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Carjackers’ Plan Foiled Because They Can't Drive Stick

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:30

In case you needed another reason to buy a car with a manual transmission.

Nikki Haley claims Dylann Roof 'hijacked' the 'heritage' of the Confederate flag in church massacre

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:32

Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that white supremacist Dylann Roof “hijacked” the Confederate flag by carrying out a mass killing of African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015.

Developing weather pattern has forecasters on early alert for potentially significant storm

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:27

As a stormy pattern resumes in the eastern United States during the second week of December, meteorologists are pondering the path and impact of a storm around the middle of the month. Forecasters are considering a range of scenarios that include a major disruptive storm with high winds, heavy rain and back-breaking snow to less severe impacts ranging from beneficial rain and nuisance snow to cold and mainly dry conditions.Americans with travel plans for Saturday, Dec. 14, to Sunday, Dec. 15, should keep tabs on the latest forecasts as this storm could potentially have crippling effects on travel and daily activities.At this point, there is a wide range of possibilities."In the more extreme scenario, a storm will strengthen rapidly while moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico and take a path inland of the Atlantic coast or perhaps over the spine of the Appalachians," Randy Adkins, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, said.Such a dynamic storm may bring coastal flooding and flash flooding along the Eastern Seaboard as strong winds would pump moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico inland. The weather system could be volatile enough to spawn some severe thunderstorms along its eastern side.In this extreme scenario, the storm may unleash very heavy snow from parts of the Tennessee Valley to a portion of the Ohio Valley and central Great Lakes. Under a scenario like this, weather would cause significant impacts to travel and shipping at a busy time of the year and could cause delays or full cancellations of schools for students in these regions."On a more toned-down scenario, a much weaker storm would travel from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico then off the Carolina coast before heading out to sea," Adkins said. If the storm takes a track along the Southeast coast, it might cause minor disruptions and delays, but conditions would be manageable.A narrow swath of accumulating snow and/or a wintry mix would occur from the southern Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic coast and eastern New England in this scenario.On the southern side of a weaker storm, drenching rain would arrive in areas of the Southeast, which could use some precipitation."The realm of scenarios are in the dozens this far out, including an even more eastward track out to sea or even farther to the west," Adkins said.Should the storm track out to sea, it would spare much of the Northeast any precipitation whatsoever, Adkins observed.But if the storm takes a track toward the Mississippi Valley, it might allow a cold wedge of air to set up an ice storm for the Carolinas and the Virginia Piedmont region, as well as the central Appalachians and interior Northeast. No matter what the outcome ends up being for the eastern U.S. next weekend, it does appear that part of the Southeast in need of rain will get some precipitation."Areas from South Florida to northern Georgia and upstate South Carolina are experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions," AccuWeather forecaster Dave Bowers pointed out."Most scenarios with the storm next weekend should offer some rainfall in the Southeast," he added. AccuWeather's global headquarters in State College, Pa., where forecasters will be keeping a watchful eye on storm potential for the East Coast next weekend. AccuWeather meteorologists are confident there will be a storm that travels northeastward from the Gulf of Mexico next weekend and they will be monitoring this developing weather pattern nonstop in the coming days.There are storms and weather whiplash ahead of this emerging weather system prior to next weekend for the Central and Eastern states. If one storm does not have a significant impact for your area, another one just might. Download the free AccuWeather app to check the forecast in your area. Keep checking back on and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

A polyamorous 20-year-old is in a relationship with 4 men while pregnant with her first child. She says it's working.

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:18

20-year-old Florida-native Tory Ojeda is in a polyamorous relationship with four men and is expecting her first child.

ICE weaponizes the American Dream to purge foreign students

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:13

An immigration sting targeting student visa holders mocks the values that made America great

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in 'pedo guy' tweet trial

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:11

Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. It took less than an hour for an eight-person jury in Los Angeles federal court to reject Unsworth's claim after a four-day trial. Musk said the verdict restored his faith in humanity as he quickly left the court with his security detail.

The Story of Henry Lee Lucas, the Notorious Subject of Netflix’s The Confession Killer

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:09

Thee self-proclaimed serial killer confessed to committing as many as 600 murders. Most of those claims turned out to be lies

Mexicans fleeing violence form new encampment on border

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:49

An exodus of migrants fleeing drug cartel violence and corruption in Mexico has mired hundreds of immigrants in ramshackle tent camps across the border from El Paso and brought new chaos to a system of wait lists for asylum seekers to get into the U.S. Migrant tent camps have been growing in size at several border crossings in Ciudad Juarez, driven by a surge in asylum seekers from regions in southern Mexico gripped by cartel violence. One camp in Juarez is populated by about 250 Mexican asylum seekers, who are living in increasingly cold conditions as they wait for U.S. authorities to let them in to the country.

Judge Allows Criminal Trial to Proceed against Pro-Life Investigators

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:47

A San Francisco judge ruled Friday that the criminal trial may move forward against the pro-life investigators who went undercover to record abortion industry executives talking about procuring fetal body parts.Judge Christopher Hite deemed the evidence sufficient to send to trial the case against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping. Six additional counts were dropped.Daleiden, 30, and Merritt, 64, several years ago surreptitiously recorded executives from Planned Parenthood and other organizations haggling about compensation for the procurement of fetal parts for researchers who request them.The Thomas More Society, representing the two pro-life investigators, announced the decision on Friday in a tweet.> BREAKING NEWS: 6 counts in David Daleiden's criminal case have been thrown out of court and 9 remain. Judge Hite deems the evidence enough to go to trial on 9 counts. More to follow!> > -- Thomas More Society (@ThomasMoreSoc) December 6, 2019Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, called the charges against the investigators "unfounded and outrageous" in a statement on Friday's decision, saying they "have nothing to do with violating privacy or video recording laws but everything to do with protecting the powerful and wealthy abortion industry.""The same year David and Sandra published their recordings of Planned Parenthood employees haggling over the price of aborted baby body parts, videos taken by undercover animal rights activists were praised and led to investigations of abuse in the poultry industry," Rose said.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.

UPS driver identified in fatal Florida shootout; Video shows how gunfire unfolded

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:58

A photographer captured a video of a fatal shootout in Florida Thursday after jewelry robbers stole a UPS truck and led police on a high-speed chase.

Trump’s former ambassador to Russia: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:55

President Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, which experts consider Russian disinformation.

A dozen senators, not Trump, will decide who testifies in Senate impeachment trial

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:11

President Trump’s characterization of how a Senate impeachment trial might go glosses over the reality of who gets to call the shots. 

Meghan McCain Pouts After Another Joy Behar Clash: ‘I’m Just Trying to Make a Point!’

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:44

After taking the day off on Thursday, Meghan McCain returned to The View on Friday and immediately set about doing Meghan McCain things.During a discussion on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s altercation with a Sinclair reporter after he asked her whether she “hated” President Donald Trump, McCain sulked and pouted after frequent sparring partner Joy Behar used an audience-pleasing one-liner against McCain’s argument Democrats are too focused on making a meme out of Pelosi’s moment.Earlier in the conversation, conservative co-host Abby Huntsman claimed that reporter James Rosen’s question to the House speaker following her Thursday impeachment press conference was both “lazy” and “hostile.”“He was going probably for the clickbait and the headlines,” she said, adding that he should have given more context to the question. “What I worry so much is the humanity and civility in this country, and I put a lot of the blame on the president because it’s how we talk to each other.”After co-host Sunny Hostin felt Pelosi was “triggered” by the notion that Democrats only want to impeach Trump because they hate him and that it has nothing to do with the Constitution, McCain jumped in to note that Pelosi’s campaign is now raising money off the incident.“I think that the problem is when she did answer it masterfully, the problem is now she’s selling t-shirts that say DontMessWithNancy,” McCain stated, prompting Hostin to express shock.“Yes, she is,” McCain continued. “For $39, you can buy a t-shirt.”Behar, meanwhile, jokingly asked if the shirts “come in black” as McCain complained that “everything is a meme” in politics, listing off a number of well-known resistance hashtags.“This is very serious,” the ex-Fox News personality added. “We’re talking about the Constitution. We’re talking about impeachment. And for me, it reduces it—it’s very reductive to start selling sweatshirts that say DontMessWithNancy.”“So you mean like hats that say Make America Great Again,” Behar interrupted, referencing Trump’s long-running campaign slogan.As the audience cheered Behar’s brushback, McCain shook her head and crossed her arms. She then groused: “You know what, I’m just trying to make a point. And I’ve never worn a MAGA hat. I think you know better than anybody I’d never wear a MAGA hat.”The right-leaning host, clearly unnerved at this point, reiterated that politics shouldn’t be about memes, tossing in a “Whatever” for good measure.Hostin, for her part, attempted to find out exactly who was selling these shirts, asking if it was actually the Democratic National Committee.“It doesn’t matter,” McCain huffed, arms folded tightly. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Wyoming oil field explosions, fire severely burn 3 workers

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:24

Explosions and a fire at a Wyoming oil field severely burned three workers. The workers were taken to hospitals in the capital of Cheyenne and across the border in Greeley, Colorado, after the blasts at a compressor station late Thursday, according to Laramie County Fire District No. 4. "Those guys have a long road ahead," Fire Chief Scott Maddison told the Casper Star-Tribune on Friday.

'He'd do it again': Former Obama official says Trump must be impeached

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:17

Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, the author of the new bestseller “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump,” believes the GOP notion that Congress can responsibly let voters decide if President Trump’s conduct is impeachable at the ballot box “makes no sense.”

Iowa worker who took bathroom photos may have many victims

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:17

A settlement between the state of Iowa and three of its Department of Revenue workers whose genitals were secretly photographed by a male colleague while they were going to the bathroom won't bring the matter to a close, as files found on the fired employee's work computer show he may have victimized dozens of other men. The State Appeal Board voted Monday to settle the 2017 lawsuit brought by Daniel Wagner, Lloyd Lofton and Joshua Bates for $900,000. The men, who will each pocket $185,290, said coworker Kenneth Kerr stalked them at work and that supervisors failed to act when they complained about it.

North Carolina GOP Rep Says He Won’t Seek Reelection After District Redrawing

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:12

Representative George Holding (R., N.C.) announced Friday that he will not seek reelection in 2020 after a North Carolina district reconfiguration put his seat in danger.“I should add, candidly, that yes, the newly redrawn Congressional Districts were part of the reason I have decided not to seek reelection,” he said in a statement. “But, in addition, this is also a good time for me to step back and reflect on all that I have learned.”Holding, a former federal prosecutor who is wrapping up his fourth-term on Capitol Hill, added that he hoped to return to public office at some point in the future.> JUST IN: George Holding (R-NC) announces he's leaving Congress after redrawn map leaves him with a heavily Democratic district.> > -- Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 6, 2019Holding’s announcement comes after a North Carolina panel of judges confirmed a GOP redrawing of Congressional Districts which likely cedes Holding’s Wake-County seat to a Democratic challenge.According to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Holding’s seat has changed from leaning Republican to likely Democrat.Republicans currently hold 10 of 13 congressional seats in North Carolina, but were forced to redesign the map after state judges blocked the existing district layout for the 2020 elections, citing excessive partisan bias. Despite picking up two seats, Democrats remain opposed the new map over allegations it did not do enough to reverse gerrymandering.Holding is the 18th House Republican not to seek reelection, and the second in two days, after Georgia Republican Tom Graves announced Thursday that he would no longer run for office.

Prosecutors seek to up Harvey Weinstein's bail, citing violations

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 11:46

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has at times failed to wear a required electronic tracking device, New York prosecutors said Friday, asking a judge to increase his bail to $5 million, from $1 million, as he awaits trial on sexual assault charges. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi made the request at a hearing before Justice James Burke in Manhattan state court. Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said the violations were a "technical" problem and that her client had never tried to flee, arguing that there was no need to increase his bail.

Tesla changed the release dates for the most and least expensive versions of the Cybertruck by a year

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 11:09

Tesla said the three-motor Cybertruck would enter production in late 2021, while production for the single-motor Cybertruck would begin in late 2022.

Michael Bloomberg on the all-white Democratic debate: 'Don't complain to me that you're not in the race'

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:43

Michael Bloomberg doesn't see anything wrong with being another white man in the increasingly less diverse 2020 field.As Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recently pointed out after Bloomberg's entry to and Sen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) departure from the 2020 presidential race, there are now "more billionaires than black people" running for president. But when confronted with that fact in a CBS This Morning interview, Bloomberg, one of those aforementioned billionaires, didn't seem to think it was a problem.In the interview aired Friday, Gayle King asked Bloomberg if it was a "problem" that the December Democratic primary debate might not have any people of color on the stage. "It would be better the more diverse any group is, but the public is out there picking and choosing," Bloomberg responded. He then pointed out that there was a more diverse field earlier in the race.Then, King asked Bloomberg to response to suggestions that he's "another old, white gentleman" in the race, and that it's "time for change." "Maybe," Bloomberg acknowledged, and then added "If you wanted to enter and run for president of the United States, you could have done that. But don't complain to me that you're not in the race."> .@MikeBloomberg on candidates' diversity: "Don't complain to me that you're not in the race"> > — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 6, 2019Bloomberg also explained his recent decision to apologize for the "stop and frisk" policy he pursued as New York City mayor by asserting he only said he was sorry for it now because "nobody asked me about it until I started running for president."More stories from Trump's pathological obsession with being laughed at The most important day of the impeachment inquiry Jerry Falwell Jr.'s false gospel of memes