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China just launched its own Nasdaq for local tech IPOs and one stock soared more than 500%

China launched its new tech focused stock exchange today — the Star Market, in what is being seen as China's answer to the Nasdaq.

Like the Nasdaq, equities are focused on tech and science, and opening trade was met with a frenzied burst, with gains in all 25 companies making their debut, including one company rising 520% on debut.

The stocks, surged on average 140% at close, with most slipping from their highs earlier in the day.

The Star market is China's attempt to make sure they don't lose the next Alibaba or Tencent which are both traded abroad, in New York and Hong Kong, respectively.

It's been widely endorsed by top officials, and helped generate enough enthusiasm that firms raised a combined $5.4 billion, 20% more than what was planned. Over 140 companies signed up to trade, totalling more than $18.7 billion.

Chipmakers Anji and Montage Technology rose as much as 520% and 285% respectively, and four of the 25 stocks gained more than 200%.

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Macy's says it will pull 'mom jeans' plates from stores after furious customers accuse them of 'fat

Macy's said it will pull a selection of plates from all of its stores after a woman complained about them on Twitter.

Podcast host Alie Ward, who has nearly 37,000 followers on the platform, tweeted a photo of the plates on Sunday, asking Macy's

>How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states"

The plates, which have painted circles outlining what seems to be the recommended portion amounts to be able to fit into an item of clothing — skinny jeans, favorite jeans, and mom jeans — were seen as offensive by some on Twitter.

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Ragu Pasta Sauces over possible plastic contamination

Before you break open a jar of Ragu pasta sauce for your Sunday dinner, take a look to make sure it’s not part of a new recall.

Mizkan America, the company that makes Ragu, announced a recall of several kinds of sauce, citing concerns that some were contaminated with fragments of plastic.

The types of sauce in question include three varieties of Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion in both 45-ounce and 66-ounce sizes, according to a notice issued Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. The list also includes 66-ounce bottles of Old World Style Traditional and Old World Style Meat.

Final call from mom dying in overturned SUV saved daughter's life

A 35-year-old woman who drowned after her SUV went off a narrow dirt road and slid into a Hanna Park lake Sunday night was able to call her husband before she died. That phone call allowed rescuers to find the Jeep Cherokee overturned in the water in time to save her 5-year-old daughter.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the woman was attempting to turn around when the vehicle went down an embankment and into the lake. Her husband called 911, but because first responders didn't have an exact location, it took officers on the ground and in a helicopter an hour to find the Jeep Cherokee.

The first officer on the scene then used a knife to cut through multiple airbags to free the two victims.

"It was lucky for the child that we found her when we did because there was very little air inside the vehicle," Sgt. B.W. Suydam said. "Had we not found her, had the officer not been able to pull her out when she did, we might be having a more tragic situation now."

Police said the child was transported to an area hospital in good condition.

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“The President Won This One”: House Dem Admits Defeat on Trump’s War With ‘The Squad’

By Paul Joseph Watson

“What the President has done is politically brilliant”.

A House Democrat admitted to CNN that Donald Trump came out on top in his war with ‘the squad’ – acknowledging “the President won this one”.

Trump has been put on blast all week after tweeting that some Democrats, presumably Ilhan Omar – need to go back and fix the problems in their own countries before lecturing America.

This prompted ‘the squad’ to give a press conference denouncing Trump’s behavior as racist and at a subsequent Trump rally his supporters chanted “send her back”.

However, many Democrats are privately frustrated that Trump has pulled off a political masterstroke by making Omar – who has a favorability of 9% amongst swing Dem voters – the face of the party.

Some House Democrats are “quietly expressing” their concerns about how Trump has helped to ensure “far-left progressives have outsized influence in their caucus”.

“The President won this one,” one Dem lawmaker told CNN. “What the President has done is politically brilliant. Pelosi was trying to marginalize these folks, and the President has now identified the entire party with them”.

No prison time for man who had ‘nearly 200’ child porn images, videos

When he was arrested last November, Steven Craig Payne faced more than three decades of prison time.

Instead, he won’t spend a day behind bars.

Payne faced 11 felony counts after the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department discovered hundreds of sexually explicit images and videos of young girls on two thumb drives in his backpack.

In March, He pleaded guilty to just one of them: A Level 5 count of possession of child pornography with an aggravating factor, meaning the nature of the image was exploitative, The Indianapolis Star reported.

All 11 counts would have been punishable by up to 31 years in prison, but the terms his plea deal allowed the other 10 to be dropped.

Donald Trump: Leftist ‘Squad’ Is ‘Very Racist’

President Donald Trump continued his attacks against the “squad” of leftist Democrats in Congress on Monday, describing the group as “very racist.”

“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s latest attack continues the second week of criticism focused on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

“They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” Trump wrote.

Trump continues criticism of the four members of Congress, despite accusations that he was fueling racist sentiment in the country. The president detailed his latest attack shortly after announcing he was traveling to the Supreme Court to pay his respects to Justice John Paul Stevens after he passed away on Tuesday.

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Gov. Cuomo signs legislation to ban cat declawing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that bans declawing procedures on cats. The bill takes effect immediately.

“Cat declawing is a brutal procedure similar to severing a human finger at the first knuckle and has lifelong ramifications for cats,” Cuomo said in a press release. “I am proud of the new Senate majority’s emphasis on animal welfare and am glad the Governor enacted this legislation.”

According to the governor’s office, declawing, also known as onychectomy, involves the removal of all or most of the last bone of each of the toes of the front feet, and tendons, nerves and ligaments that allow for normal function of the paw are severed, resulting in intense and chronic pain and other serious medical or behavioral issues.

Officials from the governor’s office say after the claws are removed, cats often shift their gait and where it places most of its weight, causing strain on its leg joints and spine, which can lead to early onset arthritis and prolonged back and joint pain. Cats’ claws play an important role in various aspects of their lives, including to assist in climbing and maintaining balance and to escape danger.

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Democratic socialist Julia Salazar dipped into massive trust fund during campaign

Julia Salazar — the Brooklyn state senator who has been called out for falsely painting herself as a working-class immigrant — was living off a trust fund while mounting her socialist-themed campaign, new campaign finance disclosures reveal.

The fact-challenged freshman lawmaker filed papers saying the trust was worth an eye-popping $10 million — although she now claims the figure was an error and the family trust she dipped into actually holds around $400,000.

The 28-year-old reported to the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics in a signed, May 15 financial disclosure that she received $18,000 in 2018 from her deceased father, Luis H. Salazar’s, trust.

In the handwritten disclosure, she appeared to value the fund at $10 million, classifying the cash stash as “Category DDDDD” — a code used in campaign paperwork to signify amounts of “$10 million or more.”

Asked about the largess on Thursday, Salazar insisted she meant to write “Category D” — a range of $5,000-$20,000 — referring to the $18,000 trust fund disbursement.

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Amazon is opening a pair of new robotic fulfillment centers in Ohio

Amazon this morning announced its intentions to open a pair of robotic-powered fulfillment centers in Ohio. The two warehouses — both larger than 700,000 square feet — will be located in the north of the state, in Akron and Rossford, respectively.

They’ll function much like Amazon’s other shipping centers, providing a collaborative workspace between human employees and the company’s growing army of shipping robots. You can get a better look at how that goes down in this piece from our recent visit to a Staten Island location.

The company’s become accustomed to getting out in front of the conversations about automation taking away human jobs, noting than the two spaces will combine to create more than 2,500 full-time positions. Last year’s pushback from Senator Bernie Sanders also means that the full-time gigs will qualify for its $15 minimum wage.

The new locations should also help the company as it pushes into one-day shipping across the U.S. There’s been a fair amount of concern over how much strain such a move will ultimately put on human employees, who are already reportedly strained to hit their current goals.

The additional 2,500 jobs brings Amazon’s total employment up to 8,500 in the Midwestern state. No exact word on timing for the two warehouses.


Google, Facebook secretly tracking your porn-viewing habits

>A new joint study that investigated 22,484 sex websites using a tool called "web ray" revealed that 93% of pages track and leak users' data to third-party organizations.

If you think to watch pornographic material in the "incognito" mode will not let anyone know, you are mistaken. Google, Facebook, and even Oracle cloud are secretly tracking the porn you watch even when you switch on the "incognito" mode on your laptop or smartphone.

A new joint study from Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania that investigated 22,484 sex websites using a tool called "web ray" revealed that 93 percent of pages track and leak users' data to third-party organizations.

2020 Democrat bemoans identity politics, says it's being used to 'tear people apart'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said identity politics are being weaponized to purposely divide the country and called for unity, during an appearance on "The View" Monday.

Co-host Meghan McCain mentioned the moderate messaging of Gabbard's 2020 presidential campaign and cited a specific email in which she talked about reclaiming patriotism. McCain asked if Gabbard's "pro-America, pro-God, pro-gun message" would help her stand out in a field of more liberal candidates.

"It really is centered on our freedoms, who we are as Americans," she replied.

"When I wrote that email and sent it out about reclaiming our patriotism, it really was a message of a reminder to all of us in this country at a time when we are becoming increasingly divided, where identity politics are being used to kind of tear people apart for political interests, rather than remembering and recognizing what unites us."

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Elon Musk's Neuralink implant will "merge" humans with AI

Tesla founder Elon Musk has launched tech startup Neuralink to build implants that connect human brains with computer interfaces via artificial intelligence.

The approaching technology would see groups of minuscule, flexible electrode "threads" implanted into the human brain by a neurosurgical robot.

These threads detect and record the electrical signals in the brain, and transmit this information outside the body.

This has the potential to create a scalable high-bandwidth brain-machine interface (BMI) system, meaning that it connects the brain to an external device to form a brain-machine interface.

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Apple Shuts Hong Kong Stores Early as Fears of Lawlessness Rise

Tech giant Apple Inc. shut its stores early citywide on Monday, as fears of escalating violence and spiraling lawlessness linked to weekslong protests spurred concern among businesses and the public.

A day after police fired tear gas in clashes with thousands of protesters, Hong Kong remains on edge as officials conceded no ground and activists accused the government of coddling a rise in vigilante justice. In the north of the city, a mob of white-shirted men stormed a subway station late Sunday and beat people whom they blamed for taking part in the earlier antigovernment protests, leaving 45 people injured.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemned the violence Monday as she was questioned by reporters about a breakdown in law and order following weeks of antigovernment protests.

“Hong Kong is an extremely safe city and having the rule of law has always been the most important part of society,” Mrs. Lam said.

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Journalist Travels to Ilhan Omar’s Homeland to Prove Somalia is Beautiful, Gets Killed by Terrorists

By Paul Joseph Watson

A journalist traveled to Ilhan Omar’s homeland of Somalia to challenge stereotypes and prove the country was “beautiful,” only to end up being killed by terrorists.

Before President Trump’s tweetstorm in which he encouraged Omar to go back and fix her own country, Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh was trying to do precisely that.

Nalayeh returned to the country of her birth to tell “uplifting” stories about Somalia, according to the Washington Post.

The journalist became well known for her relentlessly positive tweets about Somalia. Just one week ago, she lauded the “beauty” of the place.

On Friday last week, Nalayeh was killed in that very same town when al-Shabab militants stormed the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo.

You Can Rent an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Chicago on Airbnb

Who knew hot dogs could be turned into comfy one-bedroom hotels?

Hot dog lovers: Rejoice!

Vegetarians: Don't rent this Airbnb


Starting this week, Oscar Mayer is renting out a night’s stay in a remodeled Wienermobile through Airbnb. Located in Chicago, Illinois, it’s listed as a “camper/RV” and costs $136 per night, with online reservations being accepted starting July 24.

Even though the Airbnb listing was posted by a newly joined member named “AlexanDog + Jake N’ Bacon” — their bio says they’ve been driving around the country in the vehicle for the past couple of months — the Airbnb Wienermobile is very much an Oscar Mayer-sanctioned endeavor. The company tweeted about it last week and made a not-so-subtle effort to plug the brand through the vehicle’s interior design. Pretty much the only things in the Wienermobile Airbnb that are not red or yellow — Oscar Mayer’s signature colors — are the blue sofa-bed and the white shag rag it’s on top of. Everything else, from the upholstered armchairs and accent pillows to the flooring and the walls, is acutely on-brand.

Stephen Miller: ‘The Squad’ ‘Detests America as It Exists’

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” White House adviser Stephen Miller defended President Donald Trump’s tweets directed at “The Squad,” Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

Miller said, “Let me just cut to the heart of the issue. These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want us to be a socialist, open borders country. If you, as Donald Trump says, want to destroy America with open borders, you cannot see you love your country. If you attack border agents the way Ocasio-Cortez has it means you have a deep-seated hatred of the nation as it exists. That’s why you want to erase its borders, fundamentally transform the country and in the process it doesn’t matter if American citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their livelihoods, lose their health coverage and lose their very lives.”

He added, “There’s a gigantic, enormous distinction between Donald Trump saying I’m going to get on the world stage and put America first in every single thing we do versus a view that says America should never come first and American citizens should never come first, which is their view, and that’s what we are going to take to the ballot box.”


Viral 'Storm Area 51' Facebook Group Created by Bakersfield College Student

By Lezla Gooden

Millions of people have said they plan to storm Area 51 in Nevada in September after a viral Facebook group incited curiosity about what mysteries lurk inside the secretive military base.

Matty Roberts, 20, of Bakersfield is the creator of "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us." He told KERO-TV he made the group for fun on June 27, and after three days, it had over one million interested attendees.

Now, the college student says he plans to provide an "out of this world" experience for the people that decide to show up.

"We are now going to do something cool out there, now that we have a whole bunch of people," he said. "I want to make it like a festival of some sort and have a bunch of musical artists."

"I don't want anyone to get hurt. This came up as a pure struck of imagination it was meant to be funny," he said.

"You Can Leave Right Now" -- Donald Trump

Leading Democrats have rounded on Mr Trump, accusing him of racism, while Theresa May described his language as “completely unacceptable”. Far from apologising, the President insisted his tweets had not been racist, declaring that “if you hate our country, if you're complaining all the time, you can leave right now”.

Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office

Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office

"The Trump administration has not installed a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 30 months since President Trump assumed office, despite his campaign promise to construct a “big beautiful wall.”

In a statement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency overseeing border barrier construction, confirmed that all the fencing completed since Trump took office is "in place of dilapidated designs" because the existing fence was in need of replacement."

Hong Kong riot police fire tear gas during clashes with protesters amid further violent unrest

By: Our Foreign Staff

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive protest march.

The ugly scenes in the financial hub also saw subway passengers attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators.

Chuck Schumer Backs Reparations Commission: Racism Is ‘in the American Bones’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced his support Tuesday for establishing a commission to study reparations proposals for black descendants of African slaves.

“Racism is the poison in America, it’s in the American bones, unfortunately,” Schumer said as voiced support for H.R 40, a bill championed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) that would create a commission to study the issue of reparations. “The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow is still with us,” added Schumer.

The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress last month when lawmakers heard testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for slavery. On June 19th, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on Jackson Lee’s bill. The panel invited 2020 White House hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Hollywood actor and left-wing activist Danny Glover, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others to discuss the measure re-introduced in January.

Booker, who testified first before the panel, said the country has “yet to truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding and continues to cause persistent and deep racial disparities and inequality.”

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Mystery of young couple found murdered on side of road in Canada deepens

Canadian authorities are trying to solve what has turned into an international murder mystery — the brutal killing of an American woman and an Australian man.

The young couple, who had been touring British Columbia, were found shot dead on the side of a remote highway on Monday.

Grieving family members have said that they are getting little information from Canadian authorities — but that they’ve been led to believe the deaths were “brutal.”

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Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new homes

By Sarah Ravani

Berkeley has become the first city in the nation to ban the installation of natural gas lines in new homes.

The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to ban gas from new low-rise residential buildings starting Jan. 1.

It’s not the first time Berkeley has passed pioneering health or environmental legislation. In 1977, Berkeley was the first in the country to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. In January the city banned single-use disposables, requiring restaurants to use to-go food ware that is compostable.

The natural gas ordinance, introduced by Councilwoman Kate Harrison, requires all new single-family homes, townhomes and small apartment buildings to have the electric infrastructure. After its passage, Harrison thanked the community and her colleagues “for making Berkeley the first city in California and the United States to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in new buildings.”

Andew McGovern being reserched by psychologist

I am a Psycologist doing a study on internet "trolls"

To Mr Watkins et al, owners and operators of 8ch, I am a psychologist doing a study for the University of Chicago.

My name is Philip Bronsacsberg (PsyD) and I am doing a study of the phenomenon known as

"internet trolls", disturbed individuals who find satisfaction in trying to harm users on the internet.

The anonymity of the internet has given these possibly sociopathic individuals the medium to find their victims who in past times might have been less bright co-workers or family members whom they bullied.

In the past, these individuals were even know to answer personals in the local newspapers to find and harass their victims.

Now I have been asked to do a profile by federal authorities on a very prolific "troll" who has been harassing people on the internet for over 10 years now and may have even led to the suicide of a young man recently whom he pretended to befriend in the guise of a young woman and then revealed his true identity in a most odious way when the young man professed his love for the troll.

Up until recently, this person has frequented this website( and tried to harass your user base.

As I have "lurked"(as i believe is the term used here)on this website for a while, I believe that the managers of this website had to use extraordinary means to control this individual's harm, such as removing name fields, word filtering, IP banning and other measures which impacts on the experience of your user base when they come to 8ch.

This persons name is Andrew McGovern aka Johnny Neptune and is well known to the local authorities in his home state of Georgia

He is a troll of the first magnitude and has caused much harm on the internet, not just 8ch.

He is a deeply disturbed, possibly psychopathic, possibly dangerous individual who shows signs of being dangerously agitated when his masculinity is brought into question(multiple LSD experiences as Mr McGovern has stated that he started at 12 yrs of age might be partially responsible for this)..

This person seems to show signs of repressed homosexuality which when revealed to him, results in rages that leads him to troll even more vehemently and attack teenage boys whom he taunts as "sissies", "mommy's boys","permanent virgins", whereas he then exhibits signs of extreme braggadocio and relates the "thousands of women" that he has had sexual encounters with, and still posts pictures of local women that he says he has had sexual relationships with, but then these young women have reported him to the local police as having been harassed and stalked by him.

It recently came to light in an interaction with Mr McGovern (see archived link below) that he likes to pretend he is a female and respond to men asking for sexual encounters on the Craigslist section known as "activity partners", which replaced the personals section when new law removed it.

I quote, from your website board known as /n/,:"lately, I've been trolling people who leave creepy idiotic ads like this on Craigslist."

"There are SO MANY layers of ineptitude and transparent psychological failure happening, that I simply can't pass up the opportunity to use dummy email accounts and Text Now phone numbers to interact with these idiots, and fuck with their minds."

End quote

Now for starters, the irony of not recognizing one's own transparent psychological failure in the "transparent psychological failure" part of the quote shows a very profoundness lack of personal insight.

Now as I have mentioned, I have been asked by federal authorities, as this harassment has crossed state lines to draw up a psychological profile of Mr McGovern, to ascertain his potential to harm others in the future.

I would appreciate any insight on the interactions that any of your employees have had with Mr McGovern in the past.

I have also attached a snip of the screenshot that Mr McGovern took and used in his post on /n/.

I have tried emailing you at, but have not received any answers, so I am led to this posting as a last resort.

I know the very anonymous nature of these sorts of image boards attracts many people such as Mr McGovern, but i assure, I am not one of these "trolls" and this is a legitimate academic and legal inquiry.



New traffic light approved near Forsyth Road Kroger

Planning and Zoning approved plans Monday to install a new traffic light at the intersection near the Starbucks Coffee

Changes could be coming to the Wesleyan Station Shopping Center on Forsyth Road.

The County Planning and Zoning approved plans to install a new traffic light at the intersection near the Starbucks Coffee at Monday night’s meeting.

The new project will also include adding pedestrian walkways and a right turn-in and turn-out lanes at the shopping center.

New traffic light approved near Forsyth Road Kroger !!!

New traffic light approved near Forsyth Road Kroger !!! Planning and Zoning approved plans Monday to install a new traffic light at the intersection near the Starbucks Coffee

Changes could be coming to the Wesleyan Station Shopping Center on Forsyth Road.

The County Planning and Zoning approved plans to install a new traffic light at the intersection near the Starbucks Coffee at Monday night’s meeting.

The new project will also include adding pedestrian walkways and a right turn-in and turn-out lanes at the shopping center.

Shock Daylight Arson Attack On Japanese Anime Studio Leaves 33 Dead

A popular animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan has gone up in flames after a reported arson attack, leaving a shocking 33 people confirmed or presumed dead, and another 36 injured - some critically - according to Japanese fire department statements. It's Japan's worst case of arson in decades and among the highest mass casualty events in its recent history.

The three-story building was quickly engulfed after a man sprayed a flammable liquid onto it while reportedly shouting, "You die!" according to local media reports. Many among the deceased had been trapped on the top floor and perished attempting to to get to the roof.

Disease Could Impact Wisconsin Snake Population

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources scientists are searching for sick snakes.

Agency biologists are looking for snakes infected with snake fungal disease, or SFD. The disease has the potential to devastate snake populations because it prevents snakes from effectively feeding and drinking and causes extended basking periods, leaving snakes more vulnerable to predators.

SFD has been confirmed in Buffalo, Crawford, Dane, Grant, La Crosse, Outagamie, Sauk and Trempeleau counties since 2011.

DNR biologists are literally turning over rocks and logs in an effort to find infected snakes and put together a more complete map of confirmed cases.

DNR officials are encouraging anyone who sees a wild snake to send photos to the agency and report any snakes with unusual lumps, lesions or scabs.

Mountain Lion Causes Crash in Lake County

Authorities say nine people were injured when a pickup truck struck a large mountain lion on a Northern California highway and then veered into an oncoming SUV.

The California Highway Patrol says the head-on collision happened late Friday on State Route 29 near Kelseyville in Lake County.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports a Ford F-150 with four people inside struck the big cat and then swerved left directly into the bath of a Lexus SUV.

Janesville man sentenced to 10 years for child pornography

A Janesville man accused of sexually assaulting a child will spend 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Michael M. Jackson, 43, was charged in Rock County Circuit Court with 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and 40 counts of possession of child pornography. Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to 3 counts of having child porn. The other counts and the 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child charge were dismissed but read into court as part of the plea agreement.

Latitude Festival Accused Of Animal Cruelty For Dyeing Sheep Bright Pink

Organizers of this year’s Latitude festival have been accused of staging a “cruel stunt” for dyeing a flock of sheep bright pink to publicize the event.

The fuchsia colored animals were filmed running in the festival grounds to promote this year’s music event.

But animal experts said the dyeing would have put the sheep at risk and that using them as “living toys and props” amounted to animal abuse.

“This attention-grabbing stunt put sheep at risk of getting dye in their eyes and swallowing the solution as they were dip-dyed, which involves being completely submerged/heads likely held down,” tweeted Mimi Bekhechi, head of international programmed at animal-rights group ””” Peta ”””.

Latitude, which was best family festival at last year’s UK Festival awards, defended the stunt, saying the animals had been “dip-dyed using natural, water-based dye which they are used to as part of their normal farm life for insecticides and parasites like itch-mite, blow-flies, ticks and lice”.

“We are entirely happy that the water-based dye is completely safe and that the festival organizers have taken all appropriate steps to ensure the animals are content, safe and well looked after,” the council added.

Costa Rica officials say tainted alcohol kills at least 19

The Costa Rican Health Ministry says it has confirmed 19 deaths from consumption of alcohol tainted with methanol.

The ministry said in a Friday report that the investigation continues, but so far it has counted 14 men and five women who have died after drinking adulterated liquor since early June. The victims ranged from 32 to 72 years of age.

Government officials have seized around 30,000 bottles from brands suspected of containing methanol, with names like “Aguardiente Molotov” and “Guaro Gran Apache.” Aguardiente translates to English as “firewater.” Both it and guaro are traditionally distilled from sugar cane.

Arson attack at Japan anime studio kills 33

At least 33 people died and dozens were injured after a man set fire to an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto, officials say.

Police said the 41-year-old suspect broke into the Kyoto Animation studio on Thursday morning and sprayed petrol before igniting it.

The suspect has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the incident was "too appalling for words" and offered condolences.

Search underway for remaining 4 passengers after float plane crash kills 3

Four occupants of a downed float plane remained missing Tuesday after the aircraft crashed into a Labrador lake, killing three others on board.

Jean Tremblay, president of the small Quebec airline that owns the plane, said he was informed by search and rescue officials that three of those aboard were killed, while the condition of the other four people remains unknown.

The identities of those on the flight weren’t immediately made public.

Pelosi Speaks About Women's Equality And Health Care In Indianapolis

By Emily Cox

“They are such an important resource for help, and we are just in this period now of sending, writing legislation in the committee to go to the floor for increased funding for the community health centers,” Pelosi says.

Other topics included how to get more Democrats in Indiana to vote, and the high rate of maternal deaths in the United States. Pelosi says the Affordable Care Act is trying to address the maternal death rate by giving women full reproductive health care.

Pelosi also took questions from members of the media on accountability for government agencies at the U.S.border with Mexico. She says as migrants are moved from Border Patrol to ICE to Health and Human Services, timelines and health conditions need to be enforced.

“We want to make sure that the timetables that are there are honored,” Pelosi says. “And we're very specific about that as to what time it takes to move on what the conditions are in terms of hygiene, nutrition, safety.”

Pelosi says she thinks these conditions are intolerable, but

bills also have to be written in a way that will get them signed by President Donald Trump.

US Judge Denies Bail for ex-Peruvian President Toledo

A U.S. judge on Friday denied bail for former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk and pointed out officials found a suitcase with $40,000 in cash during his arrest.

“If the defendant were to flee, this would be a diplomatically significant failure of the United States to live up to its obligations to Peru under the (extradition) treaty,” Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson said before ordering Toledo, 73, held pending an extradition hearing scheduled for July 26.

U.S. Marshals detained Toledo at his Northern California home Tuesday on an extradition request.

The ex-president is wanted in his home country on accusations of taking $20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Toledo denies the charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise LaPunzina told Hixson that the cash and the fact that Toledo has ties to other counties made him a flight risk. She said his wife, former

Peruvian first lady Eliane Karp, is from Israel, a country that does not have an extradition agreement with Peru.

Search on for 2 of 4 teenagers who escaped Juvenile Justice lockup

By Roxy Tyler

Authorities are searching for two of four teenage inmates who escaped Saturday night from a Juvenile Justice detention center on Jacksonville's Northside. Now admissions to the Jacksonville Youth Academy program, have been suspended by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

According to a tweet from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, inmates,Tyjuan Monroe and Marcus Ledbetter, were located and taken into police custody.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was notified at 11 p.m. that the four had staged a fight in their dorm room at the Jacksonville Youth Academy on Lannie Road, attacked staff who entered to stop the fight, then pushed buttons to unlock the front door. One of the inmates dumped a staff member’s purse onto the floor and stole her keys and took a staff member’s issued cellphone.

Police responded and could not locate the teenagers. They believe they left in the staff member's bronze, four-door Infiniti with Florida tag LANE19.

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Ring Captures Deadly Murrieta Explosion

New video shows the deadly explosion of a home in Murrieta as it happened.

Monday's enormous blast was captured on a neighbor's Ring camera.

Investigators say a construction crew working on the home hit a natural gas line, causing a leak.

Robert Mueller Witness Charged with Underage Sex Trafficking, Child Porn Charges

George Aref Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation , faces new charges of transporting a minor "with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity" and child pornography.

A federal judge ordered last month that Nader remain in a Virginia jail until his trial, turning down a request from his attorneys to move him to a long-term medical facility to recover from recent open heart surgery.

Prosecutors say Nader brought an iPhone into the US last year that contained a dozen sexually explicit videos of underage boys, some as young as 2 years old. FBI agents working for Mueller discovered the videos in January 2018 after stopping Nader at an airport and examining his electronic devices, according to court records.

Nader has previously been convicted in the US of transporting child pornography and pleaded guilty to several crimes in the Czech Republic related to sexual contact with underage boys.

Mother and Boyfriend Arrested After Baby Strangled in Oxnard California Hospital

A young mother and her boyfriend were arrested Friday morning after the woman's hours-old son was fatally strangled at a hospital, Oxnard police said.

The investigation began shortly before 8 a.m. when officers responded to St. John's Medical Center following a report of a suspicious injury, authorities said. Upon arrival the police learned the newborn baby was in critical condition.

Family Protection Unit detectives joined the investigation and discovered that the child's mother, 20-year-old Andrea Torralba, and her boyfriend, 21-year-old David Villa, had "strangled the victim until he was unconscious," police said in a statement.

Children on Autism spectrum getting set up for future STEM careers

The United States is facing a growing shortage of qualified workers in the technology industries. At the same time, there are a lot of people on the Autism spectrum with strong interest in that field.

A first-of-its-kind program in our region is helping get local kids ready for those future careers.

AT&T and the WNY STEM Hub have teamed up with the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities to a flagship program for high-functioning children with Austism Spectrum Disorder.

“When we’re talking about ‘high-functioning’, we’re talking about kids that have average to above average cognitive and language skills but have difficulty with what I always call the ‘social dance’, connecting with other people,” explained the co-director for the Institute for Autism Research, Dr. Marcus Thomeer, PhD.

For the last 17 years, the Institute for Autism Research has offered a highly-successful SummerMAX program to help children work on those social skills for seven and a half hours a day, five days a week, for five weeks.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbot Signed Save Chick-fil-A Bill into Law

Sitting amid several plastic fast-food cups, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the so-called Save Chick-fil-A bill into law on Thursday.

“Today I signed the @ChickfilA law in Texas. And, had a great lunch,” Abbott wrote on Twitter.

“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners gave to a church or to the Salvation Army or to any other religious organization.”

The legislation, known as Senate Bill 1978, prohibits government entities from taking “adverse actions” against businesses or individuals because of their religious beliefs or moral convictions. But while proponents view the bill as a necessary measure ensuring religious freedom, critics say it’s a thinly veiled attempt to undermine LGBTQ rights.

The bill — which has no official connection to Chick-fil-A — received its nickname after the San Antonio City Council banned the fast-food franchise from opening a location in the city’s airport because of the company’s “legacy of anti-LGBT behavior.”

Chick-fil-A has been under fire for its LGBTQ track record since 2012

Kenwood developer owes millions in unpaid taxes, services

A lofty plan to turn the former Kenwood Academy into a large development of apartments, townhomes, hotels and arts and entertainment facilities has ground to a halt, with developers owing millions of dollars through a defaulted loan, overdue taxes and unpaid contractor services.

Developers owe over $1.5 million in unpaid city, county and school taxes, interest and penalties, and unpaid contractor services, and face foreclosure on a $5 million mortgage loan from TBG Funding, LLC, court documents for the mortgage foreclosure show.

An attorney for TBG Funding declined to comment Friday. The foreclosure notice was filed April 23, and attorneys representing Kenwood Commons requested more time to respond. Daniel Edelman, an attorney listed for Kenwood Commons, declined to comment.

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Radical Democrats Demonize Border Patrol and ICE

"Another day, another pathetic Democrat clown show on Capital Hill."

The left plays politics at House Oversight Committee on immigration; reaction from immigration attorney Gunther Sanabria, former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and Republican Congressman Sean Duffy.

Idaho Music Event Canceled Amid Immigration Enforcement

A music festival in southern Idaho has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The music festival called the El Tour de Idaho de Los Inquietos was supposed to take place in Jerome on Saturday.

Event organizers with the Colombia Event Center posted the cancellation notice on Facebook.

Leo Morales of ACLU of Idaho said he couldn’t confirm that any Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were in southern Idaho, but he said community members were panicked.

“Immigration is doing their work on a daily basis, that is true,” Morales said. “That’s what they do. It is important for all community members, regardless of their immigration status, to know their rights in regards to law enforcement.”

Jerome City Police Dan Hall said he didn’t have information about ICE agents in the area.

“It is absolutely possible that ICE could do a raid and we wouldn’t know about it,” he said.

Chattanooga Bakery Makes Giant 'Moon Pie' for Moon Landing Celebration

A bakery in Chattanooga created something out of this world to celebrate American hero Neil Armstrong – a giant Moon Pie!

The City of Wapakoneta, Ohio celebrated a hometown hero's walk on the moon.

Residents held a celebration to honor legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong’s one giant leap.

It's been 50 years since the astronaut's walk on the moon. Friday, a statue was unveiled in his honor.

And to top it off, organizers placed an order with a bakery in Chattanooga, Tennessee that created something out of this world – a giant Moon Pie.

British Ambassador 'is a Stupid Guy' for Insulting Trump

British Ambassador Kim Darroch, whose unvarnished views about the president, contained in leaked diplomatic cables, described Trump as "insecure," "dysfunctional," "inept" and "unpredictable."

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is likely to oppose Trump favorite and front-runner Boris Johnson in the race, sharply criticized Trump's remarks in a live TV debate Tuesday night, earning Hunt the biggest applause line of the evening.

Trump fired back Tuesday calling Darroch "wacky," "a very stupid guy" and "a pompous fool." He proceeded to broaden his response by attacking Prime Minister Theresa May for her "failed" handling of the Brexit negotiations, saying he advised her on how to deal with the issue, "but she went her own foolish way" and "was unable to get it done. A disaster!"

More White Supremacist Propaganda Showing up on US Campuses

Colleges in the U.S. are seeing more racist rhetoric on campus, a new report finds.

Instances of white supremacist propaganda showing up on college campuses trended higher in the recently completed academic year, according to the Anti-Defamation League report published Thursday.

American Woman and Her Boyfriend Found Dead on Canadian Highway

A young American woman and her Australian boyfriend had set out to explore British Columbia when they were found dead on a remote Canadian highway.

Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, were found Monday 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement Friday.

Both deaths appear "suspicious,"

but the investigation is still "in its very infancy," Shoihet said.

A 1986 blue Chevrolet van with Alberta plates was also found at the scene, she said.

Police are trying to determine if the couple were driving the vehicle and are asking for information from anyone who may have seen the van or driven by it.

Gunfire Ends Fresno County Prison Riot

By Jessica Johnson

At least 41 inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison rioted after a small fight broke out Thursday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Staff demanded they stop, and when the inmates didn’t comply, they deployed chemical agents. It didn’t work, and that’s when staff fired off two warning rounds from state-issued riffles.

The inmates were not struck by the bullets. Officials say three people were taken to the hospital and are in fair condition after being hurt in the riot.

Human Remains Sold on Secret Instagram Black Market for Thousands

By Harry Pettit, Senior Digital Technology and Science Reporter

HUMAN skulls and other bones are being sold for a mint across the UK as part of a sick new online trend.

The remains are often decorated with faux tribal makeovers to help sell them on a ghastly market based on Instagram.

One seller, Henry Scragg, has more than 34,000 followers on the photo-sharing app.

And while your average Joe may see the practice as a little sinister, those within the community see it as simply an eccentric hobby.

"People outside of the community often see what we do as maybe a little disturbing," Debbie Reynders, a Belgian collector and trader with almost 4,000 followers on Instagram, told Wired.

Remarkably, trading human bones is technically legal in the UK, so Instagram has no obligation to shut the accounts down.

Sellers used to rely on eBay until the site banned the sale of human remains in 2016.

Hackers Take Over the London Police's Twitter Account

Late on Friday night, the Twitter account of London's Metropolitan Police Service began tweeting unusual announcements. "XEON IS THE BEST FIGHTER IN SCOTLAND," it proclaimed, alongside the challenge: "what you gonna do phone the police?"

At intervals of a few minutes or less, the tweets were scattered with profane language and formatted sporadically with capital letters and confusing signatures like "F*** THE POLICE FREE DA GANG" and "no comment get my lawyer".

US Foods Recalls Raw Beef and Pork

US Foods is recalling 712 pounds of raw beef and pork products that were shipped to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

All of the recalled items were produced July 18. Recalled brands include Stock Yards Angus, Cattleman's Selection, Patuxent Farms and SRA.

The recalled meat will have the establishment number "EST. 21103" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

There have not been any confirmed reports of reactions or illness due related to the meat.

FSIS says they're concerned that some of the products are already sitting in restaurant freezers and are urging owners not to serve them.

Idaho Unemployment Remains 2.8% for 19 Months Straight

By Elenee Dao

Unemployment rate in Idaho remains unchanged for 19 months in a row

The Gem State's unemployment rate has not changed for the 19th month in a row.

The Idaho Department of Labor said the rate is at 2.8 percent in June, keeping it below 3% for about a year and a half now.

The percentage of people 16 and older looking for work went up to 63.9%.

There were almost 29,000 online Idaho job openings last month compared to the 30,000 one year ago.

Toddler who fell 150ft to her death from cruise ship ‘after grandfather lost balance and dropped her

This is the 18 month-old girl who fell to her death from her grandfather’s arms as they stood on the 11th deck of a huge cruise ship. Chloe Wiegand was remembered by mother Kimberly Schultz Wiegand on Facebook after she fell 150 feet to her death from the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship onto a concrete dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico Sunday afternoon. Another picture on Wiegand’s Facebook page shows the 18 month-old, who was from South Bend in Indiana, being held by an older boy in front of a Freedom of the Seas banner.

Man On The Moon: 50 Year Anniversary

Fifty years ago, a group of American astronauts accomplished what no man had ever done: walked on the moon and returned home safely.

Neil Armstrong had a million things on his mind as as he sat in a spacecraft on the moon’s surface, waiting to embark and become the first man in history to step foot on the moon.

He'd spent years preparing for this moment: developing blueprints for a spacecraft to land on the moon (later named a lunar module known as Eagle), training how to land Eagle on a surface no man had ever stepped foot on, practicing what they would do once there, and—most importantly—how they would get home.

But there was one thing he mulled over: As commander of the mission, he’d be the first to step on the moon—the first human in all of mankind—what would he say? He settled on a phrase: One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name

Since Daniel Craig announced he was standing down as James Bond, debate has raged whether the next 007 should be a woman, or black.

Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that she will be both – thanks to the intervention of feminist TV writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

In what's been called a 'popcorn-dropping moment', British star Lashana Lynch, will be given Bond's licence to kill in the 25th movie in the franchise, currently being shot in Italy and the UK.

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Woman loses custody of daughter in Saudi Arabia after bikini photos shown to judge

>Ex-husband uses bikini photos as evidence mother is unfit to look after the child

Bethany Vierra did not think she was asking for much.

First, she wanted a divorce from a husband she described as abusive. Then she wanted to secure custody of her 4-year-old daughter, Zeina. Then she wanted a court order to receive child support from her ex-husband, a businessman.

A Man Stole a Car with Kids Inside, so The Dad and Bystanders Beat Him to Death, Cops Say

If not for heavy traffic, 54-year-old Eric Hood might have gotten away with a carjacking Thursday night.

Around 9 p.m., a mother of three pulled up outside of a Philadelphia pizza shop. She left the car running with her 7-month-old and 1- and 5-year-old children still inside while she went to see their father, who works at the restaurant.

Police told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Hood stole the Hyundai, prompting the couple to take off running behind it. Crowded roads allowed mom and dad to chase down the car and yank him from the driver’s seat.

Hood escaped their wrath, but not for long. He only got about a half block away before dad ran him down again.

The father began beating Hood. Onlookers saw what was happening and joined in.

Biden Lays Out Globalist Vision to Counter Trump’s America First Agenda: ‘I Respect No Borders’

Former Vice President Joe Biden laid out an extensive foreign policy vision meant to counter President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda during a speech in New York City on Thursday.

Biden, who has been criticized by former Obama administration colleagues for being on the “wrong” side of most international issues, began his remarks by noting that American policies at home and abroad are “deeply” intertwined.

“In 2019, foreign policy is domestic policy, in my view, and domestic policy is foreign policy. They’re deeply connected,” the 76-year-old Democrat frontrunner said. “A deeply connected set of choices we make about how to advance the American way of life and our vision for the future.”

Arguing that Trump’s “Twitter tantrums” and “embrace of dictators” had ruined America’s standing in the eyes of other nations, Biden said his first actions as president would focus on strengthening democracy. To that end, Biden said his administration would remake the U.S. education system, expand the Voting Rights Act, reform the criminal justice system, and implement more transparent campaign finance laws.

“We have to prove to the world the United States is prepared to lead, not just by the example of our power but by the power of our example,” he said.

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R. Kelly Denied Bond, Pleads Not Guilty

Prosecutors called

Kelly an "extreme danger to the community … especially little girls," alleging the singer abused girls "hundreds of times."

Singer R. Kelly was denied bond Tuesday as he faces charges that he recruited girls and women to have illegal sex with him and then covered up the crimes by paying and threatening the victims and witnesses.

Kelly appeared in a Chicago federal courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles on his legs.

Prosecutors urged a judge to keep Kelly in federal custody, where he's been since his arrest Thursday, calling him dangerous and a flight risk. Kelly faces a maximum of 195 years in prison on charges filed in Illinois, prosecutors said, and a maximum of 80 years on charges filed in New York.