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Urgent threat: ISIS tells U.S. followers to burn America to the ground

New ISIS propaganda flyers have surfaced telling followers to burn America to the ground.
New ISIS propaganda flyers have surfaced telling followers to burn America to the ground.

According to the Free Beacon, radicals have been using an extremist-controlled media outlets to send a message to their followers across Europe and the United States, urging them to begin setting forest fires and burning countries to the ground.

The goal of the Islamic State is to reportedly cause mass ecological damage and create a massive public health crisis that would dismantle certain areas of the United States as well as European nations, according to an online forum occupied by the terrorist group.

In addition to the messages being spread over the air to anyone who might be listening and influenced by the messages encouraging terrorism, ISIS members have also reportedly begun displaying propaganda posters with a similar message.

Police chief: Wounded Dayton detective’s injuries ‘not survivable’

Chief Biehl made a statement to the press on Wednesday, providing tragic news surrounding the condition of the gravely injured detective.

He stated Dayton Police Detective Jorge DelRio’s injuries from the shooting are so severe that they are “not survivable”.

Despite the sadness of the announcement, family members of the Dayton law enforcement official are happy to know that he’s planned to donate his organs, providing one final offering of putting others before himself.

A Tennessee Police Department’s Last Officer Resigns Over Ticket Quotas

(Mike2focus/Dreamstime.com)

Section 39-16-516 of the Tennessee criminal code bars politicians and state agencies from disciplining a police officer solely based on the officer’s ability to meet a ticket quota.

The Ridgetop officers have argued that Reasoner and Johnson violated this law by demanding to see bi-weekly ticket reports from each officer.

In one of the recordings, Johnson even attempted to leverage a raise for two officers and the rehire of another to encourage officers to meet the quota.

“Law enforcement is not about tickets. It’s about trying to cut down on crime. That is a local government taking advantage of its people.

That’s not what we are here for,” Officer Shawn Taylor, who captured the secret recordings on Chief Morris’ behalf, declared at the time.

First Lady Visits Cuddle Program for Babies Born on Drugs

First Lady Melania Trump visits Lamb Elementary School in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct. 30, 2019.
First Lady Melania Trump visits Lamb Elementary School in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct. 30, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The first lady’s stop Wednesday at Boston Medical Center is part of her “Be Best” initiative.

The hospital developed the program to nurture babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The hospital also works with expectant mothers who misuse drugs or alcohol.

Texas Inmate Set to Be Executed for 2002 Strangling Death

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

Justen Hall, 38, was condemned for the October 2002 slaying of Melanie Billhartz. Prosecutors said Hall killed Billhartz, 29, with an extension cord from his drug house in El Paso and then buried her body in the New Mexico desert. Hall has been on death row since being sentenced in 2005.

His attorneys had asked to stop the execution, alleging he’s not competent to be executed and has a history of mental illness.

But a judge in El Paso last month denied the request. No other appeals have since been filed.

During a March 2017 court hearing on whether to have DNA testing in his case, Hall said he was “100 percent competent” and acknowledged killing Billhartz.

Prosecutors said two court-appointed experts in 2017 also found Hall to be competent.

If the execution happens, Hall would be the 19th inmate put to death this year in the United States and the eighth in Texas.

Three more executions are scheduled in Texas this year.

Police in Monterey County, California say two inmates have been recaptured by border patrol

Police in Monterey County, California say two inmates have been recaptured by border patrol

Teacher accused of sex with student found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Officers were called around 8 a.m. to the home of 63-year-old Garinger High School teacher Emma Ogle, who last week was arrested after being accused of having sex with a student.

Detectives said Emma Ogle’s husband, 59-year-old Michael Ogle, did not show up for work Wednesday morning and a relative went to the home to check on him.

That family member told police she saw Emma Ogle inside the house holding a gun.

Pennsylvania woman accused of faking cancer received over $10K in donations, authorities say

Jessica Smith is accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to collect donations, according to police in Pennsylvania.
(Photo courtesy: Chester County District Attorney’s Office via KYW)

Chester County resident Jessica Smith, 32, started a GoFundMe page and a Facebook fundraiser claiming she had been diagnosed with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) and was “facing tremendous medical bills, travel costs, and paying for the care of her children and missed work,” according to the criminal complaint filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Chester County.

Smith said she was receiving chemotherapy at Penn Medicine, the complaint said.

All the money raised by the fundraisers — which totaled more than $10,000 — was deposited into Smith’s joint bank accounts with her husband, according to the complaint.

Uwchlan Township Police Department launched an investigation in June when a friend of Smith’s filed a report alleging that she did not believe Smith had cancer.

Mom on the run after delivering stillborn with toxic levels of meth

“The levels of methamphetamine in this baby’s system were such high levels, even for an adult, so we believe she was using almost the whole entire time she was pregnant,” he said.

He also said Becker admitted to meth use just days before giving birth.

A murder warrant was issued for Becker’s arrest. Vallin said he believes she knows she’s wanted and is on the run.

Mollie Hemingway on Robach’s hot mic

Fox News Video:Commentary/Opinion: The Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway tells Tucker Carlson Amy Robach’s squashed Jeffrey Epstein story is par for the course with powerful players involved.

North Carolina double-murder suspect, 13, escapes after court appearance, sparking massive search

The teenager who identified custody, identified as Jericho W., is a suspect in the killings of two men.
The teenager who identified custody, identified as Jericho W., is a suspect in the killings of two men. (North Carolina Department of Public Safety)

North Carolina authorities forged ahead Wednesday with a massive statewide manhunt for a 13-year-old accused of double murder, 24 hours after the teen gave officials the slip following a court appearance.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the escaped teen, identified only as Jericho W., escaped Tuesday around 12:10 p.m. after going before a judge in Lumberton.

“Division officials have a high degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public, due to a prior history of assaultive and unpredictable behavior,” the agency said.

Mexico Massacre/Immigration:

Tucker: Brutal war raging out of control in Mexico

Fox News Video: Commentary/Opinion: Deadly ambush in Mexico kills 9 American citizens; Arizona Sheriff Mark Dannels on the attack.

Tom Homan: Mexico massacre is why we need the wall

Commentary/Opinion: Retired ICE Director Tom Homan says Mexican President Obrador cannot handle cartel violence on his own and explains how once Mexican nationals claim asylum border numbers will explode.

Arizona sheriff pleads for Mexico to work with Trump on cartel violence: ‘They need help’

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Lamb said that the deaths of nine U.S. citizens – six children and three women – who were living in a Mormon community about 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz., could have been prevented if the Mexican government hadn’t kowtowed to criminals.

Lamb said that the cartel that was responsible for the brutal killings was likely a fragmented, younger, part of the cartel that is a “little bit more reckless.”

“They have total disregard for human life, so this is not a surprise to any of us out here,” he added.

“From day one, our President Trump has understood how important it is to secure our borders,” he told the “Friends” hosts. “And a lot of people get sidetracked — especially politics in Washington.”

Mexican cartel massacre: Suspect with 2 hostages, assault rifles, bulletproof SUV arrested in border town

Clockwise from top left: Dawna Langford, Trevor Langford, Rogan Langford, Christina Marie Langford Johnson, Kristal Miller, Rhonita Maria Miller and twins Titus and Tiana, and Howard Miller. (GoFundMe)

The Agency for Criminal Investigation said in a statement on Facebook the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right across the border from Douglas, Arizona. The suspect was holding two hostages who were bound and gagged inside a vehicle.

Investigators found four assault rifles and a bulletproof SUV.

Officials have said that the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

Eight young children – including babies – survived the attack by hiding in the brush and even though they were wounded some walked miles to get help. Five badly wounded children were transported to hospitals in Arizona for treatment.

Montgomery County Rolls Back ‘Sanctuary’ Policy Due to Backlash

Marc Elrich is pictured. Photo: Screen grab/ YouTube/ montgomerycountymd

The leniency with illegals drew widespread public criticism, both within the county and across the nation.

Conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin held a rally on September 13th in Montgomery County against the sanctuary policy, and numerous ICE officials pushed back on Elrich’s claims that they needed a judicial warrant to make arrests of such illegals in the county.

This four-month saga represents one of the biggest failures yet of “sanctuary policies” promoted by Democrats to protect illegal aliens.

Such policies are still enacted in numerous cities around the country, and even entire states such as California.

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Politics:

New York: $800K Soros Campaign Fails to Oust Hard-on-Crime Prosecutor

District Attorney Sandra Doorley

In Monroe County, New York, voters re-elected District Attorney Sandra Doorley with 56 percent against Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell, who had promised not to prosecute low-level drug crimes.

Doorley, on the other hand, has gone after opioid, heroin, and fentanyl drug dealers with homicide charges when their clients have fatally overdosed.

The New York Justice & Public Safety Political Action Committee, funded by Soros, spent more than $800,000 in television ads to take Doorley down and elect Mitchell.

Soros, as Breitbart News reported, has put millions of dollars into flipping District Attorney races in states like California, Texas, and Virginia for progressive, pro-jailbreak, anti-drug enforcement candidates.

Fox legal analyst claims alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella could be ‘implicated’ in FISA report

A post on Jarrett’s personal website, authored by “staff” and shared by his verified Twitter account, said a key takeaway was the “reported direct relationship” Ciaramella had with former President Barack Obama’s CIA Director James Brennan and national security adviser Susan Rice, as well as “the “Democratic National Committee operative who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.”

This “makes them a likely candidate to be at the very least called as a witness in the cases that are likely to start following the FISA report,” the post said, “In addition, his area of expertise is reportedly Russia and Ukraine; two of the reported locations where information used in the anti-Trump Russian Dossier was ‘gathered.’

The name that Real Clear Investigations revealed is also listed as a source in one of Robert Mueller’s footnotes in his report.”

The post said if the information in the RCI report is true, “it is possible that this ‘whistleblower’ could be one of the individuals who might need a defense lawyer in the coming weeks when the findings of the FISA report are made public.”

Bevin campaign requests Kentucky recanvass after election results deemed ‘too close to call’

“The people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election. With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted,” Bevin’s campaign said in a statement on Wednesday, ahead of a planned news conference.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes later announced the recanvass will be conducted on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

A recanvassing requires the county election boards to recheck each machine and report the figures back to the county clerk. Members of both parties are allowed to be present during the recanvassing process.

The Associated Press said it could not declare a winner of the closely watched race, owing to the tight margin. The Democratic National Committee and Democrat Andy Beshear’s campaign, however, claimed victory.

Tulsi Gabbard Qualifies For November Democratic Debate

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI) speaks to the crowd during the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention on June 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI) speaks to the crowd during the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention on June 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

This is the second straight debate that Gabbard has qualified for following her controversial exclusion from the debate stage in September.

Gabbard has complained about the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) treatment of her, and briefly considered boycotting last month’s debate, before ultimately deciding to appear on stage with 11 of her fellow candidates.

Despite her lagging poll numbers, Gabbard has pledged to take her campaign all the way to the Democratic National Committee next Summer, and has closed the door on running for re-election to her House seat.

Judge Urges House To Negotiate With Trump In Tax Return Fight

“I think there should be a way for the parties to figure this out,” said U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden during an oral argument, adding “it seems to me that there could be some common ground.”

U.S. courts have held that the U.S. Constitution imposes an implicit requirement on Congress and the White House to attempt to resolve disputes over access to information before asking judges to rule.

“Here, that just hasn’t happened,” said Steven Meyers, a Justice Department lawyer, suggesting there might be other information the House could seek besides Trump’s tax returns to assist it in examining how the IRS audits presidents.

Megan Barbero, a lawyer for the House, argued that further negotiation would be pointless. The House committee believes it needs to see Trump’s tax returns, and the Treasury Department has made clear it will not produce them, Barbero said.

DNC says UCLA will no longer host upcoming Democratic debate

Six Democratic White House contenders, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have qualified for the December debate.
Six Democratic White House contenders, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have qualified for the December debate. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The news of the venue change from the party organization comes amid a boycott of speaking engagements at the University of California demanded by AFSCME Local 3299, the school’s largest employee union, which has been locked in a dispute with the the 10-campus system for nearly three years.

POLITICO is partnering with PBS NewsHour to sponsor the December debate, which will be the sixth televised forum of the nominating contest.

Six Democratic White House contenders have so far qualified for the December debate, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., California Sen. Kamala Harris and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Senators urge Pompeo to impose sanctions if Turkey violates ceasefire

In a letter to Pompeo obtained by POLITICO, Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked that the Trump administration to investigate recent reports that Turkish-backed forces are active outside the “safe zone” established by the October 17 ceasefire.

“On several occasions, President Trump has threatened to ‘destroy Turkey’s economy’ should Turkey violate its obligations,” the lawmakers wrote.

“In keeping with this position, we ask that the Administration take swift measures to enforce the October 17 agreement with tough economic sanctions.”

Van Hollen and Graham have introduced a bill that would target Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal finances, prohibit military assistance and restrict Turkish officials’ visas to the United States.

But the sanctions bill has yet to move forward and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has urged caution against sanctioning a NATO ally.

Justice Ginsburg May Have Lied to Senate, Bill Clinton Admits He Picked Her Because She’s Pro-Abortion

Ginsburg is perhaps the most faithful defender of abortion on demand on the U.S. Supreme Court, but Clinton’s admission is significant because, as ABC News noted, “political leaders in both parties have sought to avoid the appearance of an abortion litmus test for high court nominees.”

According to National Review, Clinton’s comments also suggest Ginsburg may have lied during her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.

“Abortion was a big issue in 1992 — the right to choose. I was one of the first pro-choice Democrats to run since Roe v. Wade, who actually benefited from Roe v. Wade,” he said Wednesday. “Now, she didn’t have to say anything about this. She knew this perfectly well that I was under a lot of pressure to make sure I appointed someone who is Simon-pure, which I had said was important.”

Here’s more from the report:

Judge rejects Trump moral-objection rule for health care

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in New York said he was tossing out the rule in its entirety.

The decision came after 19 states, the District of Columbia, three local governments, health organizations and others sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The rule let clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral and religious beliefs.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said the state sued in part because the rule “was an unlawful attempt to allow health care providers to openly discriminate and refuse to provide necessary health care to patients based on providers’ ‘religious beliefs or moral objections.’”

Clinton Democrat says Warren is committing 2020 ‘Healthcare Hara-Kiri’

Commentary/Opinion: “Now that Ms. Warren has released her long-awaited “Medicare for all” plan, there is no longer any need to discuss this issue in the abstract,” he wrote.

“She has zoomed past the last offramp and is now fully committed to a plan that would revolutionize the way healthcare is financed and delivered in the U.S.

She can’t run on this plan in the primaries and then shift to something more modest in the general election, even if she wants to.”

“‘Medicare for all’ would enroll everyone in the same government plan, whatever their preferences,” he continued. “Let’s be clear about what this would mean.”

Galston then laid out possible consequences of the plan, including the loss of private, employer-based healthcare insurance coverage in favor of a government-run system.

He pointed to Americans’ lack of trust in government as evidence that voters may not be easily sold on the idea.

Arizona County Declares ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Status

Chip Somodevilla/Getty

KTAR reports the Second Amendment Sanctuary declaration means county supervisors stand with the sheriff, should he choose to refuse enforcement of gun controls deemed infringements on gun rights.

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Hildy Angius commented on passage of the declaration, saying:

“We have the support of the sheriff, and if it ever gets to the point where the courts would have to get involved because of gun laws implemented by the feds or the state, we would step up and fight them.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Prescott), State Sen. Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City), and State Rep. Leo Biasiucci (R-Lake Havasu City) all attended the Board of Supervisor meeting in support of the vote.

Ukrainian Embassy whistleblower debunks Schiff in new interview

Commentary/Opinion: A Ukrainian political consultant is sounding off amid the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

One America’s Jack Posobiec has more from Washington.

Cyclist Fired For Flipping The Bird To Donald Trump Wins Election In Virginia

Briskman won her election to the Loudoun County board of supervisors in Virginia as part of the blue wave that took over both of the state’s legislative bodies and defended the governorship Tuesday night, according to the Washington Post.

Briskman first broke into national news in October 2017 for flipping off Trump’s motorcade on a bike as it drove past her on its way back from a golf outing.

Briskman ousted a Republican to win the seat.

Republican Daniel Cameron makes history in Kentucky attorney general race, amid Bevin drama

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Republican candidate for Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Cameron was elected Nov. 5.
FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Republican candidate for Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. Cameron was elected Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Republican Daniel Cameron made history Tuesday with his victory over former Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, becoming the first African-American to be elected the state’s attorney general — and offering a silver lining to the GOP amid drama over the state’s gubernatorial race.

Further, Cameron will be the first Republican attorney general in the state in more than 70 years, a significant achievement as GOP Gov. Matt Bevin trails Democrat Andy Beshear in a tight race in which Bevin has not conceded but Democrats have declared victory.

The Trump campaign highlighted Cameron’s win, however, even as it appeared to write off Bevin’s chances of prevailing.

Puerto Rico senator, 7 others arrested by FBI in corruption investigation

Puerto Rico Sen. Abel Nazario was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities following an investigation into alleged corruption.
Puerto Rico Sen. Abel Nazario was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities following an investigation into alleged corruption. (Puerto Rico Senate)

Nazario was previously arrested by federal authorities in September 2018 on charges of wire fraud and falsifying documents, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico.

He was accused of defrauding his employees while serving as the mayor of Yauco, a southwestern town in Puerto Rico, where he was an elected official from 2000 until December 2016.

Prosecutors allege that, while he was mayor, municipal employees were required “to work two voluntary hours per day” — which the U.S. Department of Labor determined was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Nazario agreed to pay nearly $590,000 in back wages to 177 employees.

Authorities, however, said they later learned the city of Yauco was withholding employees’ wages, despite Nazario’s pledge that he would not retaliate against workers.

Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 20: Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland testifies during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 20, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on “Policy Response to Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ciaramella’s name comes up in six Obama-era government emails that were released by the State Department as part of two previous Freedom of Information Act requests.

At the time of the exchanges, Ciaramella served as the Director for Baltic and Eastern European Affairs for the Obama-era National Security Council, where he worked on Ukraine policy.

One email, titled, “Loan Guarantee,” involved Nuland, who was reportedly a key champion of the Ukraine loan guarantee policy.

The email is one of several that shows Ciaramella in the loop with top officials such as Nuland working on Ukraine policy under the Obama administration.

The loan guarantee was pushed through after Ukraine agreed to several reforms, especially the firing of the nation’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.

This at a time that Shokin was reportedly investigating Burisma, the Ukranian natural gas company paying Hunter Biden.

Joe Biden infamously boasted on video about personally threatening to withhold loan guarantees from Ukraine unless Shokin was removed.

World News:

Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge, medic killed

Iraqi Army soldiers try to prevent anti-government protesters from crossing the al- Shuhada (Martyrs) bridge in central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in the capital, Baghdad, and across the Shiite south, demanding sweeping political change.
Iraqi Army soldiers try to prevent anti-government protesters from crossing the al- Shuhada (Martyrs) bridge in central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.
(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in the capital and across the Shiite south to demand sweeping political change.

The protesters complain of widespread corruption, a lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts despite Iraq’s vast oil reserves.

The protesters have focused their anger on Shiite political parties and militias, many of which have close ties to Iran .

Across the south, they have attacked party and militia headquarters, setting some of them ablaze.

Overnight, at least two protesters were killed in clashes with security forces near the provincial headquarters in the city, according to a protester and a medic who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions.

Report: Iran Held U.N. Inspector In ‘First Of Its Kind Incident’

FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019.
FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019.
REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Diplomats familiar with the situation told Reuters that Iran briefly held the inspector and apprehended her travel documents.

“The incident appears to be a first of its kind since Tehran’s landmark deal with major powers was struck in 2015,” Reuters reports.

According to the unnamed diplomats, the incident took place sometime last week at an Iranian nuclear enrichment site.

Chilean police officers set on fire by Molotov cocktails thrown by protesters

Police officers run to get assistance after being hit with a gasoline bomb thrown by protesters during an anti-government protest in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.
Police officers run to get assistance after being hit with a gasoline bomb thrown by protesters during an anti-government protest in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP)

Dramatic photos from Santiago on Monday showed members of the city’s special forces quickly jumping into action after the cocktails were thrown, using fire extinguishers and their hands to put out the fires.

The two officers – Maria Jose Hernandez Torres, 25, and Abigail Catalina Aburto Cardenas, 20 – were in serious condition at a hospital in Santiago, Reuters reported.

Chileans have poured into the streets demanding better salaries and pensions, and a more equal distribution of wealth.

A gathering in Santiago on Tuesday drew just 2,000 to 2,500 people, according to an estimate by Felipe Guevara, mayor of the Santiago metropolitan region.

Chile Prosecutor Seeks To Investigate 14 Police Officers For Alleged Torture Of Protesters

A person holds a Chilean flag during a demonstration against toll charges on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza

The alleged abuses took place against a backdrop of 20 days of mass rioting, looting and, more recently, peaceful protests over endemic inequality in one of Latin America’s richest nations.

Chile’s worst unrest since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 dictatorship has caused at least 23 deaths, more than 7,000 detentions, and injuries to 1,659 protesters and 800 police officers, according to authorities and rights groups.

Prosecutors are investigating more than 800 allegations of abuses, including torture, rape and beatings by security forces during demonstrations over inequality and cost of living that have often degenerated into riots.

Iran to start injecting uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges at midnight

A truck on Wednesday carries a cylinder containing uranium hexafluoride gas for the purpose of injecting the gas into centrifuges in Iran's Fordo nuclear facility.
A truck on Wednesday carries a cylinder containing uranium hexafluoride gas for the purpose of injecting the gas into centrifuges in Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility.
(AP/Atomic Energy Organization of Iran)

The 1,044 devices at the Fordo facility will be pumped with gas beginning at midnight, and will be used to enrich uranium up to 4.5%, Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told state television today.

The development will mark Tehran’s latest step away from the nuclear accord with world powers since President Trump withdrew from the deal over a year ago.

As of now, Iran is enriching uranium up to 4.5%, in violation of the accord’s limit of 3.67%, the Associated Press reports.

Jordan tourist site stabbing spree leaves 8 injured

Tourists pass through the Arch of Hadrian, built during the Roman Empire, and the South Gate of the well preserved Ancient Roman city of Gerasa, in the city of Jerash, Jordan, in 2015. (AP)

The incident in the archaeological destination of Jerash left three Mexican tourists, three Jordanians and one Swiss woman wounded, as well as a tour guide.

One of the locals was a policeman, the Associated Press reported, citing a security official who spoke to the country’s state-run media.

Details on the conditions of those wounded were not immediately known, though the Petra news agency said the most seriously hurt were airlifted to a hospital by helicopter.

Commentary/Opinion:

No Free Speech For “Overtly Racist Old White Dudes”: Northwestern Protesters Force The Cancelation of Jeff Sessions Event

The event was sponsored by the College Republicans and Sessions’ speech was titled “The Real Meaning of the Trump Agenda.”

Protesters however refused to allow others to hear such views.

Student Zachery Novicoff embodied the rising intolerance to free speech on campus. He is quoted as saying “There’s a limitation to free speech. That ends at overtly racist old white dudes.”

This violates a core defining value of our academic institutions and such students should be suspended for such conduct.

There is a difference between voicing your views and preventing others from speaking, particularly inside of a classroom.

When you claim the right to prevent others from hearing opposing views or speakers, you are at odds with the academic mission of these universities.

The cancellation of the Sessions event is a disgrace for Northwestern and a triumph for those who want to deny free speech to those with whom they disagree.

Censoring speech has become a badge of honor for some. It has not stopped at simply stopping speeches and classes.

We have been discussing the rising intolerance and violence on college campuses, particularly against conservative speakers.

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