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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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    Victim of road rage rushed to surgery

    Scientists studying people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs) believe they are close to a groundbreaking explanation of why some people have them and some don’t, reports the Daily Express.

    Feelings of detachment and being outside the body and an overriding sensation of serenity and security in the presence of a beautiful light are all typical NDEs, but why do only some people who experience a close call with the grim reaper experience them?

    Scientists believe they might be close to the answer and they suspect it’s all to do with sleep patterns.

    Researchers from the University of Kentucky analyzed 55 people who have had a brush with death. These “life-threatening episodes of danger” could be anything from a car crash to cardiac arrest.

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    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

    India Landry refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at her school and was expelled for doing so and has now found herself with a powerful enemy, Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, reports BBC.

    After being expelled, Landry filed a lawsuit against the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District which administers her former school, Windfern High School. Landry was expelled in 2017 and filed a lawsuit arguing that her right to free speech was violated and thus the district was breaching the constitution.

    With tension looming over the flag and standing for it in particular, Paxton jumped in to show his support for the conservative side. The move comes with Paxton facing re-election in November and polls are showing that race could be tight, according to NBC DFW. That led to Landry’s attorney Randall Kallinen to one clear conclusion.

    “The reason he’s challenging this case is that it’s election time.”

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    Same-sex penguin couple snag chick because they wanted to be parents.

    Two male penguins snagged a baby at Odense Zoo in Denmark after its parents went for a swim, a zookeeper said in a video shared Tuesday.

    As NBC News is reporting, the penguins had wanted to be parents for a long time and likely thought the chick’s parents were being neglectful went they left the baby alone, zookeeper Sandie Hedgegard Munck said.

    As soon as the parents left the scene, the kid was simply “kidnapped,” Munck said, who added that she believes the perceived negligence was on the part of the father in the straight penguin couple.

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    Protesters Demonstrate Against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh On Day Of Hearing With His Accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

    On the morning that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are to answer questions about the alleged sexual assault, MSNBC was on location in Montana talking to citizens about sexual assault and the fitness of Brett Kavanaugh.

    Huffington Post said that an unnamed mother of two and Trump supporter in Bozeman, MT, gave her teen daughters advice live on MSNBC, saying that groping is “no big deal” as it is something that all teen boys do. She continued to say that even if Kavanaugh had done what he is accused of, it shouldn’t disqualify him from being selected to the Supreme Court.

    “[The potential attack] doesn’t take away from his character and his job to do what he needs to do as a Supreme Court nominee.”

    The unidentified woman continued, seeming to advise her daughters on camera normalized the alleged behavior when it comes to teen boys.

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    Trump laughed at by United Nations

    According to USA Today, when Trump gave a speech recently to other world leaders at the United Nations they laughed at him when he commented on how much his administration has accomplished. However, Trump told reporters, “They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me.”

    He began his speech by saying that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” This comment was followed by laughter from diplomats in the crowd. Trump then said, “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay.” Trump said the laughter has been taken out of context by the media.

    “Well, that’s fake news. That’s fake news and it was covered that way.”

    Several news outlets, including Salon and Fast Company, actually report that Fox News edited the laughter out of the video entirely.

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    Two Huge African Tortoises Go On The Run In Georgia

    Residents of Buford, Georgia, were in for quite the shock when two large African spur-thigh tortoises were spotted in the city’s roads — having apparently escaped from their owner’s house.

    As noted in a report from Atlanta news outlet WSB-TV, several people from a neighborhood in Buford recalled recently seeing the two tortoises wandering along Wallace Road, including one that was said to weigh close to 90 pounds. Resident Bryan Powers, who ended up rescuing the animals, recalled feeling shocked when he saw the tortoises for the first time, then concluding that they were most likely “somebody’s pets.”

    Powers’ guess turned out to be correct, as the two tortoises — 85-pound male Luke and 30-pound female Mary — belonged to a woman named Cyndi Moore, and apparently escaped after a contractor forgot to lock the gates in her house. Speaking to WSB-TV, she described the animals as “sneaky” creatures who know when to take advantage of things when the gates are left open.

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    An Indiana woman let her husband rape her daughter

    An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to allowing her boyfriend to molest — and even impregnate — her 10-year-old daughter.

    Last week the Inquisitr reported on the case of Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, who was found guilty of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old girl in addition to impregnating her. He was sentenced to 160 years, of which he must serve 132 years, meaning that he’ll be eligible for parole in 2150. Deon will, of course, be deceased by that time — so his sentence is effectively a life sentence.

    However, Thrash is not the only person to go behind bars for this crime. Also sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence is the girl’s unnamed mother, who allowed the abuse to go on in her home.

    As The Detroit News reports, the 33-year-old woman pleaded guilty this week to 20 years in prison and five years of probation for her role in this crime.

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    Soddy-Daisy High School

    A Tennessee high school athletic director — Jared Hensley — has been placed on administrative leave after blaming female students for changes to the schools dress code in a video addressed to the student body, according to the Times Free Press.

    Hansley told students of Soddy-Daisy High School, “I know, boys, you’re thinking, ‘I don’t understand why, it’s not fair, athletic shorts go past your knees’ … If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls. Because they pretty much ruin everything,” Hensley said. “They ruin the dress code, they ruin… well, ask Adam. Look at Eve. That’s really all you really gotta get to, OK. You can really go back to the beginning of time. So, it’ll be like that the rest of your life. Get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up [and] follow the rule.”

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    Driver uses Uber app

    Uber is having to pay a whopping $148 million to settle allegations that they covered up a data breach in 2016, which saw hackers steal personal information of around 25 million users and drivers in the United States.

    According to NPR, the ride-hailing company paid the hackers $100,000 to insure the information wouldn’t be misused instead of reporting the stolen data to the authorities.

    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi only revealed the extent of the situation in November last year, when he said the hackers had downloaded personal data from of over 50 million users around the globe – including their names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers.

    Of those 57 million people, 600,000 were Uber drivers — whose names and driver’s license numbers were also targeted.

    The scandal took place when former CEO Travis Kalanick was still in charge. He resigned mid-2017 amid accusations that the startup’s ethical practices were dubious.

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    kavanaugh trump kill ford

    Today, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford detailed her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her 36 years ago, saying she thought Kavanaugh was going to rape and kill her, Reuters news agency reports.

    Ford, she said, is “100 percent” certain that it was indeed Kavanaugh that had sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982.

    Drunken Kavanaugh, Dr. Blasey Ford claims, attacked her and tried to take off her clothes. He was, however, inebriated, so he wasn’t able to do that. Still, Dr. Blasey Ford feared for her life since Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.

    “This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”

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    Chris Wallace at final presidential debate in 2016

    Fox News host Chris Wallace offered comment on Thursday, after the testimony from Christine Blasey Ford to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her alleged sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Wallace’s immediate reaction to the testimony was that it had gone as poorly as possible for the Republican Party, calling it a “disaster for Republicans,” according to reports fromBusiness Insider.

    “This was extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible,” Wallace said as he offered his analysis of Ford’s time in front of the committee. “This is a disaster for the Republicans. She obviously was traumatized by an event.”

    Wallace’s colleague on the Fox News panel, Bret Baier, added that there was a stark difference between reading about Ford’s allegations and hearing her testimony — calling the latter “a totally different thing.”

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    Donald Trump furious that Christine Blasey Ford looks so credible.

    Donald Trump is reportedly “riled” because he wasn’t expecting Christine Blasey Ford to be so credible during her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Vanity Fair reporter Gabriel Sherman.

    “Person close to Trump says Trump is raging at how bad this has been for Republicans so far. Trump told people Ford “seems credible,'” tweeted Sherman.

    “Trump telling people he’s furious that WH aides didn’t have advance knowledge of how credible Ford would seem.”

    At the time of writing, Christine Blasey Ford is still testifying before the committee about her allegations that Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh had assaulted her while they were in high school. The Stanford research psychologist opened with a succinct but powerful opening statement about the reason that she was testifying in front of the committee.

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    Paul Bashi beat girlfriend for 40 minutes on video

    Paul Bashing, a bodybuilder from Washington Township, Michigan, has been locked up on a $5 million bond after assaulting his girlfriend. According to The Detroit Free Press, the attack, which lasts for about 40 minutes, was caught on camera.

    In the video, Bashi is seen alone in his home with his girlfriend. He may not have known it at the time, but cameras were recording everything. Pam Mclean, a Macomb County prosecutor investigator said, “He, is in fact, looking through her phone. You will see where he is looking at her phone and then Christina comes through the front door.” Then Christina is attacked. “He comes back multiple times with multiple knives. The attack is much too graphic at times to show.”

    For 40 minutes Bashi punches, kicks, and throws lit candles at her. He even stabs her several times. Mclean explains, “She’s just lying there. Not fighting back or moving at all.”

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    Dr Christine Blasey Ford Testifies

    Brett Kavanaugh has been on US President Donald Trump’s shortlist for Justice of the Supreme Court since early July this year, but things have been unraveling for him at a rapid rate in recent weeks. Shortly after the news broke that he was shortlisted, Dr Christine Blasey Ford spoke to the Washington Post, alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh 36-years ago.

    At the time, she was terrified that her identity would be leaked to the public. In August, she took a polygraph test, conducted by a former FBI agent, and still decided to remain anonymous as it seemed Kavanaugh’s confirmation was becoming more and more likely. On September 16, when it seemed every publication knew there was an accuser, Ford decided to go public.

    Since then, she has received plenty of support from other women on the one hand, and death threats from those who don’t believe her allegations on the other.

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    China United States Chess

    On Thursday, Chinese officials called on the United States to make an effort to create stronger ties between the militaries of the two countries, despite what looks to be a long and dragged out trade war on the horizon, according to reports from Reuters.

    Ren Guoqiang, the Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman, laid the blame for the divide on the U.S. and the country was particularly bothered by the increasing regularity of flights by the American military over the South China Sea and dangerously close to Chinese airspace.

    Ren said, “The United States is to blame for the present problem, so the United States must immediately correct its mistakes, and withdraw the so-called sanctions to dispel obstacles that interfere in the healthy development of relations between the two militaries.”

    Ren also pointed out that it is becoming increasingly likely that Chinese Defense Minister We Fenghe will be canceling his planned trip to the United States later in the year.

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    Cheerleaders

    A cheerleader who was stomped in a muddy pit during a high school back-t0-class event in 2010 has been awarded $400,000 in damages by the school, reports the New York Post. Megan Taylor was a 17-year-old senior at Kickapoo High School in Missouri when the events occurred. She said she was pushed from behind and fell on her face in a “mosh pit” at an event called How Night. The event was sponsored by the student council.

    “I started screaming, telling them to get off because I was feeling really crushed. And I felt like everything was kind of just getting squished,” Taylor said during a 2017 deposition. “And then I felt my shoulder pop.”

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    The American Bar Association is calling for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahead of the vote.

    The American Bar Association is reportedly calling for on the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone the consideration of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against him is conducted, CNN and other news outlets are reporting.

    “We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” the ABA said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which CNN said it has obtained.

    “The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI,” said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

    The letter further added that the credibility and reputation of both the Senate and the country highest court are at stake.

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    Fans of original Wicked stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will have a Happy Halloween indeed as the original actors of the long-running Broadway show will reunite to host and perform during NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway.

    Performing alongside Menzel and Chenoweth honoring the beloved show will include singer Ariana Grande, the acapella group Pentatonix, and the show’s current Broadway cast, as reported by Playbill.

    The current Broadway cast of the musical is led by Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper.

    A Very Wicked Halloween will be taped at the Marquis Theatre in front of a live audience. The show’s producer Marc Platt will work on this production alongside Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.

    Wicked opened at the Gershwin Theatre in 2003 and has gone on to play over 100 cities in 14 countries.

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    Gwyneth Barbara was born and raised in a farmhouse in Leavenworth County, Kansas, in the 1970’s. As such, getting a U.S. passport should never have been a problem for her.

    After having previously held a U.S. passport, she never expected to be told that she would not be able to get another passport, as authorities didn’t believe she was a citizen, per KCTV.

    “It’s like they’re retroactively declaring that I was never a citizen,” Barbara said to the network.

    Just days after her birth, Barbara’s father had gone to the courthouse where he had registered her birth. As a result, Barbara has a birth certificate, with the raised seal and everything. When she went to get a new passport, the local agency accepted her paperwork for the application.

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    Big wave for surfing

    Surfer Adam Francis D’Esposito, who once survived a shark attack unscathed, has been discovered dead after being declared missing several weeks ago. The 39-year-old was last seen at Campo Villa Lepro near Baja Malibu, Mexico on September 8.

    Adam went to Baja on Sept. 5 in his father’s 2001 silver Volvo. Baja is a popular place among surfers and frequently visited by Adam since he was a teenager. According to his family, the pro surfer said that he would be back the next day.

    Days, however, passed and Adam has not yet returned home. His sister, Briana, said that the Adam was last seen by a surf shop owner, who said that he looked scared and in a bad state.

    Adam was also spotted barefoot and shirtless running alongside a highway and was even filmed by a passing driver. Briana, who saw the footage, confirmed that the man in the video was her brother.

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