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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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    Small single engine airplane flying in the gorgeous sunset sky

    A pair of teenagers had a wild Thanksgiving after stealing and driving a tractor to a local airstrip, where they nabbed an airplane, took it for a joyride, and then landed safely back at the small airport in Vernal, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the boys were spotted flying in the air along a highway before they aborted their flight and landed about 15 miles away.

    The two boys, ages 14 and 15, had been staying at the Split Mountain Youth Detention Center in Vernal when they left to stay with friends in nearby Jensen. On Thanksgiving, the pair took a tractor and drove it to a private airstrip. There, they stole a fixed-wing single-engine Cessna and took to the skies, flying along US 40 for 15 miles toward the Colorado state line.

    Witnesses on the ground spotted the plane and alerted authorities.

    Apparently, the pair planned to head to the Wasatch Front, where the major cities of Salt Lake, Ogden, and Provo are located in Utah.

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    Activists in Makassar City hold a demonstration related to the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

    Less than two months after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder, Fox Networks is partnering with a Saudi Arabian government-owned media company, CNN Business reports. Fox is partnering with the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the Middle East’s largest broadcaster, in an effort to bring its streaming service Fox Plus to the region.

    Via MBC’s Shahid Plus platform, the newly founded streaming service will be available in 24 countries total, and subscribers will pay $4.99 a month to access English and Arabic language content.

    “New services are coming up every day. We have just seen the tip of the iceberg,” General Manager at Fox Networks Group Sanjay Raina announced in a statement. The announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering that Fox joined dozens of American news outlets and business leaders in boycotting a Riyadh investment conference in an act of supposed revolt amid speculation that the country’s leadership ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, as per NBC News.

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    The neighbor of the Moroccan woman who allegedly killed and cooked her lover recently said during the investigation that she smelled a “strange odor” and could hear the chopping machine in her apartment while the horrifying incident was taking place.

    According to a report by the Daily Mail, the neighbor reported that four days after the alleged culprit moved to the house, she could hear a chopping machine at 3 a.m.

    “There was a strange stinking smell mixed with that of the grill. What surprised me was the continued sound and the long-lasting smell which continued for a few days.”

    She explained that she even had to stop going to the yard because of the strange odor, and her family only realized what had happened after the police brought in police dogs and discovered the crime.

    “Then I informed the police about the mincing sound and the smell,” she said.

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    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent (L) stands watch as U.S. troops set up concertina wire at the San Ysidro port of entry during a "large-scale operational readiness exercise" which briefly closed the border crossing on November 22, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico.

    Defense Secretary James Mattis says there are 5,764 active-duty troops stationed the the U.S.-Mexico border with 2,100 National Guard members. The troops are stationed at border points in Texas, California, and Arizona.

    The troops have been deployed by Donald Trump to defend the border against a caravan of thousands of Central Americans who banded together to come to the U.S. in hopes of finding asylum. Trump previously signed an executive order which would have changed the asylum policy, but this was struck down by the federal judge earlier this week.

    The judge’s decision sparked a heated back-and-forth between Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts that continued through the Thanksgiving holiday into Friday. Twitter was even more hectic than the stores as the two high-ranking officials used social media to snipe at each other.

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    Monica Lewinsky Says She Considered Suicide After Bill Clinton Summoned Her For Final Hookup Then Dumped Her

    Monica Lewinsky is shedding new light on the very messy end to her relationship with Bill Clinton, one that cast her into the intense media spotlight and led her to thoughts of suicide.

    The former White House intern and mistress of the president has opened up for the A&E docuseries The Clinton Affair. In the most recent episode, Lewinsky explained that as the Paula Jones investigation was closing in on Bill Clinton and starting to ask questions about the alleged affair, he advised her to deny the relationship. As the Daily Mail reported, Clinton still managed to call her in for one final tryst at Christmas time before he cut off all contact.

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    Stefanie Christmann of the International Center For Agricultural Research In Dry Areas will present the results of a new study to the United Nations this week. The results promise substantial increases in both income and biodiversity, and may be the key to reversing the catastrophic worldwide decline of bee populations, according to The Guardian.

    Christmann’s strategy entails farmers devoting a quarter of their cropland to flowering economic crops such as spices, oil seeds, medicinal plants, and forage plants. The plan would allow for a fairly painless transition that would not hurt farming economy or production, and could potentially render the pending regulation of pesticides inconsequential.

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    Trump-Appointed Judge Hands Donald Trump Bad News In Robert Mueller Russia Case, Rules 'Collusion' Is A Crime

    In addition to his frequently repeated assertion that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has also followed the lead of his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claiming that even if Russian collusion did exist, “collusion is not a crime,” as the Washington Post reported.

    In fact, Trump said exactly that on his Twitter account in July, stating “Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!”

    But if Trump and Giuliani were planning to forestall the investigation into Russian collusion led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, by arguing that “collusion its not a crime,” a federal judge appointed to the Washington, D.C., district court last year by Trump himself handed the president a major defeat last week, as Law & Crime reported.

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    In Berlin, a 95-year-old man had been charged as an accessory to the murder of over 36,000 inmates at the Mauthausen death camp in Austria during World War II, according to Channel News Asia. The man is alleged to have served in a Nazi SS company at Mauthausen from 1944 to 1945. Identified only as Hans H. by the Berlin prosecutor’s office, due to legal concerns, the man is accused of working as a guard at the camp and during forced marches of inmates during the war.

    The Berlin prosecutor’s office said that it was charging Hans H. under new laws that provide for the prosecution of individuals who operated the Nazi “machinery of death,” even if they didn’t personally kill anyone. Hans H.’s alleged service at Mauthausen during those two years of the war led to his prosecution.

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    Outline of hooded robber outside home.

    Patrick Smith was a 41-year-old janitor and father of a young son. On November 14, he was simply enjoying the evening with his family when he got the news that his elderly neighbor had experienced a burglary. The police were already at the scene when he went out to the backyard with his wife to make sure the woman was okay. The suspects had already fled the scene and it was believed that the home was empty. Smith’s elderly neighbor requested that he do a walk through of her home to make sure it was safe because she was too afraid to enter herself. Trying to settle her nerves, Smith obliged and approached the house to check it. He only made it as far as the backyard when he was shot eight times by a burglar still at the scene.

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    Donald Trump

    Even as Donald Trump laughed off climate change warnings on Thanksgiving by tweeting a comment in which he conflated “climate” with “weather,” scientists at 13 federal agencies concluded that we are heading towards catastrophic change unless significant action is taken, according to the Huffington Post. The fact that the damning report was issued by the Trump administration on Black Friday, a day when shoppers turn out in huge numbers post-Thanksgiving, gives reason to believe that the president wanted as few people to read the report as possible.

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    White House Communication Director Bill Shine is seen prior to a joint news conference at the White House September 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    In an act which raises many ethical dilemmas, White House deputy chief Bill Shine is receiving millions of dollars in payment from Fox News’ parent company, according to a financial disclosure report accessed by CNBC.

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    A bar in New York.

    Danny McGee, a Gaelic football player who moved to the United States in hopes of building a better life, died after he was punched once during a heated argument with an acquaintance outside a Queens bar, according to New York Daily News.

    McGee, 21, was drinking with friends at the Gaslight bar when he got into an argument with Steven O’Brien. They were not great friends but knew each other through common pals, and before either of them knew it, their argument spilled outside on the streets. O’Brien threw the first punch and that was all.

    McGee fell back and smashed his head on the concrete. He stopped responding even as medics rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital with head trauma. Doctors pronounced him dead shortly after. A “nervous wreck”, O’Brien fled the scene of the crime. Early the next morning, though, he surrendered to the police.

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    Chris Watts led away by court deputies during his trial.

    Chris Watts was steadfast in denials that he killed his two young daughters — until investigators told him he failed the polygraph test he insisted they give him.

    The 33-year-old was sentenced to life in prison this week for murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters. As the Daily Mail reported, Watts had initially claimed no involvement in the killing of his four-year-old daughter Bella and 3-year-old daughter Celeste. He reportedly claimed that his pregnant wife, Shan’ann, had killed the girls before he killed her in a moment of anger.

    But documents released by the Frederick Police Department showed that his story broke down quickly after Watts asked for a voluntary polygraph exam. After investigators told Watts that he had failed the exam, Watts told the truth — he killed his family after his wife discovered his extra-marital affair.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a conference with federal, state and local veterans leaders in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump listed all of his administration's accomplishments and promised the invited guests there would be more to come.

    Social media users took to Twitter to criticize the Republican National Committee after it offered Black Friday discounts on certain items sold on President Donald Trump’s online store.

    According to the Huffington Post, the furor started after the RNC’s official Twitter account posted an advertisement for Black Friday deals available on Trump’s website. At the time of Friday’s post, the deals reportedly included 20 percent discounts on official Trump merchandise for anyone who enters the code “THANKFUL” when checking out their items.

    “There’s only one thing better than a Black Friday deal…and that’s a Trump Black Friday deal,” the RNC tweeted.

    As of this writing, several items remain listed in the “Deals” section of Donald Trump’s online store. Most of the items are t-shirts with slogans of support for the president and his administration, though there are no specific references to Black Friday or Thanksgiving weekend in that part of Trump’s website.

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    a parking lot covered in snow

    A Wisconsin mom is facing charges of child neglect after allegedly leaving her three children — only one of them over the age of two — in her freezing car while she shopped at Kmart, MSN is reporting. When questioned by police, the mom allegedly told cops she “didn’t want to deal with” putting them in a shopping cart.

    Ashley Pirlot, 26, was arrested for this alleged crime on November 16, but the story is only now getting national press coverage.

    Police say that they were called to the parking lot of a Kmart in Cudahy, in suburban Milwaukee, after reports of three small children left alone in a car. The temperature outside was about 35 degrees — just a few degrees warmer than the freezing point.

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    pills falling on usa

    Between the years of 2006 and 2016, North Dakota had some of the most drastic rises of violent and property crime in the country, according to a report from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, cites the Grand Forks Herald. Many authorities and officials are now saying there may be a strong correlation between increased opioid use and this spike in violent and property crime.

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    Composite photo showing President Trump (right), and Bill Shine (left). Shine is wearing a suit, and Trump outerwear.

    After an unceremonious turfing from his former post as co-president at Fox News, after various allegations that he may have mishandled claims of sexual harassment — pertaining to ex CEO Roger Ailes and departed TV personality Bill O’Reilly — Bill Shine will now be paid $7 million from Fox, as part of his severance package over the next two years.

    According to Global News, this means that Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications will be paid twice-over — one deposit for his previous service to the media outlet, and one paycheck coming directly from the current White House.

    Per ThinkProgress, Shine was hired by Trump in July of last year and received a $15.4 million severance package from his former employer at the time. $8 million was paid out to him at that time, with the remaining $7 million to be paid out over the course of the next two years. According to writer Frank Dale, Shine was “a key part of the conservative network’s pervasive culture.”

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    Federal Investigation Called 'Operation Vanilla Gorilla' Nabs 43 White Supremacist Gang Members In Georgia

    A federal investigation called “Operation Vanilla Gorilla” has led to the arrest of 43 white supremacist gang members across the state of Georgia on a slew of federal charges.

    The arrests were announced this week by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, noting that a grand jury turned out 83 counts related to the trafficking of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin as well as gun-related charges. As Savannah Now reported, U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said the arrests were centered on the violent white supremacist street gang known as Ghost Face Gangsters.

    The gang members had adopted the term “Vanilla Gorilla” for their acts of violence, authorities said in a press release this week announcing the arrests.

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    Members of the migrant caravan charge their phones.

    The embattled mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, has had nothing but harsh words for the unexpected influx of migrants into his city. According to RT, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum is currently calling on his own federal government — as well as members of the United Nations — to offer their financial and organizational assistance in dealing with the nearly 5,000 caravan members who have so far arrived in his jurisdiction. Speaking during a press conference, he made his case on this point crystal clear.

    “We do not have the necessary and sufficient infrastructure to fully attend to these people to give them a decent space… I will not spend Tijuanans’ money, I will not bring Tijuana into debt now, in the same way, we haven’t done so these past two years.”

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    190 Sea Turtles Freeze To Death After Being Caught In 'Freak' Weather System Off Cape Cod

    A group of migrating sea turtles were reportedly caught in a “freak” weather system off the coast of Cape Cod, leading to 190 of the marine animals freezing to death.

    As NBC News reported, the massive number of deaths were discovered on Friday and announced by the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which said that the turtles were caught up in a “once-in-a-lifetime” combination of freezing temperatures, gale force winds, and high tide. The freakish weather conditions made it impossible for the turtles to escape, experts said.

    “A lot of the turtles were found frozen in the water still,” Mass Audubon’s director Bob Prescott told NBC News. “I picked up two to three myself that were still in the water, the slushy water.”

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