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Supreme Court rejects case of Christian teen forced to write Islamic conversion prayer

The High Court denied a petition filed on behalf of the 11th grader, angering one conservative commentator who saw it as caving in to the indoctrination in schools and on college campuses.

“This is not just a violation of the First Amendment but an ongoing, albeit subtle, diffusion of Islam in our Western society,” the Rev. Mario Alex Protello wrote.

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of Thomas More Law Center, which filed the petition on Wood’s behalf said, “The schools are promoting Islam over Christianity or any other religion, and you have a double standard, which we think is a violation of the establishment clause.”

Thompson also said in the firm’s press release, “Under the pretext of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion.”

Detroit police arrest teen after man knocked unconscious at bus stop

An image from a video of an assault at a bus stop in the the 17100 block of E. Warren on Oct. 10, 2019. Detroit police are looking for the suspects.
An image from a video of an assault at a bus stop in the the 17100 block of E. Warren on Oct. 10, 2019. Detroit police are looking for the suspects.
(Photo: Detroit Police Department)

Now, police are seeking assistance to find the third suspect.

The man was sitting on a bench waiting for the bus when a group of teenagers came to the area.

One boy struck the man on the side of his head, knocking him unconscious. Then, two other boys kicked the man while he was on the ground. Afterwards, the teens fled the location on foot.

The 17-year-old and 16-year-old turned themselves in to the department’s 5th precinct Wednesday evening.

Woman gets kicked out of casino — then drives an RV into it, Las Vegas area cops say

“A little bit farther and it would have been into the table games,” North Las Vegas police spokesman Eric Leavitt said of the crash at the Cannery casino and hotel, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The large RV smashed into the casino’s main entrance around 5:20 a.m., hitting and critically injuring a 66-year-old janitor who works at the casino, KTNV reports.

Workers told police “the woman kept hitting the gas even after she struck the custodian and was stuck inside the entrance, and that employees had to remove the woman from the RV to get her to stop,” FOX5 reports.

2 found guilty of murdering woman in case of mistaken identity

Matthew Larkins (left), Travon Mack
Matthew Larkins (left), Travon Mack

Matthew Larkins, 37, and Travon Mack, 27, were among a group of five men who opened fire into Smith’s vehicle on Aug. 4 in retaliation for the shooting of a fellow gang member the previous day, according to Fulton County prosecutors.

She died of a single gunshot wound to the side of her head.

Smith, however, was not involved in the earlier shooting, which was believed to be the result of rival gang warfare, District Attorney Paul Howard said.

She just happened to be driving a vehicle similar to the gunman’s and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

NEW DETAILS: Georgia Supreme Court refuses to halt execution

In this undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie is in custody. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, that 52-year-old Cromartie is scheduled to die Oct. 30. Cromartie was convicted in the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville, just north of the Florida border.
(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

“Upon consideration of Cromartie’s application for discretionary appeal of the trial court’s denial of his extraordinary motion for a new trial and associated motion for DNA testing, it is denied,” the Supreme Court wrote in its order.

Cromartie is scheduled to be killed Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Cromartie requested a last meal of steak, lobster, macaroni and cheese, cube steak, rice and gravy, steak and cheese sandwich, double cheeseburger, fries, side of ranch dressing, strawberry milkshake and layered cake with white icing, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Montana Supreme Court Blocks Background Checks For Firearm Sales

Guns for sale are seen inside of Dick's Sporting Goods store in Stroudsburg, Penn. on Feb. 28, 2018.
Guns for sale are seen inside of Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Stroudsburg, Penn. on Feb. 28, 2018. (Eduardo Munoz)/Reuters)

Although Montana law allows local governments to regulate “possession” of firearms, it does not permit restrictions on the purchase, sale, ownership or transfer of ownership, or transportation and use of firearms, the court stated.

“Nothing within the language of [the state code] permits cities to regulate these other functions in any manner, yet the ordinance does so,” Justice Jim Rice wrote.

“Although purporting to merely suppress the ‘possession’ of firearms by convicted felons, adjudicated mental incompetents, illegal aliens, and minors, the scheme of the ordinance goes much further.”

Gun-control groups have been fighting state-level firearms preemption laws across the nation by enacting local ordinances that conflict with state law, “in hopes that courts will strike down or weaken the preemption laws on the books,” Cam Edwards wrote at Bearing Arms.

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

This ‘artificial leaf’ uses water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce a widely-used gas, inspired by the natural process by which plants use the energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into food.
This ‘artificial leaf’ uses water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce a widely-used gas, inspired by the natural process by which plants use the energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into food. Credit: Virgil Andrei

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.

The carbon-neutral device sets a new benchmark in the field of solar fuels, after researchers at the University of Cambridge demonstrated that it can directly produce the gas—called syngas—in a sustainable and simple way.

Rather than running on fossil fuels, the artificial leaf is powered by sunlight, although it still works efficiently on cloudy and overcast days. And unlike the current industrial processes for producing syngas, the leaf does not release any additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The results are reported in the journal Nature Materials.

Top cops resign after mayor’s son arrested for drugs. Mayor: “We’re pulling out of the task force.”

The resignation letter is scathing. It goes on to explain that La Porte County has been designated a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

It also points out the county “and indeed the entire nation is suffering the worst and most lethal drug epidemic in our nation’s history.”

They say it’s clear the mayor is putting his own personal interests above those of the city.

Philadelphia man shot 15 times, walks himself to hospital; expected to survive, police say

Philadelphia police arrived on the scene in the city’s Kensington section where they found 23 spent shell casings — but no victim.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the man simply “walked into the hospital.”

“That’s pretty miraculous,” Small said.

U.S. Court Rejects Challenge To EPA Review Of Obama Vehicle Rules

Traffic travels along a highway next to Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 11, 2019.
Traffic travels along a highway next to Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The states sued in May 2018 after the Trump administration reopened a review of the vehicle efficiency standards through 2025.

In its final weeks in office, the Obama administration sought to cement the rules in place by completing the “midterm review” more than a year ahead of the April 2018 deadline.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia concluded that because the EPA had not engaged in a “final action” under the Clean Air Act, it would dismiss the petitions for lack of jurisdiction.

The court noted the EPA determination that the existing rules were “not appropriate” did not actually change any of the vehicle requirements.

41 American troops identified so far from remains returned by North Korea

Military members stand at attention after placing transfer cases in a hanger at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, in August 2018.
Military members stand at attention after placing transfer cases in a hanger at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, in August 2018. (AP)

The boxes were handed over as part of an agreement between Trump and Kim following the June 2018 summit. Inside, Pentagon officials said they’ve found several pairs of boots, two helmets, several canteen bottles, dozens of buttons, buckles, a bayonet handle and a dog tag, amongst other items.

“We can’t speculate at this point about how many more soldiers may be identified,” Hoffman said.

More than 7,800 Americans remain unaccounted for from the war and the remains of more than 5,000 A

Minnesota Trump rally punch suspect facing felony assault charge: reports

Dwight Pierre Lewis, 31, of Richfield, Minn., is accused of punching a Trump supporter outside a Minneapolis rally, resulting in stitches for the victim, authorities say. (Hennepin County District Attorney)

Dwight Pierre Lewis, 31, of Richfield, Minn., was charged with one count of third-degree felony assault in Minnesota’s Hennepin County District Court.

He surrendered to police Monday and was being held on a $40,000 bond ahead of his court appearance Thursday, FOX 9 Minneapolis reported.

Investigators said they used several videos taken by news organizations and posted to social media to identify Lewis as the suspect.

Lewis’ criminal record includes four previous convictions for disorderly conduct, two for assault and one each for property damage and making terroristic threats, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Amazon sells clothes from factories blacklisted by other retailers, investigation reveals

In this April 30, 2013 file photo, a worker toils in a collapsed garment factory building in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In this April 30, 2013 file photo, a worker toils in a collapsed garment factory building in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. (The Associated Press)

In connection with the banned factories The Wall Street Journal probe found with apparel on Amazon, more than two-thirds of the items produced were being sold by third-party sellers using the tech giant’s marketplace platform, and some were for sale by Amazon directly.

The 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory, which killed more than 1,100 people, led to major American retailers joining safety monitoring groups that required them to hold their suppliers to higher safety standards.

Those clothing items reportedly included pants, sweaters, clerical robes, fishnet body stockings.

Chick-fil-A giving everyone in Utah free chicken sandwiches as part of ‘Fowl Play’ promotion

Those in the state of Utah are able to redeem their free Chick-fil-A sandwich via the app beginning Oct. 24 at participating locations.
Those in the state of Utah are able to redeem their free Chick-fil-A sandwich via the app beginning Oct. 24 at participating locations. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The free food is part of Chick-fil-A’s seasonlong promise to award free chicken to the entire state of Utah if an opposing team misses two free throws in a row in the fourth quarter, Business Insider reported.

This is not the first time Chick-fil-A has partnered with sports franchises to offer free food.

Previously, the Atlanta-based chain partnered with the Miami Heat and offered a free sandwich to anyone who wore an “authentic Heat jersey” to a participating location.

Florida woman lit on fire at Taco Bell; suspect is arrested

TPD Identifies Attempted Murder Suspect as Mia Williams Age 32
TPD Identifies Attempted Murder Suspect as Mia Williams Age 32

The suspect, Mia Williams, 32, was arrested Thursday morning, according to Tallahassee police.

Williams, whom police said identifies as a black female, bolted from the fast-food chain Wednesday evening in a pair of capri-style pants and a red head wrap before police arrived to find the victim with serious burns, the Tallahassee Police Department said.

The suspect was caught early Thursday following a massive search, police said. It was unclear whether Williams knew the victim.

US Marine critically wounded after jumping on grenade has message for Americans: ‘You are worth it’

Highlighting his book on Fox Nation’s “After the Show Show,” Carpenter shared his motivation behind his work, nine years after his life changed forever.

“Many of the lessons and perspectives that I’ve discussed came because I was forced to search for those silver linings during those long dark and painful nights in the hospital,” Carpenter continued.

“But now, I’m so thankful that I’ve had these amazing experiences from this bonus round that I’m living to tell people that it’s about perspective and how you look at things and that you can truly come back better and stronger than you were before… and come back smiling,” he added.

Politics:

Top Senate Democrats Tell Hillary Clinton to Move On: ‘Time for Another Nominee’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote speech during the American Federation of Teachers Shanker Institute Defense of Democracy Forum at George Washington University in Washington on Sept. 17, 2019.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote speech during the American Federation of Teachers Shanker Institute Defense of Democracy Forum at George Washington University in Washington on Sept. 17, 2019.
(Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

The responses came after her former aide, Philippe Reines, told Fox News that she isn’t ruling out running for office again after her 2016 defeat against President Donald Trump.

“You know, she ran for president because she thought she would be the best president,” Philippe Reines stated during an Oct. 23 appearance on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. “If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump—I think she would think about it long and hard.”

“She’s not, she hasn’t foreclosed the possibility, I guess,” Carlson responded. “No, she has not,” Reines said.

Elizabeth Warren: Fiscal Fraud

She’s embraced every possible tax on higher-income taxpayers, including a sure-to-backfire wealth tax.

But all of those tax increases wouldn’t come close to financing her spending agenda – even if one makes the heroic assumption that there’s no adverse economic impact and negative revenue feedback.

The Wall Street Journal opined on her absurd approach.

But it’s not just the pro-market crowd at the Wall Street Journal that is raising the issue.

Even writers at Vox find it difficult to rationalize Sen. Warren’s evasive math.

It’s gotten to the point that some left-leaning economists are scrambling to help square Warren’s circle.

Here are some excerpts from a report in today’s Washington Post, including some of the horrifying tax increases that her advisers are contemplating.

Gaetz on Tucker Carlson: ‘I Was Born This Way’

Commentary/Opinion: Democrats in the House are trying to impeach Donald Trump because they don’t want to substantively engage him on the issues.

This is part of a broader strategy to de-platform, delegitimize, and destroy anyone who champions the America-First agenda.

Tucker: How Elizabeth Warren’s surge affects every American

Commentary/Opinion: Warren is now the frontrunner among 2020 Democrats. Tucker Carlson sounds off.

Solving Student Debt

Democratic Presidential frontrunner Elizabeth Warren wants to solve the massive student debt problem by having government forgive nearly all of it.

That’d cost taxpayers a massive $1.25 trillion.

A better solution, says Beth Akers, author of “Game of Loans” and a Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute, is something called an ISA: an “Income Share Agreement”.

ISAs mean, instead of incurring loan debt, students agree to pay a percentage of their FUTURE income.

“The ISA is a way for the school to say to [a student], ‘you’re only going to pay us if we help you succeed,'” Akers explains.

Mexico Expects U.S. Congress To Start Formal Trade Deal Approval Soon

FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s Deputy Foreign Minister for North America, Jesus Seade, reacts during the delivery of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) deal at the Senate building in Mexico City, Mexico May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

Republican lawmakers have accused Pelosi and the Democrats of stalling work on the trade deal to avoid handing a victory to Trump, but Democrats say they are working closely with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office to get their concerns addressed.

The USMCA, which would replace the $1 trillion North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), risks getting bogged down in the 2020 U.S. presidential election race if U.S. lawmakers do not ratify it soon.

“The progress made in dialogue with Speaker Pelosi and U.S. lawmakers and negotiators makes us think that the end to this complex story is near, that soon we will see the United States initiate the formal process of approval of the trade deal,” Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, Jesus Seade, said at Lopez Obrador’s daily news conference.

In a letter addressed to Pelosi, Lopez Obrador called for ratification “soon” so as to avoid having the electoral process in the United States “impede or delay” the deal’s finalization.

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Raise Taxes for Middle-Class Americans

Elizabeth Warren seems to have a problem telling the truth about her policies. But if she gets the Democratic nomination, there will be a historic contrast on taxes.

Warren wants to raise your taxes. President Trump wants to cut taxes. Voters won’t be fooled.

Ratcliffe says DOJ was used by Obama administration to go after their enemies

Justice Department’s investigation into possible FBI misconduct is now criminal probe, sources say.

Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe reacts on ‘Fox & Friends.’

Democratic National Committee ups qualifying criteria for pre-Christmas debate in California

The debate will be the first held on the West Coast, and specifically California. The Golden State is playing a larger role this cycle in determining the Democratic presidential nominee.

California moved up the date of its primary and will be the largest of the 15 states scheduled to vote on Super Tuesday, which will be held on March 3 of next year.

The DNC’s qualifying criteria have been repeatedly criticized by many of the middle- and lower-tier candidates for months. Activists also argue that the job of narrowing the field belongs to the voters in the early-voting states rather than with national party leaders.

FBI agents manipulated Flynn file, as Clapper allegedly urged ‘kill shot’: court filing

Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, filed a 37-page motion on Thursday, outlining several big allegations, once again requesting the government produce all evidence as it relates to Flynn — urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt.

Powell alleged that FBI officials manipulated Flynn’s FBI 302 — a form used by agents to report or summarize interviews.

It’s not clear who may have done the alleged editing, though ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in the original interview.

Powell also raised concerns about text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page days following the publication of the salacious anti-Trump dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through law firm Perkins Coie.

As the coverage of the dossier spread in the media, the filing said, “Strzok wrote to Page: ‘Sitting with Bill watching CNN. A TON more out…We’re discussing whether, now that this is out, we can use it as a pretext to go interview some people.’”

World News:

Twenty-Three Killed As Fresh Protests Engulf Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony of Major General Ali al-Lami, who commands the Iraqi Federal Police's Fourth Division, who was killed in Salahuddin, in Baghdad, Iraq October 23, 2019.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony of Major General Ali al-Lami, who commands the Iraqi Federal Police’s Fourth Division, who was killed in Salahuddin, in Baghdad, Iraq October 23, 2019.
REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

A government intelligence officer and a member of the powerful Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia were killed in a clash with protesters in the southern city of Amara, police sources said.

Nearly 1,800 people were injured nationally as demonstrators took to the streets to vent frustration at political elites they say have failed to improve their lives after years of conflict.

“All we want are four things: jobs; water, electricity, and safety.

That’s all we want,” said 16-year-old Ali Mohammed who had covered his face with a T-shirt to avoid inhaling tear gas, as chaotic scenes overwhelmed Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square.

U.S., China ‘Close To Finalizing’ Parts Of Phase 1 Trade Pact: USTR

In a statement issued after the call, the USTR provided no details on the areas of progress.

“They made headway on specific issues and the two sides are close to finalizing some sections of the agreement. Discussions will go on continuously at the deputy level, and the principals will have another call in the near future,” it said.

Beijing was expected to request cancellation of some planned and existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports during the phone call, people briefed on the negotiations told Reuters.

In return, China was expected to pledge to step up its purchases of U.S. agricultural products.

Facebook’s counter-terrorist training

The Metropolitan Police is working with Facebook to try and stop terrorists livestreaming their attacks on social media.

The force has started recording its counter-terrorism training exercises and is sharing the footage with the company.

Iran cuts prisoner’s fingers off after finding him guilty of theft, report says

Authorities carry out the court-ordered amputation of the fingers of a convicted thief in a public square in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz in 2013.
Authorities carry out the court-ordered amputation of the fingers of a convicted thief in a public square in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz in 2013. A similar punishment was doled out in northern Iran earlier this week. (AP)

The Justice Department of Mazandaran province, Amnesty International says, released a statement following the amputation declaring that it was performed as part of its “policy to crack down, severely and without hesitation, on those who disrupt public order and security and steal public funds.”

Investigators had found the man guilty in 28 cases of theft and Iran’s penal code states that such a conviction “on the first occasion” is punishable by the removal of four fingers on the right hand, the BBC reports.

One of the last times Iran cut someone’s fingers off was in January 2018, when a 34-year-old was found guilty of stealing sheep, the BBC reports.

Russian soldier shoots dead eight fellow servicemen

Private Ramil Shamsutdinov – who has been detained – might have been suffering from mental health problems, they say.

The defence ministry earlier said that shots were fired during a change of guard at the base in the Transbaikal region.

Mr Shamsutdinov, a conscript, killed two officers and six fellow soldiers.

Russian media report that the suspect was targeting his victims in the head.

Ukraine police arrest hacker wanted in US, suspected of stealing $6M from American banks

A 32-year-old man was arrested in Ukraine for alleged hacking into U.S. financial institutions and stealing $6 million. He is wanted by U.S. authorities.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in Ukraine for alleged hacking into U.S. financial institutions and stealing $6 million. He is wanted by U.S. authorities.
(Ukraine National Police)

Police in Kiev said in a statement that the man was arrested Friday hiding out in “one of the most expensive” hotels in the Ukrainian capital city.

Police did not release his name nor his nationality but said he was a foreigner.

“The man is suspected of unlawful interference with computer systems, theft and money laundering in especially large amounts,” the statement said.

Three killed after severe floods strike southern France

This Oct. 23, 2019 image made by Twitter user @SDIS34 shows cars flooded in the southern France.
This Oct. 23, 2019 image made by Twitter user @SDIS34 shows cars flooded in the southern France. France’s Interior ministry says three people have been killed in torrential rains that flooded towns and villages in southern France this week. (@SDIS34 via AP)

France’s Interior Ministry says over 2,000 emergency workers have been called to help with the extreme rain and flooding that tore through eight counties along the Mediterranean and inland areas of France.

The town of Beziers – 18 miles southwest of Cazouls-d’Herault – was among the hardest hit by the storms in recent days, evacuating dozens after it saw more rain in 24 hours than it had in the entire previous year.

The substantial flooding was able to move blocks of cement.

Commentary/Opinion:

Left Behind: America’s Homeless Crisis

Fox News Digital embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll progressive policies have had on the homeless crisis in four west coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.

In each city, we saw a lack of safety, sanitation, and civility. Residents, the homeless and advocates say they’ve lost faith in their elected officials’ ability to solve the issue.

Most of the cities have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem only to watch it get worse.

This is what we found. #FoxNews.

On the Republican Party, Trump, and Racism (Pt. 1) | Tucker Carlson | MEDIA | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Tucker Carlson (Host, Tucker Carlson Tonight) about his upbringing, his frustrations with the Republican Party, his views on Trump and racism, Google censorship, and more.

Why Reparations Will Not Help & Founding Blexit (Pt. 3) | Brandon Tatum | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Brandon Tatum (Co-Founder of Blexit & former police officer) about why he is a black conservative, how he think there are far more black conservatives than people realize, why he co-founded Blexit, his role models of black business and entrepreneurship, as well as why he thinks reparations for slavery will not help black people.