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Fort Hood soldier suspected in disappearance of Spc. Vanessa Guillen kills himself after human remains found

Spc. Vanessa Guillen

U.S. ARMY
Spc. Vanessa Guillen
U.S. ARMY

AUSTIN, Texas — The remains of missing Fort Hood soldier Spc. Vanessa Guillen have likely been located, and another soldier suspected of being involved in her disappearance killed himself Wednesday morning as police approached him, Army Criminal Investigation Command announced.

The suspect shot himself at about 1:17 a.m. Wednesday as officers of the U.S. Marshals Service, Killeen Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force attempted to make contact with him in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue in Killeen, the central Texas city just outside the gates of Fort Hood.

Another suspect, a civilian, was arrested by the Texas Rangers.

The civilian suspect, who was not identified, is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier and was in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting charges by civilian authorities, according to CID.

‘A heroic act’: Teen drowns after rescuing 12-year-old friend at Northern California lake

A 2014 view shows the Camanche Reservoir in Ione, Calif. A 17-year-old boy drowned Sunday in the lake. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Witnesses told first responders that a 12-year-old boy had entered the water at the reservoir’s Eucalyptus Day Use Area and began struggling to stay above water due to the “uneven lake bottom and not knowing how to swim,” authorities said.

The boy’s 17-year-old friend entered the water to help and managed to hand the child over to another nearby swimmer.

Authorities later received reports that the teen had become tired and suffered a leg cramp before subsequently going underwater.

25 Arrested in Seattle’s CHOP, Business Owners: ‘I Have My Police Force Back’

JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images
JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images

“Many people came out and were thanking the officers they were thanking me. They were so glad to — I think we don’t even realize the level of trauma to some of the folks who live around there, what they were experiencing,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said on Thursday.

The East Precinct is “partially operational” and is staffed with some personnel, Best told King 5 on Thursday.

Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) on Wednesday ordered the immediate dismantling of the “autonomous” zone, citing gun violence, narcotics use, rape, robbery, assault, increased gang activity, noise disturbances, property damage, and business harassment.

Officials subsequently dismantled the area on Wednesday, removing barriers as law enforcement arrested individuals who refused to leave the area.

VIDEO: Rioters Set Fire to Historic Thompson Elk Fountain in Portland

AndyNgo/Twitter, Screenshot
AndyNgo/Twitter, Screenshot

Thursday morning, Post Millennial Editor-at-Large Andy Ngô shared video footage of the burning statue:

The rioters also tore off wood boards protecting the courthouse’s windows and used them for firewood and barricades, according to Fox News.

“Protesters threw water bottles and other projectiles as police fired pepper balls and at least one flash-bang at protesters in front of the courthouse, according to freelance reporter Sergio Olmos,” the article noted.

Boeing communications chief resigns over decades-old article on women in combat

FILE PHOTO: Signage of The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Karen Ducey
FILE PHOTO: Signage of The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Karen Ducey

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) communications chief Niel Golightly has resigned his position, the company said on Thursday, following an employee’s complaint over an article the former U.S. military pilot wrote 33 years ago arguing women should not serve in combat.

“My argument was embarrassingly wrong and offensive. The article is not a reflection of who I am; but nonetheless I have decided that in the interest of the company I will step down,” Golightly said.

In Thursday’s statement, Golightly said, “The dialogue that followed its publication 33 years ago quickly opened my eyes, indelibly changed my mind, and shaped the principles of fairness, inclusion, respect and diversity that have guided my professional life since.”

President Trump Delivers Remarks at Spirit of America Showcase

LAUSD police chief resigns following school board vote to cut $25 million from his agency

LAPD Chief Michel Moore and LASPD Chief Todd Chamberlain give Angelica Rangel, 16, a junior, her lieutenant II pins as she rises in rank during formal inspection of cadets,
LAPD Chief Michel Moore and LASPD Chief Todd Chamberlain give Angelica Rangel, 16, a junior, her lieutenant II pins as she rises in rank during formal inspection of cadets in the Police Academy Magnet at Monroe High School on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the North Hills school. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

In a statement, Chamberlain attributed his decision to step down as police chief to the board’s drastic cuts.

“After humbly serving my communities, departments and personnel over 35 years in Law-Enforcement, I have been placed in a position that makes my ability to effectively, professionally and safely impact those groups unachievable,” he said.

“In good conscience, and in fear for safety and well-being of those I serve, I cannot support modifications to my position, the organization and, most importantly, the community (students, staff and families) that I believe will be detrimental and potentially life-threatening.”

Florida cops joking in bodycam video after firing rubber bullets at protesters were under attack: chief

Fort Lauderdale police released nearly nine minutes of bodycam footage in response to a report on officers’ actions after firing rubber bullets at protesters on May 31. (Fort Lauderdale Police Department)

The video from Fort Lauderdale police officers’ body cameras was initially obtained by the Miami Herald as part of a public records request.

The paper published about two and a half minutes of the footage in its report Wednesday detailing the May 31 clash between police and protesters.

Fort Lauderdale police released the full 8-minute, 43-second-long video recorded by Baro’s body-worn camera later Wednesday in response to the report.

“The entire video clearly demonstrates our officers were under attack by a group of people who chose to use violence instead of peace to antagonize the situation,” Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement.

Feds arrest ‘ringleader’ in attack on Andrew Jackson statue by White House

Law enforcement sources tell Fox News that Jason Charter was arrested at his residence Thursday morning, without incident, and charged with destruction of federal property.

He was arrested by the FBI and U.S. Park Police as part of a joint task force.

These sources add that Charter has connections to Antifa and was in a leadership role on the night of June 22 when a large group of protesters tried to pull down the statue.

“They were very organized,” a federal law enforcement official said. “Charter was on top of the statue and directing people … they had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.”

UMass Nursing Dean Fired For Saying “Everyone’s Life Matters”

Dr. Neal-Boylan had only been in her position for a few months when she was fired.

The reason, according to many reports, is that she sent an email on June 2 to the Solomont School of Nursing on the recent anti-racism demonstrations across the country that include the words “everyone’s life matters.”

Dr. Neal-Boylan was heralded last September as a “visionary leader” by the university in taking over the deanship.

Her writings include strong advocacy for those with disabilities in the nursing field. Those writings show tremendous empathy and concern for inclusivity in the profession.

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Record jobs gain of 4.8 million in June smashes expectations; unemployment rate falls to 11.1%

Nonfarm payrolls soared by 4.8 million in June and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1% as the U.S. continued its reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting a 2.9 million increase and a jobless rate of 12.4%. The report was released a day earlier than usual due to the July Fourth holiday.

The jobs growth marked a big leap from the 2.7 million in May, which was revised up by 190,000. The June total is easily the largest single-month gain in U.S. history.

Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials

Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing “COVID parties” as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States.

She said she recently learned of the behavior and informed the city council of the parties occurring in the city.

She said the organizers of the parties are purposely inviting guests who have COVID-19.

“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” McKinstry said. “They’re intentionally doing it.”

Father of CHOP shooting victim speaks out in emotional ‘Hannity’ interview: ‘All I know is my son is dead’

Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr., the father of a 19-year-old black man who was shot and killed last month inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), publicly pleaded for answers on “Hannity” Wednesday night, saying police and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan have failed to reach out to him since his son’s death.

Anderson Sr. broke down in tears as he recalled learning of his son’s death.

“The only way I found out was just two of his friends, just two friends that just happened to be up there and they came and told me,” he said.

“They weren’t even from Seattle. Now, mind you, I haven’t heard — the police department, they never came …

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on sexual abuse charges

Epstein’s former girlfriend and accused madam was taken into custody at 8:30 a.m. in Bedford, N.H., the FBI confirmed to Fox News. She had purportedly been hiding out in Paris, France before her arrest.

Maxwell, the daughter of late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, has been accused in civil court filings of facilitating a sex-trafficking operation that brought girls — some as young as 14 — to Epstein’s Manhattan home, though until Thursday she had not been formally charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

While there have been reports that there were several others who “facilitated” Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse also being investigated, the main focus has been on Maxwell.

One-third of Toledo’s City Council arrested on bribery, extortion charges

“As alleged in the Complaint, four Toledo City Council members and a local attorney have been engaged in a pay-to-play scheme involving bribes for Council votes,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday.

“Maintaining the public’s trust in its elected officials is one of the Department of Justice’s core responsibilities.”

The FBI started its investigation into the Toledo City Council members in 2018 for allegedly soliciting or accepting money or other things of value from local businesses in exchange for their votes.

Harper reportedly solicited nearly $16,000, the largest sum out of the council members. She also faces charges of unlawful interstate communications with the intent to extort.

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Politics:

Biden Trots Out Small Business Owner Who Got Thousands in Gov’t Assistance to Argue Trump Isn’t Helping Small Business

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Getty Images

Tiffany Easley, who owns NV My Eyewear in Philadelphia, received a forgivable $27,000 loan during the first phase of the program in April, she disclosed to local news outlet BillyPenn.

She disclosed the same to Biden during a June 11 roundtable he held in Philadelphia, telling him her major concern was creating safe conditions for her furloughed staff to come back into the store.

But the disclosure is missing from the video testimonial Easley provided for the Biden campaign, in which she says the administration made “everything worse.”

Dr. Fauci getting pushback from across the political spectrum

IMAGE CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/NIAID
IMAGE CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/NIAID

Dr. Fauci said little to nothing during riots and memorial services where rioters and attendees refused to social distance. Those events did not meet with his public disapproval.

But the president’s upcoming 4th of July Mount Rushmore celebration does. The double standard against the president is glaring.

Fauci is also cautioning on public events in Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Perhaps not coincidentally, all those states are GOP states or GOP-leaning battleground states.

This further erodes public confidence in the physician’s credibility.

“PROTEST IS GOOD, CHURCH IS BAD” Jim Jordan GOES OFF At Pandemic Hearing

Raymond Arroyo: Banning independence

Commentary/Opinion:
Fox News Video: We should all be making plans to celebrate American independence this weekend.

But in many places we are being told we can’t celebrate or shouldn’t.

GOP rising star on why he stands with Trump

Commentary/Opinion:
Meet the new class of rising GOP stars: Madison Cawthorn and Burgess Owens.

The two candidates breakdown the importance of standing with President Trump.

Tucker: What holiday should be canceled next?

Commentary/Opinion:
The rage mob comes for Christopher Columbus and two Republican senators want to abolish Columbus Day.

What Should Republicans Do?

Commentary/Opinion:
They also need to be publicly defending their constituents who go viral for saying true but objectionable things.

These are our teachers, business owners, students, and more.

The blue-collar worker whose statue-defending Facebook post gets attacked by the woke mob needs defense, too, and ordinary people don’t have comms directors.

They need to know somebody with clout has their back when the mob comes for them.

Finally, work with state and local officials to organize massive Independence Day celebrations. Celebrations of the Fourth are just as important and justifiable as protests.

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Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action

Schiff, who has acknowledged President Donald Trump was never briefed on the so-called intelligence, has thus far refused to disclose that his staff was personally briefed.

The revelation raises serious questions that Schiff is once again politicizing, and perhaps even deliberately misrepresenting, key data for partisan gain.

Asked by a reporter Tuesday if he had any knowledge of the Russia story prior to the New York Times report, Schiff said “I can’t comment on specifics.”

President Trump Holds a Press Briefing

World News:

Venezuela security operations leave over 1,300 dead in five months, U.N. rights office says

Michelle Bachelet, who presented a 17-page report on Venezuela in Geneva, said “I am still concerned about the high numbers of deaths of young people by security forces,” referring to people who were said to have died while resisting authorities.

Venezuela’s official figures show 6,710 homicides in 2019 and 1,363 between January and May of this year.

Those figures “do not include violent deaths in the context of security operations classified as ‘resistance to the authority,’” said Bachelet, a former president of Chile.

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack

Members of the national guard walk near an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, Mexico, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, after gunmen burst into the facility and opened fire. More than 20 people were killed and several were wounded in the attack, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mario Armas)

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground.

Police in Guanajuato state said Wednesday’s attack occurred at a modest two-story house on the outskirts of Irapuato.

Apparently the attackers shot every male at the rehab center, letting only the females go.

Analysts: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility

This photo released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, shows a building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. A fire burned the building above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though officials say it did not affect its centrifuge operation or cause any release of radiation. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire Thursday, calling it an “incident” that only affected an “industrial shed.” (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire, calling it an “incident” that only affected an under-construction “industrial shed,” spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

In Washington, the State Department said that U.S. officials were “monitoring reports of a fire at an Iranian nuclear facility.”

“This incident serves as another reminder of how the Iranian regime continues to prioritize its misguided nuclear program to the detriment of the Iranian people’s needs,” it said.

Commentary/Opinion:

Fox Nation Host Lara Logan Claims Black Lives Matter Protesters Want to Radically Remake America

The Case against Revolution with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

As the United States and the world embark on fraught conversations about race, history, law enforcement, and the underpinnings of our very civilization, Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins Peter Robinson for an enlightening conversation.

A refugee from Africa, Hirsi Ali fled to Europe to escape an arranged marriage, becoming an activist, (now former) member of the Dutch Parliament, and now a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

With a different set of life experiences and perspectives from American-born Blacks, Hirsi Ali discusses how, as a Somalian, she views America as the best place on earth for minorities to grow up and achieve their potential.