News and Headlines. 9/28/2018

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Video shows New York City men shooting at father who was walking with 3-year-old daughter

A startling video has surfaced showing three men shooting at a New York City father — while his terrified toddler is only steps away.

Footage shows the trio approaching the father and firing at shot at him, but missing, investigators told FOX5NY.

The father then grabs his 3-year-old daughter in a bid to flee – yet the men catch up to him and yank the child from his arms before blasting him in the leg.

Headless torso discovered in home fish tank confirmed as missing California bartender

The headless, handless torso found last month inside a California home’s fish tank was confirmed this week to be that of a missing San Francisco bartender.

Two suspects, identified as Lance Silva, 39, and Robert MacCaffrey, 52, were arrested shortly after Egg’s remains were found inside his home. They were no immediately charged, pending the medical’s examiner’s report, the newspaper reported.

65-year-old Brian Egg
65-year-old Brian Egg

The bizarre case began when neighbors repeatedly called police saying they had not seen or heard Egg since June. They also reported they had seen suspicious people coming and going from the residence.

Two men arrested after leading cops on a 100mph chase and crashing truck that matches the getaway pickup used in the murder of former Pinnacle Airlines CEO

Police officers ended up chasing a stolen white Ford F-150 truck at speeds of up to 100mph through the streets of Memphis on Friday morning in connection with the murder of Greater Memphis Chamber leader 64-year-old Phil Trenary who was shot and killed on Thursday night.

Such a vehicle was spotted in South Memphis on Friday morning which is why police decided to pursue it in a high-speed chase until it crashed after the driver lost control.

The impact was so severe that the truck was torn in half, with its rear half burned down to its frame. A gray car and an SUV were also wrecked.

Eerie skull-shaped asteroid will zoom past Earth just after Halloween

An asteroid that, in certain light conditions, resembles a human skull, will fly past Earth just after Halloween.

The space rock’s official title is Asteroid 2015 TB145 and is a so-called “dead comet” that has lost most of its ice and gases. Appropriately for its ghoulish appearance, the asteroid first flew past Earth on Halloween 2015, prompting NASA to call it “The Great Pumpkin.”

Artist's impression of the asteroid, which, in certain light conditions, resembles a human skull.
Artist’s impression of the asteroid, which, in certain light conditions, resembles a human skull. (José Antonio Peñas/SINC)

In 2015, the asteroid flew past Earth at a distance of just 300,000 miles, reports. For comparison, the average distance between Earth and the Moon is 238,855 miles.

The Miami Police Department just got the coolest cop car ever

The Miami Police Department’s latest car isn’t a car at all.

It’s a three-wheel Polaris Slingshot that was donated by the company to be used as a head-turning vehicle for community outreach.

(Mami Police Department)
(Mami Police Department)

“This is going to be an icebreaker for us. Kids are going to want to walk up to this car, see it, sit in it, talk to the policemen, the policemen get to talk to the kids. I mean, it’s going to be perfect, man, I’m super excited about it,” Miami Police Chief Emilio Gonzalez said at the unveiling Thursday.

A hospital’s ‘Walk of Respect’ pays tribute to an organ donor

MERIDIAN, Idaho (Circa) — An Idaho hospital’s tribute to an organ donor is getting some attention on the internet.

St. Luke’s Health System’s hospital shared a Facebook video showing employees participating in what they refer to as the “Walk of Respect.”Opera

Workers line a hallway as a patient is moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) to the operating room where he’s being taken off life support, according to WPXI.

Fight over fetal tissue splits HHS, anti-abortion allies

Anti-abortion groups — normally staunch allies of the Trump administration — have turned their fire on the health department, accusing the agency of being complicit in abortions by refusing to end research projects using fetal tissue.

The health department, which cited“the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved” in using fetal tissue, also pledged to seek alternatives to fetal tissue for research purposes. HHS, FDA and the National Institutes of Health declined to make leaders available for interviews.

Conservative lawmakers supporting that demand privately warned officials earlier this month that the agency’s FY 2019 funding bill could stall without concessions, two individuals told POLITICO.

Consumers getting refunds from record fraud judgment

The government has obtained a record $1.3 billion civil court judgment against AMG Services, Inc. and Scott Tucker on charges they operated a massive payday lending scheme.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) say $505 million of that amount is being returned to consumers the government says were victims of deception. The defendants were charged with violating both the FTC Act and the Truth in Lending Act.

The case goes back to 2012 when the FTC charged the company told borrowers they would only pay a one-time fee plus the loan amount.

Instead, the government said AMG made multiple withdrawals from consumers’ bank accounts, charging a new finance fee with each withdrawal. Because of that, consumers who borrowed from AMG paid far more for the loans than they had originally agreed to pay.

 SEC bars founder of lending company from securities industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred the founder and former CEO of Lending Club, an online lending company, from the securities industry. The financial regulatory agency also brought charges against an investment fund associated with the online lender, which Renaud Laplanche led through a high-profile initial public offering four years ago.

In a release announcing its enforcement order, the SEC alleges Lending Club Asset Management violated its fiduciary duty by advising private investment funds to invest in peer-to-peer style loans the company knew might go unfunded, to benefit its parent company Lending Club.

“Investment advisers have an obligation to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own,” said Daniel Michael, chief of the SEC’s Complex Financial Instruments unit, in a release. “By using funds managed by LCA to benefit its parent company, LCA and Laplanche failed to do so.”

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Megyn Kelly needs to go.’ Top NBC brass tell DailMailTV the daytime diva is tearing down the network and her aggressive #MeToo reporting on stars such as Matt Lauer is part of her strategy to make it impossible to get fired

Megyn Kelly has been building a failsafe plan to ensure she can’t be fired from NBC News amid her show’s tanking ratings, executives at NBC News tell DailyMailTV exclusively.

The former Fox News host launched her much-hyped show Megyn Kelly Today last September after securing a three-year contract for a staggering $69 million.

Despite NBC heavily promoting the 47-year-old’s show, her ratings have been abysmal, with viewers changing the channel when the Today show ends over to rival ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Megyn began extensively covering the #MeToo movement in a bid to carve out a place for her show, even covering her own colleagues at the network who had been accused or fired over allegations of sexual misconduct, most notably Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw. Opera

Trump signs spending plan, avoiding shutdown

President Donald Trump has signed an $854 billion spending bill to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to the November midterm elections.

That’s according to a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the action.

Trump signed the legislation to fund the military and several civilian agencies without journalists present at the White House. The president is acting after the House and Senate approved the spending plan earlier this week.

Bill to battle opioid epidemic overwhelmingly passes the House

The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday in favor of a bill that sets new policies and reauthorizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal grants in a bid to fight America’s opioid epidemic.

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act passed easily in a 393-8 vote, and will head to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved and then will head to President Trump’s desk. The legislation is a combination of bills that the House passed in June and a major package the Senate passed last week.

The bill includes language aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic, which continues to roil American communities. In 2017, nearly 50,000 people died from a drug overdose, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

A majority of the policies, though, focus primarily on improving access to addiction treatment. A 2016 federal survey found that only one in 10 Americans with an addiction get treatment.

Ryan Zinke: Naval blockade is an option for dealing with Russia

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the U.S. Navy can blockade Russia if needed to keep it from controlling energy supplies in the Middle East as it does in Europe.

“The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade … to make sure that their energy does not go to market,” Zinke said on Friday at an industry event in Pittsburgh hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance.

He was there to explain why hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the shale energy boom has given the U.S. an edge over its rivals Russia and Iran, by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources of energy.

Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people’s accounts.

The breach was discovered on Tuesday, Facebook said, and it has informed police.

Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday.

The flaw has been fixed, wrote the firm’s head of security, Guy Rosen.

Exclusive: In test case, U.S. fails to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls – sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. investigators failed in a recent courtroom effort to force Facebook to wiretap voice calls over its Messenger app in a closely watched test case, according to two people briefed on the sealed ruling.

Members of a joint federal and state task force probing the international criminal gang MS-13 had tried in August to hold Facebook in contempt of court for failing to carry out a wiretap order, Reuters reported last month.

An affidavit by an FBI agent filed publicly in the Fresno criminal proceedings said that at the time of the arrests, law enforcement could not monitor any Messenger calls.

Telecommunications companies are required to give police access to calls under federal law, but many apps that rely solely on internet infrastructure are exempt. Facebook contended Messenger was covered by that exemption.

Google CEO to testify before House Judiciary as bias concerns mount

Google’s top executive has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee as Republican concerns mount that the company’s signature search engine downplays conservative websites in its results.


Sundar Pichai met on Friday with a group of House lawmakers, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the second-ranking Republican in the chamber, who announced the hearing.

Pichai said after the meeting that he has had “very productive discussions over the last two days” with both Democrats and Republicans.

McCarthy told reporters that legislation is possible after the hearing.



Sen. Lindsey Graham took a subtle jab at Democrat colleague Sen. Mazie Hirono for one of her comments made last week in regard to the handling of sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his opening remarks to the Judiciary Committee on Friday morning.

Graham said, “I know I am a single white male from North Carolina, and I am told I should shut up, but I will not shut up.”

Republican senators doxxed on Wikipedia by someone from House of Representatives after Kavanaugh hearing

Personal information of Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch were posted by an unknown person located in the House of Representatives on Thursday during the hearing of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee
Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee (left to right) all had their personal information published online (Reuters/AP/AP)

The information, which supposedly included home addresses and phone numbers, was posted – or doxxed – on the senators’ respective Wikipedia pages, where users are allowed to update the information at any time. The information has since been removed.

All three targeted senators were members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who questioned both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh regarding Ford’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her over 36 years ago. The leaking of information occurred sometime after the three lawmakers questioned Kavanaugh.


Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell spoke at a late-night Thursday meeting with the Republican caucus, where she briefed all 51 GOP members, according to The Washington Post. Based on the evidence presented during the hearing, Mitchell reportedly said that she would not have prosecuted Kavanaugh.

“Mitchell spelled it out and was clear with senators that she could not take this anywhere near a courtroom,” a source told Fox News. In fact, Mitchell reportedly said she would not even pursue a search warrant.Opera

The prosecutor’s guidance may be especially important for Republican senators who have yet to make a decision on how to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Less than thirty minutes after the beginning of the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing, Democrats were busy begging for money for their re-election campaigns.

Dem Senator Mazie Hirono is now sorry for the “error.”mazie-hirono-e1538153138440


Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who is running for Congress again, told a voter that she would fight for free health care for all living in the U.S., including illegal immigrants.

In August audio recently obtained by by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Kirkpatrick tells a voter who was identified as “Jorge” that she would support Medicare for All.Opera

The comments come as Kirkpatrick, who is running in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, has campaigned on the Affordable Care Act being her “proudest vote” while she served in Congress in 2010.

House GOP, Deputy AG Rosenstein agree to meet to discuss ‘wire’ report

House Republicans and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have agreed to a meeting “in a week or two” to discuss a report that  Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire and secretly recording President Trump, along with other topics, a person familiar with the matter told Fox News.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., had a phone call with Rosenstein on Thursday evening. The two agreed to a meeting in a couple weeks to discuss the New York Times report, which included Rosenstein’s alleged suggestion to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

House Republicans vote to release Russia probe transcripts, plan subpoena for Fusion GPS co-founder

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday voted to release more than 50 transcripts from interviews from its now-concluded investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and other Trump advisers.

Before they are released, the transcripts will be reviewed by Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, the committee has said. Others who testified include Trump’s former longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, and former bodyguard Keith Schiller.  The panel also interviewed dozens of others, including former Obama administration officials.

The intelligence committee’s investigation was separate from the probe being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In April, the Republicans on the committee said it found “no evidence” of collusion between the Russian government and Trump campaign.


GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said voters have a clear choice between Republican results or Democratic “craziness” in November’s midterms when they go to the polls.Opera

“I think this election is really about two contrasting visions for where we’re going to take the country,” Jordan said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” Friday. “I mean, I’ve never seen the Democrat Party take the extreme positions they are now taking.”


Two Democrats refused to vote on a motion to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, and multiple Democrats serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out on the proceedings directly after the vote.


Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris refused to answer when they were asked to vote yay or nay on a motion to schedule a Kavanaugh vote for later in the day. When Booker’s name was called, he shook his head. Harris merely stared at Chairman Chuck Grassley with her hand on her chin.

Judiciary approves Kavanaugh, sending nomination to full Senate after Flake secures deal

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination on Friday after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) secured a deal to delay a floor vote on the nomination for a week.

Flake earlier had announced his support for Kavanaugh, but then disappeared from the committee room as lawmakers offered hours of statements on the proceeding.

When he returned to speak, he said he would vote to advance Kavanaugh in exchange for a one-week delay in a Senate floor vote on his nomination.

“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope,” he said.


I’m A Latino Democrat, But Thanks To The Kavanaugh Circus I’m Voting Republican In The Midterms

When I came to the United States, I left a country that had recently undergone a military coup. My family experienced first-hand what happens when those in power abandon the rule of law.

We saw the devastation that comes to a society when men of power believe their political objectives so justified that they are willing to pursue them by any means necessary. In the eyes of those men of power, we could see the deadening of souls that occurs when a man’s perceived benevolence blinds him to his own tyranny.

During the Kavanaugh hearings I saw that same look in the eyes of Senate Democrats.

Jason Chaffetz: Kavanaugh fight’s lasting lesson: Democrats will do anything, say anything to ‘win’

There are no boundaries. No treachery is “off-limits” any longer. Anything goes. Presumption of innocence? Gone. Due process? Gone. Burden of proof?  Shifted. Rules of evidence? Non-existent. Any pretense of integrity, honesty, or compassion? Zeroed out.

We’ve learned that the Democrats have officially adopted a new posture – one that President George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and even Franklin Roosevelt could have never seen coming. The Democrats will do anything and will say anything – and I mean anything – to “win.”

As horrid as the Democratic elites have been, I don’t believe this new posture reflects a majority of Democratic working families across the country. I believe the leadership and extremists of the party have completely flown off the rails and left normal, left-of-center Democrats behind.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Kavanaugh’s True Defender

Senator Lindsey Graham exploded on his Democratic colleagues yesterday during the Kavanaugh “sham” sexual assault hearings in which earned him praise from the White House and anger from the left.

Graham tore apart Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for creating a situation in which two individuals lives are ruined for undeniable political purposes.

World News:

Tsunami sweeps away homes on Indonesian island of Sulawesi

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a 3-meter-tall (10-foot-tall) tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the tsunami hit Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province, as well as the smaller city of Donggala and several other coastal settlements.Opera

Indonesian TV showed a smartphone video of a powerful wave hitting Palu, with people screaming and running in fear. The water smashed into buildings and a large mosque that collapsed under the force.

Nikki Haley lends support to Venezuelans protesting Maduro at UN

Nikki Haley greeted Venezuelan protesters outside the United Nations demonstrating against the country’s authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro, telling them that the Trump administration has their backs.

In a somewhat unlikely scene, Ambassador Haley walked from her car to a special area designated for protesters set up by the NYPD during United Nations High Level week. Haley encouraged the hundreds of protesters, who seemed to be caught by surprise by her visit that the U.S. was listening.

Surrounded by security, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley
Surrounded by security, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks briefly to people at a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outside United Nations headquarters in New York, Thursday (AP)

“We need your voices to be loud, and I will tell you going to tell you the United States voice is going to be very loud,” Haley declared.

NETHERLANDS: Major planned Islamic terrorist attack averted by police

SEVEN MUSLIMS have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting a significant terror attack. The alleged leader, a 34-year-old Iraqi Muslim man attackers intended to carry out an assault using AK-47 rifles, suicide bomb vests, grenades and a car bomb, according to the Dutch prosecutor’s statement.

Heavily armed police arrested the men on Thursday in the towns of Arnhem, about 62 miles (100km) south of Amsterdam, and Weert close to the borders of Belgium and Germany.ap18270758709194-800x468

The alleged plot was to take place at the site of a large event and cause multiple casualties. Prosecutors say the attackers, aged between 21 and 34, planned to detonate a car bomb at another location.

The attackers, including the 34-year-old Iraqi, were previously convicted of attempting to travel overseas to join extremist networks.

Mexican mob burns detective to death in child abduction scare

A mob of about 100 people in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death, according to local officials.

The Hidalgo state prosecutors’ office said the crowd attacked local police in the town of Metepec on Thursday and took the detective and three other men captive.Opera

They severely beat the men and burned the detective after dousing him with fuel. It was unclear if he was on duty or if they knew he was a detective.

Teen Opens Fire in Brazil School, Leaving 2 Injured

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A teenager opened fire at a school in southeastern Brazil on Friday, leaving two students injured, authorities said.

The shooting happened in the city of Medianeira in the state of Parana.

In a statement, the state’s secretary of education said the shooter and another teen who was with him had been taken into custody. It wasn’t immediately clear what role the accompanying student might have played.

One student was shot in the back and another suffered injuries to a knee, according to the statement. It did not clarify if the second student had been shot.

Manhunt in Denmark shuts down bridges, ferries to Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A nationwide police manhunt paralyzed Denmark on Friday after authorities briefly cut off the eastern island of Zealand, where the capital of Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country as well as from Germany and Sweden.

Bridges from Zealand to the central island of Funen and to neighboring Sweden were closed down for about two hours, and ferry crossings to Germany and to Sweden were also halted. Shutting down these key crossings caused major traffic jams near the bridges to Sweden and the mainland.Opera

The Copenhagen police later said all bridges and ferry crossings had been reopened but heavily armed police officers were screening cars at bridges and ferries across the country.

Palestinian Arrested in Berlin for Planning Chemical Weapons Attack on Israel

A 21-year-old Syrian-born Palestinian man was arrested in Berlin for allegedly planning a chemical weapons attack on Israel, German media reported.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the man is being held on suspicion of planning the terror attack as well as trying to recruit others to take part.

The suspect was reportedly arrested last month on one of the main streets in Berlin after he was involved in an altercation at a local cafe. He resisted arrest and was ultimately subdued by police who surrounded him with drawn weapons.