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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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    Medieval knight, re-enactor, died, lance, Renaissance Fair

    A medieval re-enactor has died over the weekend after impaling himself on his own lance at a Renaissance Fair in Williamstown. Peter Barclay, 52, of Virginia, and also known as Master Terafan Greydragon, was performing at an event in Kentucky on Saturday when the freak incident occurred.

    According to the New York Post, Barclay was on horseback and “attempting to spear a paper plate on the ground — when his metal-tipped lance hit the ground and flipped back toward him.”

    After the tragedy, his brother took to social media to comment on the incident.

    “It comes with great sadness that my younger middle brother, Peter Barclay has died,” John Barclay revealed in a Facebook post, which also showed images of his fallen brother.

    “He was at an equestrian/medieval event in Ohio, when his metal tipped lance, used for catching rings (not jousting), hit the ground and flipped. Freak accident. It impaled him under his sternum killing him.”

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    Two Tennessee men indicted for raping a 9-month-old-baby and filming it

    A jury on Wednesday indicted two men accused of raping a 9-month-old baby and filming the assault in Tennessee.

    The horrible incident took place in February this year when a woman told the police that her baby was molested and she saw the video of the assault on a cell phone. The woman later identified the culprit through his Facebook account named “Zay,” per WMC Action News 5.

    An investigation later identified the person behind the Facebook account as the 19-year-old Isiah Hayes. Upon his arrest, he confessed his crime and admitted that he had raped the 9-month-old baby. The police also arrested his accomplice, Daireus Ice, 22, who filmed the assault.

    Both the men were charged with “aggravated rape of a child and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.” Ice was also charged with criminal responsibility for the conduct of another, per the report.

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    PANAMA CITY, FL - OCTOBER 10: Broken awnings are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Powered by unseasonably warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, a raging Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday. It’s the most powerful storm the Florida panhandle has ever experienced, the BBC reports.

    At least one Florida man is dead, killed by a tree that fell on his home.

    “We are catching some hell,” said one Panama City resident who did not obey Gov. Rick Scott’s evacuation order. Some 370,000 Florida residents were told to get out of the path of the storm, but many did not. They were told to shelter in place when the storm hit Wednesday. Now, they are without power.

    This is the third most powerful storm to ever hit the U.S., topped only by hurricanes in 1969 and 1935. Storm records date back to 1851.

    Florida was devastated by the storm in mere minutes. “It looks like a bomb went off on every single block,” said Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), as reported by CNN.

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    Large display of the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background as a group of tourists walk.

    On Tuesday, federal officials received a warrant to search the home of Paul M. Rosenfeld of Tappan, New York. What they found inside was surely mindblowing: a home-made 200-pound bomb created by Rosenfeld, which he eventually admitted he was planning to use to blow up the National Mall on Election Day, reports BuzzFeed. Previously, federal officials were alerted to the strangeness of Rosenfeld’s activities by someone in Pennsylvania who was receiving strange texts and phone calls from an unidentified number, explaining the bombing events to come. According to the informant, he/she is not tied to Rosenfeld in anyway.

    Regardless, reports started reaching the government in August that Rosenfeld had been ordering large amounts of black powder, having them shipped to New Jersey. Then, he would pick up the materials, bring them home, and construct handmade explosives using other materials. He even supposedly added “certain components” to the bomb in order to make sure he himself was killed in the blast.

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    justice kavanaugh supreme court

    In deliberations on Wednesday on the case Nielsen v Preap, The Wall Street Journal reports that justices of the Supreme Court challenged claims by the Justice Department that federal law requires the mandatory detention of certain illegal immigrants that Homeland Security agents arrest years or even decades after their prison sentences have ended.

    The highlight of the debate was the contradictory positions taken by President Donald Trump’s appointments to the court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Gorsuch called for limitations on the government’s power, disagreeing that the government could exercise the authority to detain these immigrants indefinitely without due process of law. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh argued that the spirit of the law was intended harshness toward the perpetrators and as such, the intended acerbity of the law should be honored.

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    Actress Lena Dunham speaks onstage during Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall on May 29, 2018 in New York City.

    ‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham opened up about her relationship with her friend superstar pop performer Taylor Swift during an appearance on ‘Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen’ according to Entertainment Tonight.

    Dunham talked about her thoughts on Swift’s recent decision to break her longstanding policy of avoiding politics when she endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, which led to a massive spike in registered voters in the state, as The Inquisitr reported.

    Swift doubled down on her political stances, urging her supporters to get out and vote in the upcoming midterms during her AMA acceptance speech as The Inquisitr reported.

    Dunham expressed her admiration in Swift coming forward about her endorsements.

    “That was really amazing,” Dunham said. “I’m always proud of Taylor. Not only is she an amazing friend to me on a personal level, but she’s an amazing friend to lots of people in the world.”

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    Lockheed-Martin F-35

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a Lockheed-Martin F-35 crashed in South Carolina last month, and that has led to the grounding of the entire fleet of F-35s worldwide pending inspection of fuel tubes.

    The F-35 Joint Program Office announced the grounding in a statement on Thursday, according to MilitaryTimes.

    “The U.S. Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft.”

    Pentagon F-35 spokesman Joe DellaVedova stated separately that all F-35 aircraft on U.S. military bases worldwide will be inspected for faulty fuel tubes in the engines, per a story on CNBC. If the faulty part exists, it will be replaced, while aircraft that already have the known good part will be reinstated as flight worthy. The entire process is expected to take 24 to 48 hours.


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    Man in suit, striking gavel. Lawyer concept.

    Billy McFarland, the organizer that put together the infamous disaster that was the Fyre Festival, was given a six-year prison sentence by a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday, according to The New York Times. The festival was billed as a music festival in the Bahamas — but was actually a scam that led to defrauded investors and hundreds of festivalgoers being stranded on an island.

    The 26-year-old McFarland was convicted of running a sham ticket-selling business. This description arguably understates the level of failure achieved by the festival, which saw heavy promotion from social media influencers across Instagram as a top-tier festival before being exposed as anything but. Attendees expected luxury accommodation and a concert headlined by Blink-182, but actually just walked around unfinished concert sites waiting for performances that never happened on the island of Great Exuma.

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    Former Trump aide Rick Gates.

    Rick Gates — a former senior campaign aide and inauguration committee member for Donald Trump — has asked to have his GPS monitoring removed as he awaits sentencing, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star. Appearing before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, Gates has also asked for the removal of his curfew and to be allowed to travel within a wider radius. Gates is a protege and longtime associate of Paul Manafort, both of whom were indicted in October 2017 by the Mueller Investigation on charges related to their shared lobbyist work for the Kremlin-backed government in the Ukraine.

    Attorney Timothy Green, who represents Gates, said in his court filing that Gates has been a “model cooperating witness”, and that his number of cooperations with the Mueller Investigation have been “numerous” and “continue to this day”.

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    Close-up of a shotgun.

    High school student Brennan Walker came close to death on April 12 after sleeping in and missing the bus to school, the Washington Post reported. Lacking a phone to use, Walker decided to knock on his neighbor’s doors to ask for help and directions. Jeffrey Zeigler, however, became suspicious when the 14-year-old approached his home in Rochester Hills, Missouri.

    Zeigler’s wife was the one to initially answer the door, and apparently began to accuse the boy of attempting to rob them. She yelled at the boy, and that’s what prompted her husband to spring into action, grabbing a shotgun.

    “I was scared,” Walker recounted to a jury this week. “I was trying to tell them that I was trying to get to high school, but they weren’t listening.”

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    Stock market graphs.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 650 points today, continuing a precipitous plummet that has seen the Dow lose approximately 1,400 points over the past two days, following reporting by the Inquisitr yesterday. According to CNBC, it was also the first time that the Dow had opened below its 200-day average in over four months — ending a solid run of continuous market gains. The S&P has also suffered through its sixth straight day of losses, trading down 2.1 percent, while the NASDAQ suffered a 1.5 percent loss. Even with investors flocking to safer assets like government bonds, benchmark 10-year treasury yields receded to 3.13 percent, while two-year yields fell to 2.84 percent.

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    Actress Fran Drescher toasts to the Hudson Theatre reopening with Moët & Chandon at the Hudson Theatre on February 23, 2017 in New York City.

    Actress Fran Drescher is looking to reboot her classic 90’s sitcom The Nanny, and wants superstar performer Cardi B to be a part of it, according to People.

    “I’m totally down with doing it,” the actress told People when she was asked for her thoughts on the potential reboot “I don’t know what is going on with some of these networks out there because they do not seem to be hip to the fact that there’s an obsession amongst millennials for the show and moi!”

    Drescher played Fran Fine, a nanny who falls in love with the widowed father of the wealthy Sheffield family on the show.

    But the 61-year-old Drescher knows that the show will need something new, popular, and exciting to set it apart from the swarm of other 90’s reboots on the horizon.

    “I wanna do a sitcom with Cardi B,” she said. “Wouldn’t she be great as my daughter?”

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    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump signs a S. 3508, the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images)

    Trump’s legal team is answering questions from Robert Mueller about collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. They just aren’t doing it in person.

    Previously, Trump agreed to submit answers on paper to the questions investigators want to know more about. The fact that answers are finally being prepared signals that the investigation could be nearing its end, at least as far as the president goes, according to CNN.

    Reportedly, the questions focus on the possibility of collusion between Trump and/or his associates in regard to Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election. However, no content from the questions has been revealed.

    “We are in continuing discussions with the special counsel and we do not comment on those discussions,” said Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow.

    After these initial answers are completed, it’s very possible that Mueller’s investigative team will follow up with more questions. Mueller insisted on the opportunity for follow-up questions.

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    Facebook, 800 accounts deleted

    More than 800 Facebook accounts were recently closed down after the social networking platform discovered that there are many U.S. citizens allegedly creating misleading accounts and pages to promote shocking political news for monetary gain.

    According to Bloomberg, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts that are “coordinating the spread of misinformation and spam in the U.S.” Many of these accounts reportedly originated in the U.S. The Daily Mail also states that some of these accounts were for “ad farms” and that the Facebook account closures were linked to the upcoming U.S. elections in November.

    Facebook issued a statement on Thursday via their blog in relation to the closures.

    “The people behind the activity also post the same clickbait posts in dozens of Facebook Groups, often hundreds of times in a short period, to drum up traffic for their websites,” the statement read.

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    After a series of emotional breakdowns, Selena Gomez is seeking Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Selena Gomez has suffered a series of emotional breakdowns recently. As a result of this, she is seeking a treatment called Dialectical Behavior Therapy. So, what is this treatment and how effective if it?

    In recent weeks, it has been reported that Selena Gomez has suffered a low white blood count in relation to her previous kidney transplant. After treatment and being sent home, a second trip to the hospital revealed her blood count was still down. However, according to TMZ, when Selena tried to leave the hospital on that second visit, she was told she was not able to leave. As a result of this complication and possible other undetermined factors, it is reported that Selena has suffered a series of emotional breakdowns which has seen her receive treatment at a psychiatric facility.

    Along with seeking the usual therapies associated with an emotional breakdown, People is reporting that Selena Gomez is also using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

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    Donald Trump, Trump Russia scandal, Robert Mueller, Russia

    On Thursday afternoon, lawyers for Donald Trump were preparing answers to written questions from Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller, specifically dealing with collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia, according to inside sources who spoke to CNN.

    But according to some experts on the Trump-Russia collusion probe, Mueller may ask one question that could force Trump to either admit a direct link to Russian collusion — or lie about it. That question, if Mueller has asked it, would involve the reported link between former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the late Peter Smith. Smith was a Republican political operative who made efforts to obtain supposedly stolen Hillary Clinton emails from Russian hackers, even raising more than $100,000 from GOP donors to fund his search prior to the 2016 election, as the Inquisitr reported.

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    Stock Market drops could only be a correction, but could get worse

    Thursday marked the second day of a sudden sharply-falling stock market. Trade markets around the world experienced dips as well.

    Analysts are trying to figure out why. The quick drops may be a reaction to rising interest rates imposed by the Federal Reserve, according to the BBC. Donald Trump sounded off on the Fed Thursday, seemingly echoing the belief that interest rates have caused the markets to fall.

    An ongoing trade war with China may also be a factor, and Hurricane Michael certainly didn’t help.

    Still, the steep drop on Wednesday came as a surprise, and no one can point to a specific reason for the fall.

    On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 831 points, or about 3.2 percent. The day closed with every single stock down.

    Could it become the stuff of historic legend? Is America headed toward another financial fall?

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    Virgin group's founder Richard Branson suspends talks with Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    Virgin’s founder Richard Branson has recently announced to freeze business ties with Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a prominent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

    Last year, Saudi Arabia proposed to invest $1 billion into Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company within the Virgin group which deals with space tourism. The billionaire business magnate announced in a recent statement that he accepted two directorships in the tourism projects around the Red Sea, per CNBC.

    Branson said that he accepted the proposal because he thought that he could provide practical development advice regarding the project and assist in the protection of the environment around the coastline and islands.

    However, because of the mounting international concern regarding the disappearance of the journalist, Branson decided to halt the talks.

    Khashoggi was a well-known Saudi Arabian journalist and a columnist with the Washington Post, who was famous for being critical of the Saudi government.

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    Shorewood High School closes its production of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

    After protest threats, Shorewood High School in Wisconsin reportedly made the decision to cancel their production of To Kill A Mockingbird. The school issued a statement on the matter mere hours before the first performance was scheduled on Thursday.

    According to TMJ4, Shorewood High School decided to cancel the production after some people threatened to protest the play.

    “The Shorewood Drama production of To Kill a Mockingbird has been canceled for all three nights of production (October 11,12, and 13),” reads the statement issued by Shorewood Schools Superintendent, Bryan Davis.

    “Due to concerns regarding potential protests related to the production, we’ve concluded that the safest option is to cancel the play. The District should have done more outreach to engage in dialogue about the sensitivity of this performance with the Shorewood and greater Milwaukee community. Moving forward, the District will continue to encourage staff and students to engage in meaningful performances surrounding contemporary issues with the appropriate amount of outreach and dialogue.”

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    Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly answers questions during a press conference related to President Donald Trump's recent executive order concerning travel and refugees, January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, John Kelly, allegedly referred to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as “an impolite arrogant woman” in an email that followed a contentious phone call between Kelly when he was Homeland Security Secretary, and the senator, as reported by Business Insider.

    In an email dated from February, 2017, Kelly opened up about his phone call with Warren, which began when the Massachusetts senator got in touch with him in regards to some information about her constituents, according to a congressional source that spoke to BuzzFeed News. This was after several people were detained at Boston’s Logan Airport due to Donald Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and visitors from seven different Muslim-majority countries, including some that had visas.

    In the email addressed to the former senior counselor to Homeland Security Kevin Carroll, Kelly wrote the following about Senator Warren.

    “Absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone. What an impolite arrogant woman.”

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