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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 U.S. President George Bush visits a tent camp for earthquake survivors on the outskirts of Islamabad on January 17, 2006 in Pakistan.

    The late George H.W. Bush had a peaceful send-off, People is reporting. Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson Jr., Bush’s long-time pastor, recounted the former president’s passing during an emotional eulogy at a state funeral in the National Cathedral on December 5. Bush was noticeably fading on November 30, prompting his best friend and former Secretary of State James Baker III to return with his wife to Bush’s side at his home in Houston for the third time that day. There, Baker rubbed Bush’s feet “for perhaps half an hour.” Baker could be seen crying in the pews as Levenson recalled the story.

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    michael avenatti

    Michael Avenatti, the California lawyer representing Donald Trump accuser Stormy Daniels, will have to sell off some of his more higher-priced possessions in order to raise money to make right a $2 million divorce settlement, Business Insider is reporting.

    Avenatti, a former professional race-car driver, is mired in a divorce from his second wife Lisa Storie Avenatti, who filed for divorce from him in 2017.

    And according to court documents obtained by TMZ, that divorce is costing him millions. He’s been ordered to pay $37,897 per month in child support for their preschool-aged son, retroactive to January 1, 2018. He’s also been ordered to pay spousal support of $124,398 per month, retroactive to January 2018. Collectively, that adds up to about $2 million.

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    Camp Fire injures pets

    The latest outbreak of devastating wildfires in California resulted in the mass destruction of personal property and the heartbreaking loss of life. Horse owners turned their equine loose as flames grew closer and closer. Pet owners tried desperately to find their beloved cats and dogs so they could flee together, but some animals were abandoned at the last minute.

    Rescue workers and volunteers tried valiantly to retrieve all of the pets they could after the wildfires were squelched. Many were transported to area veterinarians for treatment from smoke inhalation and burns. The VCA Valley Oak Veterinary Center in Chico decided to try an unusual burn treatment to help the cats and dogs heal from their injuries – fish skin.

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    A sailor aboard the USS George HW Bush salutes the U.S. flag as another lowers it to half mast to honor the vessel's namesake after his death on December 1, 2018.

    The dark night sky was brightened last night as the crew aboard the USS George HW Bush gathered together to honor the aircraft vessel’s namesake in a beautiful way, Time reported.

    Grouping on the flight deck, crew members held a stunning flashlight vigil for the former commander in chief by standing in a formation that spelled the letters of Bush’s initials and the number 41 to mark his spot in the presidential lineup. The late president’s initials shone brightly during the incredible moment when crew members held their flashlights high in the sky in a breathtaking salute to George H.W. Bush’s support of volunteerism.

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    A section of wall prototype.

    Ever since he began running for president, Donald Trump has been promising to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. It was key to his messaging in the 2016 election on immigration — as was his promise to make Mexico pay for such a wall — and as president Trump has frequently touted prototypes of the wall.

    While the border wall has begun construction in certain targeted projects, per the Hill, the larger project has not yet begun. The capture of the House of Representatives by the Democrats would seem likely to stymie the speed of such construction projects related to Trump’s promised wall, and now the presumptive leader of that House majority is choking off one potential avenue towards funding it.

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    Paradise wildfire ruins, two firefighters present.

    Almost one month after the devastating Camp Fire consumed the town of Paradise, California, residents were heartbreakingly allowed back inside the fire zone to see what, if anything, was left of their homes.

    Residents who lived on the east side of town were able to sift through the debris littering what was once their yards and their houses, but did so with heavy hearts –knowing that at least 85 people perished in the fire, and that approximately 14,000 homes were destroyed.

    Paradise was home to 27,000 people, but only 4,700 people have been permitted to return to somewhat safe areas, reported Business Insider. Jennifer Christensen, 34, was one former resident allowed back to her property — with mixed emotions. The first thing she laid eyes upon was her two-year-old son’s badly burned tricycle still parked in the front yard. It brought her to tears.

    “It’s unbelievable. You know, I never thought it would happen to me. Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” she said.

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    Ivanka Trump speaks during an event for American workers in the State Dining Room on October 31, 2018.

    For the last 15 years, Forbes has released a list of the top 100 women whom they deem the most powerful in the world, splitting the leading ladies into six categories–business, technology, finance, media & entertainment, politics & policy, and philanthropy–and ranking them within these categories, as well as overall, by applying four metrics: money, media, impact, and spheres of influence.

    The 15th annual “Worlds 100 Most Powerful Women” list for 2018, which was announced on December 4, welcomes 20 newcomers among a slew of notable faces that have been featured on the list in years past. For the eighth year in a row, German Chancellor Angela Markle has earned the top spot of the list that also includes names such as Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles, and Sahle-Work Zewde.

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    Donald Trump low approval rating

    On Wednesday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to boast about what he said was “50 percent approval rating.” Trump, as Inquisitr reported, took some backlash for posting the self-aggrandizing Twitter message just a few hours after attending a state funeral for the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who died November 30 at the age of 94.

    But was Trump’s claim of a “50 percent approval rating” true? The answer is, only in the most limited and misleading sense. Out of numerous approval rating polls — at least 10 major polls have been released the last 10 days — Trump selected the only one, the Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll, to show his approval as high as 50 percent. In fact, an overall average of all polls shows Trump’s popularity at the lowest of any president since the first approval rating polls were conducted, under President Harry Truman in 1945.

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    Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts was in court for Christopher Watts arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado. Christopher Watts faces nine charges, including several counts of first-degree murder of his wife Shanann and his two young daughters, 4-year-old Bella, and 3-year-old Celeste.

    While many know the story behind the case, the parents of Shan’ann Watts want people to know who their deceased daughter really was, according to a report by E! News.

    Only a few weeks after Chris Watts was given life in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife alongside his two daughters, the parents of Shan’ann have spoken publicly for the first time as they take part in a television interview.

    In a short preview clip provided by ABC’s 20/20, Frank and Sandra Rzucek remember the happy times they shared with their daughter and what made her great. Speaking with host Amy Robach, Frank said, “She’d do anything for her children. She just loved her children and wanted them to have everything growing up.”

    Sandra went on to add, “She was fun, full of life. She did so many things. She had her hand in everything. She was amazing.”

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    Chris Watts awaits his sentence in prison.

    Since their daughter and grandchildren were brutally murdered, the parents of Shanann Watts are finally speaking out.

    This past summer, Shanann Watts and her daughters Bella and Celeste, as well as her unborn son, Niko, were allegedly murdered by Shanann’s husband, Chris Watts. Tomorrow, Shanann’s parents will be speaking out for the first time, and their full interview will air on ABC’s 20/20. However, some clips of the interview have already surfaced, and according to Hollywood Life, Frank and Sandra Rzucek talked about their daughter, calling her a selfless mom with a vibrant, “good soul.”

    “She was fun, full of life. She did so many things. She had her hand in everything,” Sandra recalled.

    “She was amazing.”

    The couple also explained that their daughter made a vision board and had hopes of making sure that her daughters had everything that they ever needed in life.

    “She was a good soul,” Frank recalled.

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    Robert Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.

    Robert Mueller and his investigative team have a Friday deadline to explain why Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was accused of lying to investigators and breaking his cooperation deal. This filing will answer a lot of lingering questions.

    In another filing, Mueller’s office and New York state federal prosecutors must provide memos to recommend a sentence for Michael Cohen. These filings are likely to provide details about the extent of Cohen’s cooperation with investigators, according to CNN.

    Michael Cohen was Trump’s personal attorney for about 12 years. He admitted that he lied in his 2017 testimony to Congress about when communication with Russia stopped on the Trump Tower real estate deal. He also said that during the campaign, he had a 20-minute conversation with an official at the Kremlin to get the Russian government’s aid in securing funding for the project.

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    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump’s presidency is facing numerous challenges, but there’s a big one looming that experts say will give him something in common with former president Jimmy Carter. CNBC reports that based on current market trends, it looks like Trump will be running for re-election during a recession. If it happens, he will be the first president to do so since Carter ran for his second term in 1980. Carter, a Democrat, lost that election to Ronald Reagan.

    As CNBC notes, recent developments in the markets have triggered bleak predictions about the future of the American economy. Growth has contracted during the final quarter of 2018 and its expected to continue to do so in the new year. The bubble created by tax reform and increased spending is slowly starting to burst and some people expect that it will pop in 2020.

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    The CNN logo on the outside of its New York headquarters.

    CNN employees were evacuated from their offices in New York city on Thursday night, just over a half hour after the president made malicious claims on his Twitter account against the “fake news” media.

    The threats against the network this week came less than two months after suspicious packages were sent there by a man with anti-media beliefs, forcing the staff there to have to leave the building.

    CNN reported on its website Thursday evening that its employees were forced out of the building due to an alleged bomb threat that was phoned into their offices. The network went to “taped programming,” the company announced.

    In the same evening, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet deriding the press as he has done before in the past.

    “FAKE NEWS – THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” Trump wrote in all capital letters.

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    CNN anchor Don Lemon speaks at the 2017 GLAAD Gala at City View at Metreon on September 9, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

    “We were evacuated in the middle of my live show. Bomb threat. We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned,” CNN anchor Don Lemon tweeted this Thursday night after his newsroom was cleared in the wake of a bomb threat.

    Alarm bells began ringing inside the New York CNN building just after 10:30 p.m. ET, according to CNN. Don Lemon’s CNN Tonight was taken off the air mid-broadcast as staffers fled the building.

    West 58th Street, between 8th and 9th, was blocked to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic Thursday night as police and fire trucks arrived on scene. This is where the Time Warner Center is located, and the police are conducting the investigation. This is where CNN headquarters are located, according to Variety.

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    President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Tupelo Regional Airport, November 26, 2018 in Tupelo, Mississippi. President Trump is holding two rallies on Monday in Mississippi

    In an explosive new report from Mother Jones, the Trump campaign is accused of illegally coordinating with the National Rifle Association to sync up ads and maximize advertising dollars during the 2016 presidential election. The report alleges that a number of federal election laws were broken. In other words, Donald Trump is now being accused of collusion right here on home soil — after a fashion.

    The NRA donated $30 million to help get Donald Trump elected as president of the United States, more than any other group. Most of the money was used for TV ads, according to Mother Jones.

    But the NRA wanted to spend its money wisely, naturally. They wanted those TV ads to find the right people. In order to do this, the NRA hired Red Eagle Media. This is a media strategy firm.

    As part of what Red Eagle Media did with NRA dollars, the company bought 52 ad slots on a Norfolk, Virginia, TV station in late October, 2016.

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    Bright lockers in an empty school hallway

    An autistic student died, having reportedly stopped breathing while being restrained by staff, in an incident now under investigation by local police.

    The incident took place at the Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills, California, where authorities say the 13-year-old was put in what was known as a “prone restraint” for close to an hour. As the Sacramento Bee reported, the boy stopped breathing at some point while he was restrained.

    The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said the student, who was autistic, became violent and had to be placed in the restraint after attacking staff members. After the boy became unresponsive, school officials administered CPR and called 911. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

    It was not immediately clear what caused the boy’s death. In the call to authorities, school officials said the 13-year-old was 6-feet-tall and weighed 280 pounds.

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    silhouette of a man standing in front of a window with bars on it in a prison cell

    A 54-year-old man referred to by the initials B.E.S. in court documents has been awarded a $175,000 settlement to be paid by the B.C. government after being assaulted and raped by several different inmates while touring the Oakalla Prison four decades ago as part of a “scared straight” program.

    According to CBC, a “scared straight” prison tour was part of the teenager’s probation for breaking and entering. The program was intended to scare teenagers away from future crimes by showing them what being behind bars was like.

    Earlier this year, B.E.S. went before the B.C. Supreme Court to tell his story of what happened during that prison tour all those years ago.

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    A woman looks into the smartphone in front of Facebook logo.

    The accusations against Facebook selling its users’ data to third-party buyers have cast long aspersions about the tech giant’s motivations, and now almost every week we hear stories of its chiefs, including Mark Zuckerberg, indulging in practices which cannot be deemed altogether fair.

    Earlier this week, some of Zuckerberg’s personal emails were exposed by British MPs, reportedly showing the social network giving some favored apps access to users’ friends’ data after a cut-off point that was supposed to protect its members’ privacy, as reported by the BBC. These allegations, in addition to the ones already holding Facebook culpable for the disinformation campaign waged by Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, have led to the former head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, calling Facebook a “threat to democracy,” according to Business Insider.

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    President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Ahead of what is expected to be a big Friday with special counsel Robert Mueller set to file new disclosures about two of Trump’s former associates, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, a rattled Donald Trump went on a tweet-frenzy once again questioning the integrity of the Mueller investigation.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the press while departing the White House on November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to campaign today in Mississippi for Republican senate candidate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    A recent tweet from President Donald Trump earned a number of reactions from Twitter users, not only for the message that was being conveyed but also for the latest example of the president misspelling a simple word on his social media posts.

    “Arizona, together with our Military and Border Patrol, is bracing for a massive surge at a NON-WALLED area,” Trump tweeted on Thursday night.

    “WE WILL NOT LET THEM THROUGH. Big danger. Nancy [Pelosi] and Chuck [Schumer] must approve Boarder Security and the Wall!”

    Although Trump wanted to tell his followers about the large number of undocumented migrants expected to enter Arizona through the state’s border with Mexico, as noted by the Arizona Republic, Twitter users appeared more concerned about the president’s spelling of the word “border,” and reacted accordingly. According to Newsweek, many users replied to Trump’s post by pointing out the “boarder security” typo, or posting photos representing what such a term might really mean.

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