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Bubba Wallace's girlfriend, Amanda Carter, wrote an Instagram post thanking NASCAR fans for their support after a "noose" was found in Wallace's garage bay at Talladega on Sunday.

Carter also urged white people - including herself - to examine their prejudices.

"We must continue the conversation, no one is exempt from taking a look at themselves," wrote Carter, who has dated Wallace for 2 years. "The fact I date a black man does not exempt me."

Carter's post included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

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The "noose" turned out to be a garage door pull-down rope that can be seen in photos and videos of the same garage #4 as far back as 2017 (see video below).

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The same pull-down rope is seen in this video image from Nov. 2019. The loop at the end of the rope at garage bay #4 - the garage assigned to Wallace's team -- shows the loop is cut off and the rope is shorter than it was in 2019.

The video tour below of the Talladega garage shows ropes with hand loops hanging at every garage door.

Even though bloggers have provided incontrovertible proof that similar ropes with loops on the end are hanging at all NASCAR garage doors, Wallace and NASCAR officials continue to insist Wallace is the victim of racism.

In an appearance on The View on Tuesday, Wallace, who is the only Black or biracial driver in NASCAR, confirmed he spoke with the FBI about the alleged hate crime.

He called doubters who believe the noose story is a PR stunt "simple-minded people" who are "afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for... instead of trying to listen and understand what's going on."
 

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The Department of Justice has dropped all charges against President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The news sent shockwaves through Washington DC, a week after evidence released to Flynn's lawyers show FBI agents tried to trap Flynn into lying to them.

Flynn, a Democrat, had been director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama but was terminated from his job.

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He then joined Trump's presidential campaign helping to shape Trump's foreign policy and introducing Trump at his campaign rallies.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017. He also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe that found no wrongdoing by Trump's administration.

In January 2020, Flynn filed documents to withdraw his guilty plea. His sentencing was "indefinitely postponed" until a later date.

The retired Army Lt. General was an important figure in Trump's administration. He served under Trump for only one month before he was accused of accepting money from foreign governments without approval in 2016.

President Trump told reporters he had no prior knowledge of the DOJ's decision to drop all charges.

Earlier in the week, Trump said he would welcome Flynn back into his administration.

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Aviation officials and law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating whether Kobe Bryant's helicopter pilot was suicidal at the time of the crash that killed the NBA legend and 7 other passengers.

Aviation experts who studied the helicopter's bizarre flight path and weather maps observed that the pilot flew away from the airport and he had enough visibility to see the hills before he flew into them.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), alongside the FBI are investigating whether pilot Ara Zobayan flew a controlled flight into terrain or CFIT.

A controlled flight into terrain is an accident in which a pilot intentionally or inadvertently flies an aircraft into the ground, a mountain, a body of water, or an obstacle such as a building.

"All signs point to a [controlled flight into terrain]," an aviation source told The Washington Examiner.

An air traffic controller warned Zobayan at least twice that he was flying too low to be tracked by radar.

Federal aviation officials are looking into Zobayan's background and interviewing his friends and family to determine whether he had financial or personal problems.

Suicide by pilot is an event in which a pilot intentionally crashes an aircraft in an attempt to kill himself and sometimes passengers.

The suicide by pilot theory was considered after flight data shows Zobayan flew too low and turned away from the airport toward the hilly terrain in the final seconds before the crash that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 6 other passengers.

The crash also killed college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, who played on the same basketball team with Gianna. Another young basketball player, Payton Chester, was also killed along with her mother, Sarah Chester; and Christina Maurer, a girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School, a private elementary school.

Zobayan, 50, was an experienced licensed commercial pilot of 12 years, a certified flight instructor of 2 years and a ground instructor of 11 years, according to federal aviation records.

Audio captured by LiveATC.net revealed that the pilot said he was climbing to avoid clouds when he suddenly veered off path above U.S. Route 101. Seconds later, he crashed into the hillside.

Zobayan was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his eyesight to see the ground below him rather than using the helicopter's more accurate instrument panel to determine his elevation.

Disoriented pilots often follow Route 101 when flying by sight only.

Aviation expert Philip Greenspun told The Weather Channel: "You have to really follow [Route] 101 carefully if you want to avoid the hills. Once you mistakenly point the helicopter toward the hills due to, perhaps, being in a cloud or the visibility being really low, the only way to get away from the hills is by turning. Not by climbing into them."

Aviation experts say a pilot with Zobayan's experience should have flown away from the hills in dense fog, not toward them.

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Bryant's former pilot, Kurt Deetz, has claimed that the Sikorski S-76B was "almost bulletproof" and would not have dropped out of the sky and crashed into a hillside.

Deetz said the helicopter was like a "limousine" that was in "fantastic" condition and it was "so reliable" that it wouldn't just "fall out of the sky."

"There aren't a lot of people readily qualified to fly it," Deetz told CNN on Monday. "They don't just fall out of the sky."

Deetz told the L.A. Times that the crash likely occurred due to dense fog rather than engine or mechanical problems. The weather was so bad that local police departments grounded their choppers.

"The likelihood of a twin engine failure on that aircraft - it just doesn't happen," he said.

The $13 million helicopter was 29 years old and logged "more than 7.4 million hours of safe flight.

In his final transmission to the tower Zobayan told an air traffic controller he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer.

Pilots who spoke with TMZ said they believe Zobayan panicked and ascended 2,000 feet in order to clear a mountain.

Flight tracking data shows he then rapidly descended 1,700 feet in what may have been an attempt to fly under the fog.

At the time of the crash, the fog ceiling was about 1,300 feet above ground with a visibility of 5 miles. The pilots believe Zobayan would have seen the mountain before he flew into it.

Several of the pilots agree that Zobayan should have switched to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and climbed above the fog rather than descend.

An air traffic controller warned Zobayan that he was flying too low to be seen on radar. "Two Echo X-ray, you are still too low for flight following at this time."

The tail number of Bryant's helicopter was N72EX.

Seconds later, the helicopter reportedly plunged nearly 500 feet in 15 seconds before it crashed into the hillside above Calabasas.

The crash site is only 17 miles from the Mamba Sports Academy, where the group was heading to attend a girls basketball tournament.

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When it struck the hillside, the helicopter was flying at about 184mph and descending at a rate of 4,000 feet per minute, according to Flightradar24. The wreckage was scattered over the length of a football field.

The rugged terrain complicated efforts to recover the remains. Only three bodies were recovered by Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office.

Medical examiner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, estimated it would take a couple more days to recover the rest of the bodies.

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After taking a victory lap last week, James Comey shocked everyone by apologizing for the FBI's "gross misconduct" in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey headed the FBI from 2013 until he was fired by incoming President Donald Trump in 2017.

After inspector general Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report last week, Comey called the report "ridiculous" and claimed it vindicated him of any bias toward Trump.

But the inspector general's report found 17 "significant errors and omissions" by the FBI who presented this falsified info to a judge in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump's 2016 campaign.

Comey was still claiming victory for himself until he sat down for an interview with Fox News Sunday on Dec. 15. He suddenly remembered being responsible for "real sloppiness" over the handling of the FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.

He said his earlier defense of the FBI was "wrong", and that inspector general Horowitz "was right."

Comey's confession sent the liberal news media reeling on Sunday.

According to the Guardian.com, Comey may have changed his tune after President Trump threatened "years in jail."

"I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI had built over 20 years," Comey said on Sunday. "I thought they were robust enough. It's incredibly hard to get a Fisa and [Horowitz] was right: there was real sloppiness. It was not acceptable."

According to the Guardian, Comey's sudden change of heart gives Trump and the Republicans the fuel they need to continue to attack the FBI as the heart of the "deep state".

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The FBI identified the two armed thieves who robbed a Miami jewelry store and took a UPS truck on a high-speed police chase that ended with 4 people dead, including the robbers.

The FBI identified the thieves as Lamar Alexander, 41, left, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, of Miami-Dade County.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said two armed robbers robbed a jewelry store on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables at 4:17 p.m. Thursday.

After leaving the store empty handed, the thieves fled in a U-Haul truck. But they ditched the truck about a mile away, where they hijacked a UPS truck driven by Frank Ordonez, a 5 year UPS employee who was on his first day as a driver.

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The police chase ended in a wild shootout at a busy intersection about 25 miles north of Coral Gables. Police fired an estimated 200 rounds at the truck which got stuck in traffic at a busy intersection in Broward County.

19 cops took up positions behind occupied civilian vehicles.

Killed in the shootout were Ordonez, 27, the two robbers and a civilian in a car.

Friends of Ordonez demanded to know why police failed to take proper precautions in a hostage situation.

Black Twitter users say the fact that the robbers are Black explains why the cops fired wildly at the UPS truck, without any regard for the civilians in the intersection.

The murders of Black unarmed men by white cops in America sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.


 

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Actress Kristen Bell showed her support for 3-year-old Kamille McKinney who vanished from a Birmingham, AL housing project after attending a birthday party on Oct. 12.

The 39-year-old "Gossip Girl" star posted a photo of Kamille on her Instagram story. She asked her followers to keep an eye out for the child known affectionately as "Cupcake".

"Spread the word, Blavity fam! [sic] Let's help bring Cupcake home," Bell captioned the photo. She included an emoji of Black praying hands.

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Police released surveillance footage on Friday that shows a man approach Kamille as she played in the front yard of a residence at the Tom Brown Village housing project around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows. She was not wearing shoes. She is 3 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds.

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The man is a suspect in Kamille's disappearance. He has been identified by police but his identity has not been released.

Police conducted a grid search in a 2 mile area just north of Springville Road near Huffman Road. The area is frequented by the suspect seen in the surveillance footage.

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A witness saw a man pull Kamille into a dark Toyota Sequoia SUV on the night she disappeared. Kamille's father, Dominic, said Kamille probably knows the person who took her. He said she would never get in the car with a stranger.

"She's not no little girl that's going to go get in the back. She's not friendly like that," Dominic said.

The FBI has expanded the search for Kamille across state lines into Georgia.

Anyone with information on Kamille's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777 or contact the FBI's Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the Birmingham Police Department’s South Precinct at 205-254-2793.

There is a $33,000 reward. Callers can remain anonymous.

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It was déjà vu all over again when news broke that a convicted killer in Texas had confessed to 93 murders.

The news media was quick to label 79-year-old Samuel Little as America's "most prolific serial killer".

The FBI has "confirmed about half" of Little's confessions, although no bodies have been unearthed so far. He has recounted 93 murders from memory.

It all began with two cold case files pulled from a dusty Miami-Dade warehouse. Little's recollections of the 2 murders appeared to match the evidence in the files.

Detectives claim they didn't feed him any of the details about the cold cases. They just let him talk. Authorities promised to take the death penalty off the table if he confessed to multiple murders. So he did.

"The more you tell us, the more pictures we can show you," Miami-Dade Police detective David Denmark remembers telling Little.

His detailed confessions were uncanny, according to the Washington Post, "from the cement arch he claims he drove under before choking Miriam Chapman to the way he buried Mary Brosley with her leg sticking out because the dirt was so hard."

But, as the Washington Post points out, officials may have unwittingly provided those details to the killer.

Denmark insists this is not a repeat of the now infamous Henry Lee Lucas case.

In 1983, Lucas, already on trial for murdering one elderly woman, became a household name when he confessed to 100 more murders "out there somewhere."

The Texas Rangers believed his stories. The news media wanted to believe him. And soon enough, dozens of eager law enforcement officials, prosecutors and reporters from all over the country lined up to interview Lucas in jail.

The 100 murders Lucas confessed to soon grew to 600 murders. The news media went into a feeding frenzy.

Lucas's lies were exposed when a reporter extracted a confession from him that he made the whole thing up.

But Denmark insists Little's case is different because interrogation techniques have improved since the 1980s.

"We knew what the deal was because [Little] had given these details without even talking to us,” Denmark told The Washington Post.

All the feds have to go on are Little's elaborately detailed confessions and the colorful drawings that used to line the walls of his prison cell. There are roughly 50 victims depicted in the artwork. Little claims he created the images of his victims from memory.

The feds are so desperate to close cold cases, that they compiled an online gallery featuring Little's drawings. Their hope is that the paintings will jog the memories of family members whose loved ones went missing or were murdered between 1970 and 2005.

One man, who was 5-years-old when his mother was murdered, claims he recognized her from one of the drawings. CBS News program "60 Minutes" compared the drawing to an old photograph of the woman. There is no resemblance between the drawing and the woman in the photo.

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But the feds are convinced that there is enough of a resemblance to close the cold case. And so on. And so on.

The feds and the news media believe Little is a "prolific serial killer", but others remain skeptical.

One Washington Post reader wrote: "This developmentally challenged bum just likes to watercolor faces of women. He wants Dr. Pepper, Cheetos, and an audience of gullible law enforcement."

And a YouTube viewer wrote, "When is a confession, without any bodies, verifiable evidence?"

For inmates like Little, confessing to nearly 100 murders is better than sitting alone in a 6x8 cell for 23 hours a day.

Little is currently in a prison in Texas.
 

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