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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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    Can You Buy Mega Million Tickets Online? Here's How To Purchase Tickets On The Internet And Avoid Scams

    The Mega Millions jackpot is growing to astronomical levels, and those looking to stack up on tickets online could run into danger if they’re not careful about where they turn.

    This week, the jackpot for the multi-state lottery climbed to $654 million after Friday’s drawing came and passed without any winners. As ABC News reported, the prize is now the second-highest in the lottery’s history and it will likely surpass that as the week goes on and the jackpot grows.

    The gigantic jackpot has also led to a rush on lottery tickets, with states that participate seeing a huge jump in sales. Many are also looking to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets online, but officials who run the lottery have a warning for those who do.

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    Green leaves of an oak tree.

    A 5-year-old girl from Texas was hospitalized after she was stung by a highly poisonous caterpillar.

    According to NBC DFW, the girl was stung by the furry puss caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis), which is considered as the most venomous caterpillar in the United States.

    Lauren Chambers said that her daughter Adrie was playing outside at daycare when she was stung by the fuzzy-looking creature, which is also commonly known as the asp caterpillar and southern flannel moth.

    “They said that she had been stung by the most poisonous caterpillar in the United States,” Chambers said.

    The bug is believed to have fallen from a tree overhead while the girl was playing outside. Fortunately, staff at the daycare were able to remove the spines from the sting, which saved Adrie the worst symptoms.

    Although the insect appears soft, its outer comb-over has small but extremely toxic spines that stick to the skin.

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    Protestors form a group.

    The Trump-supporting organization known as the Proud Boys is facing a hate crime investigation after a series of violent clashes in New York City. The fracas on the streets and sidewalks following an appearance by the group’s founder resulted in the earlier arrest of three men.

    The clashes took place late on Friday evening and into the early morning hours on Saturday, after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club on New York’s Upper East Side. As ABC 7 New York reported, video taken after the speech showed members of the Proud Boys punching and kicking Antifa affiliated protestors while chanting “U-S-A.” In another video, members of the group bragged about beating up immigrants during the clash.

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    Donald Trump said he didn't make fun of Cristine Ford but it doesn't matter as 'we won'

    After coming under fire from critics and opponents for mocking Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump recently said in an interview that he didn’t disrespect Ford. He also said that it doesn’t matter anymore because Kavanaugh won, per the New York Post.

    President Trump was talking to host Lesley Stahl on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday night when the topic was brought up.

    While speaking at a campaign rally in Mississippi earlier this month, President Trump imitated Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and mocked her for not being able to answer the questions about her sexual assault.

    “I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope, it was one beer,” the president mocked Ford, as quoted by CNN.

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    Intruders Break Into Arkansas Animal Shelter, Force Stray Dogs To Fight With Each Other

    Intruders broke into an Arkansas animal shelter and forced stray dogs to fight in a scene that officials said looked like a “bloodbath.”

    The incident took place in the town of Helena-West Helena this week, with police saying an unknown group of people broke into the Humane Society of Delta. Once inside, the intruders caused destruction and pitted a number of dogs against one another, Arkansas Online reported.

    Beth Florek, a Humane Society employee, said she received a phone call at 2 a.m. on Thursday from a neighbor who could hear the sounds of dogs fighting inside. Florek said it was not clear if the person who broke in brought their own dogs to fight the ones at the kennel, but found that multiple dogs were injured.

    One of the dogs, Rubio, appeared to be attacked by at least two different dogs and was left with life-threatening injuries, Florek said. As the KTBS reported, Rubio suffered serious wounds to his abdomen, jaw, and ear.

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    Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan

    An investigation by the LA Times exposed a dubious claim of Native American descent by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s in-laws; a claim that was used to win over $7 million in military contracts at United States military installations and other federal properties in the state of California. The contracts were granted to the family’s business through a federal program that aids “disadvantaged minorities,” the Times reported.

    The company that was awarded the military contracts is Vortex Construction, and the Bakersfield company is owned by CEO William Wages. Wages is also the sibling of McCarthy’s spouse, Judy. According to the LA Times, Vortex Construction was awarded $7.6 million “in no-bid and other prime federal contracts since 2000.”

    Vortex Construction is co-owned by Kevin McCarthy’s mother-in-law. McCarthy’s father-in-law and his sister-in-law are employed there. Additionally, Judy McCarthy was a partner in the company in the early 90’s.

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    Stadium lights on a sports field at night

    The Alexandria City Council has approved a plan for the rehabilitation and modernization of T.C. Williams High School stadium, which will include lights for night games. The vote, which was 6-1 for the project, will provide lighting for the only stadium in the D.C.-Northern Virginia area, which lacks lights for evening games.

    The Washington Post says that despite objections from residents in the adjacent historical area that there will be noise and disruption, the project was voted through. The Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium, which is traditionally styled with a track around the football field, will finally be able to host evening events including football and lacrosse games after dark.

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    Black pig at a farm

    Humongous pigs might be a common sight on a pig farm, but it was an uncommon sight for some people in a southern California town that spotted a giant sow trotting down the street. However, the fun really began when a concerned caller contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department after seeing a swine “the size of a mini horse” roaming loose. Fortunately, the officers involved were able to resolve the problem of the wayward pig, and they wrote about their unusual way of handling the problem on their Instagram account, KTLA5 reported.

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    Disability Parking Sign

    Information surrounding the investigation into what is being called “unprofessional conduct” by the authorities at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, North Carolina, was recently made public via The News Herald. J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center is a state government institution dedicated to the care and treatment for persons with developmental challenges. According to a statement from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, reports were received in mid-September concerning several of the staff members who were sent home after allegedly allowing what The Herald and others in the Foothills area are referring to as a “fight club” at Elm Cottage taking place between its residents.

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    A sign is posted on the exterior of a Sears store on May 31, 2018 in Richmond, California.

    President Trump has spoken out about the demise of long-time department store giant Sears, which announced on Monday morning that the company would close 142 of their remaining stores this year, according to Business Insider.

    “Sears has been dying for many years,” Trump told reporters on Monday morning. “It’s been obviously improperly run for many years. And it’s a shame.”

    Along with their announcement to close the stores, the company also officially declared bankruptcy this morning. CEO Eddie Lampert announced that he would step down, but would remain as the companies chairman.

    President Trump, 72-years-old, told reporters that he felt that his generation would be hit the hardest by Sears folding, due to the history of the company. After all, Sears was once the largest retailer in the world.

    “Sears Roebuck, when I was growing up, was the big deal,” Trump quipped to members of the media. “And, it’s sad what happened, very very sad.”

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    Justin Crawford #25 of the West Virginia Mountaineers carries the ball

    Justin Crawford, a former West Virginia University running back, has been arrested and charged with sex crimes against a minor. Crawford, 23, was recently cut from the Atlanta Falcons but has remained in Georgia where he was arrested on several felonies.

    TMZ is reporting that the former college star is facing charges of incest, sodomy, and enticing a child for indecent purposes and was taken into police custody on Saturday.

    Crawford was a junior college running back before he transferred to WVU in 2015. This year he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons but was released after a less than impressive showing after three games last month.

    Crawford is expected to make a court appearance this morning but until then, he is being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

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    A building destroyed by Hurricane Michael

    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have officially arrived in Florida, Reuters is reporting. The couple landed at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday, October 15 to asses the damage of Hurricane Michael, one of the strongest storms to have ever hit the United States. At least 18 people throughout fur different states have been killed due to the storm, and homes have been destroyed. More victims are expected, and cadaver dogs are helping to search through the rubble of ruined houses. Trump was able to receive an aerial view of the ruins via helicopter.

    “You know many of these people, they have no homes,” Trump said to the press. “Some of them have no trace of a home… so our big thing is feeding, water and safety.”

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    climbers

    A team of nine South Korean climbers embarked recently on what was meant to be a 45-day expedition in the Himalayas. CNN reports that the climbers went to find a new route up Mount Gurja on September 11, 2018, but have been found dead near their tattered camp. The nine people had been missing since Friday after losing contact with officials and leaving their whereabouts and progress up the 7,193-meter Himalayan peak unknown. Officials have stated that no climber had summited Mount Gurja in 22 years.

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    A turkish police officer looks around in a room inside the Saudi Arabian consulate amid a growing international backlash to the disappearance of Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi on October 15, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi a US resident and critic of the Saudi regime has been missing since visiting the consulate on the 2nd of October, Turkish officials believe he may have been murdered inside.

    The Saudi Arabian government is preparing to release a report that acknowledges they did, in fact, kill Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2 during an interrogation gone wrong, according to CNN.

    Two sources told CNN the report is likely to reveal that the operation was authorized without clearance from the kingdom’s officials and affirms that those involved will be held responsible for their actions. One of the two sources warned that the report has yet to be finalized, however, so it’s possible that things may change before its official release.

    Before this report, the Saudi government had vocally refuted any claims of wrongdoing, insisting that Khashoggi had left the consulate that afternoon unharmed, which caused major political ripples all over the world. The kingdom’s stock market took a big hit, falling as much as 7 percent on Sunday.

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    Brooklyn Witches To Put Hex On Brett Kavanaugh, Group Hex Is 'An Act Of Resistance'

    A coven of modern-day witches is planning to meet in Brooklyn, New York, on October 20 to put a group hex on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as part of an occult ritual to target “all rapists.”

    For the record, Kavanaugh has never been accused of rape.

    “Please join us for a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh and upon all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them,” the Eventbrite invite reads.

    “We will be embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and its history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him.”

    The invitation said Kavanaugh will be the focus of the group hex, “but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and all of the axes you’ve got to grind.”

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    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One at the White House on October 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)

    Millions tuned in to see Donald Trump on 60 Minutes, and the President shared his opinion on a number of subjects.

    Less than a week after a climate report that put an expiration date on the Earth, Donald Trump disagreed with the scientific consensus that humans are responsible for the current global warming trend, according to the BBC.

    Trump’s interview, much like his stance on climate change, was all over the place. He talked about North Korea, Russia, China, and the recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying “we would not have won” if he had not made a speech in which he publicly mocked Christine Blasey Ford.

    Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, which she detailed in public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    On the topic of climate change, Trump said that climate change scientists “have a very big political agenda.”

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    MEXICO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 15: President Donald Trump makes a flyover as he tours the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael on October 15, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Monday morning began with nearly 50 people still missing in the wake of Hurricane Michael, according to People. The Category 4 storm landed on the Florida panhandle with winds raging at 155 mph, ripping apart buildings and tearing trees right out of the ground.

    In the days following the storm, emergency responders were flooded with calls about missing people. Now, the number has fallen sharply. According to the mayor of Mexico Beach, Al Cathey, 289 people chose to stay in the area despite evacuation warnings. On Sunday night, 46 of them were still missing. This number fell to just three as of Monday afternoon, ABC News reported. Search and rescue teams are making a final sweep of the area in an attempt to locate the three still-missing residents of Mexico Beach.

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    Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    For British users of the social media service Facebook, the political advertisements that appear on the site will now include the names of the political groups and organizations that paid for the online advertising, reports Business Insider.

    Beginning on Tuesday, Facebook will remove any type of secrecy from the advertisements you receive and make it clear which party is trying to sway your opinion, be it the Conservatives, Labour, or one of the United Kingdom’s more niche political groupings.

    Along with applying this standard to all forthcoming advertisements, the social media giant will also be releasing its library of previously posted political commercials showing who has paid for each political advertisement on Facebook as well as Instagram, along with the amount of money spent on the campaign and what demographics it intended to target. No matter how small the reach of the advertisement, Facebook will include all of its relevant information.

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    Steven Levy and Jeff Bezos speak onstage at WIRED25 Summit: WIRED Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Tech Icons Of The Past & Future on October 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

    Speaking at the Wired 25 conference in San Francisco on Monday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos covered a wide variety of topics, from his current plans to develop a space tourism industry to his defense of Amazon’s relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense. Bezos also opened up about his take on the modern incarnation of the internet and social media and what he sees it evolving into in the future, as reported by Business Insider.

    “I think the Internet in its current incarnation is a confirmation bias machine,” said Bezos, leveling a harsh criticism at the medium that made him the world’s richest man.

    “I worry that some of these technologies will be very useful to autocratic regimes to enforce their will.”

    While Bezos has some serious concerns about the modern state of social media, he made clear that these very issues plagued many other technologies in their infancy stages and the flaws of today shouldn’t deny the potential the medium contains.

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    Theresa May says Brexit is achievable

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has said on Monday that Brexit is still “achievable” despite the Irish backstop to derail the deal.

    May attended a parliamentary session before heading to Brussels for the summit on Wednesday and remained optimistic about Brexit. She said that she wouldn’t accept or agree to anything that could “split the United Kingdom,” as reported by Reuters.

    The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, however, talks related to the exit stalled over ensuring that there is no return of a hard border between the EU-member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

    The current stand-off has increased the chances of Britain parting ways from the EU without reaching an agreement – a “no deal” situation which could possibly disrupt trade relation between Britain and the EU states, delay the movement of goods, and adversely affect the economy of the United Kingdom, per Reuters.

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