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    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    CNN reports that the FBI has extended its investigation into Brett Kavanaugh beyond the four names provided by the White House. The FBI is conducting additional interviews regarding the sexual assault allegations surrounding the Supreme Court nominee.

    As part of the investigation, FBI is speaking with other people who attended high school with Kavanaugh. They are listed on Kavanaugh’s calendars as having been present at a party on July 1, 1982. Kavanaugh provided the calendars as evidence during the hearing held last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The hearing was called to hear the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of committing sexual assault against her in the early 1980s.

    Despite the expanded scope of the investigation, the FBI may release its report on Kavanaugh as early as Wednesday, ahead of the one-week investigation length mandated by Donald Trump.

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    Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    The GoFundMe page set up in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh passed the $500,000 mark on Wednesday after being set up eight days ago, according to reports from USA Today.

    The fundraiser was set up by John Hawkins of the conservative website Right Wing News. When Hawkins launched the GoFundMe, he said it was done out of his disgust about the treatment that Kavanaugh and his family had been receiving from the media. Since his nomination, Kavanaugh has faced several allegations of sexual misconduct during his high school and college years.

    The FBI is currently conducting an investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations, with expectations that the probe could be complete by Wednesday.

    “We live in a country where innocent until proven guilty is supposed to mean something,” wrote Hawkins on the GoFundMe page. “Yet Brett Kavanaugh’s reputation is being dragged through the mud while his family is facing non-stop death threats,”

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    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

    Michael Avenatti, who serves as counsel for Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick, has released new information about the Supreme Court nominee through an unnamed woman.

    “Yet another accuser has come forward,” Avenatti announced on Twitter Wednesday, Fox News reports. “She is prepared to meet with the FBI today and disclose multiple facts and witnesses.”

    The woman currently resides in South Florida. In 1983, she graduated from a high school in or around Washington, D.C.

    “I have known Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick for decades and I believe they are both honest and truthful,” the unnamed female accuser stated. Both Ford and Swetnick have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

    Kavanaugh has categorically denied all claims made by these women.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    There were nooses hanging in cells, evidence of misuse of solitary confinement areas, and other significant threats to health and safety of immigrants being held at an ICE detention center that was treated to a surprise inspection recently, CNN reports.

    In a report released this week, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security says that inspectors “identified serious violations” at the facility that houses immigrants who are waiting for their status in this country to be legally determined.

    Nooses were found hanging in about 15 cells inside the facility, according to the Los Angeles Times. The nooses were fashioned from braided bed sheets and hung from vents. This is a clear threat to the safety of detainees.

    One man was found dead, hanging from his bed sheets, at this facility in March 2017. Since then, there have been at least seven suicide attempts at the same facility. This makes the hanging nooses found by inspectors even more sinister.

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    The Presidential Alert system is tested on Wednesday October 3

    For those who have a smartphone, you will have already been alerted to the fact that the first Presidential alert was issued at around 2:18 p.m. ET.

    “Presidential Alert,” your phone would have read. “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

    According to CNN, this test message is the “first nationwide test of the system built by the federal government and cell phone carriers to warn Americans of an emergency, like a terror attack or a widespread disaster.”

    Using the same sort of emergency tone currently used for amber and weather alerts, this system replaces the previous Emergency Alert System (EAS), according to a previous Inquisitr article. However, the new system, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), is different in that it will work wirelessly during an emergency.

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    U.S. first lady Melania Trump hosts a reception in honor of United Nations General Assembly attendees at the U.S mission to the UN building on September 26, 2018 in New York City.

    During the second day of her trip to Africa, American First Lady Melania Trump made a visit to a former slave fort in Ghana, as reported by the BBC.

    “Dungeon is really something that people should see and experience,” said Trump of her experience at the fort. “What happened so many years ago is really a tragedy”.

    The Cape Coast Castle was used during the 17th century, where people were kept naked and chained while they waited to be shipped away as slaves. The outpost’s original use was as a trading post for items such as gold and timber but eventually became the dark memory it is today, where people were kidnapped and exchanged for items such as guns and alcohol. It holds great significance for Americans, as it is looked at as the starting point of African-American history.

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    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks on his phone before the weekly GOP policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, September 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

    Senator Lindsey Graham, usually a rock-solid supporter of President Trump and his policies, attacked the currently comfortable relationship between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

    “I’m telling President Trump: ‘Enough with I love you,'” Graham said during an interview at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C. “From my point of view, this love crap needs to stop. There’s nothing to love about Kim Jong Un.”

    “I’m worried that we’re being played here,” Graham continued. “In his [Trump’s] world, he’s trying to pull him in. Charm works, insults work. But this is different.”

    Graham was responding to comments the president made last week during a West Virginia rally about how his relationship with the North Korean leader has evolved since the pair met in Singapore this past June.

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    Mysterious forest clearing

    A news story that was originally just supposed to be about flooding ended up sparking interest across the internet about a mysterious creature, reported KUTV. The station typically reports on Salt Lake City news such as weather and sports, but a shadowy encounter has people buzzing.

    During the “News This Morning” segment with reporter Morgan Saxton, there was a startling interruption during the newscast. As Saxton began to report in Spring Lake, a creature walked across her and the camera crew and into the fields behind her. “I think it’s a dog, I’m not sure, but um anyway, there’s some kind of creature below me…” reported Saxton before going on to explain the mudding and damage of the area she was in, attempting to stay on task.

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    Ricin word in the dictionary.

    Authorities arrested a Logan, Utah, man in connection with envelopes allegedly filled with the deadly ricin that were mailed to President Donald Trump and the Pentagon, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.

    Logan Police told the newspaper it was working with the FBI regarding an investigation into the suspected ricin letter and that one person was in custody. KSL-TV identified the man as William Clyde Allen III, of Logan, according to U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch.

    Rydalch said, according to the television station, that the Justice Department could file formal charges in the case by Friday.

    While the FBI declined to confirm the arrest, it added that they were “conducting an operation” at the address 380 N. 200 in Logan, the Tribune stated.

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    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) talks with reporters as he heads for a meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 02, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    In an effort to undermine the claims of Julie Swetnick, one of three women who have made claims of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Senator Chuck Grassley released a letter from a former television weatherman with several allegations about Swetnick’s sexual preference, as reported by the Huffington Post.

    Dennis Ketterer, who was a weatherman in Washington, D.C., described the relationship he had with Swetnick during the 1990s in a letter he sent to the committee. Swetnick has described Kavanaugh as a “mean drunk” who treated women poorly at parties. She is represented by attorney Michael Avenetti, who also represents Stormy Daniels.

    In a tweet Avenatti denied the claims, describing them as “garbage.”

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    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, founder of space venture Blue Origin and owner of The Washington Post, participates in an event hosted by the Air Force Association September 19, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. Bezos talked about innovating in large organizations as well as staying on the cutting edge in the space industry.

    While Amazon recently announced it would be increasing its minimum wage to $15 per hour, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, there may be some unexpected downsides for workers along with those bigger paychecks.

    According to CNBC, workers will be losing their monthly bonuses and stock awards.

    Amazon confirmed to CNBC in an email that workers would indeed lose those bonuses and stock options but said that they felt the wage increase “more than compensates” for the lack of other benefits.

    “The significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates for the phase out of incentive pay and [restrictive stock units]. We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement. In addition, because it’s no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable.”

    CNBC confirmed the reports after other outlets initially reported on the impact the minimum wage spike might have on workers.

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    Earlier this afternoon, Reuters reported that five people were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a shopping center in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. The five victims were young men ranging in age from 19 to 23, one of whom was shot in the head and is listed in critical condition. The victims were transported to Einstein Medical Center, where four of the victims are listed in stable condition after suffering non-fatal wounds.

    WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reports that the incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. near a Dollar General store on the corner of Germantown Avenue and Manheim Street.

    “The occupants of a white Chevy Impala came through the parking lot, firing multiple rounds, hitting all five males,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross disclosed. “They then turned northbound on Germantown Avenue.” Ross also said that police believe there was more than one suspect in the car.

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    Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City. Tune in to NBCSN on December 8 at 8 p.m. ET or Univision Deportes Network on December 9 at 8 p.m. ET to watch the one hour SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportsperson of the Year special.

    Controversial producer, rapper, and fashion designer Kanye West said he wants to introduce former NFL quarterback and current face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign Colin Kaepernick to President Donald Trump and have them talk “until the conversation turns to love,” according to ABC News.

    “I’ve been calling Colin this morning, reaching him, so I can bring Colin to the White House and we can remove that s*** of b**** statement and we can be on the same page,” West told TMZ on Monday.

    This news comes after last week when West stopped by The Fader offices wearing one of President Trump’s now infamous red Make America Great Again hats along with a sweatshirt with Colin Kaepernick on it.

    West appeared on Saturday Night Live over this past weekend, where he again wore a Make America Great Again hat and dove into a passionate pro-Trump rant during the ending credits of the live program.

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    Shooting incident in South Carolina kills one officer, injures 6

    An active shooting incident has killed one law enforcement officer while leaving several others injured in the Florence County of South Carolina on Wednesday.

    Authorities have confirmed that three office deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and four city officers were shot during the incident, per CNN‘s affiliate WBTV. According to the report, at least one of the officers has been killed in the shooting.

    A 20-year-old male has also been shot in the home where the incident took place. He is alive and is currently in the hospital. The condition of the injured officers is not known yet.

    The Florence County Emergency Management Agency posted a ‘high priority’ message on its official Twitter account at around 5 p.m local time and warned people to steer clear of the Vintage Place and Hoffmeyer Road areas in Florence, as an “active shooting incident” was in progress at the time.

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    Brain-Eating Amoeba, Concerns

    After Fabrizio Stabile of New Jersey died from contracting a brain-eating amoeba at Waco’s BSR Cable Park, the park voluntarily closed while tests were conducted on the water in the park.

    The 29-year-old man had visited the surf resort park on September 8 and became ill on September 14, according to CNN. The brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, managed to travel into Stabile’s brain, causing a brain infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (also known by the abbreviated name, PAM).

    As panic rises, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a statement on the matter to help alleviate concerns from the general public.

    “There have been no reports of other illnesses, and Naegleria fowleri infection does not spread from person to person,” Brittany Behm, a spokeswoman at the CDC, revealed in an email.

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    Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, polls, sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford

    A poll taken prior to their dramatic testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week showed more Americans believing Christine Blasey Ford than Brett Kavanaugh regarding the former’s sexual assault accusation against the Supreme Court nominee, according to the Inquisitr.

    Now, following the day of testimony on September 28 that riveted the nation with an average of 20 million viewers watching at any given time during the nine-hour hearing, according to Hollywood Reporter, not just one but two new polls show support increasing for both Ford and Kavanaugh — but with the believability gap between them widening in Ford’s favor.

    A poll conducted by Marist College for PBS and National Public Radio prior to last Thursday’s hearing showed a gap of six percentage points in Ford’s favor, with 32 percent of respondents saying that they believed her accusations, compared to just 26 percent who bought Kavanaugh’s denials.

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    A potential measles scare at Newark Liberty International Airport

    According to a report released by officials on Wednesday, people traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport last month may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease, measles.

    While the name of the person identified as having measles has not been released, according to NJ.com, the individual “arrived at Terminal B from a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel on September 28.”

    “The individual was infectious on that day and may have traveled to other areas of the airport,” a statement released by the New Jersey Department of Health said.

    The infected person then traveled on to Rockland County, NY. However, no further exposures to measles by the individual were reported beyond there.

    The New Jersey Department of Health is now issuing a warning to those that were at Newark Liberty International Airport between the times of 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on September 28.

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    A blue button found in beach.

    Odd-looking sea critters have been found littering in the shores of New Jersey. Those who saw them said that the creatures were so vibrant they could not help but stop and notice.

    The creatures, which come in shades of green and blue, and feature long, dark tentacles, were later identified as “blue button jellyfish,” a disk-shaped floating organism that usually measured about an inch in diameter.

    Suzanne Schenker, who spotted a pair of the creatures while walking along the coast of Beach Haven, said that she has never seen the creatures before.

    Schenker, who shared photos of the bizarre-looking creature on a Facebook group called New Jersey Jellyspotters, said the she can’t help but notice the blue buttons because of their color. She also noticed that the creatures left a turquoise stain on the sand.

    “For some reason I looked down and there were these incredibly blue jellyfish in the sand,” she told CBS New York.

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    Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, sexual assault, Yale University, James Roche, CNN

    The FBI’s reopened background check investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to end early Thursday, according to the Washington Post, with FBI agents mysteriously failing to interview Kavanauagh or Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University research psychologist who says that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh’s Yale University undergraduate roommate has now accused the nominee of lying under oath in his Senate testimony.

    “Brett Kavanaugh stood up under oath and lied about his drinking and about the meaning of words in his yearbook,” wrote James Roche, in an essay published online Wednesday by Slate.com.

    “He did so baldly, without hesitation or reservation. In his words and his behavior, Judge Kavanaugh has shown contempt for the truth, for the process, for the rule of law, and for accountability. His willingness to lie to avoid embarrassment throws doubt on his denials about the larger questions of sexual assault.”

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    College World Series

    A former University of Delaware baseball player has been indicted on six charges of rape, and a seventh woman has just come forward to accuse him of rape and of threatening to kill her. All of the accusations against Clay Conaway have come over the last five years since the pitcher has been at the University of Delaware.

    The Daily Mail is reporting that as a result of the reports, Conaway was expelled from the university as he faces trial in December. But the victims and the public are angry that the defendant is out on bail while he awaits trial on the serious charges. Clay Conaway is out on $310k bail and has to stay at his parents’ Georgetown, Delaware, home while awaiting trial.

    Conaway’s seventh accuser says he raped her at her off-campus apartment and says the last time she saw him, he threatened to kill her if she told.

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