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Two people were apparently shot – one non-student and one police officer. Both were rushed to North Louisiana Medical Center to receive care for injuries.
According to officers on the scene, a suspect fled campus following the shooting. There’s currently an active investigation underway being lead by the Louisiana State Police Department.
Anyone with details is asked to call (318) 274-2222.
The second incident we’re tracking happened in Stuart, Louisiana overnight. Details are still coming in, but so far we know that two Guthrie County sheriff’s deputies were shot and a third was somehow injured.
It happened as they tried to serve a search warrant late Thursday night, according to a Guthrie County dispatcher.
An Alabama 3-year-old has been missing nearly a week — and police hope a new video helps lead them to her
Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney vanished Saturday night from a birthday party in the Birmingham housing complex where her family lives.
Birmingham Police released surveillance video Friday of two men seen outside the housing complex. Kamille and another 3-year-old child are also seen in the video, recorded the night she disappeared, according to police Chief Patrick Smith.
One of the men, who was not publicly identified by police, is considered a suspect, according to Smith. The other man may have information about the girl’s disappearance, he said.
U.S. Capitol Police arrested Fonda and fellow actor Sam Waterston on Friday in a second week of climate change protests.
Fonda says she’s holding the events to draw more people into climate activism.
Fonda tells The Associated Press she was last arrested for protesting in the 1970s. She says watching the climate activism of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg helped inspire her to get back in.
“Never in the history of this country has a president been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by so-called ‘mainstream’ news, as the current situation,” Trump lawyer Charles Harder writes to CNN President Jeff Zucker and Executive Vice President David Vigilante.
“Accordingly, my clients intend to file legal action against you, to seek compensatory damages, treble damages, punitive damages, injunctive relief, reimbursement of legal costs, and all other available legal and equitable remedies, to the maximum extent permitted by law,” the letter continues.
“Please contact the undersigned to discuss an appropriate resolution of this matter, which would include a substantial payment of damages, as well as all other appropriate measures that are necessary to fully address the magnitude of the situation,” it adds.
President Trump and Vice President Pence participate in a video call with the participants of the first all-women spacewalk.
Kelly’s first television interview in a year and first time on Fox News in over two years made “Tucker Carlson Tonight” the most-watched show on cable, Nielsen Media Research found. Kelly left Fox for NBC News in 2017, and left that network in January after she made comments about blackface and Halloween.
The former host had a lengthy interview with Carlson Wednesday and went after NBC News, her former employer, over accusations that the network tried to cover up sexual misconduct allegations against former host Matt Lauer.
“There needs to be an outside investigation into this company,” Kelly said during the interview. “They investigated themselves. That doesn’t work. This is how it’s done. You get somebody on the outside who can be trusted.”
According to the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company, the recall is limited to just one lot of Johnson’s Baby Powder produced and shipped in the U.S. last year.
Regardless of the precautionary measure, the pharmaceutical company said the baby powder does not contain asbestos.
The recall comes amid a rash of lawsuits against J&J’s baby powder.
Last year, the company won several court cases alleging harm from the product and is appealing other judgments, including a $4.6 billion settlement awarded in July to 22 women who claimed its product caused their ovarian cancer.
The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7m Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic.
Tears streamed down Jordan’s cheeks as he said, “This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years.”
The clinic, located in a lower-income section of North Carolina’s largest city, will provide vital access to primary and preventive care to individuals in the community, including those who are uninsured or underinsured.
“It’s … from the heart,” the 56-year-old Jordan told the crowd gathered at the grand opening.
Prosecutors say Marissa Mowry, 28, was a family’s then-22-year-old live-in nanny when she secretly abused their 11-year-old child 15 times over several months in the fall of 2014, prosecutors say.
Three years passed before the young boy told his family what happened, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
She claimed the boy forced himself on her when detectives first questioned her, according to the Tampa Bay Times. But a phone call she had with the boy that investigators recorded revealed what had actually happened.
Former Miccosukee Officer Michael Martinez, 30, of Hialeah, Fla., shed tears after the jury verdict in Fort Lauderdale Thursday, according to reports.
“I took my pants off. I took my shirt off,” Remy Riley told the jury Wednesday, Fox 7 Miami reported. “I kind of looked at him like, ‘Is this enough?’ He’s like, ‘That’s it?’”
The jury also heard Riley say that after she took off her underwear and bra, Martinez was “kind of like, ‘Move your hands away from your body so I can see,’” according to the station.
“It is rare for the U.S. Marshals to hold an auction of such a stunning collection of vehicles,” said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Lasha Boyden of the Sacramento office.
DC Solar was a NASCAR sponsor for some time, and the collection reflects an interest in gas-guzzling American performance cars old and new.
Along with a 1969 Dodge Daytona and three 1970 Plymouth Superbirds, there’s a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and six Ford Mustangs from the 1960s.
They also include plenty of vintage pickup trucks, four Hummer H1s and a 1965 Plymouth Fury LAPD tribute car, but it’s one from the other side of the law that’s the most unique model in the bunch.
Court records show that officers from the Arlington and Seattle police departments seized five rifles, three pistols and other gun parts from a residence on Jordan Trails Road in Arlington following an order from a Seattle civil court.
They say the weapons belonged to Kaleb Cole, the 24-year-old suspected leader of the Atomwaffen Division in Washington State, whom they named in a 62-page “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) earlier this month, according to King 5 News.
Cole was not charged with any crimes at the time.
Last year, federal officials stopped Cole at Chicago O’Hare International Airport for questioning, but did not charge him with any crimes.
The San Diego Humane Society said it received a call on Oct. 8 from a woman living in her van near a convenience store in Del Mar, saying that the number of pet rats under her care had gotten out of control and she needed help.
When officials arrived, they immediately noticed that “the situation was significant,” Capt. Danee Cook with the Humane Society’s law enforcement department told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Cook told the newspaper that the owner agreed to turn the pets over. Officials spent several days plucking as many rats as they could from “every crevice” of the vehicle.
The justices said Friday they will hear the administration’s appeal of a ruling by the federal appeals court in San Francisco that blocked the quick deportation of a man from Sri Lanka.
The high court’s decision should come by early summer in the middle of the presidential campaign.
It could have major implications for those seeking asylum and administration efforts to speed up deportations for many who enter the U.S. and claim they’ll be harmed if they are sent home.
The agency deported Amir Abdelghani, a 59-year-old convicted terrorist, back to his home country of Sudan on Oct. 12, according to an ICE press release.
His removal marks the close of decades-long reprimand after a jury convicted him in 1996 of a foiled terrorist plot targeting major landmarks around the country’s most populous city.
“The removal of this convicted terrorist is a strong declaration of ICE’s commitment to public safety and national security,” Simona Flores-Lund, ICE’s Enforcement Removal Operations Philadelphia field office director, said in a statement Friday.
“This removal is a victory for the United States and further emphasizes ICE’s vital role in protecting our nation.”
The numbers come as the administration has been pushing to crack down on illegal immigration, particularly looking to give immigration enforcement more tools and powers, while cutting down on perceived loopholes in the system.
On the legal front, it has sought to change immigration practices and laws, setting up agreements with Mexico to return migrants there while they await their hearings via the Migrant Protection Protocols, and also ending the 1997 Flores settlement that limits how long children can be detained.
The administration has long claimed that Flores encourages human smuggling, as adult migrants take children with them in the hopes of being released into the interior of the United States.
“What I have found with Adam Schiff is that three times to the American public he has lied,” House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters at a press conference in Washington on Oct. 18.
“When you serve on the intelligence committee, it’s different than any other committee in the House because you will read and gather information that members of the House can’t have knowledge.
So, when a member of the intelligence committee speaks about something, we hold them to a higher standard.”
He said the vote is slated for Monday.
Laura Loomer, the far-right Republican congressional candidate banned from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Uber, Lyft, PayPal and Venmo, raised $154,00 during the first two months of her campaign, about $50,000 more than her rival, incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, raised during the same reporting period, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Loomer, 26, announced on August 2 that she would challenge Frankel for the House District 21 seat.
Although Loomer raised more than Frankel and her four primary rivals combined during the third quarter, Frankel has over $1.1 million on-hand to spend on the November 2020 race.
“We think people should be able to hear what politicians have to say,” said Zuckerberg. “I don’t think it’s right for tech companies to censor politicians in a democracy.”
However, more than one politician is still banned on Zuckerberg’s social network.
Laura Loomer, a Republican congressional candidate in Florida, was blacklisted by Facebook in May this year, with the social network branding her a “dangerous” individual.
Her campaign is currently waging a defamation lawsuit against the tech company over the “dangerous” label, and recently filed an opposition to Facebook’s motion to dismiss the case.
Earlier in the year, Facebook also banned British right-wing activist Tommy Robinson, who went on to become a candidate for the UK Independence Party in the European Parliamentary elections last year
The Hill reported Friday:
Spending on private flights by Democratic presidential candidates soared over the past three months, from roughly $680,000 in the second quarter to more than $2.2 million in the third fundraising period of the year.
Topping the spending list was former Vice President Joe Biden, who dropped about $924,000 on private air travel …
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg spent nearly $479,000 on private flights over the past three months, up from roughly $300,000 in the second quarter. And Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) used about $253,000 in campaign cash to charter flights, significantly more than the $17,000 she spent in the second quarter.
The Democratic primary field’s leading progressives, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), also saw their private air travel spending swell in the three-month fundraising period.
Report: Obama Administration ‘Rebuffed’ Warnings About Corruption Linked to Hunter Biden’s Ukraine Work
Kent’s comments came during his closed-door deposition in the House Democrats’ impeachment probe on Tuesday.
When Kent raised his concerns about Burisma, the Obama administration had already cleared Hunter to serve on the company’s board of directors. Hunter joined Burisma’s board of directors in 2014.
The former vice president was leading U.S. efforts to crack down on corruption at the time.
The State official explicitly warned the Obama administration that Burisma was “corrupt,” NBC News revealed near the end of its article on Kent’s testimony, noting:
Commentary/Opinion: Why are Republicans or any Americans frankly so surprised when Donald Trump does exactly what he said he was going to do he said in the campaign?
It is a bad thing for Republicans to look like we are more in love with the war lobby and the military industrial complex than the policies pursued by this President.
Appearing on former President Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, Clinton did not mention Gabbard specifically by name, though Plouffe ended the podcast by noting Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”
“I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said, in apparent reference to Gabbard.
“She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
Trump’s comments came as part of a critique of California’s lenient policies toward illegal immigrants.
“Look at what’s going on in California and the people of California don’t want it. They say, ‘come into California, we’ll give you free healthcare, free education …’ I may even move to California if they keep going!” Trump joked.
In June of this year, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation allowing for low-income illegal immigrants under the age of 26 to partake in the state’s Medicaid program.
Additionally, The University of California raised its price of tuition in April of 2018 for out-of-state students, a policy that will not apply to illegal aliens.
Commentary/Opinion: “Mr. O’Rourke is delusional in regards to his gun control ideas,” San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari told Townhall, pointing to how the former Texas Senate candidate has gone from allowing people to keep their AR-15s to now wanting to send police to take them away.
“The biggest fear of any free society is the government at your door wanting to take away your rights by force.
I do not see the men and women of law enforcement sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution doing this,” Ferrari continued.”In an act of desperation, Mr. O’Rourke is shamefully using tragedies our country has experienced and fear for his political gain.
The very foundation of law enforcement is public trust. Frankly, no one should trust a man who talks out of both sides of his mouth.”
Trump leads both former Vice President Joe Biden, and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the state by a margin of 51-49%, according to Emerson Polling.
The poll also showed Trump trailing Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by the same margin.
The economy was listed as the most important issue by voters in the state, with 33% saying it will decide their votes, followed by healthcare at 19%. Just 6% of voters said impeachment was their most important issue. The margin of error for the poll was roughly 3.2%.
Perry said he pressed Trump to make the now-infamous July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but defended the administration’s efforts to root out corruption in that country as “completely and absolutely legitimate.”
“I pushed on him a lot to make that phone call because I became convinced that Zelensky, the people around him were legitimately trying to get rid of the corruption and get off the Russian gas,” he said, referring to Ukraine’s reliance on Russia for its natural gas supplies.
Perry added that he also pushed former national security adviser John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on those issues.
The Trump-bashing “Morning Joe” host was reacting to former Obama economic adviser Steve Rattner who called out several of Trump’s claims about the Kurds in Syria at his Texas rally Thursday night. Rattner took issue with Trump claiming the Kurds were “very happy” about Thursday’s cease-fire, which according to reports was already in question Friday morning.
“Like two kids in a lot, you’ve got to let them fight and then you pull them apart,” Trump said about pulling back U.S. forces in northern Syria before Turkish forces crossed the border last week.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg rejects calls for Trump’s social media to be shut down in exclusive interview
During the interview, Perino asked Zuckerberg about Sen. Kamala Harris’ demand that Twitter shut down Trump’s account, which the president uses regularly to share his views on a multitude of issues.
Zuckerberg said Silicon Valley shouldn’t be taking such actions.
In the interview with Perino, Zuckerberg also responded to another 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s criticism of Facebook.
According to James O’Keefe, President of Project Veritas, “CNN has made a conscious decision to focus almost exclusively on the impeachment of President Trump at the expense of covering legitimate news around the world.”
CNN Coverage Used to Be Different
According to CNN insider Cary Poarch, “I want to chase the facts, like the motto that CNN put out earlier this year, ‘the facts first,’ that’s what I want the news to be. That’s what it should be. That’s what it used to be.” It appears a number of CNN staffers agree:
Patrick Davis, Manager of Field Operations at CNN: “…I hate seeing what we were and what we could be and what we’ve become. It’s just awful…I mean, we could be so much better than what we are…And the buck stops with him (Zucker).”
The third-quarter GDP growth was the slowest since the first quarter of 1992, the earliest quarterly data on record, and missed forecasts for 6.1 percent growth in a Reuters poll of analysts. It was also at the bottom end of the government’s full-year target range of 6.0-6.5 percent.
In a briefing after the GDP data release, Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for China’s statistics bureau, announced Beijing’s plans to bring forward some 2020 special local government bond issuance to this year, in a move to spur regional infrastructure investment.
Even recent signs of breakthrough in the protracted trade war between Beijing and Washington are unlikely to change the economic outlook any time soon.
A total of 17 students of a progressive inter-university coalition protesting U.S. military cost sharing were arrested at 2:57 p.m. after trespassing into the U.S. compound.
They used a ladder to climb the wall of the residence, South Korean news service Newsis reported.
After climbing into the area by ladder, the protesters expressed opposition to U.S. demands that South Korea pay nearly $5 billion for basing 28,500 U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula.
Harris has publicly defended the U.S.-South Korea alliance as the linchpin of regional security. In a recent interview with a local paper, he also said Seoul pays only one-fifth of the cost of the U.S. military presence.
Protesters poured through villages and towns across Lebanon as well as the capital Beirut for a second day. No political leader, Muslim or Christian, was spared their wrath.
Their chants called for leaders including President Michel Aoun, Hariri and parliament speaker Nabih Berri to step down.
The mood was a mixture of rage, defiance and hope.
As night fell, crowds waving Lebanese flags marched and drove through the streets with patriotic music blaring from loudspeakers while shouting: “Our demands are one, our objective is one: the people want the downfall of the regime.”
While the vast majority of the rallies were peaceful, a few hundred masked youths clashed with Spanish police in the heart of the city late in the afternoon, blocking a broad boulevard with burning garbage bins and hurling rocks at the security forces.
Bystanders fled to the safety of shop doorways as police vans tried and failed to clear the road and police in full riot gear fired smoke grenades toward the rioters.
Roads leading into the city were packed as marchers from across the region joined a mass rally against this week’s verdict by Spain’s Supreme Court, which sentenced nine separatists to jail over a failed, 2017 secessionist bid.
Footage shows a woman being knocked off a platform at Pueyrredon station in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. Bystanders quickly responded to help.
In this special episode of American Thought Leaders 🇺🇸, Jan transforms from show host to China expert panelist to discuss his insights on the communist China threat.
Jan and Epoch Times investigative journalist Joshua Philipp break down the threat of Huawei and communist China subversion, influence, and unrestricted warfare operations on the West during Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Council XLVIII.
Mexican president defends releasing son of “El Chapo” in face of cartel violence: “We do not want war”
Mexican authorities say they backed off an attempt to capture a son of drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after cartel gunmen shooting heavy weapons and burning vehicles paralyzed the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state — apparently outgunning lawmen.
During the chaos, 27 inmates escaped a prison and 21 people were wounded, state public security secretary Cristóbal Castañeda said late Thursday.
Mexican security secretary Alfonso Durazo said 30 members of the National Guard and army were patrolling in Culiacan when they were fired on from a house Thursday.
They repelled the attack and inside the house found Ovidio Guzmán López, son of the convicted Sinaloa cartel boss.
Following Thursday’s localization of Ovidio Guzmán, Culiacan exploded in violence with armed civilians in trucks roaring through the city’s center shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and machine guns.
A “yes” vote would mark the first time Parliament has agreed to terms of a divorce deal and would be a substantial political victory for Johnson, who helped lead the pro-Brexit forces during the 2016 referendum.
It would have to be followed by an intense push in Parliament to pass the necessary implementation law in time for Britain to formally leave the EU on the Oct. 31 deadline. If this proves impossible, a “technical” extension would be expected to give Britain time to enact the legislation.
It is also possible the plan could pass with an amendment to require a national vote to determine whether the public favors it — which would also make an extension inevitable.
The 27-year-old spouse was on his way home in Shevchenkovo, a village in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine, when he claimed he saw the attack.
Reports say the couple were spending time with their friends at a local restaurant. At about 1 a.m. the wife left, with her husband following ten minutes later.
But as she walked near her apartment block, the 25-year-old rapist, Dmitry Ivchenko, allegedly attacked her from behind while covering her mouth.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blast came just hours after the UN said the number of civilian deaths in the war-torn country had reached unprecedented levels over the summer.
According to the UN, 1,174 civilians were killed between July and September, with July being the deadliest month for a decade.
Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told the BBC that the 62 people killed and 36 more injured in Friday’s attack were worshippers.
Climate Litigation Watch posted this video today, which is well worth watching. Climate activists can’t win on the science, so they collude to do back door deals to create climate based laws.
This video illustrates what CLW has been educating the public about – deep pockets and special interests funding collusion between green groups, trial lawyers and state attorney general offices. Having convinced themselves of a just cause there is apparently no abuse of power, no skirting the law, and no regrets.
We have reached the point in history where our government is dictating the truth of Islam.
The state of Washington is supporting Islam by dictating the interpretation of Islamic scriptures. It also declares Islam to be a superior faith.
Tragically, as a people we have lost the ability to be outraged at the loss of our civil rights, including the freedom from religious establishment by our government.
Piers Morgan: If climate change is a threat, why don’t you practice what you preach by reducing your carbon footprint?
Given our energy needs, is a Green New Deal practical? Can we have an abundance of energy and a clean planet?
The “climate crisis” scenario is another left-wing falsehood based on faulty science, used to whip up hysteria that will lead to more government control of the economy.
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Ravi Zacharias (Founder & President of RZIM) the author of “The Logic of God” about where he differs with Jordan Peterson.
He gives his thoughts on if you can successfully organize a society without religion or faith to provide a framework for morality.
Do societies need a belief in God to provide a sense of purpose?
Ravi also discusses how dangerous postmodern thinking is because it devalues the importance of meaning.
He also talks about the battle between egalitarianism and elitism and how people may be equal, but ideas are not.