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In The News:
The numbers: University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to a 99.3 reading in June, a slight improvement as consumers noted wage gains while also noticing an increase in inflation.
Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a 98.5 reading.
What happened: There was a big gain in the assessment of current conditions, as that index rose to 117.9 from 111.8, but people grew more pessimistic about the future, as the expectations index fell to 87.4 from 89.1.
Unemployment fell to just 2 percent in Hawaii in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, the lowest jobless rate for any state on record going back to 1976.
Four other states also enjoyed their own record low unemployment in May: California at 4.2 percent, Idaho at 2.9 percent, Oregon at 4.1 percent, and Wisconsin at 2.8 percent.
Nationwide, unemployment was just 3.8 percent in May, tied for the lowest such rate since 1969.
President Donald Trump will let tariffs on Chinese goods worth up to $50 billion take effect after talks between the two countries failed to appease White House demands on reducing huge U.S. trade deficits.
The U.S. has run large deficits with China for years and in some cases no longer produces certain goods such as consumer electronics that are popular with Americans. It won’t be easy, and it might even be impossible, to reduce the gap much any time soon.
Trade tensions between the U.S. and China ratcheted higher after the Asian nation said it will follow through on plans to levy tariffs on a range of American farm goods including soybeans and corn.
An additional 25 percent tariff will levied on about $50 billion of U.S. imports, China’s Ministry of Finance said Saturday in a statement on its website. Tariffs on about $34 billion of those imports will start July 6, covering agricultural products including: soy, corn, wheat, cotton, rice, sorghum, beef, pork, poultry, fish, dairy products, nuts and vegetables.
The U.S. government will pay out more in Social Security benefits than it takes in this year for the first time since 1982, according to a report from the trustees overseeing Social Security and Medicare.
The report also reveals a faster money-drain in Medicare. The report says the health insurance program for seniors will deplete its hospital insurance fund in 2026, three years earlier than previous projections.
Medicare and Social Security each paid out hundreds of billions of dollars last year, accounting for some 40 percent of federal spending. Nearly all the money is collected separately from federal income taxes. The programs are funded through the FICA payroll tax, paid by both employee and employer.
“You smelled it every day, and then you’d get these dust storms that just pushed it all around,” former Army Staff Sgt. William Thompson said of the fumes and clouds of muck that came off the big burn pit at Camp Victory and other U.S. bases in Iraq.
Thompson has had two double-lung transplants since returning from two tours in Iraq. He attributes them to his exposure to the toxic brew of medical waste, human waste, plastics, tires, electronics, paint cans, routine garbage and the occasional entire Humvee that would be laced with jet fuel and set ablaze at hundreds of sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One Houston police officer went above the call of duty when she bought groceries for a Walmart shopper whose purchases were stolen as he suffered a diabetic episode.
On June 11, Officer Kirsten Koryciak was off duty but working an extra shift patrolling a local Walmart when she spotted a “groggy looking” man with a bandaged arm and an ambulance leaving the superstore’s property. The 25-year-old officer learned that the unnamed customer suffered a diabetic episode while attempting to leave the Walmart and his groceries were stolen in the process, the Houston Police Department confirmed in a press conference shared to Facebook.
One sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot and another was shot and critically wounded when an inmate overpowered them near a Kansas courthouse on Friday, officials said.
The deadly altercation took place about 11:30 a.m. when the two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies in Kansas City pulled into the parking lot and were readying to transporting inmates to court, said Kelli Bailiff of the sheriff’s office.
It’s very possible the deputies were attacked with their own guns, Bailiff said.
A suspect was also shot and taken to a hospital in unknown condition, Kansas City police officer Zac Blair said.
Authorities aren’t looking for any other suspects, Blair added.
Two rollercoaster riders fell 34ft when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track high above the Daytona Beach boardwalk on Thursday night. Firefighters used ladders to pull eight others to safety.
“Two people done fell out and clanked their head on the ground,” one witness said in a video posted by WKMG-TV .
“The front car which was holding four passengers completely came off the tracks,” said a Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman, Sasha Staton. Two of the four fell from the Sand Blaster ride and suffered traumatic injuries, while “the other two were still in the car dangling,” she said.
San Jose firefighters were dispatched to the Shadow Brook Swim Club at around 12:10 p.m. after someone accidentally mixed pool chemicals, Santa Clara County Fire Capt. Bill Murphy said.
The cloud was created after someone in the pump room mistakenly mixed chlorine with muriatic acid, according to KGO-TV.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released information on a salmonella outbreak that has affected 31 states. The culprit? Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
On Thursday, the Kellogg’s company announced it would be voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz and 23 oz boxes of the cereal; it reports that no other cereals were affected by the infection.
According to the CDC, the illnesses from the outbreak started March 3 and lasted through May 28. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The majority of the outbreaks have occurred in Massachusetts, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.
The sentencing of three people who committed over $1 million in return fraud at Amazon points to a cottage industry of bogus returns.
Earlier this month, United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced that three individuals were sentenced up to 71 months for defrauding Amazon out of $1.2 million in consumer electronics items.
Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 38, a husband and wife from Indiana, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges, the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Indiana, said earlier this month.
Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas.
The 34-year-old Winslow was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $50,000 bail.
A 4-year-old girl who was abducted from her Pennsylvania home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted told investigators “a monster took me,” according to reports.
Humberto Guzman-Garcia has been charged with snatching the little girl around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Avondale, WPVI-TV reported.
“The little girl, when we later talked to her, told us a monster came and took her out of the house,” Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said, according to KYW-TV.
The parents of a 6-month-old infant whose body was found in a container filled with cat litter in a crawl space in their Pennsylvania home are facing criminal homicide charges.
Shaun Oxenreider, 25, and Samantha Trump, 27, were charged with concealing the death of a child, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy.
Authorities said 6-month-old Harper Trump’s body was found on March 20 in a trash bag in a plastic container filled with cat litter at the Springfield Township complex. An autopsy concluded Harper died around Jan. 1 from blunt-force head trauma and had rib fractures.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.
The 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during the months of March, April, and May 2018. During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.
A former school bus driver who was convicted in a wreck that killed six children in Tennessee in 2016 now faces charges of aggravated statutory rape.
Johnthony Walker, 25, was arrested Thursday in Nashville, where he was free on bond while appealing his March conviction on charges of criminally negligent homicide and assault in the bus crash in Chattanooga.
Local media outlets cited an arrest report that stated Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old on five occasions. He was reportedly staying with the victim’s family for a few months.
“Lewiston Living in Fear: One Man Critically Injured in Clash with Young Somali Mob,” Maine First Media, June 14, 2018:
In the aftermath of uncharted tensions between Somalis and non-Somalis in Lewiston, one man is fighting for his life after being hit with a brick during a violent brawl.
According to Lewiston Police, the street fight broke out on Knox St. near Kennedy Park around 10:45 pm Tuesday night.
At least two dozen teenagers and pre-teens swarmed and assaulted three adult men with bats, sticks, rocks, bricks, fists and feet.
A U.S. Marine standing guard outside the Marine Barracks in Washington was hospitalized Friday morning after apparently shooting himself by accident.
The barracks covers several blocks in Southeast Washington, and includes the home of the commandant, the Marine Corps highest officer.
“It’s appears to a case of negligent discharge of a gun,” said a Marine corps official who asked not to be identified because the case is under investigation.
President Trump said on Friday that North Korea has already begun to return the remains of thousands of U.S. troops that are still missing in the country after nearly six decades.
The repatriation of those missing in action from the Korean War following an armistice in 1953 was part of an initial agreement struck by Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during their meeting in Singapore this week.
“I said, ‘The remains, I would like to get them.’ He said, ‘Yes, we will do that.’ They are already starting to produce remains of these great, young soldiers who were left in North Korea,” Trump said during an impromptu interview on Fox News outside the White House. “We’re getting the remains. Nobody thought that was possible.”
President Trump broke his silence on the scathing inspector general’s report with a vengeance Friday, first tweeting that the FBI boss he fired was the “worst” in the bureau’s history, then crashing “Fox & Friends” for an impromptu interview where he ripped the “scum on top” of the Obama-era bureau and said the IG “blew it.”
The president’s comments came a day after the release of the report, which was the result of an 18-month-long investigation by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Trump said the report, which found ex-FBI Director James Comey was insubordinate, showed Trump was justified in firing him.
President Trump is predicting Republicans will do surprisingly well during this fall’s midterm elections.
During the course of a wide-ranging pool spray Friday morning on the White House lawn, Trump said the U.S. economy “is the strongest in the history of the nation.”
“That’s why I think we’re going to do so well in the midterms,” Trump told reporters. “That and because — wait, that and because we have the strongest economy in the history of our nation. We have the best jobs numbers in the last 44 years, top of Drudge. The best job numbers in 44 years.”
The president was addressing questions about the controversial policy of separating children of illegal aliens from their parents when they are caught at the U.S. southern border. Trump said the policy is a Democratic law that he “hates” and would like to change it today.
President Trump affirmed he will not approve the compromise immigration bill that’s being considered in the house, because it does not meet his demands.
While speaking to reporters Friday, the president said he will not sign the legislation if it makes it to his desk.
The compromise bill is a moderate alternative to the Goodlatte bill, which is considered to be a more conservative measure on immigration reform.
The compromise bill would only provide $25 billion in funding for border security and the wall, which the president said is not enough.
He also blamed Democrats for the separation of illegal immigrant families at the border, arguing the left has had the power to close the loop holes in immigration policies but has done nothing.
The Justice Department inspector general report about the FBI reveals a shocking anti-Trump, pro-Hillary bias endemic to the agency’s related investigations.
On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a long-anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server that handled classified information. Here are some quick takeaways from the report.
1. Learn How To Interpret An IG Report
The best way to understand an inspector general (IG) report is less as a fiercely independent investigation that seeks justice and more like what you’d expect from a company’s human resources department. Employees frequently think that a company’s human resources department exists to serve employees. There’s some truth in that, but it’s more true that the human resources department exists to serve the corporation.
President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy.
The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.”
At his Singapore summit, Trump smartly saluted a North Korean general and then lavished praise on Kim Jong Un as a “strong guy” with a “good personality” and a “great negotiator.” “He’s funny, and … very, very smart … and a very strategic kind of a guy. … His country does love him.”
Predictably, Trump is being scourged for this.
The 25-year-old millionaire responsible for creating the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset is now using VR technology to help secure the southern border. After his firing from Facebook over a year ago, Palmer Luckey has returned to the spotlight with his new plan to meld artificial intelligence and surveillance technology to track border activity. This project will send 3D images to a VR headset and will signal if an illegal alien is crossing the border.
When Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) announced plans to employ a rarely-used procedural measure to compel House leadership to hold votes on immigration bills, few believed the effort was anything more than tactical political decision, particularly in a 40 percent Latino district, made weeks before his June primary.
With the primary and his rogue amnesty movement over, it would appear that Denham overestimated the support in the House and, more importantly, in his district for open-border policies.
Although the 10th congressional district has a strong Hispanic presence, a poll released to Breitbart News by Pulse Opinion Research found that 60 percent would support amnesty for illegal aliens only if there were a reduction in overall immigration and mandatory E-Verify.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC (Fox 8 News) – A North Carolina man is accused of exposing himself to an adult and two children in a Walmart parking lot.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that Jose Elias Gonzalez Ramirez, 27, of Fayetteville, was jailed under a $20,000 bond after being charged on Wednesday.
DEL RIO, TX (KENS) – U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed in Eagle Pass arrested a Honduran man who was previously convicted of rape and indecent exposure to a minor. Authorities said the man is accused of attempting to re-enter the country after having been previously removed.
Agents arrested David Milton Ulloa-Erazo, 34, Sunday after Border Patrol said he illegally entered the United States near Eagle Pass. Once at the station, records checks reportedly revealed prior convictions in Massachusetts in 2008 for rape and indecent exposure to a minor.
The Times of Israel reports: The head of the Shin Bet security service on Wednesday announced that his organization had foiled some 250 “significant terror attacks” since January, crediting this achievement in part to high-tech surveillance and tracking tools.
The Pakistani Taliban leader known for beheading police officers and even ordering the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been killed by a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry says.
Mohammad Radmanish told the Associated Press on Friday that Mullah Fazlullah, the ruthless insurgent leader, died along with two other terrorists a day earlier in the Marawara district along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
An Australian comedian was killed while walking home from a gig on Tuesday night, sparking a national discussion regarding violence against women.
Eurydice Dixon, 22, was discovered dead at a soccer field in Melbourne on Wednesday, the BBC reported. She was walking home following a performance at a bar in the central part of the city when she was allegedly raped and murdered just a few hundred feet from her home.
James Todd, 19, of Broadmeadows was arrested after he turned himself into to police on Wednesday. He was charged with rape and murder in connection with Dixon on Thursday after appearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Police do not believe the two knew each other.
A member of the first all-female British Isis cell has been jailed for life for planning a knife attack in central London.
Rizlaine Boular, a 22-year-old mother, was handed a minimum term of 16 years at the Old Bailey for plotting to cause panic, injury and death in April last year.
Her mother, Mina Dich, 44, was jailed for six years and nine months with a further five years on extended licence for helping her.
Judge Dennis QC said the mother-of-four and played a “significant role” in radicalising both her daughters and bore a “heavy responsibility” for their actions.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni fighters backing the country’s government were on the verge of seizing control of the airport of a vital rebel-held port as fighting intensified Friday, with pro-government forces within meters (yards) of the airport gates.
The death toll climbed to at least 280 on the third day of the campaign aimed at driving out the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, from the Red Sea port of Hodeida that is the main entry point for food and aid supplies in a country teetering on the brink of famine.
Her microphone was cut (video fragment at the bottom) and abuse hurled at her by Conservative MEP, Ashley Fox, before she was able to get past her introductory statements. Janice describes today’s event here:
Today my ENF group, through our secretariat, tabled a request to raise an urgent human rights issue. It was approved by the president and I was called to speak before voting.
However, as usual, despite being approved, we are shut down.
I was also attacked in a nasty verbal exchange, not caught on camera, with the leader of the UK Conservatives, Ashley Fox MEP, who I couldn’t hear above the noise.
According to a report, there has been a dramatic rise in children misusing and overdosing on ADHD medications. I happened to see that report a day after I read another study revealing an increased risk for obesity and diabetes in kids who take ADHD meds. This is not to be confused with the recent research showing that ADHD drugs could be linked to brittle bones. These must all be added, of course, to the cacophony of already known side effects, including insomnia, irritability, decreased appetite, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Maybe this is why a majority of kids diagnosed with ADHD wind up developing other mental illnesses as they grow older. Pharmaceutical companies cite that latter detail as proof of the biological basis of ADHD. I think it is much easier to see it as proof of the pharmacological basis for the mysterious rise in mental illnesses across America.
What ever happened to letting “boys be boys?” Take these two cases: In one, a seven-year-old boy was sent home for nibbling a Pop Tart into a gun. In another, a teacher was so alarmed by a picture drawn by a student (of a sword fight), that the boy’s parents were summoned in for a conference. In short, boys in America’s schools are routinely punished for being active, competitive, and restless. In other words, boys can no longer be boys. Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains how we can change this.