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News and Headlines. 3/5/2019


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In The News:


Second patient apparently free of AIDS virus after stem cell transplant, researchers say

Timothy Ray Brown
Photo by: Manuel Valdes Timothy Ray Brown poses for a photograph, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Seattle. Brown, also known as the “Berlin patient,” was the first person to be cured of HIV infection, more than a decade ago.

Such transplants are dangerous and have failed in other patients. The new findings were published online Monday by the journal Nature.

The London patient has not been identified. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2003. He developed cancer and agreed to a stem cell transplant to treat the cancer in 2016.

His doctors found a donor with a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV.


Alabama tornado claims children, seniors among victims

David Wayne Dean,
This undated photo provided Monday, March 4, 2019, shows David Wayne Dean, who died when a tornado struck his home in Beauregard, Ala., Sunday, March 3. (Carol Dean via AP)

BEAUREGARD, Ala. – At least 23 people, ranging from 6 to 89 years old, died Sunday when a massive tornado slammed into the small community of Beauregard, Alabama. Here are some of their stories:

They had been camping over the weekend, bringing along Taylor Thornton, a friend of Grimes’ 11-year-old daughter, Clifton said.

“I guess they maybe didn’t hear the sirens, or if they did, it was too late for them to get anywhere safe,” Clifton said. “It was a total surprise. She was very young and so was he.”

Grimes’ daughter broke both her legs when the tornado hit, Clifton said.


A Daring Rescue By Quick-Thinking Teens Saved A Boy Dangling From A Chairlift

Steve Perry captured this dramatic scene while skiing at Sasquatch Mountain Resort in January.Global News

The nightmarish scenario unfolded when the child was riding a chairlift at Grouse Mountain and somehow slipped from his seat. His father’s hand was the only thing holding the boy up as he dangled “20 or 25 feet in the air” over the mountain, Canada’s Global News reports.

That’s when a group of five teenagers jumped into action


Mysterious sea creature with no eyes, sharp teeth startles fisherman: ‘It looked prehistoric’

The fish, which had no eyes and razor-sharp teeth, was unlike anything he’d seen before.

“It looked prehistoric.It looked like something you see in the movies.

The lure wasn’t swimming right, I pulled it and it had this strange looking fish on it. We didn’t know what it was,” Rose told Guardian Australia on Friday, adding that his angler pal Tee Hokin was also there to witness the “monster” fish in person.


Stephon Clark: state prosecutors won’t charge police in California man’s death

Stephon Clark
Stephon Clark and his two sons. Photograph: Courtesy of the family

Opening his announcement by thanking Clark’s family, Xavier Becerra said on Tuesday that an independent department of justice investigation had found no criminal charges could be sustained.

“It was a tough call – these are all tough calls – but we have do the job set before us,” Becerra said.

“The story that played out on March 18, 2018 must be put into context,” Becerra said, adding that the interaction that ended Clark’s life lasted only 22 minutes.

He said that Clark had committed several unlawful acts and had not followed officer commands after being confronted, and added that evidence showed “it was clear he had something in his hand”.


Colorado commission drops case against Christian baker: ‘Today is a win for freedom’

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission dismissed administrative action against Phillips, and the Christian baker, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), withdrew his federal court case against the state Tuesday afternoon.

ADF claims the state dropped the case after evidence was presented that showed “ongoing hostility” toward religious freedom.

“Today is a win for freedom. I’m very grateful and looking forward to serving my customers as I always have: with love and respect,” Phillips told Fox News, adding that he never imagined this chapter of his life — which has cost him over 40 percent of his business — when he opened up his cake shop years ago.


Nick Sandmann’s Attorney Slams Washington Post’s “Cowardly” Attempt to “Whitewash Its Lies”

The 445-word statement didn’t mince words, slamming The Post as having led “a mainstream and social media mob of bullies” against Sandmann and pivoted to “publicly pars[ing] and spin[ning] its false coverage in an effort to avoid accountability and limit its legal responsibility for its wrongdoing.”

“The Post’s efforts were too little and too late,” the two added. And those quotes only made up the opening paragraph!

McMurty and Wood continued to take direct issue with the Editor’s Note that the Bezos-owned paper tried to sneak in on Friday as having illustrated their desire “to whitewash its wrongdoing were untimely, grossly insufficient and did little more than perpetuate the lies it published — lies that will haunt and adversely affect Nicholas for the rest of his life.”


California officials fight Trump’s bid to pull funding for high-speed rail project

Calling the administration’s move not only illegal but “disastrous” and “wasteful,” California Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly penned two letters to the Federal Railroad Administration amid a heated debate over whether or not the $77 billion project is living up to expectations.

“Governor [Gavin] Newsom I committed to building a transformative, visionary high-speed rail project in full compliance with federal grant requirements,” Kelly wrote in one of his letters.

“Second, the California High Speed Rail Authority is making progress and has met its commitments under its federal grants agreements.”


76K Migrants Entered Through Southwest Border in February — Most in 12 Years, Says CBP

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector

Of the 76,103 migrants who came to the border seeking admission or illegally crossing between ports of entry, 62 percent were family units and unaccompanied minors.

This presents both a border security and humanitarian crisis at our southwest border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

United States Border Patrol Chief of Operations Brian Hastings told reporters that during February, Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 66,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico between ports of entry.

This is up from nearly 48,000 in January — a nearly 40 percent increase. When compared to the first five months of Fiscal Year 2018, this fiscal year has seen a 97 percent increase, he stated.


Wisconsin teen thought it would be funny to spike stepfather’s energy drinks with cow tranquilizers: report

Tyler Rabenhorst-Malone, 17,
Tyler Rabenhorst-Malone, 17,

Tyler Rabenhorst-Malone, 17, was charged with placing foreign objects in edibles and second-degree recklessly endangering safety, KTRK-TV reported, citing court documents.

His stepfather first went to the hospital in January 2018 with a droopy face and slurred speech among other symptoms, officials said.
The man told doctors he believed the symptoms came from drinking energy drinks, stress and lack of sleeping, the station reported.

When the same thing happened again, the man reportedly started to keep an eye on what he was drinking. The teen’s mother also told officials a box of oxytocin mixed with rompun vanished from their barn in April 2018, KTRK-TV reported, citing a court complaint.


Police: Teen shot parents, believed they were Satanists

Michael Elijah Walker.
This March 4, 2019 booking photo released b y Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office shows Michael Elijah Walker.(Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The 17-year-old called police at around 2:30 a.m. Monday after waking to the sound of his mother screaming and hearing gunshots, police wrote in the affidavit.

He then saw his mother in the hallway and she told him to call 911.

“He looked into the hallway again and saw his brother … walking down the hallway holding his gun,” according to the document. “He advised that his brother often carries the gun around the house with him because he is paranoid.”

Tech Watch:


GOOGLE EMPLOYEES UNCOVER ONGOING WORK ON CENSORED CHINA SEARCH

The lack of clarity from management has resulted in Google losing skilled engineers and developers.

In recent months, several Google employees have resigned in part due to Dragonfly and leadership’s handling of the project.

The Intercept knows of six staff at the company, including two in senior positions, who have quit since December, and three others who are planning to follow them out the door.

But Google executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, refused both publicly and privately to completely rule out launching the censored search engine in the future.

This led a group of concerned employees — who were themselves not directly involved with Dragonfly — to closely monitor the company’s internal systems for information about the project and circulate their findings on an internal messaging list.

The group has identified ongoing work on a batch of code that is associated with the China search engine, according to three Google sources.

The development has stoked anger inside Google offices, where many of the company’s 88,000 workforce previously protested against plans to launch the search engine, which was designed to censor broad categories of information associated with human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.


Florida Lawmaker Introduces ‘Stop Social Media Censorship Act’ to Protect Free Speech Online

The law would only apply to social media sites with “more than 75 million subscribers” which are “open to the public” and from their inception have “not been specifically affiliated with any one religion or political party.”

The bill also prohibits large social media sites from citing so-called “hate speech” as a justification for political and religious censorship and authorizes the Attorney General to “bring a civil cause of action … on behalf of a social media website user who resides in this state and whose religious speech or political speech has been censored…”

Here’s the full text of Sen. Gruters’ bill, SB 1722:

Politics:


Bloomberg says he won’t run for president in 2020

“I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field,” Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed published on his eponymous news organization’s website.

“I’ve come to realize that I’m less interested in talking than doing,” Bloomberg said. “And I have concluded that, for now, the best way for me to help our country is by rolling up my sleeves and continuing to get work done.”


Clintons face new accusations of nepotism, retribution politics in tell-all

The Guardian reports that the allegations were made by Trina Vargo in a new book: “Shenanigans: the U.S.-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times.” Vargo is the founder of the U.S-Ireland Alliance, a D.C.-based non-profit.

The controversy surrounded the Mitchell scholarship — named after former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, who is credited with helping forge the 1998 Good Friday agreement — sends 12 students each year to study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Obama Hopes to Train “A Million Baracks and Michelles” Who Can Change the World

Speaking to a crowd in Winnipeg, Obama said, “If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something…if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world, hope is achievable.”

The Washington Examiner writes that Obama “told a packed arena at Bell MTS Place how he plans to create a “university for social change ‘that will serve as a hub for young people in the U.S. and around the world who are skeptical of the “old institutions.’”

“The Democrat Politician Protection Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats’ proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech:

McConnell Previews House Vote on Democrat Politician Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Democrat Politician Protection Act.


PJTN IS CALLING ON THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR–OMAR TIES TO TERROR MUST BE INVESTIGATED!

Already documented on record by her actions as a virulent anti-Semite, Omar may also be violating a federal statute by speaking at a fundraising event for the Muslim Brotherhood front groups which seek to destroy America.

Omar appeared as a keynote speaker for Islamic Relief USA in Tampa, FL last month and she will keynote at an upcoming Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser in Los Angeles.

CAIR is the American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, in addition to close ties to Hamas and Hezbollah they were listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist fundraising operation in the history of the United States known as the Holy Land Foundation Case.

House Democrats draft anti-Semitism resolution

The House is set to vote on a resolution to acknowledge and reject the ‘dangerous consequences’ of anti-Semitism after Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar says Israel has hypnotized the world; Peter Doocy reports.

World News:


Pakistan issues warning after spotting Indian submarine near its territorial waters

In this image made from video taken on March 4, 2019, and released on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, by the Pakistan Military, shows what they claim is an Indian submarine approaching its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.

The navy noted the submarine wasn’t targeted by the navy forces due to “Pakistan’s policy of peace” and efforts to de-escalate the recent tensions that brought the nuclear-armed neighbors to the brink of war.

A navy official said the warning was “communicated” to the Indian submarine on Monday, prompting it to move away.


Suspicious packages discovered near Waterloo Station, London City Airport and Heathrow Airport, police say

A suspcious package sent to Compass Centre that was opened. (Sky News)

The “small improvised explosive devices” were discovered in postal bags, the Metropolitan Police said.

“The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices,” police said in a statement.

“These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.”


CHINA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW SPACE STATION THAT COULD PUT THEM EVEN FARTHER AHEAD

Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency for the People’s Republic of China, said Monday that they have already begun the astronaut selection and training process. The next phase will include conducting joint tests and drills.

The Chinese Space Station (CSS) will be comprised of three modules — a core cabin and two lab modules — that will simultaneously accommodate three astronauts.

The design will try to give private rocket-launching companies, like SpaceX, a run for their money in terms of affordability. The space station is intended to orbit for a decade.


New Delhi Is World’s Most Polluted Capital, Beijing Eighth

FILE PHOTO: A man rides a rickshaw on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

The Indian capital, home to more than 20 million people, was followed by the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, according to the study by IQ AirVisual, a Swiss-based group that gathers air-quality data globally, and Greenpeace.


US ends preferential trade deals with India, Turkey

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced Monday that India and Turkey will within 60 days no longer qualify for a zero-tariffs status that is given to some poor countries to help them grow.

The decision came at U.S. President Donald Trump’s direction.


Saudi Arabia set to offer visa-free entry to travelers from U.S. and other countries

Saudi officials plan to allow citizens of the U.S., much of Europe, Japan and China either visa-free access to the kingdom for tourism or a visa on arrival by the end of this year, the people said.

The effort is meant to make visiting Saudi Arabia about as easy as traveling to neighboring Arab tourist hot spots such as Dubai.

The move would mark progress in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to liberalize the economy and, amid a push by Saudi Arabia to improve its international image, help the kingdom shed a reputation as difficult to visit. Prince Mohammed has authorized the effort, according to the people familiar with it.

Commentary/Opinion:

Abby Johnson DESTROYS Abortion Arguments at Hearing

Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson destroys pro-abortion arguments at a Kentucky State hearing on SB 9, also known as the Heartbeat Bill, a pro-life measure which was recently approved.

Democratic 2020 candidates push ‘socialized’ daycare

The Federalist executive editor Joy Pullmann weighs in on push by Sens. Warren and Harris for universal child care.

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