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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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    Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices.” (

    While testifying in front of the House Judicial Committee on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai answered questions about Chinese censorship, privacy, and competitive dominance, while also being targeted by Republicans on the committee about its alleged conservative bias, according to a report by Business Insider.

    Republicans involved with the committee focused on allegations of a bias that is found in Google’s search results, with the view that Democrats that work for the tech giant have set the algorithm to favor liberal websites over their conservative counterparts for higher placement during searches on the site.

    Democrats on the committee did push against the narrative being put forth with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, the representative of the district where Google’s headquarters are located, giving Pichai an opportunity to give an in-depth explanation as to why the search results found on Google are not biased. The question she asked surrounded President Donald Trump.

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    Chelsea Clinton sits in front of a microphone at the SiriusXM Radio offices.

    Chelsea Clinton has no time for bullies — even when she’s not the target of their attacks. The former first daughter came to the defense of Barron Trump on Twitter, criticizing those who would mock or discuss the 12-year-old son of Donald Trump. According to Yahoo! Finance, Clinton quickly stood up for the preteen, who doesn’t use social media.

    The topic of bullying hits close to home for Clinton, who was a similar age when her father, Bill Clinton, became President of the United States. During his tenure as president, Chelsea Clinton was subjected to aggressive mockery and bullying by the media.

    Since this experience, Clinton has been a passionate advocate against any sort of bullying — and now she’s defending Barron Trump from online critics. So when a New York Magazine writer made a joke on Twitter about Barron Trump being in line for the next chief of staff, Clinton felt the need to fire back.

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    Stephanie Stebbe-Strempel's mug shot

    A white South Carolina woman who was caught on video assaulting black teens at a pool has pleaded guilty to assault and battery and fined $1,000, NBC News is reporting.

    Back in June, as the Inquisitr reported at the time, Stephanie Sebby-Strempel was hanging out at a neighborhood pool in Charleston when she noticed some African-American teens. She apparently took exception to them being there, telling them they “don’t belong” and demanding that they leave.

    The teens’ lawyer would later say that they’d been invited to the pool by a friend and were within their rights to be there.

    Nevertheless, the teens left the pool and were respectful on the way out, saying “Yes Ma’am” and not arguing back. That wasn’t good enough for Sebby-Strempel, however, and she began calling them “punks,” using racial slurs, and was even caught on video hitting one of them in the chest.

    Emergency medical personnel later examined the teen and determined that he was okay.

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    Donald Trump and Piers Morgan pose together while celebrating Kim Kardashian's appearance on 'The Apprentice' on November 10, 2010.

    After the announcement of Chief of Staff John Kelly’s resignation, which is set to come at the end of the year, a buzz has been growing over who will take over the position. One man who would be great for the job? Piers Morgan — or at least, that’s what he believes.

    In an op-ed piece written for the Daily Mail on Tuesday, December 11, the Good Morning Britain host formally applied for the position, and listed in detail why he would be an excellent choice.

    Piers began his letter by acknowledging that the key thing for Trump is “to have someone at your side that understands you, has known you a long time, likes you and commands your respect,” and that he embodies all of those characteristics. He recalled what Trump said to him when being named his first Celebrity Apprentice winner a decade ago — explaining that his words could just have easily been a description of Donald Trump himself.

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    Sausages get cooked early during the 2018 Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

    Jimmy Dean is now at the center of a massive recall as a result of select products being contaminated with metal. According to NBC News, on Monday, December 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a press release confirming Kentucky-based CTI Foods LLC’s voluntary recall for 29,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry products. It has been reported that Jimmy Dean began investigating after receiving five complaints from customers about particles being found in the food products.

    “A few consumers contacted the company to say they had found small, string-like fragments of metal in the product. Though the fragments have been found in a very limited number of packages, out of an abundance of caution, CTI is recalling 29,028 pounds of product. Jimmy Dean is closely monitoring this recall and working with CTI to assure proper coordination with the USDA. No injuries have been reported with this recall.”

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    Donald Trump holds his hands up while wearing a blue tie and suit.

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced plans for a broad rollback of protection for the wetlands and similar small bodies of water. This new plan will directly combat rules set up by the Obama administration back in 2015. The proposal for the new rules will be published in the Federal Register for public review.

    According to the Mercury News, the Trump administration claims that this move will be a great benefit to landowners and farmers, who will have the freedom to manage their lands as they see fit without the fear of government intervention. This move will significantly diminish the power and authority of the federal Clean Water Act

    Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Andrew Wheeler was quick to point out how this would provide help and support to land developers across the country.

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    Stormy Daniels smiles in front of a pink background.

    On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge determined that adult actress Stormy Daniels must pay Donald Trump’s legal fees after her defamation suit against him was thrown out. According to KUSI News, Daniels is being ordered to pay nearly $293,000 in attorney fees as well as another $1,000 in sanctions.

    Charles Harder, Trump’s attorney, had previously asked for roughly $390,000 to cover his legal fees, and nearly the same amount in sanctions. However, the judge on the case opted to reduce the amount for fees by 25 percent, and only asked for $1,000 in sanctions.

    Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims that she and Donald Trump had a brief affair back in 2006. She alleges that days before the 2016 presidential election, she was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement. Daniels also claims that she was threatened repeatedly to keep quiet about the affair.

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    Vladimir Putin speaking at a conference

    Vladimir Putin’s Stasi ID card, which he used when he worked as a KGB officer in former East Germany, has recently been discovered in Stasi secret police archives in Dresden.

    Per an article by the BBC, Putin served as a KGB officer in Dresden in the late 1980s and his Stasi pass was found during research into the close cooperation between Stasi and KGB. According to the ID card, Mr. Putin was a major in the KGB and the pass was used by him in 1985 to access Stasi facilities. He, however, may not have been a spy, the report said.

    A statement was released by the Stasi Records Agency (BStU) on Tuesday said that Putin “received the pass so that he could carry out his KGB work in co-operation with the Stasi.”

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    an amazon box against a door

    New Jersey police are using fake Amazon boxes, complete with hidden GPS tracking devices, to nab so-called “porch pirates” who steal packages off of porches and doorstops, the Associated Press is reporting.

    While the majority of people who order things and have them delivered to them have no problems, there are still thieves about who ply their wares by stealing packages left on the doorsteps of unsuspecting victims. And the problem has gotten bigger over the past few years, which makes sense when you think about it: as more people shop online for the holidays, that means there are more packages for “porch pirates” to pilfer.

    In fact, by insurance-industry estimates, 26 million Americans have had holiday gift packages stolen from their porches or doorsteps. That works out to one in 12 Americans falling victim to this type of theft. Amazon, for its part, declined to speculate on how many of its packages are stolen, as did UPS and FedEx.

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    Winter Landscape in Bavaria, Sled tracks through deep snow, blue sky

    A family of four and their dog that headed out into the Oregon back-country to find the perfect Christmas tree had to be rescued on Sunday after getting their truck stuck in the snow far away from their home. Local channel KMTR 16 in Eugene, Oregon, reports that the Smith family was picked up by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Deputy after being stranded for several hours in the middle of the night in the falling snow.

    Soren Smith and three members of his family headed into the mountains near East Lake, Oregon, where they located the perfect family tree. The group was heading home using a different route than the one they used to find the tree when they got stuck in a foot-and-a-half of snow in their 4×4 pick-up truck four hours after leaving their house.

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    Nancy Pelosi confronts Donald Trump

    During a contentious and unexpected televised exchange between Donald Trump and incoming Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the White House Tuesday morning, Pelosi directly confronted Trump over his proposed Mexico “border wall,” while Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and Trump snapped at each other — with Trump even claiming in the closed-door portion of the meeting that Mexico would, as Trump promised on the 2016 campaign trail, somehow pay for the wall’s construction, as the Inquisitr reported.

    But the public section of the meeting between Trump and the two top congressional Democrats contained some extraordinary scenes, documented in a Washington Post report, including Trump declaring that he would be “proud” to shut down the government if Congress refuses to approve funding for the border wall, Schumer accusing Trump of throwing “a temper tantrum,” and the 78-year-old Pelosi scolding the 72-year-old Trump.

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    Police teams secure the roads behind a cordoned area following an apparent attack on two police officers at Buckingham Palace on August 25, 2017 in London, England

    Court proceedings have been heard in relation to Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, an Uber driver who allegedly drove at police outside Buckingham Palace and then tried to attack them on August 25, 2017.

    According to the Sun, around 8:30 p.m. on August 25, Chowdhury swerved through cones outside Buckingham Palace, aiming for police that was coming out of a van at the time. Jurors were then told that the man ran at the police, brandishing a samurai sword and shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” However, police were able to wrestle Chowdhury to the ground and arrest him.

    “It was due to the bravery and quick reaction of these uniformed police officers that something even more serious did not happen,” Prosecutor Timothy Cray said in court.

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    A skydiver cruising in front of a sunset.

    This Sunday, a truly impressive 102-year-old woman pulled off something that is nothing short of incredible. As reported by Mashable, Irene O’Shea performed a tandem dive with an instructor and became possibly the oldest person to ever skydive.

    The dive took place from an impressive 14,000 feet. O’Shea and her instructor climbed to the door of SA Skydiving’s plane and jumped. The tandem was equipped with a special device that allowed the instructor to lift Irene’s legs before landing, reducing the risk of injury.

    This isn’t O’Shea’s first time skydiving, as she actually jumped on her 100th birthday with SA Skydiving, the same company who handled her recent jump.

    On the jump, SA skydiving said in a report, “Irene and Jed [her instructor] completed a smooth, beautiful freefall, falling at 220kph through wispy clouds, before a smooth parachute opening.”

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    Image of the Grindr app

    Landon Rafe Zumwalt, the head of communications for gay dating app Grindr, has chosen to resign from his position, citing that he refused to compromise his own values.

    According to the Huffington Post, the response to step down from his position at Grindr was due, in part, to the “furor over a Facebook post made by the company’s president, which appeared to oppose same-sex marriage.”

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the president of popular gay dating app Grindr, Scott Chen, recently made a statement on marriage that seemed to agree with the statement that holy matrimony was “between a man and a woman.”

    The statement was written in Chinese and a translation was published in Grindr-owned INTO magazine. The source appears to be a since-deleted Facebook status that was posted in Chinese by Chen. The translation of this now deleted post is as follows.

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    Three U.S. border patrol agents stand watch on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence on November 26, 2018.

    The Trump administration has dropped a small fortune on an attempt to increase border security staff, but according to the Huffington Post, the effort has yielded extremely minimal results.

    According to the news outlet, US Customs and Border Protection enlisted the outside contractor Accenture Federal Services, a subsidiary of the global Accenture consulting company headquartered in Dublin, to grow border protection staff last year, drawing up a huge $297 million contract with the company after President Trump’s crackdown on the border and immigration. So far the company has only been paid $13.6 million, which would be expected to accompany some positive results in their search for new recruits.

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    President Trump Hosts Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Of Saudi Arabia To White House

    Donald Trump sat down with Reuters today for an interview in which he touched on his support for the Saudi crown prince in relation to the murder in Turkey of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He also added that if necessary, he could intervene in the prosecution of the high-ranking Chinese tech executive from Huawei currently under scrutiny.

    CBS News says that Trump believes that backing the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in this matter in order to preserve the United States alliance with the middle eastern country despite bipartisan support for condemnation of his alleged role in the murder of Khashoggi. After a briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel, the majority of senators agreed that the crown prince ordered the murder of the Saudi born dissident.

    “He’s the leader of Saudi Arabia. They’ve been a very good ally.”

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    The Congressional hearing

    Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, is known for controversial comments that hint towards the extreme. During his re-election campaign this year, which he narrowly won, King drew fire for various comments, as well as his endorsements of far-right political figures in other countries and spreading of conspiracy theories about financier George Soros.

    But on Tuesday, King was part of a lighter and more common story in Washington: That of a lawmaker who, during a public hearing, shows an embarrassing misunderstanding of modern technology.

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    The Welcome to Las Vegas sign seen in front of the Vegas Strip.

    Two nuns have admitted that they stole close to $500,000 from a Catholic school in California and used the money to go on gambling trips in Las Vegas, a report noted.

    Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang told parish officials that they embezzled the money from St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California, by diverting tuition money into a private bank account. As the Independent reported, the recently retired nuns had both worked at the school for more than two decades.

    Sister Kreuper was the school’s principal for 29 years, KABC reported. After her retirement, the school underwent a financial audit with the leadership change and it turned up a large deficit. Auditors said they found close to $500,000 tied to the private bank account but said there could have been more cash transactions that did not show up.

    The school assured parents that the deficit did not affect any students at the school.

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    Cardinal George Pell walks through a police guard at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on May 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

    Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third most powerful official, was found guilty on Tuesday of sexually abusing two choir boys in the late 1990s, a decision that makes him the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to face criminal convictions.

    According to The Daily Beast, a jury in Australia returned a unanimous guilty verdict after deliberating for more than three days on the case. The judge ordered the criminal trial to be conducted under a gag order that prevented any details of the trial being made public, the report continues.

    The judge placed a suppression order on all press coverage in Australia right before trial proceedings were set to begin in June, according to the judge’s orders reviewed by The Daily Beast. The order was requested by prosecutors and granted to “prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice,” the order reads, according to the report.

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    The Facebook logo against a wood background.

    On Tuesday, police responded to a bomb threat at Facebook’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, but a lengthy search revealed there was nothing amiss. Police have given the employees the “all clear” and permitted them to resume work as usual.

    According to Business Insider, the New York Police Department received an anonymous tip regarding the bombing. Police immediately contacted authorities in Menlo Park, California, alerting them to the claim at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Police were able to secure the location and determine there was no threat after several hours of searching.

    “The San Mateo County bomb unit was dispatched with explosive detection dogs that conducted a sweep of the building and found no suspicious packages or devices,” they said in a statement. “The building is all clear and secure.”

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