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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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    Image of a chalk outline in a police investigation

    New York City really is having a silent night — or. more precisely, a silent week — as there have been no reported homicides for five days straight. In addition, the yearly murder rate is also down slightly from last year, giving New York City the opportunity to see out the year with 300 murders or less.

    According to the New York Daily News, there has not been a murder in New York City since Friday, December 21. Lewis Shamberger, 32, was shot once in the back on Friday at E. 169th St. and Boston Road in the Bronx at approximately 12:55 a.m. Shamberger was taken to Lincoln Hospital but was later pronounced dead. This case remains unsolved and police have released surveillance video of “a person of interest fleeing the scene.” They have requested assistance from the public in the matter.

    However, since then, and in the lead up to Christmas, it has been relatively quiet for the NYPD in a city which has over 8.5 million people.

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    Border Patrol agents process migrants.

    Just days after ICE agents dropped close to 200 migrants at a bus stop in El Paso with no plan for where they would eat or sleep, the agency is leaving another 522 migrants at various sites around the city — though this time with a more solid plan for their care.

    On December 23, the federal agency unexpectedly left nearly 200 migrants at a Greyhound bus station downtown, generating a significant backlash and calls for immediate reform from non-profit groups that help these migrants. As CNN reported, the agency heeded the advice and on Wednesday left more than 500 migrants at “hospitality sites” around the city where charity groups had arranged to care for them.

    “No one is going be released on the streets,” said Ruben Garcia, head of the city’s Annunciation House, a group that works with migrant families. “It is a planned and orderly release to specific hospitality sites that are ready to receive them.”

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    U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn of the White House after returning on Marine One from their surprise trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq to visit troops, on December 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Donald and Melania Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq on Wednesday, where they personally thanked the troops for their “service, success, and sacrifice,” per a White House statement quoted by BBC News. One moment during the visit — a “rare public display of affection” between the president and the first lady — stood out to some observers, including a body language expert who commented that the kiss had some awkwardness to it.

    Speaking to U.K. publication the Express, Judi James explained that Donald and Melania Trump’s cheek kiss during their public appearance for the troops marked a “rare event” for the couple to share a smooch. She stressed that the kiss was “awkward and lacking in symmetry” due to the varying styles used by the president and the first lady.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks before signing the Agriculture Improvement Act during a ceremony in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building December 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Just hours after a report attempted to shed light on President Donald Trump’s medical exemption from the Vietnam War draft, a biographer who wrote a book about the president in 2015 spoke to CNN, claiming that he never saw any proof of the bone spurs that allegedly prevented Trump from serving in Vietnam in the late 1960s.

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    President Donald Trump signs a "Make America Great Again" hate during his 2016 presidential campaign on April 15, 2016.

    President Donald Trump surprised the world yesterday when he made his first visit to a war zone, but according to CNN, some of the troops may have violated military rules.

    On Wednesday, December 26, President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania made a surprise visit to U.S. Troops in Iraq after being subject to some backlash for being the first sitting president not to do so during the Christmas holiday.

    He was received with a warm welcome by troops, with reports and video footage showing service members getting autographs from the president on his signature “Make America Great Again” hats that became popular during his 2016 campaign, and now don an embroidered patch reading “Trump 2020.”

    And while the autographs seem to have been exciting momentos for service members in the moment, it seems that the request for them by military personnel may have been in violation of guidelines for political activities set by the Department of Defense.

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    A pair of hands grip prison bars as an individual stands behind them.

    Should violent offenders under the age of 18 be subjected to life sentences without parole? One case could test the limits of such actions.

    A 16-year-old teenager in South Carolina faces the very real possibility of being sentenced to life in prison — without the possibility of parole — for a series of crimes he committed two years ago.

    Jesse Osborne pleaded guilty earlier this month to a shooting incident in which he murdered two individuals. The first was his father, who Osborne shot in his home. The second was a 6-year-old student at an elementary school that Osborne had previously attended, per reporting from ABC News.

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    Michael Cohen

    One of the most explosive allegations in the “Steele Dossier,” the private intelligence file alleging deep ties between the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russia, may have moved a step closer to confirmation on Wednesday, when a new investigative report appeared to place Trump’s then-lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen in Prague, Czech Republic, at a crucial moment during the campaign.

    A signal from Cohen’s personal cell phone was detected by foreign intelligence agencies in the late summer of 2016, as the signal “briefly” was relayed through a cell tower in Prague, according to the Wednesday McClatchy News report that cited “four people with knowledge of the matter.”

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    donald trump

    Donald Trump told troops in Iraq that he had given them a 10 percent pay raise, a statement that is not factually true, according to NBC News. He also told them that he gave them their first pay increase in 10 years, when in fact they’ve gotten pay increases each year for the past several decades.

    Over the Christmas holiday, Trump and first lady Melania made a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq, his first visit to American troops in an active combat zone in his presidency. The visit was well-received by the troops, who shook hands with the president, posed for pictures with him, and even received signed “Make America Great Again” hats (which may have been a violation of military rules, according to this Inquisitr report).

    One particular statement that got Trump plenty of cheers from the troops was his remark that he had secured a 10 percent pay raise for them.

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    elon musk

    Elon Musk has asked a California court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him filed by a British diver whom Musk had called a “pedo.”

    As BBC News reports, the South African businessman and inventor is being sued for defamation by Vern Unsworth, a British diver, over remarks Musk made during the summer of 2018.

    At the time, 12 Thai boys – members of a youth soccer team – and their coach were trapped inside the Tham Luang cave system. The boys had gone exploring in the cave after practice and had gotten trapped inside due to rising flood waters. Rescuers were faced with a host of difficulties, including tight spaces and technically-difficult traverses that would test even the most experienced of divers – and all of the boys and their coach were not experienced scuba divers. In fact, most of them couldn’t swim at all.

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    Donald Trump

    Staffers and producers on the long-running NBC TV reality show The Apprentice were shocked when viewers took the show’s star, Donald Trump, seriously as a successful businessman — so seriously that after 14 seasons on the show, Trump launched a campaign for president of the United States and won. In fact, according to a new exposé published in the January 7 issue of New Yorker magazine, Trump — who had already filed for multiple bankruptcies before the show made him a media star — was so disorganized that he was often unprepared to appear on his own show.

    “At the end of each episode, Trump determined which competitor should be ‘fired.’ Trump was frequently unprepared for these sessions, with little grasp of who had performed well,” New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe reported. “Sometimes a candidate distinguished herself during the contest only to get fired, on a whim, by Trump.”

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    Filipino Troops Battle ISIS Militants In Marawi City

    There is video evidence that shows an American bitcoin trader and his business partner loading a box with the naked body of his girlfriend into a taxi and then dumping the box in a nearby river in Manila, Philippines.

    The Daily Mail says that Troy Woody, Jr., 21, has been arrested for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, Tomi Michelle Masters, placing her naked body in a box with the help of his business partner, Mir Islam, and then transporting the box in a taxi before dumping it in the Pasig River.

    Woody, Masters, and Islam had been in Manila on an extended stay when reportedly, Masters wanted to return home to Indiana, and the couple had a falling out. Both men were arrested after a video surfaced of them “throwing a box” into a taxi they called by using an app on Woody’s phone.

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    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's mugshot released by the FBI

    The Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, 2013, saw three people killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 260 others injured. One of the two men responsible, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has just announced on Thursday that he will be appealing the death sentence he was handed after a lengthy trial.

    As reported by Reuters, Lawyers for Tsarnaev, 25, argued in a 500-page brief filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that the decision of the lower-court judge not to move the trial to a different city that had not been directly affected by the bombing meant their client did not receive a fair trial.

    Within the brief, the attorneys admitted their client’s guilt with regard to his part in the bombing, which he carried out with his now-deceased older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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    A ginger cat sniffs at dried catnip

    Cat owners everywhere have given their beloved pets catnip at one point or another. Some cats react to the catnip by rolling around or by having a sudden burst of activity thanks to the herb. In fact, the substance is even used in a lot of toys marketed towards cats in an effort to make them more appealing. However, while your cat’s reaction to catnip may be funny to watch, an expert is now warning cat lovers away from giving their pets this herb.

    Debra Merskin, a professor at the University of Oregon, is warning animal owners who give their cats catnip that it is an unethical decision for their pets, according to her opinion piece on the matter via The Conversation.

    According to Merskin, catnip “induces changes in cat behavior.” Studies have shown that approximately 70 percent of cats are affected by catnip. And of those cats affected, it creates a “five- to 15-minute marijuana- kind of effect.”

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    Richard Overton at a ceremony honoring veterans.

    Richard Overton was 36-years-old when he enlisted in the Army and joined an all-black engineer aviation battalion that brought him to the Pacific theater of World War II, including time in Pearl Harbor.

    Overton, the oldest known World War II veteran, died this week after being hospitalized for pneumonia. The Austin, Texas, resident was also the oldest living man in the United States, KUT reported.

    As he made it past 100 and then 110, Overton attracted national attention and gave interviews about his experiences in World War II. Overton said he considered himself lucky to be able to come home in one piece.

    “I didn’t get no scratch on me,” he told NPR in a 2015 interview. “I’m glad I’m back home, and I’m glad I didn’t get like some of the others. Some got their arms off. Some got their leg off. Some lost their body. Some lost their soul.”

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    Christina El Moussa

    Christina El Moussa has been accused of sucking up to Joanna Gaines in order to elevate her career as a real estate and interior design guru. In an article by OK! Magazine, an anonymous source claims that El Moussa has been overly friendly to Gaines because she wants to be a part of Chip and Joanna’s new network with Discovery Inc. Her overtures to the superstar couple have reportedly included nice notes and gifts for the Gaines’ new baby.

    But celebrity news fact checker Gossip Cop has said that the story is untrue.

    “Ever since news broke that Joanna and Chip are getting their own network, Christina’s been kissing up to her in hopes that Joanna will put in a good word with Discovery execs, and maybe even involve her in one of her new spinoffs,” the alleged insider said to OK! as reported by Gossip Cop.“Christina sees how Joanna’s popularity has risen and she wants a piece of it.”

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    President Trump Returns After Trip To Al Asad Air Base In Iraq

    If Donald Trump tunes into Fox News to feel a sense of support in his recent decisions to proclaim victory over ISIS and speak to the troops in Iraq of his achievements instead of theirs, he might have to find a new network to watch. On the Fox show Outnumbered, more than one host had issues today with the way Trump comported himself when spending time with the servicemen and women overseas.

    The Daily Beast says that while the president still has supporters, most of the hosts on Outnumbered could not support some of the things he said when speaking to the troops in Iraq and Germany. Contributor Julie Banderas particularly had a problem with Trump telling the troops that, “We’re no longer the suckers, folks.”

    “I would never consider us, as a country, as the United States, ‘suckers.’ We have always led the fight in every major war. Military men and women, I believe, deserve way more respect than that.”

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    Image of Antarctica

    A Yale graduate from Portland, Oregon, has just defied the odds and completed the first unassisted solo trek across Antarctica. Colin O’Brady may not have been the first person to attempt this task, but he is now making the record books for proving that it could be done.

    According to the New Haven Register, O’Brady is the first person to “traverse Antarctica alone, unassisted in any way by wind or with additional supplies.” The solo trek covered 930-miles (1,500-kilometers), a lot of which was nearly entirely uphill. Colin managed this task in 54 days, according to his Instagram account, starting the trek on November 3.

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    Image of a woman behind bars

    A transgender woman who is currently serving a 10-year sentence for burglary in an Illinois prison has been granted a rare transfer to a female prison after she alleged abuse against her person. Deon “Strawberry” Hampton, 27, was only granted the move after a yearlong legal battle with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).

    According to ABC News, Hampton “requested the transfer on grounds she’d be less vulnerable to the sexual assault, taunting and beatings she was subjected to in male prisons.” Federal lawsuits had been filed on Hampton’s behalf by the MacArthur Justice Center and the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago as she battled resistance from the IDOC.

    Hampton, from Chicago, was moved in the last week from an all-male prison in Dixon, in northern Illinois, to the women’s Logan Correctional Center in central Illinois. The IDOC released a statement on the matter on Thursday insisting that that had “carefully considered Hampton’s housing placement before making the transfer.”

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    An ambulance leaves a crime scene where seven people were shot on July 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

    An Alton, Illinois, woman has been charged with the involuntary manslaughter of her teenaged daughter after hiding the child’s diabetes from the treating hospital. Amber Hampshire called 911 when her 14-year-old was unresponsive at home, and she died of diabetic ketoacidosis two days later.

    The Daily Mail reports that Emily Ikue-Rose Hampshire passed on November 3 after dying as a result of her diabetes, which her mother concealed from the doctors at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

    “The charges allege that Amber unintentionally killed her daughter, Emily Ikue-Rose Hampshire, 14, who died on November 3 from, by committing acts which were likely to cause death or great bodily harm.”

    Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons explains that the child’s medical condition was “entirely treatable” and called this case heartbreaking.

    After a search of the home turned up the child’s insulin and syringes, a warrant was ordered for the mother’s arrest.

    ‘There is substantial evidence to show she intentionally concealed the disease.”

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    U.S. President Donald Trump makes a video call to service members from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard stationed worldwide in the Oval Office at the White House December 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump retweeted a post from January, 2011, from his predecessor, Barack Obama, and said that he “totally [agrees]” with the former president’s nearly eight-year-old tweet about tackling the illegal immigration problem “once and for all.” While the retweet ostensibly appeared to be part of Trump’s ongoing series of posts calling for support for his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall, many Twitter users reportedly saw things differently and accused the president of trolling Democrat lawmakers opposed to the project.

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