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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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    Wombat Square Poop

    While many people may not realize it, wombats poop in cubes and scientists have figured out how they accomplish this unusual feat.

    According to a report from Gizmodo, the usually shaped scat serves the Australian marsupials in two ways — first, they use it to mark their territory and second to attract mates. Each piece of dung measures 2 centimeters across, and each time they go to the bathroom, they produce at least four to eight bits. Each night, one wombat can create 80 to 100 poop cubes, which they can stack. The shape of the waste is an evolutionary adaptation, and the form keeps it from rolling away.

    Patricia Yang, a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, investigated the unusual poop structure of wombats, which are the only animals known to create this unusually shaped dung.

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    Donald Trump

    President Donald Trump has been slammed for mistakenly calling the town of Paradise the wrong name — “Pleasure.”

    The U.S. President was touring the wildfire wreckage in California on Saturday, alongside Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, when he made the embarrassing mistake. He twice called the town ravaged by wildfires “Pleasure,” and even wondered out loud: “What a name.” He was corrected by a bystander, as seen in the video tweeted by CBS News.

    “If you’re watching from New York or if you’re watching from Washington D.C., you don’t really see the gravity of it. As big as they look on the tube, you don’t see what’s going on until you come here,” Trump said.

    “And at what we saw at Pleasure – what a name – right now, but what we just saw, we just left Pleasure…” he added, before being corrected by one bystander.

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    a photo of jamal khashoggi

    Germany has banned 18 Saudi Nationals from the Schengen Zone, essentially meaning that none of them can ever set foot again in most of Europe, Business Insider is reporting.

    German politician Heiko Mass told reporters on Monday that the 18 Saudis banned from the Zone are “allegedly connected to this crime.” He did not provide further information.

    As of this writing, no one has been tried in connection with the killing of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi National who had been living in exile in the United States. Khashoggi was killed when he entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, allegedly by a team of Saudi Arabians who tortured and dismembered him. While the majority of the international community believes he was murdered on orders from within the Saudi government, the Saudi government vehemently denies having anything to with Khashoggi’s murder.

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    Monica Lewinsky makes a public appearance in front of a purple backsplash.

    Monica Lewinsky recently revealed that the FBI “forced” her into co-operating with their investigation into former U.S. President Bill Clinton, with whom she had an affair, by threatening to jail her mother.

    On the second episode of the new A&E series, The Clinton Affair, Lewinsky broke down in tears as she recalled the moment FBI investigators said both her and her mother would be facing 27 years in prison if she didn’t cooperate. The former White House intern said that she panicked when Kenneth Starr’s team — and attendant federal agents — told her that she would be sent to prison for nearly three decades for lying about the affair. Lewinsky’s questioning took place during a 12-hour interrogation in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room, as was reported by the Daily Mail.

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    Charles Dion McDowell mugshot

    With the advent of the internet and social media and the amount of time we as a society spend online, the strangest things have the opportunity to go viral. This is just one example of such.

    Charles Dion McDowell was recently arrested in northern Florida on a number of drug-related charges, and following his apprehension, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook, as is fairly standard in 2018, to share his mugshot. According to Unilad, that photo has since gone viral for the weirdest reason.

    The publication reported that people were not interested in the charges behind McDowell’s arrest, but were far more intrigued my a tiny — or not, as it were — detail in his photo: his very large neck. To be fair, whoever picked up on that was not wrong.

    The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office posted the photo to Facebook along with a sarcastic caption about his arrest.

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    Crime scene tape

    On Monday, authorities in Philadelphia reported that they had discovered the bodies of four people who appeared to have been executed inside the basement of a home in the city.

    As reported by ABC News, the four victims consisted of two women and two men, all of whom appeared to be in their 30’s. Police believe that they were killed on Sunday night, each presenting with nothing but a single gunshot wound to their heads.

    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. made a statement about the horrific discovery at a Monday news conference.

    “Sadly, all four of these individuals were executed.”

    He added that it was an act of “evil,” and called it a “horrible scene” in the basement.

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    SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 13: Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Facebook employees are boiling with anger at Mark Zuckerberg and other higher-ups within the company, NBC News reports.

    Zuckerberg, who is the chief executive officer of Facebook, and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer, have publicly blamed Facebook’s communication team for hiring what has been termed as an “in-house fake news shop.” They both say they didn’t even know that this was happening.

    During a company-wide meeting at Facebook on Friday, Zuckerberg blamed media coverage for creating “bad morale.” He went on to say that the New York Times article that broke the story was “bull—-,” before stating that he will fire the employees who leaked the information to the media.

    His comments have infuriated the communications team, according to Facebook insiders. They can’t go on record by name for fear of termination and other retribution, but they say that the mood at Facebook is pretty tense. “Everyone is pissed,” says one employee.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin at Schloss Meseberh palace, Germany

    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the U.S. that there could be severe consequences if the United States decides to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

    According to Reuters, Russian publications are reporting that Putin has been discussing the possible ways in which Russia can retaliate, should the situation escalate into a U.S. withdrawal. He has been discussing options for the Russian reaction with his top Russian Defense Ministry officials and has stated that the Kremlin is prepared to discuss the INF treaty with Donald Trump’s administration in Washington.

    The treaty dates back to the Cold War era, where it essentially got rid of all land-based nuclear missiles based in Europe. But in the past few years, with the tensions between Europe and Russia steadily escalating, the treaty has come into question of late. Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and their involvement in Eastern Ukraine since 2014 has only served to add copious amounts of fuel to the fire.

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    Police officers and vehicles in daytime

    A shooter opened fire Monday afternoon at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, leaving one police officer and two other people critically wounded. The shooter is dead, NBC News reports.

    One witness, James Gray, saw the shooting as it happened. He told news reporters that he saw the suspected gunman speaking to a woman. Then, the shooter pulled out a gun, shot the woman, and began shooting others in the hospital.

    “Once he entered, he just started shooting at random,” Gray said.

    The hospital was partially evacuated, and on Monday afternoon it was surrounded by law enforcement. Hundreds of vehicles surrounded the hospital, including ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars. Police say that at least four people were injured, including the police officer and one hospital employee, SFGate reported.

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    Chicago hospital shooting suspect identified.

    Juan Lopez has been identified as the suspected gunman who opened fire inside Chicago’s Mercy Hospital on Monday afternoon, killing his former fiance and two others, including a police officer.

    The shooting took place on Monday afternoon, with Lopez reportedly opening fire outside the hospital, targeting a woman identified as his ex-fiance. The suspect then moved into the hospital where he shot police officer Samuel Jiminez, killing him. As the Chicago Tribune reported, Lopez continued firing at people inside the hospital and killed at least one other person before the gunman was killed.

    As ABC 7 Chicago reported, the shooting started close to 3 p.m. and the incident unfolded for the next 30 minutes, with shots being fired both in and outside of the hospital.

    As the report noted, the shooting appeared to be domestic in nature as Juan Lopez targeted his ex-fiance, then continued into the hospital.

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04: A pedestrian walks by a CVS Pharmacy on December 4, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Florida’s State Attorney General has filed suit against pharmacy giants Walgreens and CVS for “unconscionable efforts to increase the demand and supply of opioids into” the state, according to NPR.

    Pam Bondi, the state’s Attorney General, announced through her office that the two chains have been added to a lawsuit filed in May against opioid distributors and manufacturers. The suit includes Purdue Pharma, who makes OxyContin, and Endo Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Percocet.

    The suit claims that all the defendants created a demand for opioids while “unlawfully increasing the supply of opioids” and “worked together to inflate the supply and demand for opioids.”

    A press release from Bondi’s office says that the two chains “failed in their duties under Florida law to stop suspicious orders of opioids they received” and “dispensed unreasonable quantities of opioids from their pharmacies.”

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    CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Crime scene tape secures an area around Mercy Hospital after a gunman opened fire on November 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was killed in the Monday shooting at Mercy Hospital. Jimenez was 28-years-old and a father of three.

    Jimenez is one of four people who was killed in the shooting. An ER doctor, Tamara O’Neal, was also killed in the event.

    The shooter was Juan Lopez, and he is also dead. Lopez was 32, and formerly engaged to O’Neal, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

    Shots rang out around 3 p.m. local time.

    O’Neal had recently broken off her engagement with Lopez, according to police officers. The two were arguing in the parking lot when Lopez pulled out his gun and shot O’Neal multiple times.

    Lopez then went into the hospital, where he continued to fire. Police officers chased him and exchanged fire with him. This was when the shooter, Lopez, was fatally shot. It’s still unclear if the wound that killed him was self-inflicted, or filed by a Chicago PD officer.

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    woman's broken ankle

    A young woman in Russia felt adventurous and took a running jump into a frozen lake, but instead of experiencing an adrenaline rush because of the cold water, she broke her ankle.

    In a recent footage that went viral across the Internet, the unidentified woman is featured stripping to a bra and a g-string and throwing her hat away before merrily running across a boardwalk towards a lake.

    Per a report by the Daily Mail, the woman tried to leap into the water in a “bomb” position by holding her hands under her knees. She expected to dive into the water and underestimated the hardness of the ice that coated the stretch of water.

    Unfortunately, however, the adventure came to an abrupt end as the woman slammed into the rock-hard ice with a loud bang as heard in the video clip and slid across the surface.

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    Mareli Miniutti , Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump, Michael Avenatti, domestic violence

    The woman involved in last week’s allegation of domestic violence against attorney Michael Avenatti has allowed her name to become public by filing for a restraining order against Avenatti, according to a report Monday by the celebrity news site the Blast. Mareli Miniutti is an aspiring actress who is reportedly in her 20s and originally from the Baltic nation of Estonia, according to the Blast report.

    Shortly after the Blast report was published late Monday afternoon, Avenatti — best known for his numerous media appearances stemming from his representation of adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Donald Trump — responded via his Twitter account.

    “I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts,” the 47-year-old Avenatti wrote.

    “I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated.”

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    Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, Trump Russia scandal,

    In a 17-page document filed Monday in the United States District of Columbia Appeals Court, Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a thinly veiled warning to Donald Trump — Mueller remains special counsel and his investigation into Trump’s Russia ties and possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election is not affected by Trump’s firing of now-former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Sessions had recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation due to his own contacts with Russian officials while working for Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump remained outraged at Sessions for taking himself out of the Russia probe, even though he was legally required to do so, as the New York Magazine documented.

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    Dead Whale Found In Indonesia With 1,000 Pieces Of Plastic In Its Stomach

    Wildlife officials in Indonesia are sounding the alarm after a dead whale was found with 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach, including a pair of flip-flops and 115 drinking cups.

    The sperm whale was found dead on a beach in Wakatobi in the southeastern part of the country. As the Guardian reported, rescuers found the rotting carcass of the 31-foot whale and noted that nearby villagers had started to butcher the carcass.

    Heri Santoso, the local park chief, said what they found inside the whale was alarming.

    “Santoso said researchers from wildlife conservation group WWF and the park’s conservation academy found about 5.9kg (13lbs) of plastic waste in the animal’s stomach containing 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.”

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    6-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Strangled 1-Year-Old Brother To Death After Being Left Alone In Car, Father Charged

    A 6-year-old girl allegedly strangled her crying 1-year-old brother to death after the children had been left alone in a car while their father went shopping, and now the dad is now being charged with felony child abandonment.

    The incident took place near Houston back in May, with police saying 26-year-old Adrian Deshaun Middleton left his two children alone in the car. As Fox News reported, the man returned to find the girl crying and saying that she had done “something bad.” The father then found his 1-year-old son unresponsive with a seat belt wrapped around his neck.

    The young girl told police that she was playing with her brother to keep him occupied and he started crying when she stopped playing. The boy would not stop crying, so the girl wrapped the seat belt around his neck, strangling him. The girl said she had initially believed her baby brother had fallen asleep after he lost consciousness and did not call for help.

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    12 Children Hurt When Pit Bull Breaks Loose, Attacks Elementary School Playground

    A pit bull broke free of its restraints and charged into an elementary school playground in Oklahoma, leaving 12 children injured in the chaos that ensued.

    The incident happened at Fillmore Elementary School in Oklahoma City this week. As KOCO reported, there were 28 children in the third and fourth grades on the playground when a brown-and-white pit bull broke free and began attacking the children. The dog then found its way inside the school and continued its attack before being tackled by a teacher and restrained.

    The dog attack left a total of 12 children injured, including five who had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Other parents brought their children to hospitals. The students suffered a range of injuries, with some being bitten by the pit bull and others being hurt as they tried to run away, though doctors said none were considered serious.

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    A doctor's hands typing on a computer, surrounded by a thermometer, stethoscope, folders, a clipboard, etc.

    Doctors are hitting back at the National Rifle Association after the organization tweeted that doctors should “stay in their lane,” CNN is reporting. The tweet was in response to several research papers published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine that documented statistics regarding firearm injuries and deaths as well as discussed possible ways to reduce gun violence. Many physicians responded to the NRA in outrage via their social media accounts, and some doctors even shared graphic photos of the damage bullets can cause. Now, members of the medical community have taken it one step further by publishing an official editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal.

    “To date, the ability to study important questions that might help reduce firearm-related injury has been hampered by a lack of funding and a worry among researchers that studying anything related to guns could put their research careers at risk,” read the editorial. “This needs to be fixed.”

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    a collection of various toys

    A little girl who lost everything in the California wildfires is looking past her own misfortune to help other kids, arranging a toy drive for kids who lost their toys in the raging fires, People is reporting.

    Sophia Novotny, like countless other children across parts of California, lost everything in the California wildfires – in her case the Woolsey Fire, which is currently raging around the L.A. suburbs of Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Her mom, April Novotny tells KABC-TV (Los Angeles) that the young lass was, of course, devastated when she found out that all of her belongings, especially her toys, were destroyed in the fire.

    But apparently her own grief was overshadowed by the realization that countless other kids also lost their toys, says April.

    “Very quickly she realized that our things were gone, so the day that we lost the house, she said…’Let’s get some toys for the other kids who lost their house.'”

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