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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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    Antarctica's McMurdo station.

    An accident at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station has claimed the lives of two technicians, the Guardian is reporting.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) reported this week that two fire-suppression technicians had been dispatched to the station, on Antarctica’s Ross Island, to install equipment at a generator building. A helicopter pilot noticed that smoke was coming from the floor of the building where the two technicians had been working, and landed his craft to inspect the situation. There he found the two employees unconscious.

    Technicians attempted CPR on one of the victims, while the other was flown to a nearby medical clinic and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

    As of this writing, neither the NSF nor the technicians’ employer, Virginia-based subcontractor PAE, has revealed any information about the technicians’ identities. The NSF did say that their deaths are not being treated as suspicious. Meanwhile, a panel appointed by the NSF will investigate the deaths.

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    Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Sean Hannity (L) interviews U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Senior Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano was patiently trying to explain to the cast of Fox & Friends why Donald Trump is wrong with his tweets which say there were no crimes committed, per the Daily Beast, and that if he’s not worried yet about the dime that Michael Cohen has dropped on him, he should be. Today wasn’t the first time that Judge Napolitano raised the alarm, but it’s still unclear if Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade are agreeing with him.

    The Daily Beast says that the network continues to call on Napolitano, despite the fact that the hosts continue to question his analysis of Trump’s peril. The judge says that the most serious accusation is that Trump instructed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to a commit crime on his behalf.

    But Doocy was incredulous, saying “what crime?”

    Napolitano tried to clarify things for the hosts and the viewers of Fox & Friends.

    “The intentional deception and failure to report campaign payments.”

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    Black bear in the wild.

    Cinder — a famous bear cub whose paws were severely scorched in a massive 2014 Washington wildfire — has been shot and killed by a hunter.

    According to a report by the Daily Mail, Rich Beausoleil, an official from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has confirmed that a team was sent out to look for the den of the black bear in September. Her radio transmitting collar stopped working 11 months ago.

    Beausoleil said that officials were hoping that the bear’s collar stopped sending signals in October 2017 because Cinder might have hibernated for winter. However, when the team went to search for the bear, they found the rescued bear’s skeletal remains close to the place where she was set free in 2015 — in the mountains outside Leavenworth, Washington. According to officials, the bear cub was only five years old when she was shot dead.

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    Melania Trump listens to her husband President Donald Trump speak during a Hanukkah reception at the White House on December 6, 2018.

    Melania Trump has had her fair share of issues since becoming the first lady of the United States, but there’s one part of the job that she finds particularly difficult.

    The first lady sat down for a one-on-one with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday, December 12, where CNN reported she opened up about the hardest part of being in her position.

    “I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers,” she explained to the Hannity show host.

    And while she denied that their words cause her pain, noting earlier in the interview that she knew she had to have “very thick skin” to be involved in the business of politics, she explained what was upsetting about them is the fact that they’re “writing history and it’s not correct.”

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    Donald Trump indicates with a pen while sitting at a desk.

    Conservation groups and environmental activists have teamed up to sue the Trump administration over its failure to protect giraffes. As reported by truthout, the groups intend to sue over what they are referring to as a “silent extinction.

    The Trump administration stands accused of failing to consider protections for Africa’s giraffe population under the Endangered Species Act. This lawsuit comes at a critical time; just a few weeks ago, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warned that Africa’s giraffes are vulnerable to extinction. Two subspecies of giraffe were further classified as ‘critically endangered.’

    In 2017, numerous organizations petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a bid to ensure Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes. It is required that the agency respond to the petition within 90 days. It has now been over 19 months, and they have still not responded in any way.

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    Bill Cosby is taken away in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3-10 years in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania

    Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault back in April of this year. As a result of this, he was sentenced to three to 10 years imprisonment and declared a “sexually violent predator.” Now in an effort to clear his name and after Cosby being jailed only since September in the SCI Phoenix prison in Pennsylvania, his lawyers are seeking a new trial. They are declaring that the original trial contained errors that should allow Cosby a new hearing.

    According to Page Six, the trial judge involved in the original hearing, Steven O’Neill, was guilty of 11 legal errors. Cosby’s lawyers are arguing that these mistakes should win Bill Cosby a new trial. Among these errors, Cosby’s lawyers are claiming that Montgomery County Court Judge Steven O’Neill allowed “additional accusers to take the stand against the sexual predator.”

    Cosby’s lawyers issued the following statement regarding the new trial request.

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    Charles Penn

    A former teacher from the Detroit area is facing felony charges for trying to solicit sexual acts from one of his students.

    Forty-one-year-old Charles Penn was previously working as an economics teacher at Harper Woods High School when the crime occurred in June this year, according to WWJ News Radio.

    On June 11, it is alleged that Penn was asked by a 15-year-old student in his class what she could do if she wanted to raise her grade for the subject. According to the charges against him, he responded by telling her that he would give her better marks if she agreed to perform sex acts on him.

    Unfortunately for him, but very luckily for her, another female student overheard the conversation, and corroborated the story with police. The police have stated that Penn, who lives in Southfield, has since “separated his employment with the Harper Woods School District.”

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    Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, at Buckingham Palace on July 11, 2017 in London, England

    According to a popular rumor about Queen Elizabeth II, she likes to cap off her evening by drinking an entire glass of champagne. However, a former chef to the queen has stepped forward to set the record straight once and for all about Queen Elizabeth’s drinking habits.

    The long-standing rumor is that the queen is partial to drinking a glass of champagne every day. It is also believed that she prefers the likes of Bollinger, Krug, Lanson, and Pol Roger for her nightly tipple. As well as her nightcap, there have been additional rumors that she also likes to partake in a gin cocktail, dry Martini, and a glass of wine daily. As the Express points out, that would equate to the queen drinking 28 units of alcohol a week, which is considered to be “double the recommended weekly allowance by the NHS.”

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    Donald Trump inauguration scandal

    The investigation by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York into Donald Trump, his business, and his 2016 presidential campaign reportedly did not end with the sentencing of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in a federal penitentiary on Wednesday, according to a blockbuster new investigation by the Wall Street Journal published on Thursday. The prosecutors are now probing the money raised by Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee, amid growing questions about where that money came from and how it was spent, the Journal reported.

    Trump collected a staggering $107 million in donations toward his January 20, 2017, inauguration, according to National Public Radio. That whopping sum is more than double the previous record, which was $53 million raised for the 2009 inauguration of then-newly elected President Barack Obama.

    But questions remain about where and how that $107 million was spent, and earlier this year, as New York Magazine reported, Trump’s inaugural committee continued its refusal to account for how that money was spent.

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    U.S. Border Patrol stops a group of immigrants.

    A 7-year-old immigrant girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock while in the custody of Border Patrol, sparking backlash against the agency and allegations of neglect.

    The girl died last week after she and family members illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in a stretch of New Mexico desert along with more than 100 others, the Washington Post reported. The group turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents and were taken into custody at 10 p.m. on December 6. The following day, at 6:25 a.m., the 7-year-old girl started to have seizures and emergency responders measured her temperature at 105.7 degrees.

    The girl was then rushed to the hospital, where she briefly went into cardiac arrest before being revived. But the girl remained unconscious and died within 24 hours of being taken into the hospital.

    An investigation revealed that the girl had nothing to eat or drink for several days.

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    Jerry Brown (L) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (R) as Brown's wife, Anne Gust-Brown (C), looks on back in 2011.

    There is some bad news coming out of California for the Republican Party.

    The chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, has left the Republican Party because she doesn’t like the direction in which the party has headed since Trump took over its leadership as the president of the United States. Although Cantil-Sakauye stopped short of directly blaming Trump for her decision to abandon GOP and re-register as a no-party-preference voter, as reported by Cal Matters, it was quite evident that the president had a big role to play.

    But it was with the confirmation of Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by Palo Alto professor Christine Blasey Ford, that Cantil-Sakauye decided to leave the party for good. It was the moment, she said, that actually sowed a seed of discontent in her mind and she had been asking the opinion of her husband and friends about quitting the party ever since.

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    A father holds his daughter's hands as she sits on his shoulders.

    According to a new study, having a school-aged daughter makes men less sexist, according to the Guardian. The research has important implications for how sexism develops, suggesting that gender stereotypes are not fixed from youth and that attitudes can develop over time.

    The research was carried out by the London School of Economics and supports the idea that men become more aware of the challenges facing women when they see their own offspring grow up – something known as the “mighty girl” effect.

    Dr. Joan Costa-i-Font, co-author of the research from the London School of Economics, commented on the study’s implications.

    “Basically we are saying there is scope for changing attitude later in life…It is not just that we find effects on attitudes; we find effects as well on behaviors, which is important because attitudes could be cheap talk, but behaviors are not.”

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    David Solomon of Goldman Sachs

    The former assistant to the chief executive of Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs stole more than 500 bottles of wine from his boss’ collection without the executive noticing and later committed suicide ahead of a court appearance. That’s according to an illuminating, and controversial New York Times story about the case that was published this week.

    According to the piece titled “The Wine Thief,” Nicholas DeMeyer was a character along the lines of Tom Ripley, the Patricia Highsmith literary character played by Matt Damon in the 1999 movie The Talented Mr. Ripley. A man of modest upbringing who grew up in Ohio, DeMeyer often lied about his history and background in order to ingratiate himself with the upper crust. In college, the Times reported, DeMeyer claimed falsely to be descended from German nobility.

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    Representative image of child suffering from sexual abuse.

    In what appears like a horrifying case of child abuse, an Alabama mom has been arrested for allegedly “performing a sex act on her 4-year-old son” and then sending the images to her male friend, according to the Foley Police Department.

    The Daily Mail reports that investigators who arrested Krystal Sanspree, 30, believe that she acted at the behest of her male friend, 32-year-old Corey Ashton Steele, who reportedly solicited the images. The pair now faces multiple child sexual abuse charges and could be set to spend a long time in prison for their ghastly crimes.

    The child remains safe in the care of Baldwin County Department of Human Resources but is likely to suffer from mental trauma because of the actions of his mother.

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    Border Patrol agents sit on horses on patrol

    After a 7-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala died of dehydration while in the custody of Border Patrol, video has resurfaced showing agents dumping water that humanitarian groups had left in the desert so that migrants do not die of thirst on their harrowing journey.

    Reports of the Guatemalan girl’s death surfaced on Thursday, with the Washington Post reporting that she and her family were taken into custody after crossing the border with a group of more than 100 migrants. Close to eight hours after the girl was taken into custody, she started having seizures and medical staff found that she had a fever of 105.7 degrees. The girl was airlifted to a hospital but later died of dehydration and shock.

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    A sign in Newtown, Connecticut, that reads "Sandy Hook school."

    Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of a mass shooting that took the lives of 20 young students and six administrators in 2012, was evacuated after a bomb threat was sent to the school on Friday, the anniversary of the deadly killings.

    Newtown, Connecticut, police announced at a press conference that the school received a phoned-in bomb threat around 9 a.m. on Friday morning. The threat was later verified to be not credible, but students were still sent home for the rest of the day, according to reports from CBS Boston.

    The threat comes six years to the date that a shooter entered the school building and killed 26 individuals, most of them very young children.

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    A judge's gavel sits on a desk.

    The Baylor University rape case may be over, but the fallout is just beginning. After a shockingly light sentence, public outcry over the ruling has reached a fever pitch — and could end up costing the judge who handed down the ruling his job.

    Jacob Anderson, 23, was charged with four counts of sexual assault on a 19-year-old sophomore. As reported by USA Today, Anderson was accused of raping her repeatedly at a Phi Delta Theta fraternity party back in 2016. Anderson was fraternity president at the time.

    Although prosecutors recommended a much harsher sentence, Judge Ralph Strother accepted a plea deal on Monday that reduced the charges to unlawful restraint. Anderson will now have to go through deferred probation, counseling, and a fine. He is not required to register as a sex offender, and the charges could eventually be dismissed so long as he does not violate his probation.

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    Proboscis monkey

    December 14 isn’t just any ol’ day on the calendar. It’s World Monkey Day!

    This unofficial holiday was created by art students Eric Millikin and Casey Sorrow in 2000, according to Guinness World Records. They incorporated adorable primates into their comic artwork and even more people started falling in love with the long-tailed, tree swinging creatures.

    This anniversary was quickly adopted by animal lovers and conservationists who have taken advantage of the day to bring a greater awareness to endangered primates and celebrate these intriguing simians. Here’s a snapshot of five amazing monkeys to help jumpstart your celebration on World Monkey Day.

    Japanese macaque

    Considered Old World monkeys, these fantastical animals live in the mountainous region of Japan. Many believe that monkeys live in warm climates, but the Japanese macaque endures cold winters where the temperatures can plummet as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit. They do enjoy going for a dip in natural hot springs where the water can reach a balmy 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Mandrill

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    Yellow tape with black lettering that reads, 'Police line do not cross.'

    A skeleton that was found in a Long Island home’s basement back in October has finally been identified. George Carroll, a Korean War veteran, disappeared almost 60 years ago, according to People. But now his remains have been found — and investigators have a whole bunch of questions.

    The remains were uncovered in October in the family home of George Carroll. His son, Michael Carroll, had been investigating his father’s disappearance for some time. After working with paranormal investigators and psychics to learn the truth of what happened to his father, he tried a more scientific approach.

    Specialized tools were used to scan the entirety of the basement floor of his house in Lake Grove. When the results came back, they showed a skeleton buried five feet underground. The skeleton appears to be perfectly intact, raising even more questions about how it came to be there.

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    Donald Trump Jr.

    Thursday’s guilty plea by admitted Russian agent Maria Butina, as the Washington Post reported, and the 30-year-old Russian’s agreement to tell federal prosecutors everything she knows about Russia’s plan to influence the 2016 presidential election, “bodes ill” for one person in particular, according to a high-ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigating Russian election interference. That person is Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

    “Butina’s plea represents the first Russian convicted & cooperating in the Mueller probe. Devastating news for President Trump & the NRA — Butina may know details of whether & how the Russians funneled money into the 2016 campaign to help elect Trump,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal wrote on his Twitter account Thursday. “Butina’s cooperation bodes especially ill for Trump Jr., who spoke with her handler, Alexander Torshin, at the NRA convention. She may have facts that raise questions about his truthfulness when he spoke about Russia before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

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