News and Headlines is out. 9/8/2017

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In The News:

“Hurricane Irma tightened her grip on South Florida Friday, becoming what everyone has long dreaded: a monster hurricane bearing down on a region with nearly 7 million people.” More here.> Latest Irma track shifts west with hurricane watch widened

“Equifax on Thursday said that three of its executives were unaware of a hacking there when they sold stocks mere days after the credit monitoring company found a huge security breach.

Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran, sold a combined $1.8 million in stock on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.

“[The executives] had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares,” Equifax said in a statement.” More here.>  Equifax said three executives who sold stock were unaware of a breach

(Reuters) – “Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday that personal details of as many as 143 million U.S. consumers were accessed by hackers between mid-May and July, in what could be one of the largest data breaches in the United States.

The company’s shares fell nearly 19 percent in after-market trading as investors reacted to possible consequences of the exposure of sensitive data of nearly half of the U.S. population.” More here.> Equifax reveals hack that likely exposed data of 143 million customers

“Politicians in the hurricane-hit city of Houston are warning against donating to the American Red Cross. (‘The most inept, unorganised organisation I’ve ever experienced’ claims independent councillor”)

Houston City councillor Dave Martin told a district meeting: “I beg you not to send them a penny” and repeatedly branded the Congress-endorsed charity “the red loss”. More here.> Hurricane Harvey: Texas politicians warn against donating to Red Cross in wake of disaster

“Major storm surge and 150 mph winds awaited South Florida even as Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 storm in its crawl toward the U.S. mainland on Friday morning. 

7/of 43 Photos Marigot, St. Martin The Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during the passage of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017. (Photo: Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images)

The 5 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center showed maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, making it officially a Category 4 storm. The NHC still cautioned the storm was “extremely dangerous.” More here.> Hurricane Irma thrashes the Caribbean

“From Hurricane Harvey to Hurricane Irma touching down Friday in Florida and then Hurricane Jose upgraded a few hours ago to a Category 4, the devastation left behind so far is just the beginning.

FEMA is recruiting for assistance in “response and recovery efforts.” More here.> FEMA looking for help

“Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence suggested the devastating hurricanes in Texas and approaching Florida were signs of “Mother Nature’s rage and wrath” at America for electing Donald Trump and not believing in man-made climate change.

Lawrence, who is promoting her new drama “Mother!,” appeared on British network Channel 4 on Wednesday, where she discussed topics ranging from the movie to the gender pay gap and Trump.” More here.> Hurricanes Irma, Harvey are nature’s ‘wrath’ for Trump victory, Jennifer Lawrence claims

“A mother and her five-year-old son have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide after a long custody battle with the boy’s father. 

The bodies of Gina Summers, 46, and her child Jude were found at their home in Orono. Photo: Facebook

The bodies of Gina Summers, 46, and her child Jude were found at their home in Orono, Minnesota in the US on Monday.

Police were alerted to a problem when father Jeff Sandberg, who had joint custody, tried to contact them to arrange to pick Jude up.” More here.> Mother, five-year-old son found dead with note after long custody battle

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — “An East Coast drifter who authorities say killed seven people in Connecticut during a 2003 series of slayings and sexual assaults while driving a van he called the “murder mobile” pleaded guilty Friday in connection with six of the slayings.

William Devin Howell, 47, pleaded guilty to six counts of murder during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court. He is expected to be sentenced to 360 years in prison on Nov. 17.” More here.> Drifter pleads guilty to killing 6 people in Connecticut

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — “Oregon authorities released a detailed report Friday on a mass shooting at a community college that includes a six-page, typewritten “manifesto” in which the shooter critiqued the methods of other mass killers and said he was a follower of the occult.

The report came almost two years after the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting that left nine people dead and nine others injured in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

It includes a lengthy transcript from an interview with the mother of shooter Christopher Harper Mercer and an explanation of his actions that he wrote the day before the shooting and left on a thumb drive for police to find.” More here.> Oregon authorities release ‘manifesto’ from mass shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “A California judge ruled that a teen girl who was declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may technically still be alive, allowing a malpractice lawsuit against the hospital to move forward and possibly setting up the family to have her care paid for if they succeed.

Alameda County Judge Stephen Pulido ruled Tuesday that it’s up to a jury to determine whether Jahi McMath is alive, which would increase the damages jurors could award if they determine doctors at Children’s Hospital in Oakland botched a routine operation to remove the girl’s tonsils.” More here.> Judge opens door for lawsuit over girl declared brain dead

“The cost to the state of Montana for battling wildfires that have burned more than a million acres this summer has reached $53.7 million, a staggering price tag that has completely drained a state fire fund that was already slashed in half by decisions made in the 2017 Legislature.

In April lawmakers passed a cost-cutting bill that called for taking $30 million from the roughly $62 million fire fund to maintain an informal $200 million rainy-day account for state government and to reduce the depth of cuts to other state operations and services, cuts that would be triggered if state revenues came in lower than projected. That happened in July.” More here.> More than 1 million acres have burned this summer; state fire fund drained

Young Australian boy transitioned to female — changes his mind two years later

Government / Politics / Waste / Fraud/ Corruption:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill on Thursday evening that includes $10 million to help fund the United Nations’ climate change body that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to stop funding it.

The 30-member Senate panel, which allocates federal funds to various government agencies and organizations, approved a $51 billion spending bill for the State Department and foreign operations, which included an amendment to continue funding the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the scientific body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” More here.> Defying Trump, Senate panel approves funding for U.N. climate body

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “The U.S. Department of Interior improperly contributed tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to help politically powerful California water districts plan for a massive project to ship the state’s water from north to south, a new federal audit said Friday.

Federal officials gave $84 million to help finance the water districts’ planning, backed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, to build two giant water tunnels to re-engineer the state’s water system, according to the audit by the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Interior Department obtained by The Associated Press.

By California law and by an agreement by the water districts, California water districts and not federal taxpayers are supposed to bear the costs of the $16 billion project, the audit said.” More here.> Audit: US misuses taxpayer cash for California water project

SAN FRANCISCO — “Sen. Dianne Feinstein has dominated California politics for more than a quarter of a century. But facing blistering criticism that she’s out of touch with the progressive left following her recent comments about President Donald Trump and DACA, it’s increasingly looking like the Democratic lawmaker will face a major primary challenge if she runs for a fifth full term.” More here.> Feinstein faces growing storm on the left

“New data suggest that more than 5,000 people who cast ballots in New Hampshire in the 2016 U.S. presidential election might not have been residents of the state.

These voters likely used out-of-state driver’s licenses and have not since obtained an in-state license or registered a vehicle.

New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper, a Republican, released the data Thursday following his inquiries to the state’s Department of State and the Department of Safety, which supervise elections.” More here.> Out-of-staters may have won New Hampshire for Clinton, data suggest

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Trump administration said Friday it won’t charge a key IRS figure in the mistreatment of conservative political groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

In a letter to members of Congress, the Justice Department said that “reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence.”

Republican leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee had hoped the Justice Department would reopen its case against ex-IRS official Lois Lerner now that Republican Donald Trump is in the White House and Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs the department.” More here.> Trump DOJ declines to charge key figure in IRS scandal

Censorship / Free Speech:

“Tucker Carlson slammed Google’s apparent censorship of content not politically agreeable to them company.

“Google seems to be letting politics dictate who is allowed to make money from their platform,” Tucker said on his show Thursday.

Talk show host Dave Rubin claimed YouTube financially censored his videos when the platform “demonetized” them.” Talk show host accuses YouTube of financial censorship

Terrorism/ Islam/ War on Terror:

“ISIS bomb factory in Paris with possible links to Barcelona & What is to be done? @sebgorka, author “Defeating Jihad.”

Terror suspects arrested in Paris allegedly planned to blow up banks with explosives favoured by jihadists dubbed Mother of Satan bombs.

French police investigating a suspected bomb factory near the capital believe three arrested men were preparing attacks and had made calls to Syria.” More here.> ISIS bomb factory in Paris with possible links to Barcelona & What is to be done? @sebgorka, author “Defeating Jihad.”

“Since being imprisoned, Adebolajo has lost his two front teeth when prison staff at Belmarsh tried to restrain the vile terrorist.

But now the death-worshipper has launched an official court writ, claiming he has been left with a “psychiatric injury”. michael-adebolajo-lee-rigby-643292

VILE: Adebolajo could cost taxpayers £100,000
His compensation claim for £25,000 could cost a further £75,000 in police and legal costs, making the taxpayer fork out £100,000 for Adebolajo’s pocket.Lyn Rigby, Lee’s mum, has hit out at the killer’s claim and said that he “deserved to die behind bars”. More here.> Lee Rigby killer demands £100,000 after ‘prison left him mentally scarred’ 

“America is experiencing a frightening new trend. Now even alleged law-and-order conservatives are beginning to argue that it’s okay for foreigners to ignore our immigration laws. recently carried a column by Judge Andrew Napolitano. In that piece, Judge Napolitano claims that President Obama’s Deferred Action for the Children of Aliens (DACA) program showed “courage.”

Why? According to Judge Napolitano, Mr. Obama was merely doing what every recent president has done. However he was the only one who put it into writing, “thereby giving immigrants notice of what they need to do to avoid deportation and the government notice of whose deportations should not occur.”

Unfortunately, the good judge has gotten his analysis utterly backwards. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) specifies clearly, and in detail, what foreigners need to do in order to avoid deportation. And it makes crystal clear to the government who to deport and when. It also has the clear advantage of having been enacted by the Congress of the United States. DACA, on the other hand, was a deliberate attempt to circumvent those portions of the INA that President Obama and his anti-borders cronies didn’t like.” More here.> ET TU JUDGE NAPOLITANO? CONSERVATIVES WHO’VE GONE SOFT ON IMMIGRATION VIOLATORS

LOS ANGELES, CA (The Los Angels Times) – “Police arrested a 27-year-old man suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman outside her Van Nuys apartment last month as she fought and kicked for several minutes while no one came to her aid, authorities said.

Antonio Reyes was arrested Tuesday in Arleta, where he lives and works, on suspicion of attempted rape, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.” More here.> WOMAN’S PLEAS FOR HELP IGNORED AS ILLEGAL ALIEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER ON THE STREET

“House Democrats are prepared to threaten a government shutdown in December unless Congress adopts protections for Dreamers, a senior member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said Friday.

Hours after Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) voted for a three-month government funding deal that he had lambasted his party’s leaders for striking with President Donald Trump, he suggested that top Democrats are prepared to take a stronger stand once that deal expires. Gutierrez said Democratic leaders ceded leverage they could have used to help undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children.” More here.> Dems threaten December shutdown if Dreamers aren’t protected

World News:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — “One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 15 people, toppling houses and businesses and sending panicked people into the streets more than 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) away.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit off Chiapas state near the Guatemalan border with a magnitude of 8.1 — slightly stronger than the magnitude 8 quake of 1985 that killed thousands and devastated large parts of Mexico City.” more here.> Mexico hit by one of biggest quakes ever, 15 killed

BEIJING (Reuters) – “When Kim Jong Un inherited power in North Korea in late 2011, then-Chinese president Hu Jintao was outwardly supportive of the untested young leader, predicting that “traditional friendly cooperation” between the countries would strengthen.

Two years later, Kim ordered the execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek, the country’s chief interlocutor with China and a relatively reform-minded official in the hermetic state.

Since then, ties between the allies have deteriorated so sharply that some diplomats and experts fear Beijing may become, like Washington, a target of its neighbor’s ire.” More here.> ‘Lips and teeth’ no more as China’s ties with North Korea fray

“Is anybody home, Pyongyang?

The North Korean capital looks positively post-apocalyptic in aerial footage that emerged this week.

Aram Pan, 41, a Singaporean pilot, took the video for a project called DPRK360, meant to show the hermit kingdom “from a different perspective.” More here.> North Korea’s capital is a ghost town amid nuclear testing

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) — “Traces of xenon gas, a radionuclide, were detected in South Korea, the nuclear safety agency said Friday, five days after North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test.

The the radioactive material, the xenon-133 isotope, was found in the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission’s analysis of ground, air and maritime samplings that were collected locally after the latest nuclear test by the North, according to the agency.

Defying international warnings, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful yet nuclear test Sunday, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded atop an intercontinental ballistic missile.” More her.> Traces of xenon detected in S. Korea following N. Korea’s nuke test

Commentary / Opinion:

Europe Is Killing Itself