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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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    Donald Trump stands under an umbrella in the rain.

    On Tuesday, it was announced that Donald Trump’s charity foundation will be shutting down. The decision comes after it was alleged that the foundation has been misusing funds. According to BBC News, Barbara Underwood, the attorney general of New York, will supervise the distribution of the charity’s remaining funds.

    The Donald J. Trump Foundation is now under the control of Underwood, who will has stated that her office will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the foundation. The lawsuit is seeking $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.

    Additionally, Trump and his three oldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump — are all barred from serving on the boards of this or any other New York State charity.

    According to the agreement, the charity has 30 days to provide officials with a list of non-profit organizations that can accept the charity’s remaining money Once this has been fulfilled, the Organization will be dissolved under judicial supervision, headed by Underwood’s office.

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    For the first time ever, the United States has made it to Reporters Without Borders’ annual list of most-dangerous countries for journalists to work, The Hill is reporting.

    For as long as Reporters Without Borders has been compiling reports, the deadliest countries for journalists have, without fail, almost always been Asian, African, and Eastern European regimes. China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and similar places routinely make the list, while the U.S. has never been placed on it. Until now.

    In 2018, six journalists were killed in the line of duty in the U.S. That means that the United States ranks beneath Afghanistan, Syria, Mexico, Yemen and India, in that order, when it comes to the number of journalists killed in the line of duty in their countries.

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    Michael Flynn sentencing protest

    After a wave of protest from Donald Trump and his supporters claiming that Trump’s fired former national security adviser — who has pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia — was actually innocent, a federal judge on Tuesday told Flynn that, “Arguably, you sold your country out,” CNN reported.

    “I want to be frank with you, this crime is very serious,” United States District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn in court. “Not only did you lie to the FBI, you lied to senior officials in the incoming administration. All along, you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser to the President of the United States. That undermines everything this flag over here stands for.”

    Flynn has admitted to, as The New York Times has reported, secretly accepting $600,000 to represent the government of Turkey, serving as a foreign agent even while he was serving as Trump’s national security adviser.

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    Stock photo of a gun.

    The Trump administration has officially moved to ban so-called “bump stocks,” that is, devices that can be assembled onto a semi-automatic weapon in order to increase its rate of fire, WTTG-TV (Washington, D.C.) is reporting.

    On Tuesday morning, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed the new legislation, which will go into effect 90 days after it is added to the Federal Register, which is expected to happen on Friday. The bump-stock ban language will be added to an existing federal law that bans machine guns.

    The last time time the federal government tried to ban bump stocks was back in 2010, during the Obama administration. At the time, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agreed that the language in the proposed ban wouldn’t hold up Constitutionally, saying that “bump stocks” couldn’t be regulated unless — and until — Congress either changed existing gun laws, or wrote new ones.

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    A snow covered road with parked cars covered in snow.

    Weather researchers are warning that a polar vortex could hit North America over the festive period, bringing heavy snow and freezing conditions to the U.S. and to Canada.

    According to the Washington Post, experts believe there is a chance that the weather phenomenon — which usually sits over the Arctic Circle — could move south in the coming weeks. Such a weather pattern could presage a return of the extreme conditions that hit much of the United States in February and March of this year.

    It was Judah Cohen, a climate expert at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, who first warned of the risk in a Twitter post. He said, “Confidence is growing in a significant polar vortex disruption in the coming weeks. This could be the single most important determinant of the weather this winter across the Northern Hemisphere.”

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    A glass barrier separates customers from a bank teller.

    Paul McCowns had just completed his first three weeks of work at an electric company in Cleveland, Ohio, and was eager to cash his first paycheck. When he tried to do so, he found himself handcuffed in the back seat of a police vehicle.

    McCowns, who is black, is alleging that a Huntington bank branch in Cleveland racially profiled him and didn’t believe his paycheck was real. The amount for his three weeks of work exceeded $1,000, which he said they believed was too high for him to have earned, per a report from Cleveland 19.

    McCowns isn’t a customer at Huntington, but was trying to cash a Huntington-issued check from his employer. Per company protocol, McCowns voluntarily submitted two forms of photo ID and even allowed the bank to take his fingerprint.

    Even after that happened, the bank tellers were hesitant to cash the check.

    “They tried to call my employer numerous times,” McCowns recalled, but “he never picked up the phone.”

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    President Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office with Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence on December 11, 2018.

    President Donald Trump has a long list of things that bear his name, from hotels to presidential administrations, and now he is able to add animals to the group.

    As reported by TheGuardian, a newly discovered blind and burrowing creature has been officially given the name Dermophis donaldtrumpi, chosen by the head of the company EnviroBuild, a sustainable building materials company.

    The business bought the name rights for the creature at an auction sponsored by Rainforest Trust, paying $25,000 to give it its new presidential name that was inspired by Trump’s consistent denial of climate change.

    “Capable of seeing the world only in black and white, Donald Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax by the Chinese,” EnviroBuild’s co-founder Aidan Bell wrote in a statement on the company’s website on Tuesday, December 18, referencing the caecilian creature’s lack of eyesight.

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    A girl reaches out for a decoration hanging from a Christmas tree

    People are being urged to check their Christmas trees for walnut-sized lumps on their branches. However, there is no cause for alarm as these lumps are an indication of a praying mantis egg sac. However, having the egg sac hatch inside could mean that the resultant praying mantis will starve without a food source.

    According to the Sun, people who have bought real Chrismas trees are being advised to carefully check the branches for walnut-sized lumps, an indicator that a praying mantis has laid eggs on the tree and the affected branches will need to be removed.

    This warning had been issued last year as well but has been re-issued again this year. The walnut-sized mass can contain up to 200 praying mantis babies and, if left unattended, could hatch inside people’s homes.

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    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

    After a federal judge lashed out a Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in a Washington D.C. court Tuesday morning, even admonishing Flynn, “you sold your country out,” as the Inquisitr reported, Russia investigation Special Counsel may now set his sights on the two top Trump advisers who reportedly pushed Trump to hire Flynn — Trump’s own daughter and son-in-law Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

    According to a New Yorker report, Ivanka Trump commandeered a meeting of the Trump transition team over the objections of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was then heading the transition. She brought Flynn to the meeting unannounced at asked him, “General, what job do you want?”

    “It was like Princess Ivanka had laid the sword on Flynn’s shoulders and said, ‘Rise and go forth,'” another transition team member recounted, according to Newsweek.

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    U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban In 5-4 Decision

    Shaima Swileh received the long-awaited news today that she has received a waiver from the Trump travel ban to make the trip to the United States to say goodbye to her son who is on life support in Oakland, California. Swileh is currently in Cairo, Egypt getting the necessary visa to go see her toddler Abdullah Hassan who is dying of a rare brain disease.

    NBC News says that Swileh has been hoping to join her husband, Ali Hassan, a U.S. citizen in California, but the Trump travel ban has prevented her from getting a visa to be with her family.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a nonpartisan advocacy group, took up the family’s cause this week and raised the alarm as the child’s condition worsened. On Tuesday, the State Department granted Swileh a waiver, according to a tweet from CAIR.

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    IV solution in a child's patients hand

    A father in China fulfilled the wish of his 4-year-old cancer-stricken daughter, who wished to become a bride, by holding a special “wedding ceremony” in the hospital.

    According to a Daily Mail report, the little girl, identified as Yaxin, was diagnosed with an advanced stage of leukemia and could die within two months if she is not treated. Her father, Yuan Dongfang, however, said that he doesn’t have enough money for the treatment.

    Per local media reports, the heartbroken father said that his family has already spent all of their savings to save the child’s life and have even run into massive debts over the past two years.

    Dongfang told journalists that he has already borrowed around 400,000 yuan ($58,000) to pay hospital bills but doctors told him that further treatment would cost him approximately another 600,000 ($87,000).

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    Image of a gold glitter explosion

    A YouTuber has come up with an ingenious system to thwart porch pirates in the lead up to Christmas. Those that are daring enough to try to steal packages off Mark Rober’s porch will find themselves showered in glitter, covered in fart spray, and the whole event recorded.

    According to BBC News, the former NASA engineer and YouTuber, Mark Rober, has spent six months building the device after police were unable to investigate a case involving Mark when he caught thieves on his home surveillance system stealing items from his porch.

    “If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” Mark Rober said in the video he recorded on his new device.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at White House in Washington on December 15, 2018.

    Donald Trump has long maintained that he or his campaign had nothing to do with Russia. But when special counsel Robert Mueller proved that his campaign staff, including former lawyer Michael Cohen and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, had a lot to do with Russia, Trump tried to defend himself by claiming that he was not aware of their contacts with Russia.

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    A dying, elderly man left his neighbors Christmas presents for their 2-year-old daughter – for the next 14 years, BBC News is reporting.

    Owen and Caroline Williams of Wales had lived next door to an aged man named Ken for the past two years. The neighbors had developed a fondness for each other, and Ken (identified only by his first name) loved the family’s 2-year-old daughter Cadi, in particular. Her parents say their friend “doted” on the young lass.

    Needless to say, the family was devastated when Ken, who was in his 80s, died.

    However, not long afterward, on Monday night, Ken’s daughter showed up with a bag, said Owen.

    “She was clutching this big bag plastic sack and I thought it was rubbish she was going to ask me to throw out.”

    It wasn’t trash: It was Christmas gifts Ken had purchased for Cadi before he died.

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    .S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks at his ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House October 08, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the Supreme Court earlier this year was a troublesome one, has seen all 83 ethics complaints against him dismissed after a panel of federal judges concluded that Kavanaugh is no longer covered by the judiciary’s disciplinary process, according to BuzzFeed News.

    The 83 complaints against Kavanaugh were filed by various people at the time preceding his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Some of them claimed that Kavanaugh had not been entirely truthful in his defense of sexual assault allegations made by Palo Alto professor Christine Blasey Ford, while others said his histrionics while defending himself during the hearings and his fiery condemnation of Democrats showed bias and a lack of judicial temperament.

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    A California woman is behind bars after allegedly urging her 8-year-old daughter to crawl under a freight train. While the girl was under the train, it lurched forward, killing her, KABC-TV (Los Angeles) is reporting. The woman and her children were allegedly trying to cross the train tracks to catch a bus.

    Joy Frances Collins, 44, and her two children, an 8-year-old girl identified as Joyanna Harris, and a 9-year-old son, whose name has not been provided, were trying to get from their Fresno home to a bus stop. Witnesses say that the Collins was not at all concerned about a stopped Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on the tracks, encouraging the boy to crawl under the train to make it to the bus stop in time. But the girl was reluctant, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer tells KFSN-TV (Fresno).

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    Netflix

    The last thing Netflix customers want is their service to be canceled all because there was an issue with their billing information. There is no way they are about to miss the latest episode of their favorite flick because a credit card expired.

    So when Netflix customers receive a legitimate-looking Netflix email asking to update their current billing information, they are clicking on the link contained within the email and fixing the perceived problem.

    Except the official looking email is part of a phishing scam seeking to steal Netflix customers’ personal information. What’s funny is that the Solon, Ohio, police department happened to receive the very same email. They knew it was fake because the police department doesn’t have a Netflix account. Officers took to Facebook to warn Netflix customers about their concerns and share what had happened to them.

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    Bigfoot

    A Montana man who was out target shooting became the victim of a Bigfoot-related incident on Sunday. The victim was on public lands in Helena putting up targets when the shooter unloaded several rounds toward him. The 27-year old said one bullet landed 3 feet from his left foot, and another almost grazed him after whizzing by him on his right side.

    After seeking shelter, the man finally confronted the shooter, who advised that he thought the man was Bigfoot. When the victim responded that he was, in fact, not the legendary Sasquatch, the alleged shooter advised the target shooter to wear orange when out in the woods.

    “I thought you were Bigfoot. I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it,” the hunter told his victim, the Idaho Statesman reported.

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    A close-up of Donald Trump speaking.

    On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that the United States has triumphed over ISIS in Syria. According to the Hill, this update comes after outlets like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal separately reported that Trump is getting ready to pull over 2,000 U.S. soldiers from Syria.

    This move should come as no surprise as Trump has long indicated his intention to get the United States out of Syria. Reports indicate that the withdrawal is already underway in Syria and will progress rapidly.

    The United States will still have troops in Syria after the withdrawal, but their numbers and capabilities will be severely diminished. However, ground troops will be removed from the country as soon as is feasibly possible.

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    Tucker Carlson speaks into a microphone.

    On Tuesday, IHOP announced that it would no longer be advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight, joining the ranks of companies that are leaving the show. This move comes after host Tucker Carlson made comments that referred to immigrants as making America “dirtier.”

    According to Politico, the comments were made last week on Carlson’s Fox News show in regards to immigrants attempting to get into the United States. Carlson criticized the people being allowed in, claiming America needs more “scientists and engineers.”

    “Instead we’re getting waves of people with high school educations or less,” he said on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “Nice people, no one doubts that, but as an economic matter this is insane. It’s indefensible, so no one even tries to defend it. Instead, our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our country poorer and dirtier and more divided.”

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