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Car Runs Over Child While Mother Sips Drink

(SL)  –  Disturbing video shows how it only takes a split second for the course to change. Thank God this little girl is okay. She was joining her mother across the street when a black SUV literally ran over her.

What’s even more shocking is that the 3-year old’s mother is standing just a few feet away from her and is so consumed with sipping her drink, that she doesn’t even notice.

The incident happened at the entrance of a car park earlier this week in Zhejiang Province.

Onlookers rushed over and joined forces to free the child from under the car.

The little girl was taken to Yuhuan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine where Dr Ying Jian, told reporters she luckily only suffered minor scratches on her forehead and fingertips.

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Hero Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson Had Escaped Kill Zone But Went Back To Help Comrades After Call For Unplanned Mission And NO Backup

(SL) – More details have been released about the ambush that claimed the lives of four soldiers in Niger.

The Daily Mail reports, Sgt. La David Johnson died in the October 3 mission along with Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright during an unplanned mission to capture or kill a high-ranking ISIS target.

The men had been out on a routine intelligence gathering mission when they were suddenly given the new order and embarked on it, venturing into dangerous territory with no increase in manpower, ammunition or weapons.

171019-en-martin-niger-attack-01Shortly after 11am on October 3, they came under fire from 50 ISIS militants who were hiding behind trees on either side of a road near the remote village of Tongo Tongo which the soldiers had just left.

On Friday, a US official gave the fullest account yet of how the attack, which has been shrouded in secrecy and described murkily by US officials in Washington, played out.

 They revealed that;

  • Sgt. Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck that was in front of the vehicle carrying the other three men when the attack began
  • He and others in the truck initially got out to return fire but got back into the vehicles when they realised they were dangerously outnumbered
  • They sped ahead 200 yards then realized the other men, who were in an unarmed Land Cruiser, were behind and in the kill zone
  • Two other US soldiers got out of the truck on foot and marched back towards the Cruiser while Johnson covered them from a mounted machine gun on the pick-up truck
  • The cruiser was hit by a mortar and all three inside the vehicle were killed
  • Johnson’s pick-up truck was also hit and it’s likely his body was thrown from it as it bounded along the ground
  • For two hours after the first call for back-up was made, surviving soldiers were under fire from the militants
  • When French fighter jets arrived and scared them off, the surviving US and Nigerien soldiers were back-to-back, still firing shots
  • Sgt. Johnson’s body was only discovered on October 6 when a village elder, who previously stalled them from leaving Tongo Tongo, revealed where it was to Nigerien forces
  • The men were due to have back-up for the doomed mission but the unit which was supposed to accompany them was unable to at the last minute
  • Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed

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Terrorists May Have Set Up Troops In Niger Attack

(SL) –  American military officials believe terrorists might have set up Army special forces soldiers who were attacked in Niger. According to NBC News, investigators suspect terrorists might have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.

Four American special forces soldiers were killed in the ambush. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joe Dunford says the military owes affected families and the American people quick and accurate information about what the deadly attack.

Dunford called the ambush a complex situation and said the four U.S. soldiers were caught in a bad firefight.

CBS reports, After the bodies of three American soldiers were brought out, Pentagon officials believed that Sgt. La David Johnson was still alive somewhere on the battlefield. For several hours, they tracked a locator beacon, which then became intermittent and finally faded out. By the time they found him two days later he was dead, raising the awful possibility that an American soldier was left behind — a possibility which the Pentagon’s Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie flatly rejected.

“I’ll tell you, categorically, that from the moment of contact, no one was left behind, neither U.S. — our partner Nigerian forces or French forces were on the ground actively searching for this soldier,” McKenzie said.

*Update* More details are coming out about the ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger. NBC News is reporting that American officials now believe the special forces operators may have been set up by terrorists.

National Security Producer Courtney Kube  says more details should start to come to light. Investigators suspect terrorists may have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.

Villagers may have then purposefully delayed the troops before they were attacked at two separate locations.

Top Headlines: Marino Withdraws Name AS Drug Czar, Weinstein Challenges Firing Thousands Return Home After Cali Wildfires And Nuclear War Could Come Soon And More

(SL) – North Korea says nuclear war could break out at any moment during large-scale naval drills underway between the U.S. and South Korea.

The North’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the entire U.S. mainland is within range of North Korean nuclear weapons.

He also said that North Korea won’t use nuclear weapons as long as no one joins the U.S. in taking military action against his country.gettyimages-610637396President Trump’s nominee for the nation’s drug czar is withdrawing his name from consideration. Trump tweeted this morning that GOP Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania had informed him of the decision.

The move comes after a number of news organizations detailed his involvement in helping pass legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to stop drug distributors.

Several lawmakers had also issued calls for Trump to find a different nominee. On Twitter, he called Marino “a fine man and a great Congressman!”
636437852433738445-AP17290011464424(Philadelphia, PA) – Senator John McCain has nothing good to say about people who want to abandon America’s leadership in the world. The Arizona Republican spoke after accepting the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal yesterday.

McCain said it’s unpatriotic to abandon America’s obligation to international leadership for what he called a half-baked, spurious nationalism.

Former Vice President Joe Biden presented his longtime Senate colleague with the award for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the country.

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(Santa Rosa, CA) — Thousands of people in Northern California are returning to their neighborhoods today after wildfires that killed at least 41 people tore through the region. Officials say they expect more deaths as recovery teams dig through the ashes of gutted homes. More than 80 people are missing. Firefighters are putting containment lines around the two biggest fires in wine country’s Napa and Sonoma counties. Strong winds have died down and fire officials say crews could fully contain the fires by Friday. California’s deadliest wildfires have burned more than 213-thousand acres and have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

 

694940094001_5591713589001_5591715842001-vs(New York, NY) – NFL players and owners will talk seriously about national anthem protests when they meet today in New York. Players, union reps and owners will discuss the polarizing topic before the regularly-scheduled fall league meeting.

The NFL and the Players’ Association issued a joint statement last week saying there has been no policy change requiring players to stand for the anthem.

That followed a memo to teams from Commissioner Roger Goodell saying the league would like players to stand. The athletes say the protests are about taking a stance against police brutality and racial inequality, not the military, flag, or anthem.

skynews-harvey-weinstein-accusers_4125551He’s been fired from his own company but disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein says he’s going to keep making movies — one way or another.

He’s challenging his dismissal from The Weinstein Company after he was accused of sexual offenses ranging from harassment to rape.

He’s going to attend a board of directors meeting by phone this morning in New York City to argue that his firing was illegal.

1016-tapatio-trapatio-1(Vernon, CA) – The company that makes Tapatio hot sauce is suing the makers of Trapatio pot sauce. Trapatio is a hot sauce infused with marijuana.

The company that makes it uses a logo similar to Tapatio’s Mexican cowboy who wears a yellow coat, red tie, and large sombrero.

Tapatio is seeking all the profits that Trapatio has already made.

Death Toll Past 275 In Somalia Bombings

(SL) – The death toll is rising from two bombings in Somalia. Over 275 people have died in the capital of Mogadishu since Saturday’s attacks.  At least 300 other people were hurt in the bombings. The first attack was a truck bombing outside a hotel in a busy downtown district.

The NHPR reports, Officials described the deadly bombing as the worst-ever attack in the nation’s history and caution the number of deaths and injuries would continue to rise.

NPR’s Eyder Peralta reports rescue workers are trying to get dogs onto the scene to sniff out bodies still trapped under mountains of flattened buildings.

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Somali soldiers patrol on the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the center of Mogadishu, on Oct. 15, 2017. A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Oct. 14, 2017, causing widespread devastation MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The massive explosion was set off Saturday on a busy street close to the foreign ministry in Mogadishu and detonated outside of the Safari Hotel. Several building were destroyed in the blast, reducing them to burning piles of rubble and twisted metal.

A second improvised explosive device erupted in the Medina district two hours later, Peralta said.

The truck bomb was detonated in the busiest intersection in Mogadishu.

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Donald Trump Attacks Struggling Puerto Rico In Their Time Of Need

(SL) –  President Trump is criticizing the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city in a series of morning tweets. Trump wrote, “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

He went on to attack what he called “Such poor leadership ability” adding that island officials “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” About an hour later, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded with her own tweets, saying “The goal is one: saving lives. She added, “This is the time to show our true colors.”

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His comments came after Mayor  Cruz criticized the government’s response to the crisis on the island after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Cruz is furious over the government’s response to Hurricane Maria. She blasted acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for calling the recovery effort a “good news story.”

Cruz pleaded to President Trump to take charge and save lives. Duke visited San Juan Friday, saying she was “proud” of the government’s response. Duke said additional supplies and personnel are en route to the island, but admitted that clearly the effort is “not satisfactory.”

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{Video} Detroit Become Human: Lifelike Android At Tokyo Gaming Conference Is Creepy

(SL) –  The Daily Mail reports, a creepy incredible ‘life-like’ android  is blurring the lines between woman and machine.

Footage captured at this year’s Tokyo Game Show has people baffled causing a debate on whether or not the Android is fake or real.  but not everyone believes their eyes.

Many believe it must be a person, while others think she it’ a real robot.

The alleged automaton, which some social media users have even admitted to ‘falling in love’ with the ‘pretty’ machine, was at the Japanese games convention to promote a PlayStation 4 game.

A number of Japanese-made and international games are on display at the convention, which has been held annually for the last 21 years.

The beautiful female ‘android’ stood out to many of the more than a quarter of a million gamers who attended, despite the fact she is only a PR prop.

She along with several others of her kind were stood at the booth of Detroit: Become Human, a new video game developed by French firm Quantic Dream and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Visitors could be forgiven for thinking the apparently man-made machine was in fact a real-life human, as the video shows stunning build detail on her face and in the movements of her limbs.

In the short clip, the ‘android’ smiles and waves, leaving expo-goers and social media users stunned.

According to the game’s storyline, the humanoid robots promoting the game are state-of-the-art AP700 models, called ‘the most reliable android’.

 

Top Morning Headlines: Trump Praises Tax Plan, Hugh Hefner Dies, Puerto Rico Still Waiting On Help, Russians And The NFL, Whataburger Whites Only And More….

(SL) – “Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner is dead. Hefner died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 91. Hefner created the men’s magazine in 1953, and since then its iconic bunny logo has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

08-022839-everything_you_need_to_know_about_hugh_hefnerHis son released a statement saying that his father “lived an exceptional and impactful life” and was a “leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”

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(Indianapolis, IN) — President Trump says the new Republican tax plan is a big win for the middle class. In Indiana yesterday, Trump said the new plan will help bring back jobs while triggering “robust” growth. Democrats are calling the GOP plan a giveaway to the wealthy that would blow-up the federal deficit. The new plan eliminates most itemized deductions, and would lower the corporate tax rate from 35-percent to 20-percent.

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(San Juan, PR) — Frustration is growing in Puerto Rico as millions of Americans wait for help to arrive. The power is still out in the U.S. territory devastated by Hurricane Maria, and the FCC said yesterday that over 91-percent of cellphone sites on the island are still out of service. Puerto Rico’s governor told CBS News that food, water and medicine are sitting at the port waiting to be delivered, but there’s no way to deliver it. Governor Ricardo Rossello said the bus drivers are either stuck at home or their buses have been destroyed.

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(San Francisco, CA) — Russian accounts are fueling a debate on Twitter about NFL players protesting the national anthem. The “New York Times” says a bipartisan public policy group has been following hundreds of Twitter accounts to track Russian efforts to create division in the U.S. It found Russian trolls working both sides of the NFL protest debate, and that the hashtags #boycottnfl and #takeaknee were both linked to Russian accounts.

160229110552-otto-warmbier-press-conference-4-super-169(Cincinnati, OH) –– A coroner’s report says they still don’t know what killed an American student who was imprisoned in North Korea. Otto Warmbier died in June after being held captive in North Korea for over a year. A coroner in Hamilton County, Ohio says a year-old injury deprived Warmbier’s brain of oxygen before his death, but doesn’t say what the injury was. The 22-year-old student was returned to the U.S. in a coma. He died several days later.Texas Restaurants Guns(SL) – The federal government is suing Whataburger restaurants in Florida over claims that managers were told to only hire workers who sounded white. According to the lawsuit, a restaurant manager in Tallahassee told area managers to hire only white applicants so the faces behind the counter would match the customer base. Whataburger denies the claims.

rs-19992-20140129-nipplegate-x1800-1391017703(SL) – After Jay Z declined and invite to perform during halftime at this year’s Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake is returning. Reports say the pop star is finalizing a deal to do the Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis on February 4th. Timberlake was part of the controversial 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson, when her exposed nipple on live television was called a “wardrobe malfunction.” The incident led to the FCC mandating a five-second delay on Super Bowl halftime shows.

Top Morning Headlines: Obamacare Repeal, Rocket Attack In Kabul, Puerto Rico and More..

(SL) – The latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is officially dead. Senate Republican leaders pulled the Graham-Cassidy bill after it became clear they don’t have the votes to pass it. Three Republicans and all 48 Democrats oppose the measure that would have transferred federal health insurance dollars to states.

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There’s no harm to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis or anyone else after a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two missiles hit the airport hours after Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived today for unannounced meetings with Afghan officials. The Taliban says it was trying to hit Mattis.

69507-koletafphz-1506497419A controversial former state supreme court chief justice is the winner in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff. Roy Moore defeated Senator Luther Strange by a comfortable margin last night. Moore said even though President Trump didn’t support his run, he’ll back Trump’s agenda.

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke says Puerto Rico faces a long, tough road to recovery. Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last week. Duke and FEMA chief Brock Long briefed reporters outside the White House yesterday. President Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands next week.

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Death Toll Rises To 318 In Mexico Earthquake As Two More Hit

(SL) – Mexico has been ravaged  by a string of earthquakes, four in the last two weeks to be exact with two of them registering at 8.1 and 7.1. The latest (called an aftershock) had a magnitude of 6.1

The L.A. Times reports, The U.S. Geological Survey said the new temblor, which hit just before 8 a.m. local time with a magnitude of 6.1, was centered about 325 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Oaxaca, the region that took the brunt of the magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7.

Saturday’s quake came as rescue crews continued to search for survivors in the ruins of flattened buildings in Mexico City from Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

Carlos Valdes, director of the National Center for Disaster Prevention, said rescue efforts were briefly paused because of the new earthquake alert. “But immediately seeing that there was no major earthquake and no affected structures, the work continued immediately,” he said. “The search and rescue of living people — that is what is important.”

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told Mexican television that rescue attempts will continue, with crews concentrating on eight collapsed buildings around the capital in search of an estimated 30 people who could still be alive amid the rubble. Tens of thousands of workers are involved in the effort, including more than 10,500 army and navy personnel, plus 50,000 city employees, Mancera said.

Workers are also inspecting 3,500 buildings reported around the city for structural damage.