — until Trump’s 2016 victory. Now, it’s predicting his reelection. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

As Democrats gather on stage in Ohio on Tuesday night for their fourth debate, the Moody’s model suggests they’ll need to take aim at Trump’s record on the economy to overcome his advantage.

The Moody’s model — which was perfect from 1980 until narrowly missing the 2016 outcome — finds that Trump would win fairly solidly based on three different sets of state-level economic and political data.

One that focuses on pocketbook issues such as gas prices, home prices and personal income finds that, as of now, Trump would romp to a second term with 351 electoral votes.

“Democrats need to be on high alert. If history is any guide and we get typical turnout, they are going to lose,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics and lead architect of the model.

“They need to be at DEFCON 1 or it’s likely Trump will be reelected.”

Will Joe Biden Challenge Elizabeth Warren’s Constitution-Shredding Proposals?

(F. Carter Smith/Polaris/Newscom)

Commentary/Opinion: Warren’s proposal to strip from Americans the rights of petition, speech, press, and assembly that are enshrined in the First Amendment is closely related to her proposal to infringe on property rights.

Some might see the lobbying reform and the wealth tax as unrelated. Actually, the two policy initiatives go hand in hand.

Once Warren restricts the political speech rights of wealthy Americans, it will make it easier for her to take away their property.

Warren’s proposed wealth tax arguably violates several different provisions of the constitution, including the bill of attainder clause in Article I, the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment, and the “direct taxes” clause in Article I, which the Sixteenth Amendment revised only in terms of an income tax, not a wealth
tax.

When a politician’s first hurdle is convincing voters that her plan isn’t unconstitutional, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

Sen. Rand Paul on the dangers of socialism in America

Commentary/Opinion: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Republican member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joins Tucker Carlson to discuss his new book ‘The Case Against Socialism.’

Tucker Carlson on CNN’s bias reportedly exposed

Commentary/Opinion: Tucker: CNN has had a liberal agenda from the beginning, but it wasn’t always nakedly partisan and didn’t used to function like a political campaign.

Tom Del Beccaro: Crazy California is actively working to drive middle class voters out of the state

Fox News Video: High costs and liberal policies are chasing the middle class out, former chairman of the California Republican Party Tom Del Beccaro says.

World News:

EU Signals Brexit Optimism as Both Sides Target Deal by Midnight

Simon Coveney, left, speaks with Michel Barnier in Luxembourg on Oct. 15.

As the hours tick down, officials from the two sides worked late into Monday night in Brussels and resumed early this morning, racing to wrap up an agreement for leaders to rubber stamp at a summit this week.

If a deal is reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be able to put it to the U.K. Parliament on Saturday and so avoid having to seek another delay beyond Oct. 31.

But he lacks a majority in Westminster and any concessions could prompt the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up his administration, to try and scupper the agreement.

Army mini-explosive drones kill enemy drones

Raytheon photo – Coyote

Not only are attack drones easily purchasable on the commercial market, but they are rapidly becoming more and more advanced given the lightning speed at which technology is now advancing.

Video can be gathered with much higher fidelity at longer ranges, navigational systems can more accurately merge with sensors and targeting technologies and larger numbers of drones can increasingly operate in tandem – in a more coordinated fashion.

Battery technology, to cite another example, is progressing so quickly that drones are increasing dwell time over targets, complicating any effort to defend against them.

Overall, the Army is fast-tracking what could be called an entire sphere of counter-drone weapons; these include Electronic Warfare innovations to jam enemy drone signals, Stryker-mounted Hellfire missiles to shoot drones out of the sky and — in a Raytheon effort with the Army — create an integrated “sense-track-hit” counter-drone kill chain.

China builds 400 mph ‘flying saucer’ attack helicopter with stealth coating and missile system

The Super Great White Shark attack helicopter, which looks like a flying saucer, is on display at the 5th China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin on October 10, 2019.
The Super Great White Shark attack helicopter, which looks like a flying saucer, is on display at the 5th China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin on October 10, 2019.
Photo: Liu Xuanzun/GT

The strange flying machine, dubbed the Great White Shark, is loaded with an arsenal of high-tech weaponry and could take to the skies as early as next year.

Pictures of the UFO-like aircraft with an unusual central cockpit first began to circulate online last week after it featured at an air show near Beijing.

“Attracted by the futuristic design of the aircraft, Chinese military observers pointed out that the aircraft’s high-speed and stealth capabilities could give the weapon an edge on the battlefield.”

The helicopter was apparently shown off at the China Aviation Helicopter Industry Base in the eastern Chinese district of Binhai.

Chinese App Gives Government ‘Back Door’ into Millions of Devices

The app shares President Xi's thoughts as well as official information and propaganda.
The app shares President Xi’s thoughts as well as official information and propaganda.GETTY IMAGES

BBC News reports that a recent analysis of the Chinese-made “Study the Great Nation” app has revealed that hidden elements within the app could help monitor, use, and copy data from users’ devices.

The hidden elements were discovered by phone security experts Cure 53 who noted that the app gives the Chinese government “super-user” access to individuals devices.

The app was released in February and has since become the most downloaded free program in China thanks to demands by the Chinese authorities that citizens download and install it.

The Chinese government has denied that the app had the monitoring abilities listed by Cure 53.

German cyber-security firm Cure 53 analyzed the app on behalf o the Open Technology Funds which campaigns on human rights issues.

Cure 53 said in its report that the Great Nation app had “extensive logging” abilities.

The Latest: Russia says it won’t ‘allow’ Turkey, Syria clash

A Russian envoy for Syria says that Moscow will not allow Turkish and Syrian government forces to clash, underscoring his country’s role as de facto power broker in the conflict amid a U.S. pullout.

Alexander Lavrentyev, presidential envoy for Syria, told Russian state news agencies on Tuesday that “no one is interested” in potential fighting between Syrian government troops and Turkish forces that entered Syria last week. Lavrentyev said Russia “is not going to allow it.”

Lavrentyev also denied reports saying that Moscow has given the green light to Turkey’s operation in Syria and insisted that Russia “has always thought that any military operation in Syria is unacceptable.”

China Warns Turkey to Halt Invasion of Syria Against Kurds

AREF TAMMAWI/AFP via Getty

Geng called on Turkey to abide by international law, despite Beijing’s own regular violations of such norms.

“China opposes the use of force in international relations,” he began. “We believe all sides should observe the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter as well as the basic norms governing international relations, and solve problems through political and diplomatic means under the framework of international law.”

He continued:

Typhoon Hagibis: Japanese outrage after homeless people turned away from shelter

The words " Water, Food," are written on the ground in Marumori town, Miyagi prefecture, Japan Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.
The words ” Water, Food,” are written on the ground in Marumori town, Miyagi prefecture, Japan Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Yohei Kanesashi/Kyodo News via AP)

As the storm approached over the weekend, two men who tried to go to an evacuation shelter were denied from entering because they were informed they were not ward residents since they were homeless.

“The wind was strong and it was raining, and I wanted them to let me in,” a 64-year-old homeless man told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

The 64-year-old man told the newspaper he ended up spending the night under a plastic umbrella partially shielded below an underhang from a building’s roof.

Syrian regime accused of dozens of torture methods from ‘crucifixion’ to rape to eye-gouging

(SNHR)

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, a global non-profit that serves as a leading source on all death toll-related statistics in the war-wracked nation, has compiled the most extensive torture report to date, exposing the barbaric methods of abuse inside the dark walls of government detention facilities and military-run “hospitals” which have led to the deaths of at least 14,000 people.

More than 14,000 victims allegedly met their fate at the hands of Syrian government forces, while Islamic extremist groups killed 57 through torture.

Factions of the armed opposition killed a further 43, while 47 were under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and another 20 were parties the group was unable to identify.

Focusing specifically on the torture practices of the Damascus regime, the new report has pinpointed a total of 72 methods of torture used against detainees.

American lawyer serving as Micronesia’s assistant AG shot dead while returning home from run

Rachelle Bergeron, who was serving at the acting assistant attorney general of the state of Yap in Micronesia, was fatally shot on Monday night.
Rachelle Bergeron, who was serving at the acting assistant attorney general of the state of Yap in Micronesia, was fatally shot on Monday night. (Yap State Government)

Rachelle Bergeron, originally from Wisconsin, was killed on Monday night after she pulled her vehicle into her driveway. Someone reportedly fired three shots, killing both Bergeron and her dog.

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) government told Radio New Zealand in a statement, “The State of Yap, with the assistance of the FSM Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, are coordinating efforts to complete a thorough investigation.”

Tens of thousands rally in Hong Kong to ask US for political sanctions

Hong Kong protesters ask US for political sanctions (Studio Incendo/Flickr)

Waving American flags and chanting “Fight for Freedom! Fight for Hong Kong!”, as well as “Disband the police!” the crowd lit up the evening with their cell phone flashlights, while singing “Glory to Hong Kong,” the anthem of the four-month-old protest movement.

The peaceful rally came after police said protest violence had reached “life-threatening levels” in clashes over the weekend, during which police reported the stabbing of one officer, as well as an explosion from a small, home-made bomb.

The bill, if enacted, will also enable the U.S. to freeze the assets of, and refuse visas to, officials deemed responsible for human rights violations in the city.

“Government officials, police officers and election officers who suppress [democratic rights in] Hong Kong should be sanctioned,” Wong, who was recently questioned by officials over his political beliefs after applying to run in district elections, told the crowd.

Family of 7 discovered living in Dutch farm cellar for years waiting for world to end

An aerial picture taken on October 15, 2019 shows a view of the farm where a father and six children had been living in the cellar, In Ruinerwold, northern Netherlands.
An aerial picture taken on October 15, 2019 shows a view of the farm where a father and six children had been living in the cellar, In Ruinerwold, northern Netherlands. (WILBERT BIJZITTER/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The discovery was made after the 58-year-old man’s possible son, age 25, walked from the farm to a pub in Ruinerwold, where he was “completely confused” and police were called, RTV Drenthe reported.

The owner of the pub, Chris Westerbeek, told Dagblad van het Noorden the young man looked “unkempt,” with long hair, and said he “needed help and had never been to school.”

“He said he needed help and wanted to put an end to the situation he was in,” Westerbeek told the newspaper.

The six younger members of the group reportedly had no idea there were other humans out in the world.

Brazil building collapse: Seven-storey block crashes down in Fortaleza

Seven people, among them a 60-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, have been rescued but 10 more are feared trapped.

Firefighter Cleyton Becerra said the situation remained dangerous as there was a risk that rescuers could get caught in further collapses.

Rescue workers had earlier said that eight people had been rescued but they later revised the figure down. They also said that after speaking to residents they believed the number of people still missing was 10.

One person is reportedly trapped in an elevator.

Convoy of 14 officers gunned down in ambush. Police say a deadly Mexican cartel is to blame.

(Photo – Twitter Screenshot)

The attack was reportedly carried out by one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or “CJNG” for short.

In just a matter of a few short moments, more than a dozen officers were targeted and killed by the cartel group.

After the hail of gunfire, attackers left handwritten messages taking credit for the slaughter. According to the Times, the violent group was angry with the officers for allegedly working alongside another rival cartel.

While 13 officers had originally been reported dead, the death toll increased to 14.

France: Five Muslims, including an imam, arrested in connection with Paris police jihad massacre

French police arrested overnight five people, including a Salafist imam, in connection with Mickael Harpon, the IT expert at Paris police headquarters who killed four colleagues in a knife attack this month.

Police swooped on the individuals in three locations in the northern suburbs of Paris around near the home of Harpon, 45, who was killed at the end of his stabbing spree on October 3.

The murders sparked soul-searching over how a man who converted to Islam 10 years ago and had adopted increasingly radical beliefs escaped detection despite working at a police intelligence unit whose job is to identity terror threats.

Commentary/Opinion:

Black Woman Says Time Is Racist

A black woman giving a Ted talk says time is racist and controlled by white people.

She also says obesity is racist.

This is what REALLY happened at the March For Babies

The rally was described on the Facebook event as “a march to protest Victoria’s extreme abortion laws and show our support and love for both mothers and their babies.”

Today the Herald Sun reported it as a far-right rally, even using a photo of Mr Finn waving to imply he is a Nazi. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

The march attracted thousands of Christians and some Muslims from all racial backgrounds, but that didn’t stop Antifa from chanting anti-Nazi slogans at the family-friendly event.

No matter what your stance is in regards to abortions; one thing is for sure – you won’t want to back the violent extremists marching under the Antifa flag.

The Christians were welcoming and loving, even towards their Antifa counter-protesters.

Antifa, in their standard fashion, were violent, obnoxious and shameful – even in front of young children.

Project Veritas Does It Again!

As if it’s not obvious to a lot of us, CNN’s true agenda has been exposed, again.

Thanks to Project Veritas for confirming what we all know.

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