In The News Feed: Daily Update. News and Headlines.4/19/2023.

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Home Depot worker, 26, is shot and killed by female shoplifter who stole phone charger with her partner before fleeing

A Home Depot employee in California was shot and killed right outside the store while attempting to stop a thief from leaving with stolen goods.

Authorities say the fatal assault occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Plesanton, a city to the east of San Francisco.

Witnesses reported that the victim, 26-year-old Blake Mohs, attempted to stop a robbery in progress and was shot during a struggle, according to officers.

The suspects, 32-year-old Benicia Knapps and 31-year-old David Guillory, fled the scene in a vehicle following the shooting. They had possibly attempted to steal a phone charger.

Mohs was reportedly a Boy Scout leader who was engaged to be married.

Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci said Knapps had been attempting to steal some electrical item and was ‘determined to exit without paying.’

Mohs confronted her and a ‘physical confrontation endues.’

Senior IRS agent blows whistle, alleging Biden DOJ thwarting criminal prosecution of Hunter Biden

Adecorated supervisory IRS agent has reported to the Justice Department’s top watchdog that federal prosecutors appointed by Joe Biden have engaged in “preferential treatment and politics” to block criminal tax charges against presidential son Hunter Biden, providing evidence as a whistleblower that conflicts with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s recent testimony to Congress that the decision to bring charges against Biden was being left to the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney for Delaware.

According to a letter from the whistleblower’s attorney Mark Lytle to Congress obtained by Just the News, the IRS agent revealed he is seeking to provide detailed disclosures about a high-profile, sensitive case to the tax-writing committees in Congress, which have special authority under federal tax privacy laws to receive such information.

That could pave the way to share the details with other committees in coming weeks.

The letter does not state that the whistleblower disclosures are related to Hunter Biden.

However, Just the News has confirmed the agent’s allegations involve the Hunter Biden probe being led by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump holdover, according to multiple interviews with people directly familiar with the matter.

Trump says GOP revelations on ‘Biden Crime Family would be Watergate times 10’ without corrupt media

“What Congressmen James Comer and Jim Jordan have revealed about the Biden Crime Family would be Watergate times 10 if this News was revealed 10 years ago,” Trump wrote in a campaign statement. “Our Fake News Media is corrupt at a level never seen before!”

Comer, chairman of the House Oversight committee, is investigating President Biden and his family’s involvement in questionable overseas business deals.

He released a summary of bank records last month showing how the Biden family received over $1 million from a Chinese company.

Comer is also probing the documents marked as classified found in Biden’s home and office.

There has thus far been no known law enforcement probes into allegations the Biden family has profited illegally from overseas business dealings, as Republican have alleged since Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign in which he defeated Trump. The business dealings of president’s brother, Jim Biden, have also scrutinized. 

Challenge to Illinois’ gun ban continues with law intact as federal appeal plays out

A screenshot of various illustrations as part of Illinois’ filing defending the state’s gun and magazine banGreg Bishop / The Center Square

(The Center Square) – A challenge to Illinois’ gun and magazine ban continues with the law in place after a federal appeals court rejected a motion to halt the law pending appeal. 

The case Bevis v. Naperville was filed last year challenging the city’s gun ban. Plaintiffs modified the federal case to include the state’s gun ban enacted in January. In February, federal Judge Virginia Kendall ruled the ban on certain weapons is “consistent” with the “historical tradition of firearms regulation.”

Plaintiffs appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals with a request the law be blocked pending appeal. Tuesday, an appeals court denied that motion.  

G-PAC board member John Schmidt said gun control advocates got a win, but the case continues. 

‘It is going to get struck down’: Washington Legislature passes gun ban

(The Center Square) – The Washington Legislature has passed a bill banning the sale, purchase, or importation of rifles, pistols, and shotguns deemed to be “assault weapons,” though legislators voting in opposition argued it won’t survive a legal challenge.

“It’s going to pass [the Legislature],” Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, told colleagues on the Senate floor. “I’m sure it will be signed by the governor. It’s going to be struck down, it’s not going to change anything.”

HB 1240 initially cleared both chambers, but the Senate version was rejected by the House for adding an amendment by Wagoner exempting active military personnel receiving orders to move to Washington or military retirees moving to Washington state.

That amendment was ultimately removed from the Senate version before the April 18 vote.

The bill specifically bans more than 60 semi-automatic rifles along with a variety of other semi-automatic rifles based on either length [shorter than 30 inches] or whether it has one or more accessory or feature.

The legislation makes similar prohibitions on semi-automatic shotguns and handguns.


Fox45: Baltimore’s Wealthy Nonprofit Hospital CEOs, Following Covid Pandemic

Franklin Graham Honors the Legacy of Dr. Charles Stanley

As tributes continue to pour in for Dr. Charles Stanley, a revered pastor, author, and communicator, some are remembering the faithful broadcaster for his transformational impact on Christian media.

Idaho teacher and LGBT activist arrested on charges of raping 16-year-old boy

An Idaho high school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old boy. Eric McDermott, 59, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail on Monday on charges of rape and sexual battery committed by lewd or lascivious acts on a minor child.

McDermott, who taught World Studies 8 and AP Human Geography, and coached basketball at Fairmont Junior High School, was also an outspoken LGBT activist.

According to the Idaho Statesman, McDermott contacted the former student via a “dating hookup site” in 2020 and after sharing numerous nude photos of himself, took the teen back to his home and allegedly sexually assaulted him.

Maine gunman accused of killing 4, wounding 3 has violent criminal history, released from prison days earlier

Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting on Tuesday in Bowdoin, Maine, where state police say gunfire that erupted on busy highway is linked to a second crime scene about 25 miles away, where four people were found dead in a home. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Joseph Eaton, 34, was charged over the past decade with more than a half-dozen crimes, records show. Prior convictions include aggravated assault, a felony that would prevent him from legally having a firearm.

Eaton most recently served an eight-month sentence for assault last year and was released on Friday – just four days before the shootings – from the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, said Anna Black, director of governmental affairs for the Maine Department of Corrections.

Eaton’s prior convictions in Maine also include assault on a child under the age of 6, domestic violence assault and operating under the influence of intoxicants, according to the newspaper, along with a 2018 conviction in Florida for illegally possessing a gun.

9 men connected to Jehovah’s Witnesses were accused of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania in recent months

Martin Haugh, a former Jehovah’s Witnesses elder and father of a sexual abuse victim, holds a subpoena ordering him to testify in front of a Pennsylvania grand jury, shown on April 12, 2023, in York Haven, Pennsylvania.  (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

The sets of charges filed in October and February have fueled speculation the jury may make public more about what it has uncovered from a four-year investigation.

A similar grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests culminated in a lengthy 2018 report that concluded hundreds of priests had abused children in Pennsylvania over seven decades and church officials had covered it up, and more recently a similar report was issued in Maryland.

But documents made public so far include nothing about what critics have long maintained has been a systemic cover-up and mishandling of child molestation within the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Portland’s first Shake Shack hasn’t even opened yet, and it’s already been smashed up

The new location on West Burnside across from Powell’s Books is scheduled to open next Monday. According to police, the vandalism happened earlier this week.

Crime is so rampant in the city that on Monday REI announced it was closing its only Portland location after almost two decades in the Rose City after the store “had its highest number of break-ins and thefts in two decades, despite actions to provide extra security.”

Earlier that month, Cracker Barrel announced it was closing its only remaining locations in the city, following an announcement from Walmart that it was closing its Portland area locations due to a lack of profits.

Many have speculated that the decisions were also based on rampant shoplifting.

US sending $325 million in more military aid to Ukraine

FILE – A soldier walks past a line of M1 Abrams tanks, Nov. 29, 2016, at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, File)

The U.S. is sending Ukraine about $325 million in additional military aid, including an enormous amount of artillery rounds and ammunition as the launch of the spring offensive against Russian forces approaches, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The U.S. has declined to say exactly how much munitions will be sent to Ukraine, but the latest package resembles other recent deliveries, which included rockets for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and howitzers, as well as an array of other missiles and anti-tank ammunition.

It will all be pulled from Pentagon stocks, so it can go quickly to the front lines.

Officer injured in shootout outside Florida hospital, suspect dead at scene: Sheriff’s office

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters, middle left, said multiple officers returned fire at the suspect, killing him at the scene. (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

Florida police officer is in critical condition Wednesday after being shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect at a local hospital, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced.

The suspect fired at and rammed law enforcement vehicles in the parking lot of Baptist Medical Center South around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, only to be killed after police returned fire, according to Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters. 

“This is our fifth officer-involved shooting this year. Our third officer this year has been shot. Now that is something that I have never seen in the 32 years I have been working here,” Waters told reporters early Wednesday morning. 

On-duty NYPD officer randomly hit in head with bottle by attacker with 11 prior arrests

The NYPD says that 45-year-old Jose Garcia was arrested for attacking the officer (New York Post)

In a video first obtained by New York Post, the female officer can be seen standing near 231st Street and Broadway in the Bronx on Monday while officers were conducting smoke shop inspections before a man blindsides her and hits her in the back of the head.

The footage shows the man continuing to go after the officer as other officers try to pull him away.

That suspect, according to police, is 45-year-old Jose Garcia who lives in the Bronx.

The Post reported that Garcia has been arrested 11 times in the past.

Video shows hundreds of military-age Chinese men headed towards US

Video: Person of interest sought in connection to body found burning in a field in Florida

In an update on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, the sheriff’s office released video of an unknown man that detectives would like to speak with regarding the murder. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Detectives released a video of a person of interest they believe has information regarding a body found burning in a field in Florida.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday, a concerned caller told dispatch they saw a mannequin burning in an open field behind a residential area on Will Scarlett Avenue in Ruskin.

Unfortunately, when fire rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the flames, they discovered that the mannequin was actually a dead body.

World News:

Russian Activist Who Gave Interview To Jailed U.S. Reporter Gershkovich Sent To Pretrial Detention

Russian activist Yaroslav Shirshikov (file photo)

A court in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg has ordered two months of detention for a local activist who was interviewed by Evan Gershkovich and helped the jailed Wall Street Journal reporter before the American journalist was arrested on espionage charges.

The Verkh-Isetsy district court ruled at a closed-door session on April 19 that Yaroslav Shirshikov must stay in pretrial detention until at least June 17 as the case is investigated.

Shirshikov was detained and charged with “justification of terrorism” after police searched his home on April 18.

The charge against the activist stems from his recent post on Telegram in which he called Vladlen Tatarsky, the pen name of prominent pro-Kremlin blogger Maksim Fomin who was killed in an apparent assassination in St. Petersburg in early April, “a thug.”

India population to surpass China by nearly 3m in mid-2023: U.N.

A crowd gathers at a beach in Mumbai for New Year’s celebrations: The United Nations says that by mid-year, India will have nearly 3 million more people than China.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI — India will have nearly 3 million more people than China by the middle of this year, becoming the world’s most populous nation — if it is not already — a United Nations report released on Wednesday shows.

The latest State of World Population Report, issued by the United Nations Population Fund, estimates the Indian population for mid-2023 at 1.4286 billion, versus 1.4257 billion for China.

The numbers sparked excitement in India, with many local media outlets on Wednesday reporting them as confirmation of the country becoming the global population leader. The report does not specify the precise timing of the change atop the ranks.

The third-ranked U.S. is estimated to have 340 million people.

Ukraine war latest: Putin ‘won’t return’ to Ukraine; Russian hackers trying to ‘destroy UK infrastructure’

The Russian president has spoken about his visit to occupied Ukraine this week – after a warning from the UK government that Kremlin hackers are seeking to “disrupt or destroy” Britain’s critical infrastructure.

Listen to a Daily podcast special on the Pentagon leaks while you scroll.

Meloni promotes family policy for Italy instead of migration

FILE – Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni speaks with the media at the European Council building in Brussels, March 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert. file)

The Italian government is determined to increase domestic birth rates through a targeted family policy instead of supporting migration, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Sunday.

“Europe is waking up to problems for which some were recently condemned as dangerously sovereignist,” Meloni, president of the right-wing Italian Brotherhood (FdI) party, said in Milan on Tuesday.

Meloni continued, saying: “Italy has more and more people to support and fewer and fewer people to work,” and the Italian government “does not think exclusively in terms of migrants.”

“The problem can be solved in several ways and the government is not thinking only of migrants, but of the great untapped reserve of women in the workforce and of stimulating births,” Meloni said.

3X Faster Than Sound, China Gears To Deploy WZ-8 High-Altitude Drone That Can Keep An Hawks Eye Over Indo-Pacific

The revelation was published by The Washington Post and is reportedly based on a secret document from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. EurAsian Times could not verify the authenticity of the report or the document cited by the newspaper.

The claims, if true, would significantly bolster Chinese surveillance capabilities. The drones are a cutting-edge surveillance system that could assist China in gathering real-time mapping data to devise strategies or carry out missile strikes in a future conflict.

The document also features satellite imagery from August 9 that shows two WZ-8 rocket-propelled reconnaissance drones at an air base in eastern China, about 350 miles inland from Shanghai. 

The assessment claims that the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command, which is in charge of upholding Beijing’s claims of sovereignty over Taiwan, had “almost certainly” established its first unmanned aerial vehicle unit at the base.

Israel to settle scores with terrorists; Iran vows to wipe-out Haifa & Tel Aviv TV7Israel News 19.04

1) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterates Jerusalem’s pledge to settle scores against anyone seeking to utilize terror against Israelis.

2) Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met with Azerbaijani President Ilhan Aliyev for deliberations related to regional security and war on terror.

3) Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi threatens Israel – pledging to wipe out Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Russian warships and eight bombers hold drills over waters near Japan

Russia’s defence ministry said on Wednesday (April 19) that eight of its long-range bombers flew over neutral waters in the Sea of Okhotsk and Sea of Japan. The aircraft provided air support to the forces of the Russian Pacific Fleet, the ministry said.

A Pacific Fleet task force including a corvette and smaller anti-submarine ships held firing drills in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday (April 18), the ministry also said in an earlier statement.

New RAF ‘Jackal’ drone fires missiles in demonstration


Video: Charles Payne: Biden is stoking racial animosity

AOC’s campaign obscured thousands of dollars in expenditures, FEC complaint claims

A nonprofit alleges AOC’s campaign failed to identify where nearly $10,000 in card payments wound up.

According to the complaint filed by attorney Dan Backer on behalf of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, the New York Democrat failed to disclose where around $9,600 in credit card payments ultimately wound up, the Daily Caller News Foundation first reported.

Backer alleges that in some cases, the ‘Squad’ member’s committee failed to disclose the card payments’ purposes.

He further says the sum of specific memo items is less than the amount the campaign reported paying the recipient. 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. launches Democratic challenge against Biden, vows to fight ‘corporate feudalism’

RFK announces his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race at Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston (Fox News Digital)

“I’ve come here today to announce my candidacy for Democratic nomination for President of the United States,” Kennedy said after taking stage. “My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign, and throughout my presidency, will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism on our country,” Kennedy said.

Describing himself as a truth teller, Kennedy charged that state and corporate powers have “poisoned our children and our people with chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs, strip mine our assets to hollow out the middle class and keep us in a constant state of war.”

He warned that “we have a polarization in our country today that is so toxic, so dangerous, than at any time since the Civil War.”

And Kennedy pledged that his goal will be to end that division by encouraging people to talk about common values rather than the issues that divide. “I’m going to do that by telling the truth to the American people,” he said.

‘TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL’: GOP senators roast Mayorkas over border crisis

A ‘Mornings with Maria’ panel discusses the Senate hearing and grilling of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the border crisis and the calls for his removal.

Tucker Carlson: Democrats are stoking racial violence

WARNING—Graphic footage: Fox News host Tucker Carlson voices his concerns after a weekend of violence in Chicago on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


Kappa Sorority Sisters Sue Over New Trans Pledge’s Inclusion, with Viva Frei and Vinnie Politan

Megyn Kelly is joined by Viva Frei, lawyer and YouTuber, and Vinnie Politan, lead anchor for Court TV, to discuss the Kappa sorority sisters suing after being forced to accept a trans pledge by chapter executives, disturbing stories of this trans woman’s interactions with the other sisters, whether there’s a lawsuit here, and more.

Why Are Energy Prices So Frickin’ High? with Chris Wright

We’re told the Earth is experiencing a climate crisis and that manmade emissions are to blame. Environmentalists want us to stop using fossil fuels, but could we function in our world without them? Would the cost be too much to bear?

Chris Wright is the CEO of Liberty Energy and has dedicated his career to finding the most efficient energy sources.

He sits with PragerU CEO Marissa Streit to have an honest conversation about climate change and fossil fuels.

Key Left-Liberal Tactic: Hold Everyone But Yourself to the Highest Moral Standards (& Get Rich!)

Ingraham: This depravity is spreading

Fox News host Laura Ingraham examines what’s behind a growing trend of teen violence on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Elon Musk: Things are getting weird fast

Twitter CEO Elon Musk provides insight on the consequences of developing artificial intelligence and the potential impact on elections on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

‘NO FREE LUNCH’: Elon Musk warns Tucker against dangers of socialism

‘Undivided’ podcast host Brandi Kruse joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss Elon Musk’s part 2 interview with Tucker Carlson, rampant inflation under the Biden administration, and a Washington state bill that undermines parental rights.

The Soros Misinformation Machine (Ep. 1994) – 04/19/2023

In this episode, I address the media meltdown over the Dominion case and the role of George Soros in the funding of the misinformation machine.


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