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Gun Rights Activists Attend Second Amendment Rally At Virginia’s Capitol

On Monday, thousands of Second Amendment supporters carrying long firearms and wearing stickers reading “Guns Save Lives” descended upon Virginia’s Capitol in Richmond for a widely publicized rally to protest a recent push by state Democrats for comprehensive gun control.  The activists who gathered in Richmond on Monday were heard in large groups reciting the Second Amendment in unison, while others broke out in chants of “we will not comply!” When one speaker asked the crowd if they were ready for gun control, the crowd yelled back, ”No!”. ...Read Full Story

Georgia Parole Board Grants Clemency To Death Row Inmate Hours Before Scheduled Execution

The Georgia parole board granted clemency to a death row inmate on Thursday, hours before he was to be executed for the murder of a convenience store clerk three decades ago. Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles said in a statement they commuted the death sentence of 58-year-old Jimmy Fletcher Meders to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  He had been scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. EST.. ...Read Full Story

Mother Of “Baby John Doe” Found Dead In 1988 Is Finally Found By Police

With the help of DNA technology, the mother of an unidentified baby was found dead in a Connecticut parking lot in 1988 has been identified.  The unidentified newborn boy was discovered in a parking lot in South Meriden, Connecticut, back on Jan. 2, 1988. According to the Meriden Police Department, he had died of exposure to the frigid temperatures. Police gave the little boy the name “David Paul.”  For years, the police department tried to identify the baby and his mother, but the case wasn’t solved until investigators used forensic genealogy, submitting the mystery baby’s DNA to GEDmatch, a third-party genealogy site.. ...Read Full Story

Suspect In Custody After Family Of Four Are Found Dead At Home In Disney World Community

Florida police have a suspect in custody following the discovery of four bodies inside a home that were linked to a Connecticut family missing for over a week. Sheriff’s deputies from Osceola County were called to the home in Celebration, Florida after neighbors called police to check on the family, according to local reports. Celebration is a planned gated community designed and built in the 1990s by the Walt Disney Company, located just 4 miles from Walt Disney World.. ...Read Full Story

Arrest Made After Eight People Are Stabbed In Colorado Springs

Authorities state that a man was arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people in and around downtown Colorado Springs early Monday morning. Officers were dispatched to the area of 8th Street and Limit Street for a reported stabbing around 1:30 a.m. local time. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, two victims were found with injuries, as well as several more victims nearby in the America the Beautiful Park.. ...Read Full Story

Man Survives Weeks In Remote Alaskan Wilderness After Cabin Is Burned Down

A man survived three weeks in the Alaskan wilderness after his remote cabin burned down. The man, 30-year-old Tyson Steele, was rescued last week by Alaskan State Troopers who spotted an “SOS” signal stamped in the snow. The troopers said in a news release that Steele was found Thursday at a makeshift shelter at his remote homestead about 20 miles outside of Skwentna, located about 70 miles northwest of Anchorage. Officials were conducting a welfare check on Steele after he had not been heard from for “several weeks” when they arrived in a helicopter in the remote area to find the 30-year-old waving for help and “SOS” stamped in the snow.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Says Iran Appears To Be “Standing Down” Following Missile Attack; Vows New Sanctions

 In a 10-minute White House speech on Wednesday, President President Donald Trump said Tehran “appears to be standing down” after its missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq.  Trump vowed to keep up the pressure on Iran with “punishing” new sanctions on top of the heavy economic restraints already in place, but didn’t suggest the U.S. would be taking any additional military action in response. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” Trump said. “No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well.”. ...Read Full Story

Dozens Killed In Stampede At Iranian General’s Funeral

More than 50 people were killed in a stampede Tuesday during a massive funeral procession in Iran for a top general assassinated in a US drone strike. As crowds packed the hometown of Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, a hugely popular figure in the Islamic republic, more than 50 people were killed and 212 people injured in a stampede in Kerman.. ...Read Full Story

Harvey Weinstein Charged In Los Angeles With Four Counts Of Sexual Assault

Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein was indicted Monday, January 6 for raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in Los Angeles. This indictment came the same day that his sex assault trial commenced in New York City.Weinstein was charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint.. ...Read Full Story

Iran Abandons Commitments To Nuclear Deal After Soleimani Killing

Iran abandoned the nuclear deal between itself and world powers Sunday, following the U.S. killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Friday. Iran said it would no longer abide by any and all “operational restrictions” on its enrichment of uranium, a key part of the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord that prevented Iran from acquiring sufficient material to build a nuclear bomb.  A government statement said it would be Iran’s last move away from the deal since the Trump administration exited the agreement in May 2018. Iran said it would return to full compliance with the deal if the U.S. lifts economic sanctions imposed against it. . ...Read Full Story

At Least 5 Dead And 60 Injured In Crash On Pennsylvania Turnpike

At least 5 people were killed in a major crash involving a tour bus and three semi-trucks on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday in the western part of the state that left nearly 60 others injured, according to officials. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the highway’s westbound lanes in Mount Pleasant Township, located about 40 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.. ...Read Full Story

Julián Castro Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

Julián Castro, the only Latino in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race and former Obama housing secretary, ended his campaign on Thursday. Castro said in a video announcing his exit, “I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together. We’ve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people and given a voice to those who are often forgotten. But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I have determined that it simply isn’t our time.”. ...Read Full Story

FDA Issues Ban On Most Flavored E-Cigarette Products

Federal health officials said Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration is banning a range of flavored e-cigarette products, including fruit and mint, although menthol and tobacco-flavored pods will still be available. The decision comes amid an epidemic of teenagers vaping, but is a major compromise from the Trump administration’s previous promise to ban all flavors.. ...Read Full Story

Two Dead, Including Suspect, In Shooting At Texas Church

One person was killed and four others injured when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded Texas church on Sunday morning. The gunman was shot to death by two armed parishioners. Officials say the shooting occurred at 10:57 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement and was captured on the church’s livestream of the service. Witnesses told reporters that the gunman was wearing a fake beard and sunglasses and had taken communion before launching the attack.. ...Read Full Story

Body Of Five-Year-Old Missing Since Christmas Day Found In Michigan

Officials said on Thursday that the 5-year-old Michigan boy who went missing on Christmas Day has been found dead. Beau Brennan Belson was last seen playing with relatives in front of a family member’s home in Six Lakes on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. when they noticed he went missing. Belson’s family members attempted to find him in the area to no avail, and then contacted the Michigan State Police for assistance.  . ...Read Full Story

President Trump Sends Warning To Syria And Allies Regarding Military Offensive

On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar al Assad as well as Russia and Iran amid their assault on the last rebel stronghold in the war-torn country. Trump has previously urged Assad and his allies to halt an operation on the Idlib province since last fall, as Assad tries to use his military to retake the country after nearly nine years of war.. ...Read Full Story

Despite Warnings From North Korea, Christmas Day Passes With No Sign Of “Gift” To U.S.

North Korea’s ominous threat to deliver a “Christmas gift” to the U.S. appears to have come and gone, with no reports of military action by Pyongyang as of late Wednesday, Christmas Day.  This news comes after a North Korean official earlier this month had accused U.S. negotiators of trying to buy time without offering solutions as the U.S. and North Korea worked to reach a nuclear agreement. The official added that such inaction meant that the U.S. was essentially choosing to receive an unspecified gift from North Korea.  . ...Read Full Story

Woman And Two Children Die After Being Found Unconscious Near Boston Parking Garage

Two children and a woman are dead after being found unconscious outside of the Renaissance Park Garage in Boston on Wednesday afternoon. Boston Police, Transit Police, and Northeastern Police were called to the parking garage at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday where three people were found unconscious on the sidewalk. An adult female and two children, both believed to be under the age of five, were taken to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead.. ...Read Full Story

Seven People Shot Overnight In Downtown Baltimore

Seven people were shot early Sunday morning in downtown Baltimore. Authorities say that 4 victims were brought to the hospital by ambulance: a 20 year old man shot in the shoulder and hip, an 18 year old male shot in both legs, a 27 year old shot in the arm, and a 17 year old shot in the back and leg. The three other victims —  a 22 year old man shot in the finger, a 17 year old male shot in the arm, and an unidentified third male — walked into the hospital. ...Read Full Story

Prosecutors Say Surveillance Footage From Outside Jeffrey Epstein’s Jail Cell Is Missing

Surveillance footage outside of convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein’s prison cell during his first suicide attempt has gone missing, according to prosecutors. Epstein was imprisoned in July 2019 in Manhattan. The former billionaire shared a cell with Nick Tartaglione, a former police officer accused of killing four people during a drug deal.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Is Impeached By The House For Abuse Of Power And Obstruction Of Congress

President Donald Trump became the third sitting president in U.S. history to be impeached. The House of Representatives approved on Wednesday two charges against him: that he abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf, and obstructing a congressional investigation into his actions. After a daylong debate, at 8:34 p.m. the House approved the first article of impeachment, charging the president with abuse of power, by a vote of 230-197. It was followed quickly by a second, 229-198, vote accusing the president of obstructing Congress. The one-vote difference was that of Democrat Jared Golden of Maine, who voted yes on abuse of power and no on obstruction.. ...Read Full Story

Uber To Pay $4.4M Regarding Sexual Harassment And Retaliation Charge

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that Uber has agreed to pay more than $4 million after it was found to have permitted a culture of sexual harassment and retaliation at its workplace. The company will establish a fund of $4.4 million to compensate anyone who the EEOC determines experienced sexual harassment, retaliation or both after Jan. 1, 2014. . ...Read Full Story

Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Is Extended By Government Due To Glitches

The U.S. government said on Monday the deadline for signing-up for 2020 insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been extended by three days to December 18, in order to accommodate those who experienced issues while attempting to enroll. Website glitches and call center delays were reported on Sunday, the earlier deadline for the 2020 open enrollment.. ...Read Full Story

Investigation Launched On Whether “White Power” Hand Signs Occurred During Army-Navy Game

Both the Army and Navy academies are looking into hand signs flashed by students that can be associated with “white power” and were televised during the Army-Navy football game on Saturday, according to school officials. Cadets at West Point and midshipmen at the Naval Academy in the stands both appeared to display the sign during the broadcast. The gesture was seen during an ESPN broadcast segment. School officials are trying to determine what the hand signals were meant to convey, they said.. ...Read Full Story

Impeachment Hearing Heads Towards Final Vote

On Thursday, at the 10th and final public impeachment hearing, the House Judiciary Committee moved toward a vote that would send articles of impeachment to the full House floor for a final vote next week. Democrats and Republicans debated the nine-page text of the articles of impeachment that were released on Tuesday.. ...Read Full Story

President Donald Trump And House Democrats Strike Deal On Trade Pact With Mexico And Canada

President Donald Trump and House Democrats struck an agreement to revise a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the agreement at a news conference Tuesday, calling the revised trade pact “a victory for America’s workers.” She did not say when the House would vote on the agreement but suggested it could happen before the end of the year.. ...Read Full Story