News and Headlines. 2/28/2018

Georgia teacher in custody after reports of shots fired at high school

Police responding to reports of shots fired at a Georgia high school Wednesday afternoon confirmed a teacher had been taken into custody.

One student was injured after sustaining an ankle injury while running inside the school during the building evacuation, the Dalton Police Department tweeted. No faculty or staff were reported injured in the incident.

Billy Graham becomes fourth civilian to lie in honor at U.S. Capitol

The Rev. Billy Graham became the fourth civilian to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and was received by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and other lawmakers.

A Military Honor Guard carries the casket of Reverend Billy Graham
A Military Honor Guard carries the casket of Reverend Billy Graham as it arrives at the US Capitol in Washington, Feb. 28, 2018, prior to a lying in honor ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

The Graham family was also in attendance as the casket was brought inside the rotunda. The convocation was delivered by House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

ICE Arrests Over 150 Illegal Immigrants After Dem Mayor Sent Out Warning

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested more than 150 illegal immigrants throughout the week even though Democratic Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent out a warning of a possible raid Saturday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agent photographs a detained immigrant
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agent photographs a detained immigrant at an ICE processing center on October 14, 2015 (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ICE began arresting people one day after Schaaf’s warning message as part of a”targeted immigration enforcement operations,” according to Fox News. Around half of the illegal immigrants arrested have past criminal history, including assault and weapons charges as well as other violent crimes.

Trump: We’re delaying California border wall until entire project is approved

President Donald Trump declared online Wednesday that his administration would not push forward with plans to build the California section of his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border until the entire project is approved.

MS-13 gang members were stopped by police minutes 2 minutes before killing would-be victim, report shows

A pair of MS-13 gang members were on their way to kill another member when Texas police pulled the duo’s car over — sparing the would-be victim’s life by a mere two minutes, according to court records.

Jorge Alexander Cortez MS-13 gang member
Jorge Alexander Cortez was one of the three people accused of plotting to kill another MS-13 gang member earlier this month, police said. (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office)

Bryan Funes, 17, and Jorge Alexander Cortez, 23, were arrested last Thursday in Austin on criminal conspiracy charges after police unintentionally foiled a plot to kill another MS-13 member — who was in the car when cops pulled it over, The Houston Chronicle reported. Melquisedec Steven Lemus-Monje, 19, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy and a weapons violation

Tucker: CityKey – Rahm’s plan to stay in power

Tucker: Chicago is a city falling apart, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to stay in power by creating new voters with the CityKey government ID card for illegal immigrants.

Heritage Foundation: 64% of Trump’s agenda already done, faster than Reagan

With unprecedented speed, the Trump administration has already implemented nearly two-thirds of the 334 agenda items called for by the Heritage Foundation, a pace faster than former President Reagan who embraced the conservative think tank’s legendary “Mandate for Leadership” blueprint.

Poll shock: 50% back arming teachers, NRA boycott hurts boycotting firms not gun lobby

Two unexpected results from new polling in the wake of the Florida school shooting finds that President Trump enjoys support for his call to arm qualified teachers while companies joining a boycott of the NRA are facing a consumer backlash.

In the first of two Morning Consult polls, 50 percent said they back armed teachers in schools, a quick fix backed by Trump and first suggested by the National Rifle Association. Some eight states already allow armed teachers in schools, and another six are considering it.

Trump’s removal from office sole focus of college course

A California university is offering a class focused solely on the topic of removing President Trump from office.

San Diego State University is offering a one-unit course in March called “Trump: Impeachment, Removal or Conviction?” taught by Professor John Joseph Cleary.

Hume: Michelle Obama would be imposing candidate for Trump

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume on former President Obama claiming he had a scandal-free administration and Fox News’ Juan Williams that Oprah, Michelle Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris could beat Trump in 2020.

Trump Campaign Launches New ‘American Dreamer’ Hat

President Donald Trump’s campaign has released a new “American Dreamer” hat as part of their growing collection.

“We all want to live the American dream and our 45th President is helping to make that dream a reality for each and every American,” description of the hat reads. “With our American Dreamer Hat you can show that you believe we can Make America Great Again.”

Texas: Councilman Pressured to Quit for Wanting Islam Out of Public Schools

In yet another sign of the confusion of our age, Plano, Texas City Councilman Tom Harrison is in hot water. Mayor Harry LaRosiliere wants him to resign, and local Muslim groups are planning protests until he does. His crime? Calling for a ban of Islam in public schools — in which no religion is supposed to be taught as fact or favored.

Owner of Numerous Miami-Area Home Health Agencies Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Role in $66 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

The owner and operator of numerous Miami, Florida-area home health agencies was sentenced to 240 months in prison today for his role in a $66 million conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program.

Rafael Arias, 52, of Miami, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida, who ordered Arias to pay $66.4 million in restitution and to forfeit the gross proceeds traced to the offense. Arias pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

World News:

Infamous Pakistani cleric keeps “martyr” Bin Laden library, vows worldwide Sharia

Maulana Mohammad Abdul Aziz is considered one of the most dangerous, yet influential, men in Pakistan.

And while his movements in the country are restricted by the government, the 57-year-old former head cleric of Islamabad’s oldest mosque – Lal Masjid, better known as the Red Mosque – is still allowed to inspire new generations with his radical rhetoric

UK police arrest 3 men over blast that killed 5 people

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after five people died in an explosion in Leicester, police have said.

Leicestershire Police have been investigating the cause of the blast, which happened at a Polish supermarket with two flats above it in Hinckley Road just after 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) on Sunday.

Theresa May concedes on EU migrants’ residency rights during Brexit transition

Theresa May has conceded that new EU migrants who come to Britain during the Brexit transition will have the right to settle permanently in the UK, in a major climbdown over future residency rights.

The concession, slipped out in a Brexit policy paper by the Home Office, also makes clear that new EU migrants who arrive after March 2019 will be given a five-year temporary residence permit, not the two-year one that was previously proposed by ministers.

Egyptian singer and ‘The Voice’ star Sherine Abdel-Wahab sentenced to 6 months in prison for Nile River joke

Sherine Abdel-Wahab, one of Egypt’s most famous singers and the star of the Arabic version of “The Voice,” was sentenced to six months in prison after making a joke suggesting the Nile River was polluted.

Mexican police allegedly used near death-squad tactics

Prosecutors in the corruption-plagued Mexican state of Veracruz say police set up units that used dirty-war, death-squad style tactics to abduct, kill and dispose of at least 15 people suspected of being drug cartel informers and drug runners.

Red Cross: 21 resigned or fired since 2015 in sex cases

LONDON (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has joined the list of prominent charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct among its staff.

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord says 21 staff members have resigned or been fired since 2015 after violating policy by paying for sexual services. Two others did not have their contracts renewed because of suspected sexual misconduct.

Tech Watch:

Alphabet’s Waymo picks up speed in driverless cars

Waymo’s driverless cars have driven themselves 5 million miles on public roads, or roughly 21 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Waymo’s driverless car
Waymo Chief Executive John Krafcik at the Detroit auto show last year.

Waymo’s Chief Executive John Krafcik wrote a blog post at online publishing site Medium to highlight the milestone, saying that the exciting part is how Waymo, a unit of Alphabet Inc.  is picking up speed: It took six years to reach its first millionth mile, and the fifth million under three months.

How Amazon paid zero in taxes on its billions

In 2017, Amazon reported $5.6 billion of U.S. profits and didn’t pay a dime of federal income taxes on it. It also gets a $789 million windfall from Trump’s new tax law.