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Dems offer Trump ‘21st century border security’ in place of wall
House Democrats are trying to sweeten the pot and end the government shutdown by offering President Trump billions for “21st century border security” to coax him into giving up his demands for a wall. The proposal would provide up to $5.7 billion to boost personnel at the border, add technical enhancements like sensors and drones...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:25:57 -0500)

Betsy DeVos stuck in wheelchair for months after cycling accident
WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed Wednesday that she won’t be able to walk unassisted for at least three months after a cycling accident last month that broke her pelvis and hip socket. DeVos appeared at a Heritage Foundation event in Washington, DC, to tout school choice and told the audience that she’ll be...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:42:02 -0500)

Man spotted walking around Oklahoma campus in blackface
Police at the University of Oklahoma are on the hunt for a man who was spotted walking around campus in blackface on Wednesday — just days after two female students came under fire for donning blackface in a Snapchat video. “Ok so random dude @ The University of Oklahoma? he really feels bold enough to...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:16:14 -0500)

Boy reportedly hangs self after bullies tell him to commit suicide
An Ohio sixth-grader reportedly took his own life after school bullies told him to commit suicide. Aaron Fuller, 13, hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom Jan. 11 over what his family believes was a result of the bullying he experienced at Lake Middle School, the Toledo Blade reported. His family returned from running...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:01:17 -0500)

Ocasio-Cortez was the only Dem to vote ‘no’ on bill to reopen the government
WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the lone House Democrat Wednesday to vote against leadership-backed bills to reopen the government because she opposes money for Immigration and Customs Enforcement or additional border security measures. “We were having conversations with our community after we voted for DHS [Department of Homeland Security] funding the first time,” Ocasio-Cortez...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:50:55 -0500)

Alleged kidnapper of Boston woman weeps, sucks thumb in first court date
The Massachusetts man charged with abducting a young woman and holding her captive in his apartment for three days bawled like a baby and sucked his thumb during his “bizarre” first court appearance on Wednesday, according to a report. As Victor Pena sobbed inconsolably inside Charlestown Municipal Court, his lawyer pleaded not guilty on Pena’s...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:34:12 -0500)

Cops search home in disappearance of mom with newborn twins
Police in Kentucky looking for clues about a missing mom of newborn twins executed a search warrant on a home, according to reports. The investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Savannah Spurlock led detectives Tuesday to a Garrard County home, where one of the two men she was last seen with lives, news station WDRB...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:28:56 -0500)

Venezuelan anti-government protesters demand Maduro resign
Throngs of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Venezuela on Wednesday to demand the resignation of leftist President Nicolas Maduro, whose economic policies have left the country on the brink of collapse. Moments before the demonstrations broke out, opposition leader Juan Guaido, 35, declared himself interim president and immediately received recognition from President Trump....
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:11:29 -0500)

5 people shot dead in Florida bank, suspect arrested
A gunman fatally shot five people inside a Florida bank Wednesday afternoon, launching a tense, two-hour SWAT standoff that ended with the shooter surrendering to cops, authorities said. Zephen Xaver, 21, opened fire in a SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring — about 80 miles southeast of Tampa — around 12:30 p.m., police said at an...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:09:09 -0500)

Maduro gives US diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela
Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said he’s cutting off relations with the US, and giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country, Fox News reported. The socialist leader ordered a review of Venezuela’s relationship with the US after the Trump administration officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s interim president. Hundreds...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:05:00 -0500)

Missing 3-year-old boy disappeared from grandma’s backyard: cops
A search is underway for a missing 3-year-old boy from North Carolina who disappeared from his grandmother’s backyard, according to police. Deputies said Casey Hathaway was playing with two other kids Tuesday afternoon in the backyard of an Ernul home before he vanished, news station WCTI reported. His grandmother searched for the 3-year-old for 45...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:00:51 -0500)

How elite financiers feel about Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed wealthy tax
Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent tax on the rich was met with skepticism Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, according to reports. The 29-year-old Democrat, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, suggested this month that the tax could fund a climate change plan dubbed the “Green New...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:20:09 -0500)

NJ teacher threatens to shoot up preschool, say cops, who seize three guns in home
A New Jersey preschool teacher allegedly threatened colleagues that she would shoot up the school, authorities and reports said Wednesday. “One day, I’m gonna come here and shoot it up,” Gina Schroeder allegedly told fellow teachers at The Goddard School in Elmwood Park on Friday, prompting them to call the cops. Police briefly placed the...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:14:21 -0500)

Teen threatened to shoot third-graders for insulting his mom: cops
A North Carolina teen who threatened on social media to shoot third-graders for insulting his mom claimed it was all a joke, police said. Isaiah David Napier, 18, of Wake Forest, is charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property, WSOC reported. Napier was being held in the Wake County Detention...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:09:18 -0500)

Family says it’s been ‘a living hell’ trying to find missing teen
A teen girl from California vanished after hanging out with a friend 10 days ago, and her family says her disappearance has turned their lives into “a living hell.” Aranda Briones, 16, was last seen Jan. 13, before she went to meet a male pal she knew from school, her family told local station KTLA....
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:57:25 -0500)

Cop demanded oral sex in exchange for ignoring woman’s arrest warrant: docs
A police officer in Arizona ignored a woman’s arrest warrant in exchange for oral sex after a confrontation at a convenience store earlier this month, court documents show. Tucson Police Officer Richard Daniel, a 33-year-old three-year department veteran, responded to a report of a dispute between a clerk and a woman inside a 7-Eleven on...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:45:36 -0500)

Missing soccer star’s ex blames mysterious ‘football mafia’
Emiliano Sala’s model ex-girlfriend is claiming that the “football mafia” is behind the doomed plane that disappeared over the English Channel. Berenice Schkair, 27, said her “heart is broken” and she is “destroyed” after hearing the plane her former partner was on vanished on its way to Cardiff. She said she feels “pain, fear and...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:18:31 -0500)

Soccer star gave team one ‘last goodbye’ before plane disappeared
Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala gave his team one “last goodbye” — just hours before the small plane he was aboard vanished en route to Wales. The 28-year-old striker made the now-eerie sign-off on Twitter to his FC Nantes teammates after landing a record $19 million contract to play for Cardiff City. “La ultima ciao,”...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:12:21 -0500)

Pelosi rejects Trump, says House won’t authorize State of the Union address in chamber
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday flatly rejected President Trump’s acceptance of her initial invitation to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress. “I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House chamber until...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:56:10 -0500)

US Rep. Ilhan Omar deletes tweets slamming ‘MAGA’ teens
A Muslim congresswoman deleted a tweet that criticized the Catholic high school students involved in last week’s controversial confrontation with a Native American elder outside the Lincoln Memorial. US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday night responded to a tweet from President Trump in which he defended 11th-grader Nick Sandmann and other students from Kentucky’s Covington...
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:40:58 -0500)