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Police: 87-Year-Old Priest Beaten, Robbed In His Shelter Island Home

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An 87-year-old priest was in Stony Brook University Hospital on Tuesday after he was violently beaten and robbed in his own home on Long Island.

As police search for clues, friends are looking for answers, CBS2’s Marc Liverman reported Tuesday.

The Real Reason Toys R Us Is Closing That No One Wants to Talk About: Birthrates

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

If you’re a parent, you’ve had at least one passing discussion on the closure of Toys R Us. The mega-giant toy chain that ruled the childhoods of many of today’s parents is shuttering nearly 200 stores this month. While bankruptcy is the official reason, it isn’t the only or perhaps even the biggest reason why Geoffrey the Giraffe is being sent to the big zoo in the sky: Debt. Competition from online retailers like Amazon, as well as cheaper big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Yes, bad customer service, too. All of these are the most commonly cited reasons for the ultimate failure of Toys R Us. But, hidden within their press release on the bankruptcy is a reason rooted in cultural trends, the stuff that ultimately makes or breaks economic indicators:

The decrease of birthrates in countries where we operate could negatively affect our business. Most of our end-customers are newborns and children and, as a result,  our revenue are dependent on the birthrates in countries where we operate. In recent years, many countries’ birthrates have dropped or stagnated as their population ages, and education and income levels increase. A continued and significant decline in the number of newborns and children in these countries could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.—More…

Crash marks 1st death involving fully autonomous vehicle

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in a Phoenix suburb could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology as automakers and other companies race to be the first with cars that operate on their own.

The crash Sunday night in Tempe was the first death involving a full autonomous test vehicle. The Volvo was in self-driving mode with a human backup driver at the wheel when it struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she was walking a bicycle outside the lines of a crosswalk in Tempe, police said.—More…

Brother of suspected Florida school gunman charged with trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

The half-brother of Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Valentine’s Day, was arrested and charged with trespassing at the school on Monday.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in an arrest report that Zachary Cruz, 18, “surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds” and told investigators that he visited the school to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in.”—More…

Supreme Court takes up case on free speech and abortion

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON — The issue of abortion returns to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday in a battle over a California law requiring notices for women about the availability of services to terminate a pregnancy.

A religious group representing church-run crisis pregnancy centers says the requirement violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression by forcing them to convey a message they strongly oppose.—More…

George W. Bush appointee assigned to Daniels suit against Trump

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against President Donald Trump has been assigned to a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush.

Los Angeles-based U.S. District Judge S. James Otero picked up the case Monday, after lawyers for Trump and a firm controlled by Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen formally removed the case from state court.—More…

Saskatchewan would support Alberta’s decision to turn off oil taps

Mar 20, 2018 — News on the Net

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he’ll stand by Alberta if the province decides to restrict oil exports to pressure British Columbia to abandon its opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Moe said he would “absolutely” encourage Rachel Notley, his Alberta counterpart, to cut off domestic exports of its oil.—More..

5 NYC doctors charged with taking kickbacks for fentanyl prescriptions

Mar 19, 2018 — News on the Net

NEW YORK—Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges that they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller. Prosecutors say the doctors, four men and a woman, collected tens of thousands of dollars working for the company’s “Speakers Bureau” over a four-year stretch beginning in August 2012. The company, Insys Therapeutics Inc., hasn’t commented.

They pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to an unsealed indictment charging them with conspiracy, among other charges.—More…

Book Tells Kids Hitler Is A Leader Who Will ‘Inspire You’

Mar 19, 2018 — News on the Net

A new children’s book in India tells kids Adolf Hitler is a leader who will “inspire you,” the New York Times reported Saturday.

B. Jain Publishing Group, an Indian publishing company, is facing backlash after its book “Leaders” features 11 world leaders, including Hitler, who “devoted their lives for the betterment of their country and people,” reported the New York Post. The cover of “Leaders,” referred to as “Great Leaders” on the website, features former President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Hitler, according to a description on the publishing company’s website.—More….

IRS Documented 1.3M Identity Thefts by Illegal Aliens; Can’t Say It Referred Any for Prosecuti

Mar 18, 2018 — News on the Net

( - The Internal Revenue Service in 2011 through 2016 documented more than 1.3 million cases of identity theft perpetrated by illegal aliens whom the IRS had given Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN), which are only given to people who are ineligible to work in the United States or receive Social Security Numbers, according to information published by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

However, in response to inquiries from, the IRS could not say if it had referred even one of these cases for criminal prosecution.—More…

FCC Chairman Quotes Bible While Vowing To Fight Internet Giants Engaged in Censorship

Mar 18, 2018 — News on the Net

In a pre-recorded message for Christian communicators at Proclaim 18, the National Religious Broadcasters’ international Christian media convention, Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai said conservatives must take the fight for their free speech to Silicon Valley.

Pledging that he, also, would be found on the “newest and most important battlefield in the fight for free speech,” the internet, Pai warned that action, not just rhetoric, was vital now, according to The Christian Post.—More…

Amazon Deletes Reviews of Conservative Authors with No Explanation

Mar 18, 2018 — News on the Net

Amazon frightened many conservative authors this week in a mass deletion of reviews. Some authors lost almost 100 reviews on their published works. Others lost all the reviews they had ever written on Amazon. Some lost both. Information about the purge began to trickle out in the closed Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA) Facebook group. Member after member began reporting the losses at the same time. Marina Fontaine, whose credits include the dystopian Chasing Freedom, the pro-Trump fiction anthology MAGA 2020, and moderating the CLFA page, reported many members experiencing losses. A coordinated effort was launched to contact Amazon for explanation. Jon Del Arroz, a science fiction author who was banned from Worldcon earlier this year, contacted Amazon directly asking for his reviews to be reinstated. Amazon responded:

At this time, we’ve reviewed your feedback and ensured that appropriate action is taken.  There may be times that reviews must be removed from the site.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to discuss the specifics about why the reviews were removed as we’ll only be able to discuss that with the individuals who posted the reviews.  They’re welcome to contact us if they’d like additional information.—More…

EXCLUSIVE: Female Trump Official Allegedly Assaulted By Democrat Operative Speaks Out

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

A female staffer serving in the Trump administration was allegedly assaulted on Capitol Hill Thursday by a Democratic operative.

Now she’s sharing her story with The Daily Caller.

Heather Swift, press secretary Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, was leaving a meeting with the House Committee on Natural Resources when she was allegedly assaulted by an American Bridge staffer, who reportedly pushed Swift violently while lunging after her boss.—More…

The Latest: Comey to Trump: America will decide who’s honest

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dismissal of Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director (all times local):

Fired FBI Director James Comey is telling President Donald Trump that the American people will soon get to decide who is honorable and who is not.

Comey tweets Saturday: “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”—More…

Facebook forced to apologize for pornographic search suggestions

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

Facebook has been forced to apologize for recent search suggestions that featured content related to pornography.

Some of the search suggestions also included terms for young girls, which caused an uproar across social media.—More…

McCabe just made life tough for Comey and the special counsel

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was “singled out” after “unrelenting” attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe’s objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.

However, McCabe may have rectified his “singled out” status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.—More…

Capitol Police Arrested Male Dem Operative For Assaulting Female Trump Admin Official

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a male Democratic operative for assaulting a female Interior Department communications official following a House budget hearing Thursday.

The assault happened after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying on the department’s 2019 budget proposal before the House Committee on Natural Resources. The suspect identified himself as a reporter with American Bridge and pushed a female Interior Department communications official to the floor, chasing after Zinke, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.—More…

In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

Mar 17, 2018 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.—More….

BOMBSHELL: Anti-Trump FBI Officials Conspired To Meet Judge In Flynn Case, Had Personal Relationship

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

On Friday, newly-revealed text messages showed that two senior federal law enforcement officials who were key figures in investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton allegedly conspired to meet with the judge who presided over the case against Michael Flynn.

The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling Flynn’s case but only after he accepted a “guilty plea of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway reported.- More….

Ohio Student Suspended for Refusing to Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout

Mar 16, 2018 — News on the Net

A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative “study hall.”

Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.—More….