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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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    Texas child molester Clinton Don Simpson.

    Clinton Don Simpson — a Texas preacher who was accused molesting as many as 12 children — was killed in jail by another inmate, the Dallas Morning News is reporting. Simpson also operated a miniature train in his backyard, and gave rides to Dallas-area kids.

    Simpson, 76, was found unresponsive in his cell within the Tarrant County Jail at approximately 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Authorities say that he died of “homicidal blunt force injuries” to his head. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he later died.

    Texas Marshals charged another inmate, David Faustino Flores, 42, with this murder.

    According to a May 2018 Fort Worth Star-Telegram report, Simpson was, until 2007, a part-time preacher and full-time train enthusiast. He ran a miniature railroad of sorts in his back yard in suburban Fort Worth. “Mr. Don’s Whistle Stop,” a miniature train station and track, was built to scale with exacting attention to detail according to the attraction’s website, which has since been deleted.

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    FBI outside the home of the Thousand Oaks killer

    Before he opened fire on a crowd of people at the Borderline Bar & Grill, Ian David Long posted a final chilling message on Facebook. In it, he taunts people who offer “hopes and prayers” after a mass shooting and then “wonder why these things keep happening,” according to CNN. The message, which was posted right around the time of the attack, is a small glimpse into the mind of the alleged killer just before he took the lives of 12 people and his own life.

    “I hope people call me insane… (laughing emojis).. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’… every time… and wonder why these keep happening…” Ian David Long apparently wrote on his Facebook page.

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    House Fire

    A Minnesota family is lucky to be alive today after narrowly escaping their home before it collapsed due to a fire. According to People, the Hansen family of Industrial Township, Minnesota, are picking up the pieces today after losing their home to a house fire.

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    Handcuffs on the indictment bench in the courtroom.

    Mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc faces life in prison after a federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted him on 30 charges, according to NBC News.

    The 56-year-old was indicted on Friday, November 9, with mailing pipe bombs to several public figures who have been critical of President Donald Trump. These include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire George Soros, former CIA director John Brennan, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and actor Robert De Niro. Sayoc also allegedly mailed an improvised explosive device to CNN.

    The charges, which carry a maximum of life in prison, include the use of weapons of mass destruction, illegal mailing of explosives, interstate transportation of explosives, and threatening interstate communications.

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    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 29: Department of Justice Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker (R) participates in a round table event with the Joint Interagency Task Force - South (JIATF-S) foreign liaison officers at the Department of Justice Kennedy building August 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Matthew Whitaker served as the chief-of-staff for Jeff Sessions, who, until Wednesday, was the Attorney General of the United States. Now, Whitaker is the Acting AG until a new one is appointed. And as the acting attorney general, Whitaker is in charge of the department that is investigating a company Whitaker was previously involved with, according to the Huffington Post.

    Per the Huffington Post, Whitaker received a payment of over $9,000 from a company named World Patent Marketing, Inc. in 2014. As a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, he was hired as an adviser to essentially vouch for the business. The company shut its doors in 2017 after being served with a federal injunction from the Federal Trade Commission, then was ordered to pay a $26 million fine.

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    Utah Mayor Killed in Afghanistan

    Hundreds of North Ogden, Utah, residents gathered Wednesday evening to pay tribute to their mayor, Brent Taylor, who was killed last week in Afghanistan. According to the Herald Journal, Taylor was killed during an insider attack while serving in the U.S. Army National Guard in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    The 38-year-old mayor had been helping to train members of the Afghan security forces and was on his fourth deployment to the Middle East. He was fatally shot by an Afghan commando he’d been training. He leaves behind his wife, Jennie Taylor, and seven young children.

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    Trump picks fight with Macron before he lands in Paris

    Almost the same time Air Force One was landing in France, Donald Trump was on Twitter complaining about President Macron, the country’s leader.

    “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly,” Trump tweeted, just minutes after arriving in the country.

    Trump is in France for the centennial of the ending of World War I, according to CNN.

    Just Tuesday, Macron said the European Union needs a “real European army.”

    “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” he said. He said the U.S. has been a less reliable ally since Trump became president.

    Historically, France was the first-ever ally to America. Through King Louis XVI, France sent the U.S. foreign aid during the Revolutionary War.

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    Tampon Tax

    Women in Nevada are celebrating a victory in the way of health equity this week after Nevada did away with the so-called “tampon tax.”

    According to the New York Times, Nevada is now the tenth state to eliminate the tax on menstrual products, which poses a costly burden on women who struggle to afford these essential products every month. A few of the other states that have already gotten rid of the tax include New York, Florida, and Illinois.

    This new legislation will mean that Nevada women can now forego the hefty 6.85 percent sales tax on feminine products that they will likely require for approximately 40 years of their life. While most hygiene products like shampoo, soap, and deodorant are taxed under state laws, items such as tampons and pads are now considered a medical necessity.

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    Protesters hold up posters of Jamal Khashoggi after his disappearance

    The horrific murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shocked the globe. Worldwide, there were strong reactions, with plenty of world and business leaders withdrawing their attendance from the investment conference held in Riyadh late in October, and threats of sanctions being thrown their way from all over.

    The reaction that appears to have been the most lackluster has been that from Washington so far, with most unsatisfied by U.S. President Donald Trump’s seeming lack of reaction to the horrendous crime. But as the Daily Sabbah reports, it seems that the U.S. is finally ready to take some kind of action against those responsible.

    Speaking at a panel of the Middle East Institute in Washington, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale reiterated remarks earlier made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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    Bachelor mansion was burned.

    Earlier today, there were reports that the Bachelor Mansion was in danger of being burned down due to the fires in the area. And now, fans are learning that the mansion has indeed sustained damage so far, detailed Us Weekly Magazine.

    “There was no one at the house at the time it caught on fire. The part of the house that was used for the production offices has burned down … The whole back house is burned down and it traveled up to the backyard.”

    The source believes that the main house will be saved, while the second structure is “completely destroyed.”

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    A medical team performs surgery in an operating room.

    Conjoined 15-month-old Bhutanese girls were successfully separated in Australia on Friday after an intense six-hour surgery, The Australian reported.

    Doctor’s at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital went into the operation knowing Nima and Dawa Pelden were connected at the torso and shared a liver, but were unsure of what they would find upon starting the surgery that could lead to complications, such as if the girls shared a bowel. The twins went into the operating room at 8 a.m. and finished before 4 p.m., which was well before the surgical team expected.

    “We are here earlier because there weren’t anything inside the girls’ tummies that we weren’t really prepared for,” lead surgeon Dr. Joe Cramieri said during a post-surgery news conference that began being assembled at 2:30 p.m., and noted that the surgery was not a “land of surprises.”

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    Musk offers to help.

    Elon Musk from Tesla offered to help during the California wildfire if possible. On Twitter, he noted that “If Tesla can help people in California wildfire, please let us know. Model S & X have hospital grade HEPA filters. Maybe helpful for transporting people.”

    However, it’s led to a big argument on the platform in the comments, as some mocked him for the prior debacle during the Thailand cave rescue. Meanwhile, others are blasting the critics, saying that he is a wealthy man that’s offering to help people in need, so there’s no reason to demean him.

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    young girl vaping

    We recently learned that the FDA was considering the ban of child-friendly e-cigarette flavors at gas stations and convenience stores. But in a surprising twist, the move might actually be a boon for tobacco companies.

    The ones that stand to suffer most are companies like Juul that have made their brand all about enticing vape flavors. The Verge notes that Juul dominates more than 70% of the e-cigarette market. But the tobacco industry is a different matter. The article explains why.

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    Jamal Khashoggi

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday claimed that his country has shared the Khashoggi tapes — purported audio recordings from the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents — with the United States, as well as the UK, France, and Germany, reports the BBC.

    Since the reported murder of Washington Post columnist Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi consulate last month, Turkey has claimed to have in its possession audio recordings from the moment he was killed. Turkey says that the audio recordings implicate the Saudis, who maintain that the murder was the result of a rogue operation by some senior officials. Under increasing international pressure, Saudi Arabia acquiesced to conducting a mutual investigation with Turkey, but as the Inquisitr reported earlier today, that investigation has been called off with Turkey complaining that the Middle Eastern country is not serious about uncovering the truth.

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    Scores of envelopes are racked up and ready to be delivered at mail distribution center.

    Activists have begun protesting to demand that an investigation is conducted, in order to determine whether or not every vote that was cast via absentee ballot made it through the mail facility that was locked down by Cesar Sayoc’s pipe bomb threats last month.

    Separate groups of demonstrators convened outside of the Miami-Dade County Elections Department and the Opa-Locka mail distribution center on Friday, November 9, to draw attention to the possibility that the impact of Sayoc’s threats might have prevented hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of mail-in ballots from being counted on Election Day. Their suspicions have been stoked by accounts from anonymous employees who’ve blown the whistle with reports of a struggle to process all of the mail backed up on them due to understaffing. The story was broken in an article by the Miami New Times.

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    Amazon Echo Dot

    Police in New Hampshire believe they have found a witness to a double murder that took place there in 2017 — an Amazon Echo that was in the home at the time two women were slain.

    In January of last year, 47-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini were killed in the small town of Farmington. As CBS Boston reported, police arrested 36-year-old Timothy Verrill on two counts of first-degree murder, and they are now seeking to use the recordings from an Amazon Echo that was in the home at the time they were killed.

    This week, a New Hampshire judge directed Amazon to produce recordings from the Echo, which police claimed may have captured the moments that the murder took place and the aftermath, when the bodies were removed from the house.

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    Fire Rages Through California

    This morning, President Trump tweeted while on a trip in Paris, threatening the state of California that federal funding would be withheld if nothing is done to “remedy” the “gross mismanagement of the forests,” according to ABC News.

    The timing of a political Twitter rant from the President seems inhumane under the circumstances. Nine people have lost their lives as the wildfires continue to spread throughout Northern California, causing millions of dollars in damage and burning the entire town of Paradise to the ground. President Trump approved an emergency declaration for the state on Friday, which allows the federal government to aid cities and towns with air support, relief supplies, and evacuation transport.

    President Trump has been vocal in his criticism of the state on this issue before, tweeting a missive this past August along the same lines. The tweet in question can be read below.

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    Firefighters look on as a fire moves towards a house in Thousand Oaks

    Days after a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill devastated the community of Thousand Oaks, California, residents have been forced to evacuate as fires threaten the town. According to USA Today, as people began to mourn the loss of friends and loved ones, flames came roaring at the community and officials began issuing mandatory evacuation orders.

    Judy Goodman was a frequenter of the country music club and was devastated to hear that so many lives had been lost in the senseless act of violence. Before she could come to terms with her grief, heavy winds pushed the fire towards her home and a tree branch crashed through her roof.

    “I just wonder what’s next,” Goodman said. “There’s so much chaos in the world.”

    All told, 95,000 people have been forced to leave their homes because of the Woolsey and Hill fires.

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    Donald Trump

    The press is now learning about a list of people President Donald Trump is planning to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to, Buzzfeed News is reporting. This medal is considered the highest honor for civilians, and Trump will be giving out a round of medals for the first time on Friday, November 16. Recipients include Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, and Miriam Adelson. Adelson is one of the top donors to the Republican party and to Trump.

    Adelson is a doctor who founded two research centers and is married to billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who is also one of the top donors for Trump. The Adelsons reportedly donated $100 million to Republican candidates for the 2018 election cycle. They also donated $20 million dollars to Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, along with $5 million dollars towards his inauguration. This makes them the largest donors in U.S. politics. The couple were reportedly at the White House Tuesday evening to watch the mid-term election results with Trump.

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    Migrant Caravan at Mexico City

    Issac Peralta suffers from a disability that has never been properly diagnosed. It affects his legs, knees, and feet, and makes walking painful and difficult. No amount of pain, however, was enough to keep him from carrying on along his journey for a better life. As if a journey of this length would not be strenuous enough, it is made harder for Peralta, who must frequently take breaks to rest his sore body. He utilizes a long stick as a makeshift crutch to help hold himself up.

    According to BBC News, Peralta is one of thousands among a caravan of migrants from Central America who are fleeing to the U.S. border. Their home nations are ravaged by violence and poverty and this voyage is their last option to make it out alive.

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