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Secret Service agents have beefed up security and added four checkpoints at Mar-a-Lago to examine vehicles for explosives amid threats from Iran.

Security is even tougher at Mar-a-Lago after Iran placed an $80 million bounty on Trump's head as revenge for the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike last week.

According to London's Daily Mail, an Iranian presidential adviser posted a list of Trump’s properties around the world as potential targets.

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Among those properties is Trump's expansive Mar-a-Lago estate. Guests must pass through as many as four Secret Service checkpoints to enter Mar-a-Lago.

The extra protections are in addition to the security measures by the U.S. Air Force, which enforces a no-fly zone over Mar-a-Lago whenever Trump is in town.

The U.S. Coast Guard also ramped up patrols in the waters around Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach police have shut down roads leading to the estate.

Trucks and other vehicles are searched and the U.S. Army maintains strict patrols on the grounds of the posh estate.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she plans to limit President Donald Trump's military actions in Iran by introducing a War Powers Resolution in the House.

"This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran," Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats overnight.

The House Democrats voted to impeach Trump in December. But Pelosi is still withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate that would allow the impeachment process to continue.

Pelosi's resolution "reasserts Congress's long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken" the military action in Iran will "cease within 30 days."

Pelosi and other Democrats criticized Trump for not informing Congress of his plans to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani with a drone air strike last week.

Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon that "legal notice is not required" for him to take action to protect the country.

Trump advised Congress - in a tweet - that he will "quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner" if Iran attacks "any U.S. person or target."

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Iran has vowed to take revenge on Trump and America for killing Soleimani. But Trump hit back, saying he has 52 targets in Iran that will go up in smoke if Americans are attacked.

The targets include military sites, oil fields, and even cultural and historic sites in Iran.

"They're allowed to kill our people. They're allowed to torture and maim our people. They're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow our people up, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn't work that way," Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Sunday.

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In other news, Iran reportedly placed an $80 million bounty on Trump's head. Mexican comedian George Lopez offered to do the job for half that amount.

Lopez made the comment on an Instagram post shared by Chicano Worldstar, a news outlet that wrote about the bounty on Trump's head.

"We'll do it for half," Lopez wrote.

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Two men were hailed as heroes for rescuing a scantily dressed woman from a mob of men who had wicked intentions for her.

The video shows why most women in the Middle East don't tempt men by dressing conservatively in layers of clothing from head to toe.

The undated incident occurred in Mansoura, Egypt, according to Worldstarhiphop.com. The woman was dressed in a mini skirt and cropped jacket. This type of Western attire is a no-no in Muslim cultures.

The woman screamed in terror as a mob of men - who aren't used to seeing scantily dressed women - surrounded her and began to grope her. Some of the men even jumped on top of the car trying to get at her.

Two brave men pushed through the frenzied mob and led the woman to the safety of a waiting car.
 

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An employee at a nursing facility in San Diego, California is taking responsibility for the deaths of 11 elderly Trump supporters.

The worker made the shocking confession in a private DM message to a user on Reddit.com.

"Hey, I work in a retirement home and care for lots of trump supporters in their last days," he wrote. "I can tell you with certainty that 11 people (all verified trump supporters) could have been resuscitated/prevented from [dying] had I taken the appropriate measures."

The person added: "I am literally letting you fuckers die off. These people vote like 100% of the time so it counts."

The man went on to blame Trump supporters on Reddit's pro-Trump forum, The_Donald, for his actions.

"Every time I come on The Donald and see something that fucking disgusts me (e.g. "Its Okay to be White" postings) I note it and then take it out on a trump supporter in the home I work at (for example I have loaded food with diuretics, withheld medicine and sample provided the incorrect medicine)."

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The direct message was later deleted, but not before the recipient took a screenshot of the message and posted it to The_Donald and on 4chan, an Internet forum for hackers.

The worker, who appears to be Black, was quickly doxxed (identified) by 4chan. His contact information - including the facility where he works - were posted on both boards.

The man hastily deleted his Reddit and LinkedIn accounts. His comment history on Reddit is littered with anti-Trump commentary such as this comment about Trump supporters: "Literally the worst group of people in this country. Man I HATE THESE people so GODAMN much."

Less than 24 hours later, AMN Healthcare, which operates the nursing facility where the man works, confirmed the person is an employee who still works for the company.

"The individual who works for us is not a clinician, does not work in a clinical setting or work in a location where patients are cared for. However, we take this very seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation."

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AMN Healthcare has not provided an update on Twitter.com in over 24 hours.

Question: Is the employee's hate speech protected under the First Amendment? Would you feel comfortable leaving your elderly loved one in the facility where he works?
 

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Shibbon Winelle gave a tearful account of her son, Bryce Gowdy's final moments before he was hit by a train earlier this week. Authorities in South Florida ruled the 17-year-old's death a suicide.

Bryce was a 4-star Georgia Tech recruit who appeared to be suffering from a mental health crisis in the last few days before he died.

Winelle, who claims she has mental health issues of her own, posted a YouTube video explaining the "spiritual conservations" she had with Bryce.

Winelle and her children were often homeless and had been living in her car and hotel rooms. The night Bryce died, they were homeless again.

Bryce was scheduled to start classes at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on January 6. But he was worried about leaving his family in that predicament.

She said Bryce, the eldest of her three sons, repeatedly asked her questions about religion and about life. She said he talked a mile a minute, and his endless questions made her heart hurt.

When he asked to hold her hand, she refused. She told him to "toughen up" and "get it together."

"A few days ago, Bryce was talking crazy... He was happy though, he was talking about his future. He was talking about going to Georgia Tech," she said through tears. "He had a lot of questions about spirituality and life. He kept asking if I was OK, if his brothers were going to be OK. I said, 'yeah.'"

"We sat in the car all day... because we didn't have anywhere to go," she said. "He sat next to me just talking. I was stressed. I was too stressed to really deal with it. We were on the streets again, homeless. The little job I got wasn't paying me my money on time or in full."

After Winelle picked up her son, Brayden, from work that night, the family went to their hotel room.

She said she locked herself in the bathroom to take a break from Bryce's intense questions. 30 minutes later, she emerged from the bathroom and asked Bryce to go to the car to get her favorite blanket. The time was 3:30 a.m.

When he didn't return, she went out to look for him. Her blanket was gone from her car and Bryce was nowhere to be found.

Winelle said he left his cell phone, wallet and shoes behind in the hotel room. Later that morning, Winelle called her older brother, who told her someone was hit by a train at 4 a.m.

"I've been begging for help for months," she cried. "For months, I've been begging for help."

Over $95,000 in donations have poured in to a GoFundMe page to help the Gowdy family get back on their feet.

A recent study shows a dramatic increase in suicide deaths among Black adolescents and teenagers.

From 1991 to 2017, suicide attempts among Black children and teens rose by 73%.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
 

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Some women will be single in 2020 because they don't support their men. A young man named Sam purchased a new lacefront unit for the New Year. But when he FaceTime'd his girlfriend to show her, she put him down and posted his images on social media.

The woman accused her baby daddy of booking an appointment to get his wig installed instead of coming to pick up their daughter.

"Now yesterday on FaceTime you was bald and couldn't come get her cuz you had business to handle.. this the business Sam? A whole lace front!! I'm outdone!"

Ladies would you clown your baby's father for trying to improve his appearance to impress you?

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Tributes continue to pour in for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year's Day after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 77.

Stern transformed the NBA's hardscrabble players into polished gentleman by enforcing a strict dress code that required them to dress like the multimillionaires they are.

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Stern's dress code required all players to wear business attire such as tailored suits when coming to work and while departing the sports arena. Injured or benched players were also required to dress like they were owners.

The dress code was implemented after fans complained that they couldn't tell the NBA players from the criminals on the street.

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The worst offenders were NBA legends Allen Iverson (left) and Tim Duncan (not pictured), whose slovenly attire included throwback jerseys and baggy jeans.

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Stern's dress code was initially met with fierce opposition, as many NBA players complained and accused him of forcing them to dress like "the man.”

But the players soon settled into a routine of dressing impeccably in custom suits and designer shirts and shoes.

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Pro athletes like Dwyane Wade (pictured), LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook routinely made best dressed lists.

It looks like a men's fashion show when players arrive at arenas now. And that is all due to Stern's influence.

Turning NBA boys into men is among Stern's undying legacies.

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A 48-year-old man who was arrested for trying to abduct a drug-addicted woman off a subway train in The Bronx is giving his side of the story.

Sonny Alloway was arrested after a viral video showed him picking up a homeless woman and dragging her off the No. 6 train at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.

He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, and released.

The woman and a male friend, also homeless, were sleeping on the train to stay warm when the incident happened.

Cell phone video shows Alloway, who was seated across from them, tap the woman's leg and motion toward the door.

At the next stop, Alloway grabbed the frail woman and carried her off the train, as she yelled for help.

The woman and her friends spotted Alloway on the street the next day, and the mob delivered some street justice before the police were called.

In a new video released on New Year's Day, Alloway gives his side of the story. He claims the woman is a "crackhead" who asked him to help her get away from her pimp.

Watch the video below. The second video shows the attempted abduction. In the 3rd video, Alloway is seen professing his affection for young girls.
 

 

 

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CBS News issued a sincere apology on Monday night for mixing up photos of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The mixup occurred on Monday's broadcast of CBS Evening News. A photograph of Cummings was mistakenly identified as Lewis. Cummings died of natural causes on Oct. 17, at age 68.

"Tonight on the 6:30 p.m. ET broadcast of the CBS Evening News, one photograph was misidentified as Congressman John Lewis. We have replaced the photo in all broadcasts and platforms. We deeply regret the error," CBS tweeted.

News of Lewis' cancer diagnosis prompted reactions from celebrities and lawmakers on social media.

Lewis, 79, said he will continue to serve in the House of Representatives while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his cancer.

The civil rights leader once marched alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight for the freedom of Black people to vote in U.S. elections.

But on Sunday, Lewis announced he is in the biggest fight of his life.

"I have been in some kind of fight - for freedom, equality, basic human rights - for nearly my entire life," he said.

"I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now."

Lewis added: "I have a fighting chance."

Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers that can go undetected until it is too far advanced to treat.

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A Kansas cop resigned from the police force after admitting he scrawled the words "f*cking pig" on a McDonald's coffee cup and blamed a drive-thru worker.

The unnamed officer, 23, purchased the coffee at the drive-thru window of a McDonald's restaurant in Junction City, at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday posted a photo of the cup on the police department's official Facebook page and demanded justice for his officer. Outraged Facebook users called for the termination of the McDonald's employee.

In his Facebook post, Hornaday wrote: "This is what he paid for. Although I understand this is likely the act of one person and not a representation of the company. When it was brought to their attention the company offered him a 'free lunch'. No thank you."

He added, a "Big Mac and large fries doesn't make up for it."

After the photo went viral, Hornaday and the McDonald's reps held a news conference on Monday.

Dana Cook, the owner of the McDonald's franchise in Junction City, insisted she pored over every frame of the surveillance videos and the footage proved none of her employees wrote the expletive on the cup.

"We took seriously our role to be transparent and fully cooperative with Chief Hornaday throughout his investigation and we look forward to continuing a strong relationship with the department," Cook said.

She added: "Our McDonald's family maintains great respect for all members of law enforcement and the military, and it is with great pride that our restaurant is always open to you."

But Hornaday was not satisfied with her response.

"Hopefully, McDonald's will follow through with showing me the video that didn't exist when I met with them Saturday night," he told 13 News on Monday.

He added, there was a "whole lot more to the story than what is being portrayed online."

Later that day, Hornaday backtracked and deleted his original Facebook post. He said the police department was reviewing the surveillance video with McDonald's reps.

By Monday evening, Chief Hornaday announced the 23-year-old cop had resigned from the police force.

He declined to name the cop and he suggested the whole thing was meant to be a joke.

"Integrity is the one and only sole trait of a police officer that you cannot allow to be damaged," Hornaday said.

The police chief also addressed the public's concern that the ex cop will apply for a police job elsewhere.

"Once you damage your integrity, you're done. You will not work in this profession ever again," he said.

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard was arrested for domestic battery following a fight with his fiancee over a purse that wasn't hers.

According to TMZ Sports, Howard, 26, and his fiancee fought over a purse Howard purchased that wasn't a Christmas gift for her.

His fiancee told police Howard grabbed her arms and pushed her against a mirrored wall in a bathroom of their Davie, Florida home.

Responding officers observed "visible scratches and redness on her arm" and "redness and an abrasion" on her right elbow.

Howard was charged with domestic battery and booked into the Broward County Jail, hours after the Dolphins upset the New England Patriots on Sunday. Howard had missed the game because of a knee injury, according to Fox News.

The Dolphins released a statement on Monday. "We are aware of the situation and currently gathering information," the Dolphins told ESPN. "We will have no further comment at this time."

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This is not a drill. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is plastering highways with billboards to warn Virginians about the Democrats' plan to begin forcefully confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens on January 8, 2020.

Virginia is ground zero for the Democrats' anti-gun agenda with funding from billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.

Democrat lawmakers in the state of Virginia have reportedly asked for $250,000 to prepare jails to receive "thousands" of law-abiding citizens who refuse to give up their guns.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who survived that blackface/yearbook scandal, announced he is banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines (bullets) in the state.

He also plans to restore a law that limits gun purchases to one gun a month.

These sort of things take time to go into effect, so Northam is empowering the courts in Virginia to begin confiscating guns from any "person deemed to be a risk to himself or others" on January 8.

"We will at least start with those," he reportedly said during a Cabinet meeting in early November.

Considering Northam's history of wearing blackface, it isn't difficult to guess who "those" people are.

When asked about confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, Northam said "that's something I'm working on."

In response to Northam's threats, 90% of the counties and towns in Virginia have been declared sanctuaries from the Democrats' anti-gun agenda.

In the 1800s Virginia was a bustling port for the slavery trade. The Underground Railroad was formed there to free nearly 1,000 slaves in the South.

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ESPN college football reporter, Edward Aschoff died from double pneumonia, weeks after coming down with the flu. He was 34.

Aschoff died Tuesday on his birthday following a "brief illness," according to ESPN. He was known for his "compassionate" reporting on college football players.

Friends and colleagues of the young reporter said he died from pneumonia after being sickened with the flu.

Aschoff wrote an Instagram post about contracting pneumonia after covering a football game in early December. "Covering #TheGame was a lot of fun. Getting pneumonia ... not so much. But, hey, I'm a hockey player," he wrote.

On Dec. 4, he wrote:

"Having pneumonia is pretty terrible. Like the absolute worst. But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she’s risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself. All the soup, tea and delicious meals have kept me from crawling into a corner and crying the days away. Love you, babe. Thanks for putting up with my 5 am coughing fits..."

Aschoff and his fiancee, Katy Berteau, planned to marry in April 2020.

On Dec. 5, Aschoff tweeted that he was suffering from pneumonia in multiple lobes of his lungs. He described himself as someone who "never gets sick and has a very good immune system."

"Anyone ever had multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in their early 30s as [someone] who never gets sick and has a very good immune system? Asking for two friends ... my lungs."

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Aschoff's death shocked his friends and colleagues who shared their grief on social media.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta reports the widespread flu epidemic has killed nearly 2,000 people this flu season.

A new, unusual strain of the flu can make even healthy people vulnerable to common bacteria and virus that cause pneumonia.

Socialite Kim Porter, who had three children with hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, 50, died from double pneumonia on Nov. 15, 2018 after suffering with the flu for weeks. She would have turned 49 on Dec. 15.

The CDC estimates there have been at least 3.7 million flu cases this season, 32,000 requiring hospitalization. Over 1,900 people have died, including 19 children.

Doctors urge everyone 6 months and older to get flu shots ahead of the peak flu season, which is January through February in some geographical areas. High-dose flu shots are being marketed to people over 65.

You should call your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as you begin to feel symptoms of the flu and if your symptoms persist for longer than 7 days.

Symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • cough
  • fever/chills
  • body aches
  • headaches
  • eye pain
  • sore throat
  • low appetite
  • fatigue (weakness)
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    People at high risk for the flu are those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, HIV, the over 65 population, or people with weak immune systems.

    Adults with a fever of 102 F or higher and children with a fever of 103 F or higher should see a doctor right away.

    A common cold and the flu are caused by different viruses. Learn the difference between a cold and the flu.

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    Famed author J.K. Rowling was dragged on Twitter.com for agreeing with a woman who was fired for saying men can't change into women.

    Rowling, the first author to achieve a net worth of $1 billion, took sides with Maya Forstater, who lost her job last year for tweeting that a man can't be a woman.

    Forstater tweeted in September 2018:

    "What I am so surprised at is that smart people I admire, who ... champion human rights & womens rights are tying themselves in knots to avoid saying the truth that men cannot change into women (because that might hurt mens feelings."

    After Forstater was fired for stating a biological fact, she received support from prominent public figures, including Rowling.

    The Harry Potter author returned to Twitter.com after a hiatus to double down her defense of Forstater.

    "Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you. Live your best life in peace and security," the 54-year-old tweeted. "But force women out of their jobs for stating that [biological] sex is real?" she asked.

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    Angry Twitter users lashed out at Rowling, accusing her of being “transphobic."

    One disappointed user tweeted:

    "I grew up as a trans child reading your books as an escape. I would often pick out names and characters to give to myself, before I ever felt comfortable in who I was. This decision, to support people that hate me, and want to do me harm. It brings me to tears... Why. Why?"

    A British mum of a male-to-female transgender tweeted:

    "My daughter, who is trans, is a big fan of yours. It breaks my hears to see you post something indicating that discrimination against her is perfectly fine behaviour for an employee."

    She added, "The world's most credible medical orgs affirm trans people. Please catch up."

    Another Twitter user accused Rowling of using her massive platform to try and "destroy the left and ruin the lives of trans people."

    A third user wrote:

    "There is literally no excuse at this point for not knowing that jk rowling is a transphobic who hates trans people, especially trans women."

    Some of Rowling's 14.5 million followers threatened to boycott her books and movies.

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    Does your minor child own a cell phone? If the answer is yes, he or she has probably been exposed to "sexting" or sexual text messages.

    A new study shows 37% of children who own cell phones are exposed to sexting by age 13. The data for the study came from a parenting app called Jiminy that allows parents to regulate the content their children see on the Internet.

    The company found that 14.8% of children who own a smartphone had sent or received a sexual text message by age 10 and more than 37% had sent or received sexting messages by age 13.

    Jiminy warns parents that their children are far more open to sexual exploration online, which puts them at risk of being approached by sexual predators.

    "Sexting is quickly becoming a normative form of sexual exploration among preteens and teens," the study finds. "As such, parents would expect the real possibility that their children may be approached by others, known or unknown, or approach others in a sexually explicit manner."

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    Tens of thousands of Americans rallied across the nation in support of impeaching President Donald Trump on the eve of the House Democrats' historic vote.

    Evening rallies took place in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and even Republican stronghold cities to support impeaching Trump. The House vote is expected to be held on Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill.

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    Protesters from coast to coast held up homemade signs and shouted "impeach Trump!" and "No one's able the law."

    One sign read: "Make America Proud Again Impeach Trump." Others signs read: "Impeach and Remove," and "All I want for Christmas is impeach Trump."

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    The demonstrators - young and old - braved cold temperatures and freezing rain so their voices could be heard at rallies were organized by a coalition of liberal groups such as MoveOn.org.

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    House Democrats voted to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump, citing abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Trump is on the hot seat for asking a foreign power to investigate possible corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

    On Tuesday, President Trump drafted a six-page letter criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership. He specifically criticized her for saying she prays for him.

    "Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President,' when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense," Trump wrote.

    Pelosi called Trump's letter "sick," telling CNN, "I have no reactions. It's ridiculous."

    She added, "I haven't fully read it. We've been working. I've seen the essence of it, though, and it's really sick."

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    Police say a teenager who was believed to have been kidnapped off a Bronx street in front of her mother staged her own kidnapping.

    16-year-old Karol Sanchez was the subject of a massive manhunt after a surveillance camera captured three males grabbing her off the street in front of her frantic mother on Monday night.

    Police say Sanchez panicked after news of her ‘kidnapping' went viral on social media and made national headlines.

    At 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, a "trembling" Sanchez approached a patrol unit near Eagle Avenue and East 156th Street - close to where she had been allegedly kidnapped the night before.

    She will not face charges, an officer said as she was led out of the 40th Police Precinct after questioning Tuesday night.

    Police are investigating whether Sanchez's boyfriend had anything to do with the fake kidnapping.

    Sanchez's mother reportedly planned to move the family back to her native Honduras - but Sanchez didn't want to go.

    "Her mother wanted to move them back to Honduras, but she [Sanchez] was adamantly against it," one high-ranking police source told the NY Post.

    Sanchez and her mother were in town visiting family members when the fake kidnapping occurred.

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    A Brooklyn woman who was previously arrested for credit card theft and identity theft will receive $625,000 from the city after a wild confrontation with NYPD in a Brooklyn welfare office went viral.

    Jazmine Headley's confrontation with NYPD cops was captured on cell phone video that went viral online in 2018.

    Many sympathized with the 23-year-old single mom after she threw herself on the floor when security guards asked her to leave the welfare office.

    Headley had taken a day off from her job as a security guard to go to the food stamp office in Brooklyn to ask why daycare vouchers for her 1-year-old son were cut off.

    The food stamp office was crowded and Headley took a seat on the floor with her baby son, Damone.

    Human Resources officers asked Headley to stand up because she was blocking a hallway and arguing with others in the office. When she refused to leave, staffers called police.

    Cellphone video showed an officer trying to take Headley's baby son away from her as she rolled around on the floor screaming.

    Headley filed lawsuits against the city and the NYPD, which settled out of court for $625,000. Her attorney will get as much as 40% of the settlement.

    "Ms. Headley had been humiliated, assaulted, physically injured, threatened with a taser, brutally separated from her son, handcuffed, arrested, and jailed," her attorney stated in court documents.

    The lawyer claimed Damone "displayed changed behaviors," after the incident, including "a diminished appetite, separation anxiety, and difficulty sleeping, and he became more withdrawn."

    In addition to the taxpayer-funded $625,000, Headley also received $37,000 in donations raised by a GoFundMe page.

    The city's mayor and other prominent officials apologized to Headley.

    "We hope this settlement brings Ms. Headley and her family a degree of closure," said Mayor de Blasio's spokesperson Olivia Lapeyrolerie.
     

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    An attorney from Milwaukee who was reported missing after a night out in Atlanta died from injuries he sustained in a car crash in Clayton County.

    Demetrice Allen was last seen on Dec. 6 when he stopped by TEN ATL, a bar in East Atlanta Village, to drink with friends.

    Allen's best friend said Allen's next stop was The Graveyard Tavern on Glenwood Avenue. By 2 a.m., the group noticed Allen was gone.

    In response to a text message from LaShauna Wint, Allen said he was heading to The Cookout restaurant on Moreland Avenue for a burger before going home.

    Clayton County police were called to a multi-car accident with injuries in the area of Interstate 285 and Old Dixie highway.

    Allen's 2015 BMW 328i was among the vehicles involved in the accident. He was determined to be the at-fault driver.

    The 30-year-old employment attorney was described as "alert, conscious and combative" with police.

    His injuries were not considered life-threatening, but his condition prevented police from identifying him at the accident scene.

    Police following up with the hospital where Allen was taken learned he succumbed to his injuries. Hospital staff called the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, who took custody of his body for an autopsy in the GBI crime lab.

    Allen's godmother, Daphne Handley, with whom he was staying, reported him missing on Dec. 8.

    It wasn't until days later that police realized the deceased man was the attorney reported missing in local and national headlines.

    Allen was in Atlanta to interview for a job in the legal department at Delta Airlines, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    "He's overcome so many obstacles in life," said Wint before Allen was identified.

    Wint said Allen lost his single mother about 10 years ago.

    "He still pushed through and he finished college, top grades, got into the top law school," Wint told Fox6 Now. "He's just a fighter."

    South Fulton Police announced Allen's death on Friday, Dec. 13. There was no explanation why authorities failed to contact his next-of-kin after he died.

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    A man claims he is D'Wan Sims, a Detroit boy who went missing from a mall while Christmas shopping with his mother in 1994. D'Wan would now be 29 years old.

    D'Wan's mother, Dwanna Harris, told police her son went missing while she was shopping with him at the Wonderland Mall in Livonia on Dec. 11, 1994.

    Detroit police reviewed surveillance video from the mall at the time Harris claimed her son went missing. There were no sightings of D'Wan with his mother, leading police to believe D'Wan was never in the mall.

    "I was here at the department and we looked at all of the video, we checked everything, and we never saw D'Wan with his mother," Taig told Detroit 4 News.

    Sgt. Shelley Holloway told The Detroit Free Press in 2009 that investigators were "pretty confident D'Wan never made it to the Wonderland Mall."

    Now a man on Facebook claims to be D'Wan. Detroit police were alerted to the man's Facebook post in which he claims he is the missing boy. Dailymail.com identified the man as Mike Cash.

    Cash shared a baby photo of himself on Facebook, saying his baby picture bares a close resemblance to D'Wan when he was 4.

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    But Internet users wondered how a man who was 4 when he went missing has a baby photo of himself.

    Cash contacted the Detroit police who obtained a sample of his DNA. Police are skeptical of his story after he said he didn't want his information released to the news media.

    "I guess what's odd is that he claimed that he didn't want any of this information out in the media and from what I understand he had put this out on social media," Livonia police Capt. Ron Taig told Detroit 4 News.

    Cash spoke with Harris on Facebook, but he said she blocked him. He also asked her to meet with him at the Detroit police station, but she said she was not comfortable with that.

    "She did contact and talk to this person and ask him about some personal information that only her and D'Wan Sims would know, like birthmarks," Taig said. "He wasn't able to answer those questions, along with the date of birth."

    Cash complained in a Facebook post, saying Harris blocked him. "I need a f****** lawyer man," he wrote.

    In a 1994 press conference, Harris complained she was being treated unfairly and compared to the Susan Smith case.

    Smith is a South Carolina woman who claimed her 2 sons were kidnapped by a Black male during a carjacking. Smith later confessed to drowning her sons in a lake. She is now 48 and serving life in prison.

    The Detroit Free Press reported in 2009 that Harris changed her name and moved to South Carolina.

    D'Wan is still listed as missing on the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children website.

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    CNN fired a 16-year employee who filed multiple lawsuits alleging race discrimination and accused his boss of threatening his life. Dewayne Walker filed discrimination lawsuits after he applied for 31 jobs at CNN.

    Walker was fired for litigation abuse and accusing a CNN executive of threatening his life.

    According to Walker's complaint, he filed 31 applications for jobs at CNN, and "has never been contacted for a vast majority of his applications."

    Walker also complained that he wasn't promoted at CNN because of his race.

    In a new lawsuit filed in November, Walker claimed his life was threatened by his boss Whit Friese, Vice President and group creative director at CNN.

    Walker, who is Black, claimed Friese, who is white, threatened him in a restroom on August 15, 2019 at CNN Center.

    The lawsuit alleges Friese ordered Walker to drop his discrimination lawsuits. "Just drop it," Friese allegedly said.

    "Or?" Walker replied.

    Friese then approached Walker at the urinal and quietly whispered: "If you f**k with my money, I will kill you."

    Walker was placed on administrative leave with pay after he met with CNN's HR manager to complain about his encounter with Friese in the restroom.

    A court hearing was scheduled to get Walker reinstated to his job. Walker complained in his lawsuit that being on leave hurt his stature and his career.

    "It's a travesty and a sham, said Walker's attorney Mario Williams. "You're using an administrative process to punish a person who made the complaint. The best thing to firing someone is keeping him out of office on administrative leave with pay even though he's the victim."

    After an internal investigation, CNN determined Walker "fabricated" his accusation against Friese. Walker was then let go from his job.

    The AJC's Rodney Ho learned Walker was fired after he showed up to an empty courtroom to cover Walker's reinstatement hearing which was scheduled for Dec. 11.

    Walker's attorney had written in a court filing, "this hearing is moot due to recent events."
     

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    A homeowner in Wisconsin wants answers from FedEx after her security doorbell camera caught a FedEx driver cursing while mishandling a large package.

    Andrea Wendorf told WISN she was at work when her security doorbell camera caught the FedEx driver having a meltdown while picking up a sofa she ordered from Wayfair.

    The video footage shows the driver cursing while dragging the package through the snow and dropping the heavy package on the frozen asphalt.

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    The FedEx driver cursed while speaking to a fellow employee on his cell phone as he struggled with the oversized package.

    The 144-pound sofa had been delivered by FedEx twice, but the furniture was damaged both times.

    "Now we're wondering if it was broken because of the way they treat the merchandise," Wendorf told WISN.

    According to FedEx's guidelines on its website, the package is within its acceptable weight limits of 150 pounds.

    Wendorf said she sent the video to FedEx but she received no response. So she took her complaint to the news media.

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    10 former NFL players have been charged with defrauding a healthcare program set up to reimburse out-of-pocket medical expenses.

    The ten NFL players, including ex-Redskins star Clinton Portis, face 20 years in prison if they are convicted of defrauding the league's healthcare program.

    U.S. Justice Department prosecutors allege the players defrauded the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. The healthcare plan was established in 2006 to provide tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses.

    $3.4 million was paid out in 2017 and 2018 to former players, their wives and dependents for a total of $10 million. Some of the former players claimed they suffered from CTE-type brain injuries during their playing days.

    Other players submitted claims to be reimbursed for expensive medical equipment like oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, and electromagnetic therapy devices costing up to $50,000 each.

    The alleged ringleaders accepted $10,000 in kickbacks from players involved in the scheme.

    The Justice Department announced the indictments during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 12.

    Other former players charged in the scheme include Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris "C.C." Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett and Etrick Pruitt.

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    President Donald Trump was not impressed that Time magazine chose 16-year-old high school dropout Greta Thunberg as 2019 person of the year.

    Thunberg is a Swedish activist who travels the world by train and boat to campaign against climate change.

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    In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump called Time magazine's choice "ridiculous" and suggested Greta work on her "Anger Management" and make new friends her age.

    "Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend," he wrote.

    He added: "Chill Greta, Chill!"

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    Trump was referring to Greta's angry outbursts and her habit of speaking to adults in a disrespectful tone. According to her handlers, Greta is "autistic.”

    In response to Trump's tweet, Greta, who has 3 million followers, changed her Twitter bio to read:

    "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."

    Trump is the 2nd world leader to publicly spank the teenager this week.

    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro rebuked Greta after she criticized his country for not protecting indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

    "It's impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that," Bolsonaro said.

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    Harvey Weinstein and his accusers reached a tentative $25 million settlement after two years of negotiations. But lawyers for one victim disagrees with a large portion of the settlement going toward Weinstein's legal bills.

    Weinstein, 67, is accused of sexually harassing and abusing more than 30 actresses and former employees. He is currently out of jail on $5 million bond.

    A judge on Tuesday hiked Weinstein's bond from $1 million to $5 million after the prosecutor's office said Weinstein tampered with his ankle monitor 56 times.

    The $25 million settlement requires final approval and a sign-off by all parties. But not all parties are happy with the terms of the settlement.

    In a statement to Sandrarose.com on Wednesday, attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer responded to a NY Times article about the settlement.

    Wigdor and Mintzer represent Wedil David who accused Weinstein of raping her in 2016.

    "I am not confirming the NYT story and facts contained therein. My statement is a comment on the story," Wigdor said in his statement.

    Wigdor says 48% of the $25 million settlement will go toward some of the legal bills for Weinstein, his bother Bob Weinstein, and directors for Weinstein's bankrupt production company.

    "We reject the notion that this was the best settlement that could have been achieved on behalf of the victims," Wigdor said in the statement.

    "It is shameful that $12 million of the settlement is going to the lawyers for the directors who we alleged enabled Harvey Weinstein and it is even more outrageous that the proposed settlement will seek to bind non participating members by providing a release to the insurance companies and the directors of the Weinstein Company itself. While we don't begrudge victims who want to settle, we plan to vigorously object to any provision that tries to bind victims who want to proceed with holding Harvey Weinstein accountable for his actions which is exactly what we intend to do."

    Weinstein entered Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday using a walker. Weinstein's lawyer said he will undergo surgery to repair a lower back injury he sustained in a car accident.

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    Now we know why disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein needed assistance for his latest court appearance last week. Weinstein was clearly weak as he struggled to walk down steps following his court appearance on Dec. 6.

    According to Weinstein's lawyer, he needs an operation to correct a back injury sustained in a car accident in August.

    Attorney Donna Rotunno, who claims her client uses a walker, lashed out at the news media for suggesting Weinstein is faking his back injury to gain sympathy ahead of his upcoming sexual abuse trial.

    "I was dismayed to see all the press coverage incorrectly stating that Mr. Weinstein was trying to garner sympathy at his court appearance," she said in a statement obtained by TMZ.

    "Prior to entering the court, he wanted to leave the walker in the car, so it did not appear that he was looking for sympathy as he is not. The press surrounding his physical condition is mean spirited and false."

    Prosecutors accused Weinstein of tampering with his ankle bracelet. A monitoring service was unable to track him on 56 occasions. The prosecutor asked a judge to raise Weinstein's bond from $1 million to $5 million.

    Over a dozen women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct and abuse.

    Weinstein's trial begins in January. He pleaded not guilty to charges he raped a woman in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on another woman in 2006.

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    Walmart has apologized for selling a Christmas sweater that featured a Santa Claus who was jolly for all the wrong reasons.

    Walmart pulled the sweaters from its online inventory and apologized after customers complained on Twitter.com on Saturday.

    The sweater featured Santa Claus seated at a table preparing to snort three lines of what appears to be powdered cocaine. The sweater was emblazoned with the words "Let It Snow."

    Twitter users argued, even if Walmart didn't notice the offensive image on the sweater, how could they miss the product description: "Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow."

    "Walmart, explain why was this okay? Ever! Who was the target market?" tweeted one irate user.

    Walmart also removed other offensive Christmas sweaters that featured a partially nude Santa sitting on a porcelain throne and a Santa spanking Mrs. Claus.

    In a statement to Global News, Walmart apologized profusely for "any unintended offense this may have caused" and attributed the blame to a "third-party seller" on Walmart Canada.

    Walmart said the product did not "represent Walmart's values and have no place on our website."

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    Pastor John Gray told his congregation he is not backing down during Sunday morning's sermon at his Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

    "I have heard that we are being evicted," the embattled preacher said, as the first lady Aventer Gray looked on. "We are not being evicted because we have paid our bills."

    Gray took over as pastor of the former Redemption Church after the original owners, Ron and Hope Carpenter, moved to San Jose, California to take over another church.

    But now the Carpenters want their church back after what they say is financial mismanagement and failure to pay the rent.

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    The drama peaked earlier this year when Pastor Gray asked his flock for $250,000 for repairs on the roof. He asked 2,500 church members to tithe $100 each toward the fund. He said the Carpenters left the church in debt.

    "(Ron Carpenter) handed us keys. The keys were not to a paid off building, the keys were to an opportunity, an opportunity to continue the work," Gray said. "Nothing you see is paid off. It wasn't paid off when we got here."

    In April 2019, Hope Carpenter made a surprise visit to Relentless and addressed the congregation. "I cut people" and "I got a knife right there in that pocketbook, so Greenville News, come on," she said, according to The Greenville News.

    In November, the Carpenters served an eviction notice on Gray, giving him until December 31 to clear out of the church he renamed "Relentless" after taking over in 2017.

    But Gray told his congregation that the lease is all paid up and they are not going anywhere.

    In his 8:30 a.m. sermon, Gray said "We are quietly working behind the scenes, and it's unfortunate that something was shared outside the body of Christ... We are not going to adjudicate this in public."

    The scandal forced Greenville residents and Gray's supporters to take sides.

    "[I don't know] what John Gray did or did not do. But my problem is with the bigger issue of white preachers pastoring majority black congregations, who, when the money (back to them) ain’t right (allegedly), they want to come back and "rescue" the church from the inept black pastor," tweeted seminary student Kevin Vandiver.

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    Gray urged his congregation not to "trash talk" the Carpenters. He encouraged his followers to stay focused and not become distracted.

    "All of this is a distraction because the enemy wants us to fight each other," he said, according to The Greenville News.

    "I promise we are not leaving this city," he said, adding that Relentless will be open next Sunday and the Sunday after that.

    "We're going to be here. We're going to be in Greenville. We're going to be Relentless Church for as long as Jesus says so."

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    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden refuses to answer questions about an outdated racial term he used in a viral clip from a 2017 video.

    The video clip shows Biden surrounded by Black women and children at a pool renaming ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware.

    Biden regaled the crowd with a colorful story about the time he worked as a lifeguard at a desegregated swimming pool back in the day.

    "By the way, you know, I sit on the stand, and it get[s] hot. I got a lot, I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun, and the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again. They'd look at it. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap."

     

    The video clip didn't generate interest in the mainstream news media. But Black Twitter questioned what the 77-year-old Democratic candidate meant when he uttered the term "roaches" while surrounded by Black children.

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    Many questioned the timing of the video clip, which resurfaced online after former President Barack Obama made it clear that Biden is not his choice for the Democratic nominee.

    Biden doesn't bond with voters, Obama allegedly said during a meeting with presidential hopefuls in his D.C. office earlier this year.

    Famed radio host and attorney Larry Elder wondered aloud in a rhetorical tweet, "And if @realDonaldTrump referred to blacks kid as "ROACHES"? [sic].

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    Biden's history of insensitive racial remarks continues to plague his campaign, already hobbled by his son Hunter Biden's inconvenient comedy of errors.

    During his early days in the U.S. Senate, Biden was strongly opposed to busing to desegregate schools. He warned busing would lead to a "racial jungle."

    California Senator Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race last week, confronted Biden during a tense Democratic primary debate in June.

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    "I do not believe you are a racist," she said, as she criticized his praise for staunch segregationists like Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

    "But it was hurtful to hear you talk [about] the reputations of two United States Senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country."

    "And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And you know, there was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me."

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    34 West Virginia cadets who gave Nazi salutes in a "disgraceful" class photo were suspended without pay and three were fired a day after the photo went viral, sparking outrage around the world.

    The cadets who participated in a basic training class at the West Virginia Division of Corrections are seen raising the Nazi salute in the photo. The basic training class was held from Oct. 21 to Nov. 27.

    Their faces are obscured to protect their identities during the "ongoing investigation", according to the NY Post via the NY Daily News.

    Gov. Jim Justice told the Post that he wanted everyone in the photo fired. He said he "ordered the termination of all those that are found to be involved" in the photo - including the photographers.

    The photo is captured "HAIL BYRD!", which the Post claims is in reference to a class instructor - not the late Senator Robert Byrd, a known racist and KKK Grand Wizard who admitted creating a Ku Klux Klan chapter before he entered politics. Byrd died in 2010 at age 92.

    Byrd was close friends with Hillary Clinton, who said she looked up to him for advice during her terms in the Senate and as U.S. secretary of state.

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