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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    Colin Kaepernick Nike ad.

    Nike’s recent ad featuring Colin Kaepernick has created quite a bit of controversy. In 2016, Kaepernick decided to protest racial injustice by kneeling on one knee during the national anthem before NFL games, instead of standing. Of course, this created a firestorm of debate among the public and many felt that he was showing disrespect for the United States in general and that he — and any other players that joined him in protest — should be fired. But there were positive responses as well — and recently Nike choose Kaepernick to be the face of their recent ad campaign.

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    Damaged houses are seen on September 15, 2018 in Alcala, Philippines. Typhoon Mangkhut battered northern Philippines as it made landfall Saturday morning leaving at least five people dead and millions of pesos in damages.

    As the Philippines recovers from Category 5 Super Typhoon Mangkhut, police estimated the first unofficial death toll at about 66, reported the New York Times. The number is expected to rise as emergency workers continue to recover bodies.

    Known locally as Ompong, the typhoon made landfall on September 14 in the Philippines.

    Over 40 bodies were found following a landslide in a remote town for gold miners in Itogon in the northern island of Luzon, with dozens more missing and presumed dead, said the Guardian. Families, including children, had taken shelter in a bunkhouse converted to a chapel when part of the mountain collapsed into the building.

    Nearly 300 rescuers worked with bare hands and shovels to find the bodies. Along with police and military, geologists and engineers provided support. Muddy ground and damaged roads prevented the use of heavy machinery or other technology to aid in the process.

    Relatives gathered around the site, hoping to find any survivors.

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    Ryen Aleman killed one month after surviving Madden mass shooting.

    Ryen Aleman was able to survive a shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Florida last month by hiding in a bathroom, but one month later the 25-year-old Texas man has lost his life after crashing his car.

    Authorities said Aleman was killed on Sunday night in a single-car accident near Corpus Christi, the New York Post reported. Aleman participated in the August tournament in Jacksonville when accused shooter David Katz opened fire after reportedly losing a game, killing two people before taking his own life.

    Aleman had opened up about the shooting in the days afterward, telling the Corpus Christi Caller Times that he narrowly escaped with his life.

    “Behind me, I heard a pop and then people started to scream,” Aleman said. “When I heard more shots I got to the floor and crawled to the bathroom and just waited in the stall as I heard more gunshots and prayed that he wouldn’t come in.”

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    Jason Van Dyke arrives for the opening day of his trial

    Jason Van Dyke, charged with murder for the shooting of Laquan McDonald, saw his trial begin on Monday with some mixed news for the defense reports the Chicago Tribune.

    On Friday Van Dyke chose a jury trial, as reported by the Inquisitr,which set off a string of motions from his defense on Monday morning. The requests came in a closed-door meeting in Judge Vincent Gaughan’s chambers.

    The first request from the defense was to dismiss the entire panel of jurors arguing that it would be impossible for the jury to be impartial because they had been exposed to protesters and thus would be scared to acquit Van Dyke. Judge Gaughan rejected the request saying that a fair jury was selected and would not be dismissed.

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    North Carolina’s 8th largest city is cut off from the rest of the world Monday as still-rising floodwaters engulf the state. Rescuers have brought some food and water to the city of nearly 120,000 people as the effects of Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continue to wreak havoc on the state.

    As of Monday afternoon, around 450,000 homes and businesses in the state are without power. So far, more than 2,600 people and 300 animals have been rescued from flooded areas. Others still await rescue. Authorities have ordered an immediate evacuation for 7,500 people living near Cape Fear and Little Rivers.

    So far, 20 fatalities have been reported in North and South Carolina, including a 1-year-old boy who was swept out of his mother’s arms in raging flood waters.

    “This is a monumental disaster for North Carolina,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.

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    When he was outed as the leader of a racist group with Neo-Nazi ties, Bart Alsbrook retired from his job as the interim police chief of an Oklahoma town last year. The Daily Beast reports that Alsbrook is still in law enforcement, he’s just moved towns.

    He is now serving as a reserve officer in Achille, OK. The department chief said they are aware of Alsbrook’s past, but believe he is now reformed and no longer racist.

    Achille is just 15 miles from Colbert, where Alsbrook had to step down after his past was revealed. Alsbrook, 50, is the former Texas coordinator for Blood & Honour USA. That group is a racist skinhead organization with Neo-Nazi ties. When he was named interim police chief, his racist hobbies came to light. Alsbrook also ran a neo-Nazi movie company, a neo-Nazi music company, and a skinhead website dedicated to displaying photos and videos of racist beatings.

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    'Fox News' Host Laura Ingraham Shares Story Smearing The Wrong Christine Ford

    Fox News host Laura Ingraham shared a story on Monday meant to smear Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, only there was one problem — the story identified the wrong Christine Ford.

    Since Ford came forward on Sunday to reveal her identity, she has been subject to a number of attacks from those who have cast doubt on her accusation and the timing of her decision to come forward. On Monday, a conservative website called Grabien News introduced a new line of attack, trying to paint Ford as being bad at her job. As Business Insider noted, the report quickly gained traction among conservatives.

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    Bart Alsbrook was the interim police chief of Colbert, Oklahoma, last year, but when the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally took place, it opened up investigations around the U.S. into how many racist hate groups are active, and where those hate groups with racist ties were located. Once that began and it was exposed that Alsbrook had a deep and significant history not only as a member, but as a one-time state coordinator of a skinhead group with neo-Nazi ties, he had little choice but to resign his position according to The Daily Beast.

    Alsbrook was found to be the Texas state coordinator of the skinhead organization Blood & Honour USA. More digging disclosed that he owned a pair of production companies, one in video and the other in music, which produced material glorifying skinhead credos and Aryan superiority. Those finds led to a website he owned which posted pictures of “racial beatdowns” that glorified beatings of people of color by whites.

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    New owners discover 30 brown recluse spiders in their new residence on their first night in the house

    When Nicole Photianos moved into her new house in Paulding County, Ga., the only things she should have been worrying about was unpacking. However, after she discovered 30 brown recluse spiders in her new residence, she was set to mimic the classic spider meme and simply burn it with fire.

    “I just say we should just burn it down,” Nicole Photianos was reported as saying after the discovery.

    For those that suffer from a fear of spiders, it seems like a perfectly reasonable response to the situation.

    In addition, according to WXPI News, Nicole Photianos found all of these spiders on the very first night she moved into her new home.

    After the discovery, Photianos contacted the previous owners who denied ever having an issue with the spiders. However, it is believed that some mold work done on the premises plus the house remaining vacant for four months contributed to the abundance of brown recluse spiders when the Photianoses moved in.

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    Spider Blamed For Nursery Rhymes Played at night

    The creepy recording of a children’s nursery rhyme being played several times in the middle of the night has haunted a woman from Bramford Road in Ipswich, United Kingdom. Investigators now say that they have solved the mystery.

    The distant rendition of the nursery rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” has been waking up the woman, and her two children almost every night for about a year. The sound would go away and then come back another day.

    The woman, who refused to be named, said she had no idea where the sound was coming from and admitted that the threatening undertone of the song frightened her. She also said that it left her wondering if she was imagining things.

    She told the BBC that the first time she heard the sound, she thought it was the most terrifying thing ever.

    I went cold and felt sick, and thought ‘what on earth was that?’

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    Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanaugh To Be Supreme Court Justice

    A story has hit social media alleging that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s mother, Judge Martha Gamble Kavanaugh, ruled against the parents of his accuser in a foreclosure case, thus launching an intergenerational family feud. Pro-Kavanaugh sources are claiming that this is the reasoning behind the accusations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee by a woman who knew him back in high school in the early ’80s.

    Snopes is calling foul on the suggestion that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is making accusations against Brett Kavanaugh as part of a revenge plot for something his mother allegedly did to her parents two decades ago in a civil court.

    “Right-wing websites concocted a cynical (and grossly inaccurate) conspiracy theory about a woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.”

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    File photo of Russian military aircraft.

    Russia warned Tuesday it may take action against Israel after one of its planes was shot down by Syrian forces.

    Syrian troops hit the Russian Ilyushin-20 maritime patrol aircraft during clashes with Israeli forces late Monday. Russia’s defense ministry said fifteen people were killed in the incident, Reuters reported.

    According to Russian authorities, the aircraft was caught in the crossfire between Syrian and Israeli forces while returning to the Hmeimim airbase, near the Syrian port city of Latakia. Syrian ground forces accidentally hit the Russian plane with an S-200 surface-to-air missile, though Moscow accused Israeli pilots of intentionally causing the incident.

    “By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said, according to Russian state media outlet TASS.

    Konashenkov described the incident as a “deliberately staged this provocation,” and accused Israel of failing to give Russian forces in the region enough time to withdraw before the attack began.

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    A family victim to Hurricane Florence is rescued, child being carried by volunteer.

    In the wake of Hurricane Florence, health emergencies are on the rise and health facilities are overflowing with hurricane-related injuries, leaving people with non-emergency urgent health needs such as a sick child or minor injuries to experience long waits or unavailability of care. UNC Health is working to relieve that constraint on healthcare by offering its virtual healthcare appointment service for free to all people in North Carolina, says WUNC. The service became available for free on September 14, and the relief program has now been extended through September 23.

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    Iowa State University golfer Celia Barquin was found murdered on golf course on Monday.

    Celia Barquin, a European champion golfer and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, was found dead on an Iowa golf course Monday. A 22-year-old man has been linked to her killing, BBC News and other outlets are reporting.

    Barquin, 22, won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July and was a leading student-athlete at Iowa State University, where she was studying civil engineering at the Ames campus.

    Barquin’s body was found around 10:30 a.m. after golfers at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames discovered an unattended golf bag on the course, according to a press release shared on the Ames Police verified Twitter account. When police were called to the scene, they found the Spain native dead nearby.

    Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Barquin’s death, police said. He has no known address, according to their statement.

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    Michael Dwayne Johnson Arrested For Dropping Pants In Grocery Store, Rubbing Produce On His Bare Butt

    Michael Dwayne Johnson has a strange method for picking out produce — allegedly.

    The Virginia man was arrested this week after police say he dropped his pants inside a Giant Food grocery store and rubbed several pieces of produce onto his bare butt. As USA Today reported, witnesses say they saw Johnson picking up fruit from the shelf, rubbing it onto his backside, and then putting it back onto a pallet.

    Police were called to the store and Johnson was apprehended. There was no clear motive for the man’s behavior during the incident.

    The incident was a costly one for the grocery store, as the report noted that they had to destroy several pallets of produce for fear that they were contaminated. The potentially deadly bacteria E. coli is spread through contact with human feces, and the store chose to destroy the fruit and vegetables rather than risk potential contamination for customers.

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    facebook accused of discriminating against female job seekers

    CBS News reports that the ACLU is claiming that Facebook engages in discrimination in job ads that it used and places for others.

    On Tuesday, the ACLU and the Communication Workers of America filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saying that Facebook lets those placing job ads target potential job applicants based on gender, including women or those who do not identify as women or men — violating federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

    The complaint also lists 10 employers that are believed to have placed ads using discriminatory targeting, including, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Abas USA.

    When individuals sign up for a Facebook account, they are required to select a gender. Facebook then allows advertisers to exclude a certain gender from ever seeing an ad. Facebook has approximately 2 billion users and it’s dominance as a job-search tool means it is more like a recruitment agency than an ad service, according to the ACLU.

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    Texas School District Superintendent Lynn Redden Posts 'You Can't Trust A Black Quarterback' After Texans Loss

    Texas school district superintendent Lynn Redden is in hot water after taking to Facebook to say “you can’t count on a black quarterback” after a loss by the Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson.

    Redden is the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in eastern Texas, and on Sunday he shared his frustrations with the Texans’ loss on Facebook. As the New York Post noted, Redden wrote in what he thought was a private message that black quarterbacks lack the precision of their white counterparts.

    “That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden wrote on a Facebook post. “When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.”

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    A shark lunges at bait.

    If you don’t like sharks, then steer clear of the oceanic expanse between the Guadalupe Islands and Hawaii. Dubbed the “White Shark Cafe” by marine biologists, this stretch of the mid-Pacific has long been the end point of one of the world’s most mysterious migrations. Since at least 2002, marine biologists have observed great white sharks gathering in this area en masse, but have been unable to explain why.

    “The story of the white shark tells you that this area is vitally important,” said Salvador Jorgensen, a research scientist from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    “They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about,” he told SFGate.

    Intrigued by the mystery of the White Shark Cafe, back in April Jorgensen led a group of researchers on an expedition to the region of the mid-Pacific where sharks gather annually.

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    President Moon Jae-in said North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un agreed to shut down one of the country’s biggest missile testing and launch sites.

    According to CNN, North Korea said it was willing to dismantle its primary nuclear complex if the United States agreed to “corresponding measures.”

    The two presidents made the joint announcement on the second day of their three-day summit. This is their third meeting this year, and their joint efforts with the U.S. are part of a bid to achieve peace in the peninsula.

    Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in promised to commit to “an era of no war” as they spoke to the media on Wednesday after a signing ceremony in Pyongyang. Jae-in is the first South Korean president to visit the neighboring country since 2007.

    “The era of no war has started. Today the North and South decided to remove all threats that can cause war from the entire Korean peninsula,” he said.

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    After putting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court into a complete tailspin after putting forth accusations of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford is now in a heated debate with Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans over how her allegations should be investigated, according to reports from the New Republic.

    Blasey Ford’s lawyers are adamant that the FBI conduct an independent investigation of all allegations before she goes on to testify in front of the Senate. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans, led by Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, won’t take anything but a single hearing where both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testify without any other witness testimony.

    “Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events,” said a statement released by Grassley. “Nothing the F.B.I. or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”

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