News and Headlines. 4/23/2018

Smoke rises as riot police officers stand guard separating protesting groups of locals and refugees

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Driver in custody after Toronto pedestrians hit by white van that fled scene

Toronto police say they have arrested a driver after a white van struck a number of pedestrians in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area.

Eight to 10 people were hit, police said initially, though Toronto paramedics put the injured number at closer to five.

A witness said separately that he had seen at least four bodies lying covered on the ground.

Travis Reinking manhunt: Police say Waffle House shooting suspect is in custody

Metro police announced Monday afternoon that Travis Reinking, the suspect in a shooting that killed four people at an Antioch Waffle House, had been arrested after a 34-hour manhunt.

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking captured near Old Hickory Blvd and Hobson Pike, Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Shortly after 1 p.m., police announced Reinking had been arrested in a “wooded area” near Old Hickory Boulevard and Hobson Pike — less than two miles from the Waffle House where the shooting took place.


14 states hit record-low unemployment

Fourteen states have set new records for low unemployment rates in the last year, nearly a decade after the recession put millions of Americans out of work.

The states hitting new unemployment lows run the ideological gamut, from conservative Texas to liberal California, suggesting a recovery stronger than any particular political persuasion.

Man faces trial in Michigan crash that killed 5 bicyclists

The Michigan Supreme Court earlier this year decided against hearing an appeal of the second-degree murder charges he faces.

Pickett is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016. His girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before driving.

Colorado man built ‘sex chamber’ for intercourse with pet husky, pressured ex-girlfriend to join, cops say

A Colorado man and his ex-girlfriend were arrested on several animal cruelty charges in March after building a “sex chamber” in their backyard to have intercourse with their pet dog, police said.

Fredrick Blue Manzanares, 50

Fredrick Blue Manzanares, 50, was arrested last month after police allege he had sexual intercourse with his dog, Bubba. (Aurora Police Department)

Frederick Blue Manzanares, 50, and Janette Eileen Solano, 48, were arrested on warrants for four counts of animal cruelty, including mistreatment and neglect, after the pair allegedly had sex with their Siberian husky mix named Bubba, the Denver Post reported, citing an arrest affidavit.

50-Year Prison Sentence Handed Down To Man Who Stole $1.2 Million In Fajitas

Escamilla, a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center in Texas, had taken delivery of the food in spite of the fact that the minor inmates are not served fajitas.

Authorities were alerted to Escamilla’s behavior when the Labatt Food Service driver phoned ahead to the detention center’s kitchen to confirm the delivery of 800 pounds of fajitas.

Pregnant teacher carjacked at Maryland school by group of girls, cops say

The teacher was not hurt but went to the hospital to see a doctor as a precaution, Baltimore County police said.

Police said Sunday they had arrested a 16-year-old girl, Tyana Keyshawn Holmes, and a 14-year-old girl on carjacking and robbery charges. Holmes is being charged as an adult. The younger girl is being charged as a juvenile.

Tyana Keyshawn Holmes, 16,

Tyana Keyshawn Holmes, 16, has been charged as an adult in the carjacking of a pregnant teacher at a Maryland school Friday. (Baltimore County Police)

The girls had gone to the Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville Friday pretending to ask about enrolling a child, investigators said.

Sarah Sanders: Dems have to decide if they love the US more than they hate Trump

“Look, at some point, Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president,” Sanders told “Fox & Friends.”

“And they have to decide that they want to put the safety and the security and the diplomacy of our country ahead of their own political games. And we’re very hopeful that they will.”

Sanders’s comments come as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepares to take up Pompeo’s nomination in a Monday vote.

Trump Orders Homeland Security Not To Let Illegal Immigrant Caravans Into The US

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen has lamented a rise in illegal immigrant arrivals, recently noting “given the numbers we had last month, they just came out, 50,000 in April is the number that we interdicted or otherwise was inadmissible.”

“That is a 200 percent increase from March of 2017. This crisis is real,” Nielsen added. “There are many more people coming to take advantage of these loopholes and are being trained by the smugglers.”

Mattis optimistic about North Korea after stunning nuclear announcement

“Right now I think there’s a lot of reasons for optimism that the negotiations will be fruitful and we’ll see,” Mattis said at the Pentagon in his first public comments since the announcement by North Korea. Mattis spoke to reporters at the top of a planned meeting with Thailand’s Minister of Defense Prawit Wongsuwan.

Sean Hannity defends real estate holdings, says he helps communities that ‘badly’ need investment

Hannity’s investments were revealed as part of the criminal investigation into President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen’s own lawyers revealed that Hannity is one of his clients, and the Guardian reported that Hannity is connected to shell companies that own tens of millions of dollars of property in seven states.

New report calls the FTC’s consumer privacy efforts into question

A new white paper — “Understanding and Improving Privacy ‘Audits’ under FTC Orders’” — calls the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the carpet for its lenient approach to privacy audits required of tech companies like Facebook and Google.

“These audits, as a practical matter, are often the only ‘tooth’ in FTC orders to protect consumer privacy,” wrote Megan Gray, an FTC attorney and non-residential fellow at Stanford Law School. “They are critically important to accomplishing the agency’s privacy mission. As such, a failure to attend to their robust enforcement can have unintended consequences, and arguably, provide consumers with a false sense of security.”

Study finds mainstream ads on ‘extremist’ YouTube videos

Ads for major corporations that are household names are routinely shown on YouTube videos identified as “extremist content,” according to a CNN investigation.

The TV network said it counted at least 300 businesses and organizations whose ads have run on videos about white nationalists, pedophilia, and even North Korean propaganda.

The CNN report found five U.S. government agencies had paid for ads that were paired with the out-of-the-mainstream videos, meaning U.S. tax dollars went to the videos’ producers.

In addition, the analysis found ads for Hershey, Facebook, Nordstrom, Amazon, Hilton, Netflix, Adidas, and Under Armour on these videos. When contacted by CNN, the companies said they were not aware they were sponsoring extremist content.

Renewed controversy over Confederate monuments pits Alabama against Birmingham

At 52 feet tall and more than 100 years old, Birmingham’s Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands at the center of a fiery legal dispute between the city and state.

During the recent debate over monuments honoring the Confederacy, critics called on the city to take it down – but Alabama state law prohibits the city from doing so.

Thus, Birmingham officials did what they thought was the next best thing – they erected slabs of plywood encircling the monument last summer, a wall tall enough to cover its inscription honoring Confederate soldiers.

Afghanistan Veteran Receives World’s First Full Male Genital Transplant, Johns Hopkins Says

A veteran who was injured in Afghanistan has received the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant, Johns Hopkins Hospital announced Monday.

The team of surgeons gather around a mannequin at Johns Hopkins,

The team of surgeons gather around a mannequin at Johns Hopkins, where a military veteran received what hospital officials called the world’s first full male genital transplant.

A team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons performed the 14-hour surgery last month. The penis, scrotum and part of an abdominal wall came from a deceased donor, the hospital said.

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Asylum-seekers and locals clash on Greek island of Lesbos over migrant crisis

Locals were protesting against a group of about 200 refugees and migrants who had camped out for days on a main square on the island’s seaside promenade, a police official on the island said. The asylum-seekers were demonstrating against conditions in the island’s camp and delays in asylum applications.

Smoke rises as riot police officers stand guard separating protesting groups of locals and refugees

Smoke rises as riot police officers stand guard separating protesting groups of locals and refugees demonstrating against conditions in Moria camp and delays in asylum applications, in the city of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, April 22, 2018. Picture taken April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Elias Marcou

Video footage on a local news website showed riot police moving in to disperse the crowd which had set several garbage containers on fire.

Child ‘Beaten in Unprovoked Attack’, Police Say Not ‘Cost Effective’ to Investigate

A mother said she has filed a formal complaint to police after they refused to investigate a vicious alleged attack on her 12-year-old daughter stating it would not be “cost effective” and that “crime has gone through the roof”.

Victoria Woods said her daughter Isabelle was punched, kicked, and thrown down a hill in Wildmoore Avenue Park, Oldham, on Wednesday in an unprovoked attack after she was set on by a group of around 15 youths — none of whom she knew, Manchester Evening News reported.

Armenian PM resigns; here’s what led to the surprise move

Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned Monday, giving in to protesters who claimed he was trying to rule for life. As a president nearing his term limit, Sargsyan shifted the country to a system in which the prime minister is more powerful than the president, and a week ago he took the new top job. Here’s how the crisis unfolded:


What’s a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?

What’s a greater leap of faith: God or the Multiverse? What’s the multiverse? Brian Keating, Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, explains in this video.

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