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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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    Denver Riggleman appears wearing a blue flannel button-up shirt.

    Republican Denver Riggleman — who is allegedly the author of a book that uses the mythical Bigfoot to tell a story in the erotica genre — defeated Democrat Leslie Cockburn to win Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.

    The race between Riggleman and Cockburn garnered national attention this summer, per a story published by the Week, when it was revealed that Riggleman was allegedly the author of a book titled “Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him.”

    It was back in July, when Riggleman’s opponent, Leslie Cockburn — whose daughter is actress Olivia Wilde — posted a screenshot from Riggleman’s Instagram.

    The photo showed a naked image of Bigfoot with his genitals masked by a black bar.

    The Week reported that Cockburn then alleged that Riggleman campaigned with a white supremacist, Unity and Security for America co-founder Isaac Smith, and was a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”

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    Two northern white rhinos

    New hopes have been raised for the northern white rhino species after a recent study showed it may be possible to use IVF to breed new individuals.

    The northern white rhino population is currently made up of only two females, which are both unable to breed, after years of being hunted by poachers, according to the BBC. However, DNA evidence shows they may be more closely related to the southern white species than previously thought, which means it could be possible to create rhino hybrids via IVF in the future. Scientists say that the attempt to breed the rhino hybrids holds a good chance of being successful, but they are considering the option as a last resort.

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    A day care wall is painted with a bright rainbow.

    A Montana day care center with a history of violations is being investigated for allegedly leaving a six-month-old baby inside after it closed for the weekend, Yahoo Lifestyle is reporting. Fortunately, the infant boy was found safe and sound after about an hour.

    Tanaya Merchen recently started a new job, and back in August, she enrolled her then-three-month-old Avery in Billings’ Kids R Us Childcare Center. Things were going well until last Friday, when she got off work and went to pick up Avery — like she does every day. When she got there, she found the building locked, having closed early for the weekend. Avery was either still inside, or he had been picked up by someone else.

    “I had no idea what to do — I was stunned. I called the director and she drove over.”

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    Imagery of a red phone with a small note against the practice of robocalls.

    Robocalls, or scripted calls made by an automated service, are considered by many to be a great annoyance. Some estimates place the number of robocalls at around 147 million per day, every day. So the chances of any single individual getting one of those calls once in a while, or more frequently, is very good indeed.

    However, if you don’t want to receive those calls — and given the infrastructure currently in place — the chances of you stopping them are almost zero.

    The Verge delves more deeply into the matter in a piece titled “Why robocalls have taken over your phone.” The article explains that the technology is accessible to just about anyone. There are no technical or financial hurdles to setting up a robocall system.

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    A teddy bear lies on the floor in an ominous picture.

    A man in Ireland, who allegedly raped a two-week-old baby, has been refused bail at Newry magistrates court on Wednesday. The “grotesque” details of the case were withheld from open court.

    According to a news report by the Belfast Telegraph, the incident was reported on September 29 in the Annalong area of County Down. A 25-year-old man was consequently arrested on October 2.

    The accused — whose name cannot be revealed for legal reasons — is charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, and sexual assault of a two-week-old baby. Per the report, the accused denied the charges — but admitted that the baby was in his sole custody when the alleged incident took place, between 10.30 p.m. to 8.30 a.m.

    A document on the child’s injuries was handed to the court by the prosecution. Said document was accepted by the judge, the Belfast Telegraph said.

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    A couple from Florida were suing McDonald's for 5 million dollars in relation to overcharging for quarter pounders without cheese

    A lawsuit against McDonald’s where two customers alleged they were charged for cheese in a Quarter Pounder burger without cheese has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas in Florida on Friday.

    Two McDonald’s customers were seeking $5 million in compensation after they requested a Quarter Pounder without cheese and were still charged the same price as a quarter pounder with cheese. according to Fox News. The lawsuit was filed in May by a South Florida couple, Cynthia Kissner and Leonard Werner. They alleged that McDonald’s was profiting off charging customers full price for their Quarter Pounders even though they had requested the product without cheese.

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    People stand in line to get into MedMen, one of the two Los Angeles area pot shops that began selling marijuana for recreational use

    Reports detail that prices for various marijuana stocks are quickly rising, seemingly in large part due to the midterm election results. Marijuana-related initiatives were on the ballot in four different states and increasing support for the industry is having a significant impact on the value of the companies involved.

    Reuters explains that a handful of cannabis companies saw big increases in their stock prices on Wednesday. One, Tilray Inc., had a 30.6 percent jump in their shares, and a handful of other companies experienced increases that ranged from 7.1 to 20.1 percent. In addition to the quick uptick in share values, Tilray’s shares, in particular, were moving at more than four times their usual pace.

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    Noted White Nationalist Patrick Casey Shared Picture From Private White House Visit

    Patrick Casey has gained a national reputation as the leader of a white nationalist group that tries to recruit college-age white men into a group offering “intellectualizing white supremacist ideology.”

    Yet somehow, the leader of the group Identity Evropa was to get a private White House visit in a trip likely arranged by a staffer with the Trump administration. As the Daily Beast reported, the suit-wearing Casey shared a photograph of himself on Wednesday in an area of the White House not accessible to the public.

    As a source told the outlet, that means Casey likely had a trip arranged by a White House insider.

    “Three sources familiar with how the Trump White House operates tell The Daily Beast that Casey could not have reached the location directly in front of the White House’s south front by himself or on a common tour,” the report noted.

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    NYC jogger slain

    Thirty-year-old Karina Vetrano had embarked on her usual evening run on the evening of August 2, 2016, opting for the same path she took on a regular basis. However, due to what prosecutors are now calling a “crime of opportunity,” she would never return home.

    When Karina still hadn’t returned home by 6 p.m. that evening, her father, Phil Vetrano, began to worry. Phil usually ran the path through Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach alongside his daughter but had stayed home on that particular evening due to back pain. As the minutes ticked by, the father had a sinking feeling that something had happened to his daughter.

    “I continued to watch the news and eat my dinner, [but] as every moment went by, that feeling got stronger and stronger until it was 6:27. I called her, 6:28, I called her, 6:30, I called her and she didn’t answer. So I yelled. I screamed,” Phil Vetrano said.

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    Edward Snowden speaks remotely during the WIRED25 Festival

    Edward Snowden claims that Saudi Arabia used an Israeli spyware to target murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Bloomberg reports.

    Speaking to an audience in Tel Aviv by video conference on Tuesday, the fugitive U.S. whistleblower claimed that Saudi Arabia may have received help from Israel-based NSO Group Ltd. to track and kill Saudi critic Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last month.

    Snowden, a former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor with expertise in computer security, said that Israeli companies such as the NSO Group are among the leaders in selling spyware programs that allow governments to track their political opponents.

    Snowden fled the United States and is now in Russia after exposing what he claims as NSA clandestine programs that collect phone and Internet data.

    NSO Group is known for developing the Pegasus software that can be used to remotely infect a particular mobile phone and relay back data from the device.

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    money

    In his new book Predictably Irrational, Duke professor of Psychology and Behavior Economics Dan Ariely takes some time to consider how humans irrationally overemphasize money in a number of ways, according to an excerpt published on People Science.

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    Peru's ex-police chief arrested for baby trafficking

    Peru’s ex-police chief and several others have been arrested after they were found to be allegedly involved in a baby trafficking ring, the public prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday, October 6.

    According to a report by the BBC, the accused former police chief, Raul Becerra, was part of a gang which authorities termed the Soulless Human Traffickers. The said gang preyed on poor pregnant women and cajoled them into selling their babes, a statement by the prosecutor’s office said.

    During a series of raids that police carried out in the southern city of Arequipa, 14 people — including Becerra — were arrested. According to the report, a pediatrician and a gynecologist were also part of the criminal group, along with three women who allegedly “fished for pregnant women by pretending to offer illegal abortions,” per the BBC. Under Peruvian law, abortion is only allowed if a woman’s physical or mental health is at risk.

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Girl Scouts of the USA kicks off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal on February 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of the USA)

    The Girl Scouts of the USA formally filed a federal lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America for trademark infringement, according to NPR.

    This matter has been brewing since October when the Boy Scouts decided to make history by allowing girls to join the organization beginning in 2019. The Girl Scouts spoke out against the decision, saying the Boy Scouts were undertaking a “covert campaign” to recruit girls. The statement was released by Girl Scouts National President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan.

    “We are confused as to why, rather than working to appeal to the 90 percent of boys who are not involved in BSA programs, you would choose to target girls,” her statement said.

    The Boy Scouts say they have received requests for years to admit girls into the program.

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    NYPD K-9 Put to Rest

    The New York Police Department recently had to say goodbye to one of their own, as 4-year-old bloodhound and K-9 detective Angel finished her battle with cancer this week, according to People. A group of officers from the NYPD gathered together outside of Staten Island’s Rosebank Animal Hospital on Monday to honor the dog who helped solve the crime and save lives during her short life. Officers stood lining the building to give Angel one last salute before she was euthanized.

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    Suspected Thousand Oaks Gunman Ian David Long Was 'Kind Of Weird' And 'Always By Himself,' Per Former Roommate

    A man who claims he roomed twice with suspected Thousand Oaks, California, gunman Ian David Long shared his memories of his former roommate in a new interview, describing him as someone who often kept to himself while displaying unusual behaviors during the times they lived in the same house.

    Speaking to the New York Post, 35-year-old Blake Winnett said that he and Long were roommates around 2012 and 2014 in Simi Valley and the Los Angeles neighborhood of Reseda. While Winnett said that Long was studying at a college in Northridge when they were roommates, he admitted that he was only aware of the alleged mass shooter’s U.S. Marine Corps background, but no longer remembered where he was studying or what course he was taking.

    According to Winnett, he found it difficult to connect with Long, whom he described to the New York Post as “kind of weird.”

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    Donald Trump and Chris Christie shake hands before a meeting at the Trump International Golf club on November 20, 2016.

    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly being considered as a replacement for Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources familiar with the matter told CBS News.

    Christie is one of several candidates allegedly on the list to replace Sessions, who, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, was forced out as the United States’ chief law enforcement officer by President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The news came after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives as a result of Tuesday’s midterm elections. The president did not immediately name a replacement, instead promoting Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, whom Trump said will “serve our Country well,” via Twitter.

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    A crowded plane, photographed from the aisle seat.

    A Philippine Airlines flight attendant is receiving praise from all across the internet, and from her superiors, for breastfeeding a passenger’s hungry infant after the passenger ran out of formula, CBS News is reporting.

    Patrisha Organo is herself the mother of a six-month-old daughter, so she knows what it’s like when a baby is crying inconsolably. So when she heard a baby making what she describes on Facebook as “a cry that will make you want to do anything to help,” she leaped into action.

    When Organa reached the source of the sound, she found not just the fussy baby, but also a stressed-out and crying mother. The mother explained that she had run out of formula, and hadn’t brought along any breast milk of her own. Organo, who is herself nursing her own infant when she’s not at work, says that she knew what she had to do.

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    Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley attend Entertainment Weekly's SAG Award Nominees Celebration on January 20, 2018.

    Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley have confirmed that their niece was one of the victims of last night’s mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, USA Today reported.

    “Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” the couple said in a joint statement through their representative Chantal Artur. “Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”

    Alaina, a freshman at Pepperdine University, was one of 12 that were killed late Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire inside the packed bar about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the couple took to social media this morning in search of their 18-year-old niece.

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    'Westworld' actor Clifton Collins Jr. makes a public appearance.

    As news emerges of the Thousand Oaks massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill late Wednesday night, November 7, Westworld actor Clifton Collins Jr. revealed that he was planning to attend the bar on the night that the shooting occurred.

    According to Us Weekly, Clifton Collins Jr., the actor who plays the host called Lawrence in HBO’s Westworld, was invited to the Borderline Bar in California on the night of the massacre. However, the actor decided to decline the invitation, choosing to stay home instead. As a result of this, he avoided the devastating shooting that saw 12 people killed, including the shooter. The shooter, who has been identified as 29-year-old Ian David Long, was located, dead, in his car outside the venue.

    Clifton Collins Jr. revealed his close call via his official Twitter account after details emerged about the Thousand Oaks shooting.

    “Getting shot at in the hood is 1 thing, it’s driven by poverty, I can understand that,” Collins’ tweet said.

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    another mass shooting in a public place occurred.

    People are watching news coverage on Thursday with grim faces, listening to reports of 12 people gunned down in Thousand Oaks, California. Survivors are staring at cameras with stunned expressions. Here, it’s supposed to be safe. Here, there aren’t supposed to be mass shootings.

    But we now live in a time when mass shootings can happen any time, anywhere. According to CNN, the Thousand Oaks shooting is the fourth “soft target” to be destroyed by violence in the last two weeks.

    On October 24, people who were shopping at a grocery store heard bullets ring out in a quiet, upper-middle class neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Two of them died. Three days later, on October 27, people attending services at a Pittsburgh synagogue became victims of a mass shooter. There were 11 people killed in that event.

    Two women died at a yoga studio on November 2, and on Wednesday night, 12 people inside a country and western bar were targeted by a masked shooter in Thousand Oaks, California.

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