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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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    Dianne Feinstein Asks WH Counsel & FBI Director To Release FBI Directive Defining Scope Of Investigation

    California Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a letter Sunday to White House counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray in which she requests the release of the FBI directive President Trump issued Friday. The New York Post reported that she also asked for copies of any FBI requests for expansion of the original directive.

    “Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive sent by the White House to the FBI. In addition, if the FBI requests any expansion beyond the initial directive, please provide the names of any additional witnesses or evidence.”

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    julie swetnick kavanaugh michael avenatti

    The attorney representing Trump Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh’s third accuser Julie Swetnick, Michael Avenatti, said Sunday that the Republicans are afraid to let the FBI talk to his client, the Washington Examiner reports.

    “How difficult is it for a couple of FBI agents, or even one, to call me on the phone and ask to speak to my client for an hour or two? That’s not a lot of resources. They don’t want to talk to my client because they’re afraid of what she may say.”

    Julie Swetnick alleges that Brett Kavanaugh behaved inappropriately around women as a teenager, touching them without their consent, and spiking their drinks. Swetnick said she is a victim of one of the gang rapes organized by Kavanaugh in 1982. Kavanaugh, while he did not participate in Swetnick’s alleged rape, did “wait for his turn” at other, similar events.

    Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, however, was present, she claims.

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    Apple iPhone X face ID

    Apple debuted the Face ID feature with the iPhone X in 2017 and it raises the question if this can be used to compel criminal suspects to unlock their phone with their face.

    Now, Forbes reported what appears to be the first case in which law enforcement used the facial recognition technology in a criminal investigation.

    This happened during a raid on Aug. 10, when the FBI told a child abuse suspect to use Apple Face ID to open his iPhone.

    “Traditionally, using a person’s face as evidence or to obtain evidence would be considered lawful,” said Jerome Greco, staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society. “But never before have we had so many people’s own faces be the key to unlock so much of their private information.”

    Federal agents raided the home of Grant Michalski in Columbus, Ohio to search for evidence that could show he sent or received child pornography.

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    Car Explosion In Pennsylvania Kills Three Men

    Three men died in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, after a car exploded on Saturday night. Authorities said on Sunday during a press conference that one among the three dead is likely to be the perpetrator, and names of all the deceased persons will be revealed on Monday after the scheduled autopsy.

    An investigation is currently underway and authorities have not revealed further information related to the nature of the explosion.

    The incident occurred on Saturday night at around 9 p.m. local time near the popular Hamilton Street dining area in Allentown, according to CBS News.

    District Attorney James Martin told journalists during the press conference that the blast appears to be a criminal incident, the Associated Press reported.

    The report also stated that authorities are urging the public to help them with the investigation, and inform the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives immediately if they have any clues or information related to the blast.

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    K-9 Officer on duty

    Fang, a 2-year-old K-9 in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, was fatally shot on Sunday, September 30, while police pursued an armed suspected carjacker, reported Fox News. The dog worked on the force as a “dual-purpose bomb detector and patrol dog.”

    He had been approaching the suspect when he was shot and killed. The suspect was later caught by a different K-9 and his partner on the scene, and taken into custody. The suspect’s name has not yet been released by the police. Fang’s human partner, K-9 Officer Matt Herrera, a 10-year Sheriff’s Office veteran, wasn’t injured in the incident.

    Officer Christian Hancock, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, explained that the shooting took place near Interstate 10 and Commerce Center Parkway.

    According to the sheriff’s office, Fang “played a vital role keeping everyone safe at special events and football games and captured some of the most dangerous criminals in our city.”

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    Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly

    Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book Matilda just celebrated 30 years of publication, and to commemorate the occasion, a statue has been erected in Buckinghamshire, showing the villain the young Matilda Wormwood would be facing today.

    As reported by the BBC, the statue features Matilda staring down (although up at) U.S. President Donald Trump, in a modern-day “re-imagining” of the schoolgirl’s plight to fight for what is right and fair. In the 1988 book, it was the evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, that the little girl fought against.

    The statue has been temporarily erected in the town of Great Missenden, where Dahl lived for 36 years, in a field located right front of the public library. That same library was also the inspiration for the library where the book character is reading classic literature by the tender age of 4. The depiction will be there for a number of weeks.

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    Pink ribbons at the US press event for The Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at The Whitney Museum of American Art on April 26, 2011 in New York City.

    As October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month begin, millions across America don pink and join the fight to spread awareness. That includes 27 men in Florida’s Treasure Coast region, who have joined with the American Cancer Society as a part of the third annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign, according to reports from the Treasure Coast Palm.

    The 27 men include 16 men from Indian River County, six from St. Lucie County, and five from Martin County who have taken up the mantle to speak up for men in the Treasure Coast who are also affected by breast cancer.

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    Elmhurst street sign

    In 2011, construction workers who were excavating an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York, unearthed a human body clothed in a white gown and knee-high socks.

    The body was in such a good condition it was initially thought that the construction workers stumbled upon the remains of a homicide victim.

    “It was recorded as a crime scene,” Scott Warnasch, who was then a forensic archaeologist for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, told the New York Post. “A buried body on an abandoned lot sounds pretty straightforward.”

    It turns out, however, that the almost perfectly preserved body belonged to somebody who was born decades before the Civil War.

    Warnasch found distinctive metal fragments at the site, which offered clues about the body and led to the identification of a woman named Martha Peterson.

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    sleeping dog

    People with dogs know that just like humans, their pups get set in routines and have their own very definite likes and dislikes. Sometimes they are insistent about sleeping in a certain spot, or they need a specific blanket to feel like they are really comfortable and safe. Bedtime is one of those events each day that is especially oriented to routine, and this sweet little pit bull catching the attention of the internet is evidence of that. As was reported by Around The World over the weekend, this little girl just won’t go to sleep until her human sings her a lullaby, just like so many little children.

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    It was one year ago Monday when Stephen Paddock allegedly showered attendees at a country music concert in Las Vegas with gunfire, killing 58 and injuring more than 400, but questions remain about one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

    Authorities said that Paddock, with a lethal stash of weapons, fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip, shooting into the crowd and then killing himself with a pistol as police closed in, the website Talking Points Memo wrote.

    The website reported what has eluded law enforcement so far in investigating the crime is a motive – why did the 64-year-old high-limits gambler who was sought after by casinos to play there attack a concert crowd with enough weapons to arm a small militia?

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    Katherine Nieves-Tavarez, 27.

    A Florida woman has been arrested for reportedly using a kitchen knife to slice her boyfriend’s face after he rejected her sexual advances, according to a police report. The man was hospitalized following the attack.

    Katherine Nieves-Tavarez, 27, of Vero Beach, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to WFTV. The incident took place at her apartment on the 1000 block of 40th Avenue on Thursday. Police responded at about 3:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they encountered a man standing in the doorway with his face covered in blood, according to the local news channel.

    “She hit me with a knife. … I can’t see,” the man said.

    The man told police Nieves-Tavarez became aggravated when he declined to have sex with her multiple times, according to Treasure Coast Newspapers, citing her arrest affidavit. Police reported Nieves-Tavarez was under the influence of alcohol. Nieves-Tavarez also had blood on her clothing and hands, the arrest affidavit notes as posted by The Smoking Gun.

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    A bump stock device, (left) that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown next to a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, (right) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Connecticut’s new bump stock ban, inspired by the shooting in Las Vegas, takes effect today.

    As of Oct. 1, 2018, it will be a class D felony to have a bump stock, meaning someone holding onto one could spend up t0 five years behind bars and puts a hefty $5,000 fine on anyone selling, purchasing, possessing or manufacturing bump stocks.

    The law has some specific exceptions, such as for military service members.

    Connecticut becomes the most recent state to implement their own bump stock bans along with New York, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Vermont, Oregon, and Rhode Island, according to CNN.

    Individual cities in multiple states like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Deerfield, Illinois, have taken actions in their city governments to ban bump stock for residents.

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    Brush and trees are engulfed in flames after firefighters set a backburn along Highway 191 in an attempt to control a raging wildfire on June 10, 2011 in Nutrioso, Arizona. The fire, which is five percent contained, has so far consumed over 400,000 acres of land and destroyed 29 homes.

    An Arizona border agent is facing a huge fine after he accidentally started a fire that burned 47,000 acres during a gender reveal party for his wife, according to

    Dennis Dickey will be required to pay $220,000 in fines after pleading guilty in federal court to charges of starting a fire without a proper permit.

    According to Dickey’s plea agreement, he’s required to pay $100,000 in restitution when he is officially sentenced Oct. 9, along with another $120,000 in monthly $500 payments for the next 20 years.

    Dickey will spend 5 years on probation as well.

    The fire started after Dickey ignited Tannerite — a highly explosive substance designed to light and burn when shot — according to court documents from U.S. Forest Service Special Agent Brent Robinson.

    The target was filled with either blue or pink powder to celebrate and announce the gender of Dickey and his wife’s child, Dickey’s attorney Sean Chapman told the Arizona Daily Star.

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    'Fox News' guest said Christine Blasey Ford testified 'like an adolescent.'

    A former federal prosecutor suggested Sunday night on Fox News that Christine Blasey Ford acted “like an adolescent” with “clear emotional and psychological problems” during Thursday’s hearing in which she testified that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, Newsweek is reporting.

    Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova, a man who came close to joining President Donald Trump’s personal legal team earlier this year, offered his take on the hearing on Fox News, in which he suggested that Ford, 51, lied about not knowing that the committee offered to see her in California three times, but that her lawyers were aware of the offer.

    “Quite frankly, her testimony the other day was far from credible,” diGenova said, as quoted by Newsweek. “She’s a very, very disturbed woman with clear emotional and psychological problems. This is a 55-year-old ‘adult’ who testified like an adolescent. Not a single corroborating detail.”

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    NBC News host Megyn Kelly said Julie Swetnick — the woman who claims Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was present during multiple gang rapes at drunken high school parties in the 1980s — lacks credibility and has a sketchy past.

    Kelly — who was a corporate litigator for nine years — pointed out that Swetnick has a well-documented history of lying, including a fraud and sexual harassment lawsuit filed against her for sexually harassing two former male coworkers.

    “She faced her own accusations of misconduct at a Portland company years ago,” Megyn said October 1 on the Today Show (video below). “That company claims she told them she had graduated from Johns Hopkins, but they learned the school had no record of her. She also falsely described her work experience.”

    Ex-Boyfriend Filed Restraining Order Against Swetnick

    Megyn Kelly then referenced the November 2000 sexual harassment and fraud lawsuit filed against Julie Swetnick by her former employer, WebTrends, a web analytics company based in Portland, Oregon.

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    An angry raccoon in a park striking an angry pose

    At least 176 raccoons living in New York’s Central Park have died as the result of a virus that makes them behave like “zombies.” According to the Independent, the critters were infected with the canine distemper virus, which can affect both raccoons and unvaccinated dogs but doesn’t spread to humans. Once infected, the raccoons start to act in unusual ways. They will sometimes behave as though they are tame, or will appear confused. Later, they may lose coordination or become aggressive. Eventually, sick raccoons will fall unconscious and often die.

    “They looked like they were circulating, wandering, having spasms. Some of the raccoons had some sort of nasal discharge.” Dr. Sally Slavinski, assistant director at the New York Health Department, told the New York Post.

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    A storm threatens Yuma, Arizona

    It may have been downgraded, but Tropical Storm Rosa is still going to have a big impact on northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, reports USA Today.

    At one point, Rosa was classified as a Category 4 hurricane, but it is now listed as a Tropical Storm, and is expected to make its first landfall in Baja California — Mexico’s far western peninsula. The storm is expected to touch down on Monday night, with residents of Baja California already reporting heavy rainfall.

    Flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. That puts more than 12 million people at risk of the flooding that the storm will bring, with a flood warning being issued for almost all of Arizona.

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    homeless man

    It looks like there is no shortage of cruel people in the world, and they seem to be found everywhere. Recently, a homeless man in New York became the target of someone’s cruel behavior at the outlet of a well-known restaurant chain.

    A video went viral on Sunday showing a homeless man sleeping at Syracuse Dunkin’, when an employee of the restaurant dumped water on his head in an attempt to kick him out.

    The homeless man, Jeremy Dufresne, who sometimes stops by the Dunkin’ on North Salina Street to charge his phone and get warm, visited the outlet per usual on Sunday night. However, little did he know that he would have to undergo a humiliating experience at the hands of one of the staffers.

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    Track Palin sits with Willow Palin while holding Trig Palin

    When Sarah Palin’s oldest son Track was arrested on Friday for assault, the reports read that the woman he allegedly attacked was an “unknown female companion,” but it was his ex-girlfriend and mother of his second child, Jordan Loewe. Now that the incident report has been made public, it is clear that Palin’s probation is seriously at risk.

    Jordan Loewe, the mother of Palin’s toddler son Charlie, told police she was attempting to drop the child off at Palin’s house when he prevented her from leaving his home, says RadarOnline. Loewe said that Palin wouldn’t let her leave until she gave him a hug, and she says she reluctantly agreed, but then he still blocked her exit. “You can’t leave.”

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    After Fox News contributor Kevin Jackson was fired for comments the network deemed “reprehensible,” as previously reported by The Inquisitr, he appeared on fellow pro-Trump radio host Joe Piscopo’s show to trash talk the network.

    Jackson was cut loose from the right-wing network after he called the women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “lying skanks.”

    Jackson appeared on Fox pretty often to provide his brand of pro-Trump commentary and occasionally filling in and co-hosting network talk shows.

    “Fox is dumb,” Jackson told Piscopo during a radio interview first reported by Mediaite.

    “I’ll just give you some inside baseball,” Jackson said to Piscopo. “I could have said something to save my job. Fox was like ‘Yeah you want to say this or do that’? Hell no!”

    “I could still have a job at Fox, if I wanted to say the right thing.” Jackson continued.

    Jackson revealed to Piscopo some of the reasons he decided to put out his controversial tweets.

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