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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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    Ray Chavez shown here at 75th anniversary commemoration ceremony of the Pearl Harbor attack.

    The slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” became popular after the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service carried out a surprise military attack against the United States Naval Base at the Hawaiian harbor. Today 106-year-old Ray Chavez is remembered for his service — and for the fact that he was the oldest military survivor of the attack that killed 2,335 military servicemen, 68 civilians, and embroiled the U.S. in a second world war.

    Ray Chavez resided in Poway, California, when he passed away. His daughter, Kathleen Chavez, told reporters that her father had died in his sleep after battling pneumonia. His family said in a statement,

    Ray was honored to have served his country and to fight among heroes and loved meeting his fellow comrades. He cherished his time going to talk to the kids at schools because he doesn’t want them to forget Pearl Harbor.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a turkey pardoning event as one of the two candidate turkeys Peas stands on a table at the Rose Garden of the White House November 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    After facing months of controversy surrounding his level of support of U.S. military troops, president Donald Trump held a teleconference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, speaking with service members on Thanksgiving. The Hill reports that the president included members of all five branches of the military in a call to wish them “a happy Thanksgiving and thank them for their service.”

    The call comes after a turbulent few weeks in which the president faced backlash for appearing to fail to support the troops. Though Trump spoke with troops on the phone last Thanksgiving as well, he has not visited service members in Iraq or Afghanistan in the nearly two years which he has been the commander-in-chief, something for which he has faced harsh criticism.

    When asked recently if he plans to visit troops in the Middle East, Trump was vague.

    “We’ll be doing some interesting things,” he replied.

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    A view of some courthouse pillars, shot from ground level.

    Nine men have been cleared of murder in the brutal slaying of Bakari Henderson in July of 2017. Henderson was an American who was on a working vacation in Greece, according to CBS News. A Greek court handed down sentencing today to nine men convicted of assault in the Henderson case. Sentencing ranged from five to 15 years in prison.

    Henderson, 22, of Austin, Texas, was in Greece working on a photo shoot for a clothing line he was launching. The attack took place outside of a bar in Lagana. Investigators stated that a Serbian woman claimed a fight began when she asked the Americans to take a selfie with her. Allegedly, another man asked her why she would take a picture with a black man when there were so many Serbs in the bar.

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    Picture of a group of wild turkeys, plumage displayed, in the woods

    As many of us sit down and have some turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving, probably not a whole lot of thought is given to the bird that almost became the national bird – other than their meat is really juicy when it’s slathered with gravy, that is.

    However, the tasty birds with the iconic plumage can do some damage when they are provoked. Nonetheless, not all turkeys are bad – just some of them. But, when some of them do turn bad, you better watch out because some violent human/animal interactions are known to occur.

    For this Thanksgiving, check out these highly unusual, funny and slightly terrifying videos of turkeys turning the tables against people who had no idea what they were getting themselves into,

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    Fire victims' DNA being used for ID.

    Following the devastation of the California wildfires, authorities are seeking DNA samples from relatives of those who are missing in order to identify victims. However, the number of people who are coming forward to provide these DNA samples only number around 60 at the last time of reporting, as AP News speculates that “confusion and conflicting information, the inability of relatives to travel to Northern California and mistrust of the government may be contributing to the low number.”

    For some relatives of those who are missing, the wait to find out the fate of their loved ones is excruciating. Meanwhile, the DNA testing of the remains that have been found “has been surprisingly easy,” said Annette Mattern. She is a spokeswoman for a company called ANDE, a company that is providing the technology required to expedite DNA testing of discovered remains.

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    chow chow puppy

    A 4-month-old chow chow puppy was seized by the Northamptonshire Police Saturday, November 17 when the puppy bit an officer after escaping from his owner’s home, according to a press release from the Northampton Police. The puppy, named Bungle, was spotted by an officer who was en route to another appointment. The puppy was running in and out of traffic.

    The family of the puppy, David and Susan Hayes, have hired a lawyer to get Bungle released from puppy jail, according to the Sun. Police have detained the dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

    Thousands have called for the immediate release of Bungle, his family claiming the seizure of the puppy is “draconian” and “callous.” Many advocating for the puppy’s release argue he was a frightened puppy when the officer was attempting to rescue him, according to a Facebook group set up to help free Bungle.

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    USPS may have been marking packages as delivered on purpose.

    The USPS just made its most important delivery of the year — a fix to a vulnerability it has had on its site for some time.

    The Verge reports that all 60 million of its users were exposed.

    “The vulnerability included all 60 million user accounts on the website. It was caused by an authentication weakness in the site’s application programming interface (API) that allowed anyone to access a USPS database offered to businesses and advertisers to track user data and packages. The API should have verified whether an account had permissions to read user data but USPS didn’t have such controls in place.”

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    Front window of a jewelry store

    A daylight robbery attempt at a jewelry store in Mississauga, Ontario, ended with store employees using swords to ward off the criminals.

    As reported by CBC News, the robbery at the Ashok Jewellers occurred shortly after noon on Wednesday, when four would-be robbers entered the premises by smashing through one of the store’s windows with the use of what appeared to be a hammer.

    CCTV footage of the attempted robbery shows that an employee working in the store and a customer were just feet away when the robbers broke the window. With the glass bashed in, one of the intruders tried to climb through the broken window, but he was immediately met with three people from inside the store wielding saber-style swords who charged at him.

    “When we saw them coming in, that’s when we really took action and we rushed them,” said Arjun Kumar, the son of the store’s owner.

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    Polar bear

    A mall in the UK found that they had some explaining to do when two polar bears in their Christmas display were rearranged to look like they were engaging in some frisky sensual activity.

    “We’d like to thank our customers for getting a little too into Christmas this year with our polar bears in the atrium and can reassure you the display has changed somewhat since setup,” read a post from the corporate Facebook account for Tynwald Mills mall on the Isle of Man.

    “Apologies to anybody offended by our somewhat interactive display.”

    Later, the mall added to the joke by posting a photo of a baby polar bear with the insinuation that the little cub resulted from the “naughty” behavior.

    “It’s a Christmas miracle!” they wrote. “This little guy showed up at Tynwald Mills this morning!”

    They went on to launch a competition and asked customers to suggest a name for the cub. Some of the suggestions were very tongue in cheek.

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    A 16-year-old boy stabbed his 18-year-old brother after the two got into a heated argument over a TV remote control.

    According to a report by the Daily Mail, the incident took place on November 20 at their family apartment in Kirikkale, Anatolia, in Turkey. Police have detained the suspect.

    Per the report, the two teenagers were watching TV together when they started arguing over which TV channel to watch. As a result, the younger brother lost his temper and ran into the kitchen where he picked up a knife.

    Minutes after, he returned to the living room where his older brother was watching TV and stabbed him. Per the report, the 16-year-old suspect, only identified by his initials BK for legal reasons, fatally wounded his brother in the attack.

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    Person looks at Uber app on their smartphone.

    Uber, Lyft, and other similar transportation services are transforming the way people are traveling this holiday season. If you’ve had to take a flight recently, your first thought upon touching down was likely how to get out of the airport as quickly as possible. In the past, taking a cab was most people’s best option. That is, if they didn’t want to opt for public transportation. Now, Uber and Lyft is becoming the most popular way to escape the chaos of major airports. This is likely due to the convenience that these types of services offer. No more standing out in unpleasant weather trying to hail a cab. With this new technology, you can have a driver waiting to pick you up the minute you land. However, according to Wired, this new trend is causing a multitude of issues for airports.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media.

    Donald Trump doesn’t mind using flawed logic to get him out of a hole, and in some cases when even that doesn’t work, the president simply “invents” facts.

    Another example of such inventiveness came this week when Trump, who has seen the now Democrat-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee begin an investigation into whether or not Ivanka Trump used private email for government-related business, cooked up more than a 100,000 Hillary Clinton emails which don’t exist.

    Clinton had used her private server for government-related emails back when she was the Secretary of State, 33,000 of which were eventually deleted by an employee managing Clinton’s private email. However, a subsequent investigation by the FBI, although it rebuked Clinton for her carelessness, didn’t find anything criminal in her actions.

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    Black Friday Shooting: Gunman Opens Fire At Mall In Hoover, Alabama, Before Being Killed By Police

    A gunman reportedly opened fire during Black Friday shopping at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, before being shot and killed by police.

    As WTVM 13 reported, the shooting took place at the Riverchase Galleria Mall as crowds gathered for the start of Black Friday shopping in the state’s largest mall. The exact circumstances of the shooting were not clear, but Hoover police said that the suspect was dead in an officer-involved shooting.

    Video from inside the mall showed a chaotic scene, with police ushering crowds out of the mall in the wake of the shooting. Another video showed crowd of people sprinting away from the area of the mall where the shooting broke out.

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    Turkey float

    Excitedly, Mamie made her way to the exit door of Penn Station having traveled only from Brick Church Station in East Orange New Jersey for her first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. It took her only 30 minutes by train. But it was the culmination of a 50-year lifelong dream to see the parade in person.

    It almost didn’t happen. Her husband waited with her for the 7 a.m. train in what the weather app described as a “real feel” of 6 degrees. After a 15-minute wait, they were ready to throw in the towel and head back home where it was warm. As they were getting ready to exit the platform, the train came into view. Away they went.

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    Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the 2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards.

    Fox News may be the most widely viewed TV news network in America, but its tremendous outreach doesn’t seem to instill a modicum of responsibility when reporting the news.

    Another example of alleged prejudice by the network happened yesterday when a guest appearing during a news broadcast, Anna Paulina, compared Hillary Clinton to “herpes” that “won’t go away.” Paulina, who is Turning Point USA’s director of Hispanic engagement, was speaking to political analyst Doug Schoen about Clinton emails, which is once again the topic of conservative discourse after reports suggested that Congress was considering opening an investigation into whether Ivanka Trump used her private email to carry out government-related business, as reported by the Inquisitr earlier today.

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    Social credit in China

    Remember that episode of Black Mirror where the lady was obsessed with protecting and increasing her social score? It was kind of a forgettable episode except for the fact that it proved to be an accurate predictor of events taking place in China right now. China has a social credit system right now and will be expanding even further by 2020.

    What was the outrageous theme of a dystopian fantasy, China embraces as their path forward. And the results are shaping up to be just as terrifying. Bloomberg reports, “Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020.”

    “The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get ‘green channel’ benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.”

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    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a Congressional Medal of Honor Society reception at the East Room of the White House September 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. President hosted a reception to honor Medal of Honor recipients.

    President Donald Trump started his Friday with two tweets where he exhorted Democrats and Republicans to work together on certain issues, including funding for his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. While he wanted to tag Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer in his second tweet, which focused on criminal justice reform, the president ended up mistakenly tagging a Twitter account belonging to a fan of the Senate minority leader.

    In his first Twitter post from Friday morning, Trump encouraged bipartisan support for a “major border security package, which will include funding for the [border] wall.” The Washington Post noted that Trump went ahead with this tweet despite how Democrats, who gained control of the House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections, have largely been opposed to the idea of a border wall.

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    People gather for gun control rally in Parkland, Florida.

    It’s been nine months since the tragic Valentines Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. The shooting led to 17 deaths at the Parkland County High School in Florida. In the months following, there has been much speculation as to who could have done more to prevent the senseless tragedy. According to NPR, a state commission is looking into the governments role in the massacre.

    The safety commission — which was established by the state of Florida in the wake of the shooting — is composed partly of the parents of children killed in the massacre. They met for four days last week to review every painful second of the shooting, and to consider what law enforcement did, or failed to do, to save their children’s lives. They are now composing a report detailing recommended precautions to prevent such an event from ever happening again. The commissions findings will likely be reviewed by educational leaders across the country.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist Noam Chomsky accepts his honorary degree.

    Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, touched upon a variety of subjects in his most recent interview with Democracy Now host Amy Goodman. According to Chomsky, this is “one of the gravest times in human history.”

    Both parts of the hour-long interview are available on Democracy Nows official YouTube channel, and on the news program’s official website. Professor Chomsky touched upon a wide variety of issues during the interview: the phenomenon of Donald Trump, violence in Gaza, Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, Saudi-led war in Yemen, and climate change.

    “Humans have been around for 200,000 years. For the first time in their history, they have to decide — and quickly — whether organized human society is going to survive for very long.”

    The 90-year-old recounted his childhood, drawing a parallel between the rise of fascism then, and the recent resurgence of fascist sentiment.

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    man using Credit card machine

    The U.S. Secret Service has recently started a nationwide initiative to crackdown on credit card skimming devices installed at gas stations.

    Per a report by NBC News, the crackdown operation — which has been called “Operation Deep Impact,” — was launched on Thanksgiving day when the demand for fuel considerably increased during the holiday season.

    According to a statement released by the government agency, “an estimated 54 million Americans will travel across town or across the country for Thanksgiving, and while doing so, many will buy gas for their cars,” the report said.

    “These annual increases in motor travelers on the road during holidays mean bigger paydays for card-skimming financial criminals who target victims at fueling stations.”

    Per the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), credit card skimming is a process through which illegal card readers, installed to a gas pump’s payment area, steal people’s card information and then sell it or use it to make fraudulent purchases.

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