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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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    Melvin Knight, Convicted Of Forcing Disabled Woman To Drink Feces Before Killing Her, Begs Not To Be Executed

    Melvin Knight has been called one of the worst criminals in the history of Pennsylvania, but this week, the 30-year-old man begged for mercy after being convicted of forcing a disabled woman to drink urine and eat feces before raping and murdering her.

    Knight had been convicted of killing Jennifer Daugherty, a woman with learning disabilities. As the Sun noted, Knight and five others kidnapped the 30-year-old woman and held her in an apartment for two days, torturing and raping her before finally stabbing the woman to death. The group also forced the woman to drink a concoction of urine and feces. After she was killed, they wrapped her body in Christmas lights and garland, and dumped her body in a high school park, the report noted.

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    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump refuses to listen to an audio recording of the actual murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi Arabian death squad, a tape that provides key evidence that could link the brutal assassination of the 60-year-old Washington Post columnist directly to the Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Trump himself admitted that he will not listen to the tape in an interview Sunday with Fox News, as reported by Axios.

    “I don’t want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape,” Trump said in the interview, as quoted by CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “It was very violent, very vicious and terrible.”

    “It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape… I know exactly, I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it,” Trump added, according to Axios.

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    Jet refueling

    Militants and some local residents in Syria have asserted that U.S.-led airstrikes have killed at least 40 people, mostly women and children, according to Global News. The United States is leading the latest wave of airstrikes in the last Islamic State-held pocket of resistance in the Buqan area near Hajin on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River.

    Colonel Sean Ryan, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, confirmed that there were strikes but denied that there were civilian casualties. Ryan said “the coalition takes great measures to identify and strike appropriate ISIS targets in order to avoid non-combatant casualties.

    “We have witnessed (IS) using places of worship and hospitals as command centers against the laws of war, and innocent civilians as human shields,” Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the coalition, said in an email to the Associated Press.

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    firefighters fight california fire

    So many people have fallen victim to the horrendous wildfires that have barreled through multiple cities in Northern and Southern California. Several news outlets have featured harrowing clips of victims evacuating and driving on dangerous roads while the smoldering blaze illuminates both sides of the street. Now, one clip in particular has captured the hearts of viewers all around the world.

    According to KTVU, one father is being applauded for his creative efforts to keep his toddler daughter calm in the midst of chaos. While most people would likely be nervous when it comes to weathering a natural disaster, Joe Allen of Butte County, California, handled things quite differently. When Allen and his wife, Whitney, were forced to evacuate, they opted to split up in two different cars. His wife took their 8-month-old daughter, Jordan, while he took their 3-year-old daughter, Olivia.

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    Patrick Braxton-Andrew Killed: North Carolina Teacher Who Disappeared In Mexico Was Murdered By Drug Cartel

    North Carolina teacher Patrick Braxton-Andrew was murdered by the Sinaloa drug cartel after he went missing during a sightseeing trip, the man’s family members announced.

    The 34-year-old Spanish teacher went missing in late October in the town of Urique. As NBC News reported, his family members had flown to Mexico after realizing he was missing and local authorities searched for him.

    This weekend, the family took to a Facebook page dedicated to giving updates about his disappearance and announced that he had been killed.

    “Patrick died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling,” family members wrote.

    A second announcement on Saturday noted that they had found his body.

    “It is with a sense of relief that we are able to confirm that Patrick’s body has been recovered and we will be able to bring him home soon,” the wrote.

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    Body Of Ian Powers, 49ers Fan Who Went Missing During Game, Believed Found In Water Near Stadium

    Thirty-two-year-old Ian Powers went missing on November 12. The U.S. Army veteran was attending a Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants when he became separated from his girlfriend and her two children. Fishermen discovered a body believed to be Powers Saturday afternoon close to a marina that’s located near Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California according to ABC News. His body was recovered by divers from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

    Lieutenant John Hutchings, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Department, said Powers was laying face down in the water about a mile offshore. The marina near where he was found, Alviso Marina, is located over two miles from the stadium. He was fully clothed. Hutchings said it was likely the low tide that made the body visible to fishermen. An autopsy is being conducted to confirm the identity of the body and to determine the cause of death.

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    Taliban

    General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Saturday that the Taliban “are not losing” in Afghanistan and that much more needs to be done to bring peace to the war-torn nation, according to CNN.

    “They are not losing right now, I think that is fair to say,” General Dunford said of the Taliban during a discussion at a security forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    “We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much.”

    Dunford said that it has long been known that a “military solution” was not a realistic goal for the stalemate in Afghanistan, but that a coordinated military, political, and economic pressure campaign would be required to convince the Taliban that it is in their best interest to negotiate a political solution regarding the government of Afghanistan.

    “Without going into detail here, we do believe the Taliban know that at some point they do have to reconcile,” General Dunford said.

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    The word "help," written with cocaine on a black background.

    A woman from Pinellas County, Florida, has been arrested on a charge of child neglect with great bodily harm after she allegedly exposed a 3-month-old boy in her care to cocaine, reported Tampa’s ABC Action News.

    Angelica M. Lopez was arrested on Thursday, November 15, for the incident, which is said to have taken place in June, according to the arrest affidavit from the Clearwater Police Department seen by the Tampa Bay Times.

    The police said that the 29-year-old Florida woman was “preparing cocaine for sale” in her apartment, which she shares with the infant, when he was exposed to the drug and then “showed signs of physical distress.”

    Even though she knew the baby boy was not doing well, Lopez allegedly waited more than 11 hours before seeking medical attention for him.

    The police said that tests showed the boy had cocaine in his system, and medical personnel said that he had suffered significant brain damage because of it.

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    Crime scene tape

    A 2-year-old baby has been found dead near the shoreline at Australia’s Surfers Paradise beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

    According to a report by Australia’s 9 News, the body of the unidentified baby girl was found in the early hours of the morning on Sunday (Monday in Australia). Two people — a man and a woman — have been taken into custody in relation to the incident, and they are said to be assisting the police in their investigation, but no charges have been filed against anyone so far.

    Per the report, a crime scene has been set up on the beach after emergency services reached the spot at around 12:30 Australia time. Surfers Paradise beach is quite popular among beachgoers — particularly these days as summer is about to begin in Australia.

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    Judge Rules Case Against Neo-Nazi Website 'Daily Stormer' Can Move Forward

    Montana resident Tanya Gersh has been the target of Andrew Anglin and his neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer since December 2016. It was that month that Anglin called on his readers to harass Gersh. The Washington Post reports that since then Gersh has received hundreds of emails, phone calls, voice mail messages, social media posts, and texts threatening her and her family. Southern Law Poverty Center attorney J. Richard Cohen filed a lawsuit against Anglin that he in turn requested be dismissed on the grounds that it violated his First Amendment rights and that he could not be held responsible for the actions of his readers. Montana federal judge Dana L. Christensen has denied his request, saying that, “Anglin exploited the prejudices widely held among his readers to specifically target one individual,” something he said is not protected by the First Amendment.

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    hand helds gun pointed down

    A New York science teacher is now dealing with unfathomable guilt after he accidentally shot and killed his beloved 34-year-old wife Ashley Rosenbrock. Thirty-five-year-old Eric Rosenbrock was doing usual maintenance on his legally owned handgun Thursday night when a round discharged unexpectedly. The bullet struck Ashley who later died at Saratoga Hospital.

    In a press release, Major Robert E. Patnaude of the New York State Police said, “At approximately 10:30 PM, 35 year old Eric Rosenbrock was performing maintenance on his legally possessed handgun when a round was discharged that struck his wife, 34 year old Ashley Rosenbrock.”

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    DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND September06. A would be streaker is caught by a security guard before he could reach the field during the NPC game

    An Oklahoma man was spotted running naked down a country road in the early hours of the morning after a series of misadventures left him robbed of his clothing after leaving a local strip club with one of the dancers.

    The Daily Mail reports that in a story which sounds implausible, the man claims he was kidnapped by two men after he left the strip club after midnight. The man said he initially went willingly with the two men who claimed to have a Jeep for sale in a local storage facility.

    But the victim says that once at the storage facility, the two men tried to force him to use cocaine and demanded his money. When the man refused, the two men forced him to strip, took his clothing and his money, and dropped him off at an isolated location.

    Police arrested William Trites and Phillip Tullis and charged them both with two counts of kidnapping and one count of robbery.

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    With the support of President Trump, Congress is close to passing the most sweeping changes to the criminal justice system in decades, according to NBC News. The First Step Act has been years in the making, but partisan bickering, election-year politics, and political ambushes have constantly derailed it.

    Now, the First Step Act may go to a vote during the lame-duck session before Congress turns over in January. The act changes the way the federal government treats drug offenders, both those who are already incarcerated and those who will face trial soon. It would give thousands of federal prisoners access to more help preparing for life after prison, thousands of prisoners who are well-behaved will win their freedom earlier, and thousands of people who are arrested for drug crimes in the future would become eligible for exemptions from harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

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    Chipotle May Reverse Course On Firing Manager Who Refused To Serve Black Patrons Accused Of Dining And Dashing

    Restaurant chain Chipotle announced Saturday that it had fired a manager shown in a viral video in which she refused to serve some black patrons unless they could prove that they were able to pay. In the video, the manager is seen accusing the men of eating at the store before and leaving without paying for their food. Chipotle issued a statement on their decision Saturday.

    “We are committed to treating all of our customers fairly and with respect…. Regarding what happened at the St. Paul restaurant, the manager thought these gentlemen were the same customers from Tuesday night who weren’t able to pay for their meal. Regardless, this is not how we treat our customers and as a result, the manager has been terminated and the restaurant is being re-trained to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.”

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    Ants on leaves

    It looks like the “Florida Man” trend, typified by the strange behavior of residents in The Sunshine State extends to species other than humans. Newsweek reports that there’s a species of Floridian ants that uses the skulls of other ants to decorate their nests. The ants are called Formica Archboldi and scientists have been studying their behavior for decades.

    At first, researchers believed that the ants were just squatting in the nests of another ant species called the trap-jaw ant but further investigation showed that the presence of the skulls was evidence of a much more nefarious practice. Observations showed that the Formica archboldi copy the chemical composition of the wax that covers the trap-jaw ant to lure them into a trap. The Florida ants then spray them with acid. When the unsuspecting victim dies, they take them back to their nest and tear the body apart which explains the ant skull decor.

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    Mark Zuckerberg Loses 174 Billion In Net Worth As Facebook Stock Sinks

    Facebook co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has taken some hits this year. Among those hits is a big one to his fortune. Once listed as the third richest person in the world, behind Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Zuckerberg is now ranked at number six on the list of the world’s richest people created by Bloomberg. That drop on the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index is the result of a loss of $17.4 billion in 2018.

    From stories about how Facebook responds to its critics to charges of an inadequate reaction to Russia exploiting Facebook to influence the 2016 election, 2018 hasn’t been Zuckerberg’s best year by a long shot. Democratic senators Friday demanded a response from the billionaire to charges that Facebook hired contractors to deal with those criticizing the social platform’s privacy practices and its failure to adequately address Russian propaganda by spreading negative information about them.

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    Former Ohio Judge Lance Mason Charged With Murder Of Ex-Wife And Former Teacher Aisha Fraser Mason

    Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason served nine months for beating his wife in 2014. Saturday he was arrested for the stabbing death of the same woman, Aisha Fraser Mason. She filed for divorce two days after the 2014 beating according to Newsweek, but the divorce was not yet final at the time of her death. She had been a teacher for 20 years and was currently working as a sixth-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

    Shaker Heights Police Commander John Cold explained how Saturday’s events unfolded.

    “At approximately 9:33 a.m., Shaker Heights Police responded to the 17000 block of Chagrin Blvd. for a domestic dispute. At that time, one of our officers was injured by the suspect and that suspect and the officer were taken for medical treatment. We have an ongoing investigation and we’ll probably be here for quite some time.”

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    6-Year-Old Zynae Green Suffered Brain Damage After Being Electrocuted By Handrail At MGM Resort, Suit Claims

    Zynae Green had no idea that the handrail she touched at an MGM resort was electrified, and now the parents of the 6-year-old girl said she will never be the same after the massive shock she received.

    Green’s parents have filed a lawsuit against the MGM National Harbor hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, claiming that the shock the girl received left her with debilitating brain damage. As the New York Post reported, the girl is now unable to walk or talk on her own and doctors believe she will never regain the function she lost.

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    California is paying prisoners $1.45 per day to help fight deadly wildfires.

    California is calling on about 200 prisoners to help battle wildfires, and in return, those prisoners are getting $1.45 per day to put their lives in danger, the ACLU claims.

    The civil rights advocacy organization noted that the state is using prisoners from its Conservation Camp program to work alongside civilian employees in battling two massive wildfires in the state. But California is not required to offer minimum wage to these prisoners, and the organization argues that the state is exploiting the labor of this population.

    The ACLU has often advocated for prisoners’ rights and argued that the prisoners who are being used to help battle the wildfires do not have any real choice about whether they want to be there or not.

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    Michael Bloomberg Donates $1.8 Billion To Johns Hopkins University

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. It’s the largest contribution ever made to an education institution in the United States. The stated goal of the donation is to make it easier for low- and middle-income students to attend the college. It will be used as financial aid for undergraduate programs only. In a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, Bloomberg expressed his dismay at the fact that financial resources are an obstacle to higher education.

    “No qualified high school student should ever be barred entrance to a college based on his or her family’s bank account. Yet, it happens all the time.”

    He added that denying students from low- and middle-income families access to higher education “undermines equal opportunity” and continues the cycle of generational poverty. He also referred to its impact on the quest for the American dream.

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