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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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    Former FBI Director Comey Speaks In Berlin

    Former FBI Director James Comey used his personal Gmail to discuss his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal server use, a new report by the New York Post reveals. According to documents the newspaper obtained from a conservative watchdog group, Comey discussed FBI-related business on 1,200 pages of messages, at least seven of which were so sensitive that the Department of Justice refused to release them after a request through the Freedom of Information Act.

    An additional 363 pages were withheld because they contained information that was personal in nature or because they were related to agency communications. All of the messages, which were obtained by the Cause of Action Institute, a conservative watchdog group, were sent between 2013 and 2017. Many of the messages were heavily redacted. More emails are likely to be obtained in the near future, according to the Post.

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    This black, white and yellow bird is a hybrid of three species.

    A yellow, black, and white bird spotted in a backyard in Pennsylvania earlier this year turned out to be a hybrid of three different species.

    When bird watcher Lowell Burket saw the male bird in the borough of Roaring Spring in May, he noticed that it had the physical attributes of the blue-winged warbler and the golden-winged warbler, the Huffington Post reported. The bird, however, sang like a third species, the chestnut-sided warbler.

    After taking photos and videos of the bird, Burket contacted the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Lab at Cornell. The lab fortunately took notice of his email and researcher David Toews got in touch with him

    The two took blood samples and measurements of the bird when they found it again. DNA analysis now reveals that Burket’s suspicion about the bird was right.

    It is three species in one. The bird’s mother was a hybrid between blue-winged warbler and golden-winged warbler, while the father was a chestnut-sided warbler.

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    A beautiful scene from the 83rd Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on December 2, 2015, in New York City.

    Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is already upon us. One sure indication — the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree — is now up in New York City.

    The 72-foot-tall Norway spruce arrived at its new home on Saturday, November 10. The tree weighs an estimated 12 tons and has a 45-foot diameter.

    Erik Pauze, the head gardener for Rockefeller Center, said that he first spotted the special 75-year-old tree from Wallkill, New York, about five years ago and knew that it was destined to one day become the complex’s holiday focal point.

    The tree was cut down on Thursday, November 8, and then began an approximately 75-mile trek into Manhattan aboard a 115-foot-long flat-bed truck, according to NBC 4 New York. A large crane was used to hoist the evergreen into place at Rockefeller Center.

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    Montgomery County Citizens Against Illegal Immigration’s Claims About Immigrants & Disease Debunked

    A group known as Montgomery County Citizens Against Illegal Immigration (MCCAII) has posted a photograph on their Facebook page that they claim proves that immigrants bring disease into the United States. From the photo they feature in their post to claims they state as facts, there are many problems with the post. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find a true statement in the post.

    The photo included with the MCCAII’s Facebook post shows a man who is turned facing left. He’s shirtless and has his left arm extended over his head. From his shoulder to his hip he has a series of red spots. Here’s the caption provided with the photo.

    “Is this really the future we want for our children?
    Diseases coming across the Border TB, Arboviruses: Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika Viruses. Hepatitis B Virus Infection. Sexually Transmitted (HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, etc.) Tuberculosis. Measles, Mumps, Chickenpox, Polio, Rubella ETC… Thanks Democrats for the risk of our KIDS”

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    Amy Hael's Photograph Of 'Christmas Story' Baby With BB Gun Has Gone Viral

    Indiana photographer Amy Hael is drawing lots of attention these days, most of it good, but some of it critical. The reason for the spotlight? A photograph she took that features a baby sleeping with a wooden replica of a BB gun. The photo is obviously intended to evoke memories of the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story, with the baby dressed in a pink bunny costume and wearing eyeglasses with black rims like the lead character in the movie.

    Near the baby sits a leg lamp that looks very much like the one included in one of the movie’s most popular scenes. Some took offense at the image, however, and expressed their discomfort with the pairing of a baby with a firearm.

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    California donut shop sells out every day so owner can attend to his ill wife

    Sometimes, more than one Good Samaritan crosses your path.

    Customers of Donut City in Seal Beach, which is just south of Los Angeles, are regularly purchasing donuts by the dozen so that the owner of the establishment can close early every day to spend time with his wife, according to NBC News. John Chhan, 62, the owner of Donut City, has owned and operated the establishment with his wife, Stella, for 28 years until Stella suffered an aneurysm in late September. Chhan tried to run the shop by himself before going to visit Stella at night, but when customers noticed Stella’s absence and learned of her ailment, they banded together to support the couple, purchasing Chhan’s inventory every day so that he can close the shop early and go visit Stella at her rehabilitation center.

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    Four Killed In Iowa Plane Crash After Pilot Suffers Mid-Flight Heart Attack

    Four people were killed in a plane crash in Iowa that authorities say took place after the pilot suffered a heart attack mid-flight.

    The crash took place in Guthrie County on Friday, when the pilot of a Piper aircraft, 49-year-old Edward Ralph Anderson, suffered a heart attack sometime after the plane took off. As MSN News reported, a student pilot onboard then tried to make an emergency landing of the single-engine, but it ended up crashing into a cow pasture close to 115 miles from where it took off.

    Anderson’s father told the Des Moines Register that his son had 15 years experience flying and was taking the three people onboard to a hunting trip at the time he suffered the heart attack.

    “My son really enjoyed flying,” Anderson told the newspaper.

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    Atlanta Antifa Reacts To Being Banned From PayPal: 'This Is Where Liberal "Both Sides" Discourse Leads'

    On November 9, PayPal terminated accounts used by far-right group the Proud Boys, the account used by its founder Gavin McInnes, and multiple accounts from various American anti-fascist groups.

    First reported by Buzzfeed’s Blake Montgomery via Twitter, the maneuver – which comes after a series of similar decisions – will not only make it more difficult for the groups to raise money, but it is also an announcement of a shift in policy at PayPal.

    In a statement supplied to the Verge, the company said the following.

    “We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political. We carefully review accounts and take action as appropriate.”

    PayPal’s insistence that the de-platforming is not politically-driven seems to have been interpreted by the Atlanta Antifa as a consequence of the “liberal ‘both sides’ discourse.”

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    McDonald's meal

    Contrary to the popular belief that junk food can wreak havoc to a person’s health, a British couple shocked everyone when they revealed that they have been eating at McDonald’s for 23 years and didn’t gain any weight.

    According to a report by The Sun, 83-year-old Tom Jones and his 82-year-old wife, Pauline, insisted that their daily visit to the popular fast-food chain helped them maintain a slim and fit physique.

    The couple revealed that they used to walk 2.5 miles from their home every day to the restaurant located at Southgate Street in the city of Bath.

    According to Pauline, the couple used to go to the restaurant for a coffee at 8:30 a.m. and then go shopping in the surrounding areas. They would return to McDonald’s at around 10 a.m. to have a snack.

    “We come in here seven days a week, every day,” Tom added.

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    Russia, 2018 midterm elections, 2016 presidential election, Robert Mueller

    Alexander Malkevich, a Russian “journalist” who operates the propaganda site USAReally, was stopped and questioned by the FBI on Friday as he was returning to Russia after acting as an “election observer” during the November 6 midterm elections, according to a report by the Russian news agency Tass.

    Malkevich’s site, USAReally, publishes and spreads divisive news stories — both real and fake — about social and political problems in the United States. The site is financed in part by Russia’s Federal News Agency, a group with ties to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the oligarch known as “Putin’s Chef.” The Inquisitr has reported that Prigozhin finances the Internet Research Agency, the Russian “troll farm” indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Prigozhin was also indicted by Mueller.

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    Fast-Spreading Hill Fire Forces Evacuations In California's Ventura County

    The Camp, Rincon, and Woolsey wildfires have engulfed many homes and took dozens of lives in California over the past few days.

    In the midst of the devastation, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and sent a tweet criticizing California’s handling of the fires, and he threatened to withhold federal funding in the future if the state does not change the way it approaches wildfire prevention.

    “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump tweeted.

    However, the firefighting professionals on the ground in California warned that president Trump is “dangerously wrong” in his assessment of the wildfire situation in the Golden State.

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    Swaddled newborn baby's feet

    The largest family in England just got even bigger as Sue Radford and husband Noel welcomed their 21st child this weekend, a baby girl named Bonnie Raye.

    The family has gained international attention for their constant expansions, and the U.K.’s Metro noted that they are back in the news this week for their newest addition to the family. Bonnie came into the world at 8-pounds, 4-ounces on Tuesday, and the report noted that her 20 other siblings were thrilled to meet her.

    There is quite a gap now between the oldest Radford child and the youngest. Bonnie Rayes’s oldest brother, Chris, is 29 years old, and her youngest sibling is 14-month-old Archie.

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    As America takes the opportunity to honor her military veterans throughout history, we’ve come upon a great milestone. Veterans Day 2018 marks a full century since the end of World War I. World War I remains one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, with casualties reaching almost 40 million. While the destruction and hardship faced by both the soldiers on the frontline and the civilians across Europe whose lives were changed forever deservedly receive the majority of the attention, there were also signs of humanity and generosity in the face of such violence and hardship.

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    The Aetna world headquarters is in downtown Hartford.

    An Oklahoma jury has ordered health insurer Aetna to pay the family of a cancer patient it denied coverage before she died.

    According to CBS News, the jury on Monday instructed Aetna to pay the family of Orrana Cunningham $25.5 million for denying her coverage claim for a type of radiation therapy a year before she died.

    The jury found that Aetna doctors did not spend enough time to review Cunningham’s case before she was denied coverage for proton beam therapy, a targeted form of radiation that Cunningham’s doctor wanted her to receive to pinpoint her tumor sans the risk of blindness and the other side effects of standard radiation.

    The jury ruled that the health insurer recklessly disregarded its duty to deal fairly and in good faith with Cunningham who was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer.

    An Aetna doctor who denied Cunningham coverage for the therapy cited that the treatment is experimental. Two other in-house doctors who reviewed the case also upheld the decision.

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    Paradise, California Wildfire Death Toll Climbs To 23 As More Victims Are Located

    The death toll from the wildfire that’s been raging in Paradise, California since Thursday morning has reached 25. Officials reported Saturday that the remains of 14 people have been found in and around Paradise, and two more in Malibu. Circumstances surrounding the deaths were not immediately available, and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean said burns to the bodies of the victims made identification difficult. Mobile DNA units are expected to be used for this purpose. Another 110 people are missing, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

    The two Malibu victims were found inside a car on a long residential driveway on Mulholland Highway, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Chief John Benedict. The home is located along a picturesque, winding stretch of the highway where rocks and power lines lay on the ground, some still on fire Saturday.

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    Tucker Carlson Blasts Claim He Threw Wine In Gay Man’s Face, Says Man Insulted His Teenage Daughter

    Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson is fighting back at claims by Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti that he assaulted a gay Latino immigrant at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 13.

    Daily Mail reports that Carlson is defending the actions of both himself and his son, claiming that he actually practiced restraint in the situation after the man insulted his daughter. Avenatti was not present during the incident but has based his accusations on video of the interaction and descriptions of the event from witnesses who were present at the time. He posted a video of the heated exchange between the two men to Twitter Saturday, and said that Carlson is guilty of “assault on a gay latino immigrant.” Carlson denied the charge to Daily Mail.

    “That is a lie. I restrained myself. I did not assault this man, and neither did my son.”

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    Ventura County Sheriff Vehicle

    On November 7, 28-year-old Ian Long walked into the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, and opened fire on the more than 100 people, mostly students, who were enjoying a country music event. Twelve people were killed in the shooting, and more than a dozen others were injured. Long then turned the gun on himself.

    Following the horrific incident, many suggested that Long, a former marine who served in Afghanistan, was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But according to TMZ, the military has stated there was no record of Long ever contacting the Corps for help regarding his alleged severe PTSD.

    Long served in the military from 2010 until 2013. During that time, he served in Afghanistan for a year from 2010 to 2011, and finished up his service in Hawaii. After the shooting, neighbors and a classmate of Long’s stated that he had suffered from PTSD for years.

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    Topless Protesters Ran At Donald Trump's Motorcade In France

    French police reportedly arrested two topless women after they ran at President Donald Trump’s motorcade along the Champs d’Elysees on Sunday. This incident took place shortly before the president was scheduled to take part in an Armistice Day ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, as part of his trip to France.

    According to a report from Reuters, one protester had the words “Fake Peacemaker” painted across her chest and was only a few feet away from Trump’s motorcade when law enforcement officials stopped her. Bloomberg separately reported that a second topless protester, who had the same phrase displayed on her chest, was also arrested after jumping the barricades set up for the ceremony. While Paris police confirmed that two people were detained in connection to the stunt, Bloomberg wrote that a total of three women were said to have successfully breached the security barriers to take part in the protests.

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    78-Year-Old Sonny Pumphrey Fended Off Attack From A Bear By Repeatedly Punching It In The Nose

    Sonny Pumphrey might be 78-years-old, but when it comes to fighting off bears, he’s got the energy of a man half his age.

    The North Carolina man was outside his rural home this week when he noticed three bears that were very close to him. Two were young cubs that quickly ran off, leaving Sonny face to face with an angry mother bear. As the Salem News reported, the mother bear went on the attack.

    “She made a charging dead run at me. That sucker was eyeball to eyeball to me,” he told the newspaper.

    Sonny Pumphrey didn’t have much time to think about what to do, so he started punching the bear in the nose.

    “I hit her right dead on the point of the nose the first shot, and when I did, she went down and started trying to bite me,” Sonny Pumphrey said.

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    macron denies nationalism as trump sits right there

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday decried the rise of nationalism even as Donald Trump, who has proudly declared himself a “nationalist,” sat nearby.

    As Reuters reports, Macron, speaking from underneath Paris’ famed Arc de Triomphe to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of World War I, warned of repeating the mistakes that led to war in Europe in the first place.

    “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.”

    Ostensibly, Macron’s speech was a warning to Europe, which is itself seeing a rise in far-right nationalist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic groups. In France especially, Macron’s own En Marche (“Working”) party is losing ground to the right-wing National Rally (previously known as National Front). Elsewhere in Europe, far right-wing Nationalist parties are seeing a resurgence in places such as Italy, Hungary, Poland, Austria, and Slovenia, among others.

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