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Police seek two NFL player in connection with armed robbery at Florida house party

New York Giants Deandre Baker
(Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
New York Giants Deandre Baker
(Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Police have issued warrants for the New York Giant’s Deandre Baker and the Seattle Seahawks’ Quinton Dunbar, both cornerbacks, for their alleged roles at the party Wednesday night in Miramar, Florida.

Baker is wanted for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Dunbar is wanted for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, according to news reports.

USDA secretary re-affirms: Food shortages not likely

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
(Drew Angerer/Getty)
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
(Drew Angerer/Getty)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday re-affirmed that the country is unlikely to face food shortages during the coronavirus pandemic, stating that meat processing plants that had previously closed down due to outbreaks were “essentially all … back open.”

The closures led to concerns that supermarket shelves across the country would soon be empty of beef, pork and other staple meat items. Yet Perdue said that scenario was unlikely.

Asked by host Steve Inskeep if he expected food shortages, the secretary said: “No, I don’t.”

Joe Rogan ponders move to Texas over California coronavirus restrictions: ‘I might jet’

Joe Rogan said Austin and Dallas as areas he would consider moving to if California doesn’t allow him to perform standup comedy.
Joe Rogan said Austin and Dallas as areas he would consider moving to if California doesn’t allow him to perform standup comedy. (Getty)

“Hey, I might move to Texas,” Rogan said on Wednesday’s edition of his popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

“If California continues to be this restrictive, I don’t know if this is a good place to live,” Rogan added. “First of all, it’s extremely expensive.

The taxes here are ridiculous. And if they really say that we standup until 2022… I might jet.”

Fresno Official Cited for Battery After Attacking Conservative Journalist

Conservative journalist and host of Frontline America Ben Bergquam and others are confronted by City Council President Miguel Arias in Fresno, California, on May 12, 2020. (Frontline America with Ben Bergquam/Facebook/screenshot)

A local official in Fresno, California, was given three citations for battery after he attacked a group of people outside his home.

Democratic City Council President Miguel Arias attacked conservative journalist Ben Bergquam and two others on March 12.

In a public statement, Arias stood by his actions, claiming that the men tried to force their way into his home.

But his accusations don’t line up with video captured by the group. Bergquam, who hosts Frontline America, was there as a journalist for America’s Voice.

He said he was initially looking to confirm that Arias lived in the district, and that the address wasn’t a front for election purposes.

Taiwan Semiconductor Maker to Set Up $12 Billion Plant in Arizona

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on Oct. 5, 2017.
A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on Oct. 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Eason Lam)

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, said it will build a $12 billion factory in Arizona, creating over 1,600 jobs and boosting the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce dependence on foreign-based supply chains of key technologies.

“The TSMC facility in Arizona will increase U.S. economic independence, bolster our safety and competitiveness, and strengthen our leadership in high-tech manufacturing,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement.

“With TSMC’s commitment, high-tech chips will be Made in America once again—the nation where the semiconductor industry was invented,” Pompeo said.

“These chips will power everything from artificial intelligence to 5G base stations to F-35s,” he added.

Father tells NYPD that a thief stabbed his 6-year-old daughter in the stomach. Now he’s charged with attempted manslaughter

Police at the scene where a person was stabbed on New York City's Lower East Side.
Christopher Sadowski
Police at the scene where a person was stabbed on New York City’s Lower East Side.Christopher Sadowski

The father, Jia Pan, is now facing charges in connection with the incident Thursday morning, and police are saying he fabricated the incident.

Pan told authorities that he was accosted by two thieves who made off with his jewelry and credit card. One of the thieves, according to Pan, then stabbed the 6-year-old child.

An investigation into the incident, however, reportedly discovered that Pan was the one who stabbed his own child.

Former neurosurgeon says masks are ineffective against COVID-19 and can cause health problems

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Blaylock noted that people wearing the most effective masks, N95 respirators, are at risk of negative effects of having their oxygen intake limited for extended periods of time.

Blaylock wrote that lower blood-oxygen levels can impair a person’s immunity, potentially increasing their risk of contracting infections, including COVID-19.

Also, a person who has a respiratory infection and wears a mask is expelling some of that virus with each breath and rebreathing it in, potentially leading to higher concentrations of the virus in the lungs and nasal passages, or even the brain — which that can make COVID-19 more dangerous.

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Trump discusses the state of vaccine development

President Trump delivers remarks on vaccine development in the Rose Garden.

Sheriff: 5 children found in unventilated box in back of truck in California

Courtesy: San Bernardino's Sheriff's Office via CNN
Courtesy: San Bernardino’s Sheriff’s Office via CNN

San Bernardino’s Sheriff’s Office deputies said they initially responded to a call about children in a crate in a vehicle along the highway.

Deputies said the five young children were left unrestrained in the truck with no ventilation or air conditioning and no water.

Temperatures outside at the time were around 100 degrees.

According to Fox 11, the children were between the ages of 1 and 13 years old.

Man without face mask turns violent when he’s asked to leave Texas store, video shows

On Wednesday, a spectator caught on camera a maskless man getting loud and confrontational when asked by a man at a ‘99 Cents Only Store to put on a mask or leave.

“Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it legal!” the man shouted as spectators filmed his rant.

The man goes on to reference Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that people cannot be fined if they’re not wearing a mask.

High Point man chases down roommate, stabs her in back, investigators say

Officers said 23-year-old Ahmad McClain got into an argument with two of his female roommates. McClain and the two females began assaulting each other and McClain pulled out a knife at some point.

Police said the two females backed away and started running when McClain chased them and stabbed one of the victims three times in her upper back.

High Point police said warrants for attempted first-degree murder and assault on a female were obtained on McClain Wednesday evening.

Eviction proceedings, debt collections can resume this month, Texas Supreme Court says

Eviction hearings can be held as soon as Tuesday, with orders authorizing evictions allowed starting May 26.

That does not apply to certain tenants who are protected through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, including renters in homes covered by federally backed mortgages.

Tenants covered under that federal moratorium have protections through Aug. 23.

Others may be protected through local orders, like those in place in Austin, Dallas and San Marcos.

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford begins second round of qualifications

An E2-D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft touches down on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.
An E2-D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft touches down on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. Photo courtesy of USS Gerald R. Ford/U.S. Navy/Facebook

The vessel, commissioned in 2017 and undergoing tests since, on May 10 started its fourth independent steaming event after an 18-month Post Delivery Test and Trials phase of operations, the Navy said Thursday.

It recently completed a refitting to accommodate over 1,000 personnel and numerous aircraft.

Squadron 117, known as VAW-117 or the “Wallbangers,” is a unit completing a transition from the E2-C Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft to the upgraded E2-D variant.

Sabo Street Art Calls Out California, L.A. Coronavirus Lockdown Overreach

Unsavory Agents
Unsavory Agents

Sabo put up his latest street art series in Venice Beach, Hollywood, and other high-traffic destinations around L.A. County.

One poster shows Gov. Newsom as the Christian Bale character from the 2000 movie American Psycho, renamed “California Psycho.”

Another poster mocks social distancing snitchers with a scene from the 1978 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, retitled Invasion of the Snitchers and featuring actor Donald Sutherland wearing a mask.

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Hawaii plans to extend stay-at-home measures, travel quarantine until end of June

 FILE PHOTO: Waikiki Beach is nearly empty due to the business downturn caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. April 28, 2020.
FILE PHOTO: Waikiki Beach is nearly empty due to the business downturn caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Garcia

The state at one point considered sweeping use of GPS-enabled ankle bracelets or smartphone tracking apps to enforce stay-at-home orders given to arriving air passengers.

However, that plan was put on the back burner after the Hawaii attorney general’s office raised concerns.

Hawaii has had over 630 cases of infection and 17 deaths from the new coronavirus, as of late Thursday.

The state’s average of one death per 100,000 people is among the lowest in the United States, Reuters calculations show.

USNS Mercy Leaving LA After Treating 77 Patients

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams/U.S. Navy
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams/U.S. Navy

The USNS Mercy has been docked at Los Angeles Harbor since March 27, arriving just as the peak of the pandemic approached.

Like the USNS Comfort, the ship was originally slated to lessen the impact on hospitals by taking on non-coronavirus patients, thereby freeing up beds in nearby hospitals anticipating a surge in coronavirus cases.

The 1,000-bed hospital came fully prepared with 800 crew members “12 fully-equipped operating rooms, laboratories, a pharmacy, [and] radiological equipment … becoming the largest hospital in the city,” KTLA reported.

Nonetheless, the doomsday predications never came to fruition. The Mercy ended up treating just 77 patients, according to U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesman Cmdr. John Fage.

U.S. states reopen in a patchwork underscoring political differences

A man crosses a nearly deserted Fulton Street in the financial district in lower Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
FILE PHOTO: A man crosses a nearly deserted Fulton Street in the financial district in lower Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Construction and manufacturing facilities in five out of 10 New York state regions were given the green light to restart operations on Friday, although Greater New York City, the epicenter of the nation’s crisis, remained under strict limits.

Pockets of Virginia and Maryland were allowing an array of businesses to reopen, in contrast to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, both of which extended their stay-at-home orders for fear of a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths.

The piecemeal approach has largely formed along demographic and political lines.

Republican governors generally have pushed to reopen more quickly to jumpstart the crippled economy, especially in more rural areas, while Democratic governors have been more cautious, especially in big cities, citing concerns about public health.

Vegas-Reno highway cracked, closed after 6.5 quake in Nevada

The Nye County sheriff’s office was also checking a report of possible damage to U.S. 95, Capt. David Boruchowitz told KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. “Other than that, just a bunch of people shaken up.”

The quake occurred in a remote area of the state between Reno and Las Vegas, and people from Salt Lake City, Utah, to California’s Central Valley tweeted that they felt it.

“It really shook a lot of groceries off the shelves,” Keith Hasty, an employee at a gas station in Tonopah, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Politics:

Did Obama Break the Law?

Did Obama break the law? That’s the question discussed amongst Gregg Jarrett and Charlie Kirk on the popular “The Charlie Kirk Show” Podcast.

Author and attorney Jarrett breaks down the legal case against Barack Obama and his involvement in all things Russia hoax.

Specifically, Kirk asks Jarrett about the innocence of General Michael Flynn and the unjust conviction of Roger Stone.

A special treat is also revealed in this episode: Jarrett reveals his exclusive scoop on John Durham and Bill Barr’s investigation into James Comey, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and the rest of the “coup cabal.”

Defections in the House: Several Dems to vote ‘no’ on $3T coronavirus bill

Some moderate members in swing districts — including Reps. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Cindy Axne of Iowa and Ben McAdams of Utah– ripped the massive measure as a one-sided partisan bill that is going nowhere.

And there’s resistance in the most liberal wing of the party, too, where some say the $3 trillion measure isn’t big enough.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said her “no” vote was “difficult” but the bill fell short on ensuring Americans continued to get paychecks and had access to health care.

Tucker: Now we see that COVID lockdowns aren’t the only solution

Commentary/Opinion:
Georgia’s experience suggests can America begin to return to normal, restore stolen rights to the population and maybe even treat citizens like adults.

Exposing How Biden & Dems Abused FISA To Spy On Flynn (Pt. 1) | Rand Paul | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Commentary/Opinion:
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Rand Paul (U.S. Senator for Kentucky) about FISA courts, Trump and lockdowns.

Rand Paul discusses the recent revelations regarding FISA abuse by the Democrats in the Obama administration to spy on Michael Flynn or as Donald Trump calls it “obamagate”.

He also discusses the documents released by Ric Grenell that implicate Joe Biden in the unmasking of General Michael Flynn.

Rand also discusses his proposed amendment that would protect American citizens from FISA abuses.

Trump calls for Obama to testify before House Judiciary

Reaction from former DOJ official Francey Hakes weighs in.

World News:

US Pilot Jailed in Singapore for Breaking Quarantine Order

Brian Dugan Yeargan, wearing a face mask and sunglasses, walks outside the Singapore State Court in Singapore, on May 13, 2020.
Brian Dugan Yeargan, wearing a face mask and sunglasses, walks outside the Singapore State Court in Singapore, on May 13, 2020. (The Straits Times via AP)

An American cargo pilot who admitted to “poor judgment” in breaking a quarantine order to buy medical supplies became the first foreigner imprisoned in Singapore for breaching its restrictions meant to curb the CCP virus, his lawyer said on May 15.

FedEx pilot Brian Dugan Yeargan, 44, of Alaska, was sentenced to four weeks Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to leaving his hotel room for three hours to buy masks and a thermometer, defense lawyer Ronnie Tan said.

The tiny city-state has strict penalties for those who breach quarantine rules, don’t wear masks in public, or fail to adhere to social distancing measures.

Quarantine violators face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($7,000), or both.

First Hong Kong Protester to Admit ‘Rioting’ Gets Four Years’ Jail

A family member cries and bids farewell to a prison van after protester Sin Ka-ho has been sentenced four years for rioting, in Hong Kong, China, on May 15, 2020.
A family member cries and bids farewell to a prison van after protester Sin Ka-ho has been sentenced four years for rioting, in Hong Kong, China, on May 15, 2020.
(Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Sin Ka-ho was among thousands who surrounded the Legislative Council on June 12 in a bid to stop legislators from giving a second reading to a since-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

A few dozen protesters, many wearing black and holding a banner reading “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times” gathered outside the court, chanting “there’s no riot, only tyranny.”

As Sin was driven away in a van, some protesters knocked on its windows and shouted “Stay strong!”

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Iran & Hezbollah vow to remain in Syria despite Israeli attacks – TV7 Israel News 15.05.20

1) The Secretary General of the Lebanese Iranian-proxy Hezbollah confirmed Israel’s increased attacks on weapons-manufacturing sites in Syria; all the while denying Iran’s active operational involvement in the war-torn country.

2) Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards have reportedly stepped up efforts to transfer, by means of aerial shipments, numerous advanced precision-guided Fateh-110 missiles to Syria.

3) Air Travel is gradually returning to (what can be called) a new normal, after weeks of bare minimum flights.

Five arrested for brazen teen abduction over drug debt

Solaiman Nassimi (far right) is one of five men in police custody for kidnapping a 14 year old boy.
Solaiman Nassimi (far right) is one of five men in police custody for kidnapping a 14 year old boy.TORONTO POLICE

According to Toronto police, the boy the five men allegedly abducted was targeted because of his stepbrother’s multi-million dollar drug debt.

The brazen daylight kidnapping ended when he was found unharmed in a barn, more than 36 hours after being taken.

On Thursday, police announced they had made four arrests in connection to the kidnapping but a fifth suspect was still at large.

Commentary/Opinion:

The Hard Truth, Episode 5: Police Brutality & Black on Black Crime #WalkAway Education Series

Your Fear Won’t Dictate My Life | The Matt Walsh Show Ep. 488

Today on The Matt Walsh Show, I have an idea, a plan, for how to proceed.

It involves everyone making their own decisions. “Personal responsibility,” we used to call it.

Also, Five Headlines, including millions of Americans now considering homeschooling for the first time.

And in our Daily Cancellation we will cancel two of the dumbest criminals in world history.