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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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    Hands holding a housing model.

    The current housing situation in the Bay Area of California is proving to be a task that even Habitat for Humanity says it is failing to mend, reports the Mercury News.

    Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is an international, non-governmental, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1976. The organization is devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing, and is a self-described “Christian housing ministry.” The organization has addressed issues of low-income housing all over the world.

    Now, Habitat for Humanity says that they “can’t raise money fast enough to cover the gap between what very low income residents can pay and the actual cost of providing homes” in the Bay Area of California. Even though the work is done with a slew of volunteers, the organization is still coming up short — and this is allegedly due to the housing crisis in the area.

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    Kim Kardashian West poses on the red carpet.

    It looks like four is the magic number — at least as far as Kim Kardashian is concerned. The reality star just announced that she is expecting her fourth child with husband Kanye West via surrogate, and according to People, it will be the final child for the West-Kardashian family.

    A source close to the family spoke with People about the planned baby, and while the family is excited to be expanding again, the couple has apparently decided that this fourth child will be their final addition.

    “Kim has always wanted four kids,” the source said. “She talks about it all the time. She likely won’t have any more after this.”

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    daniel taylor's mugshot

    A Florida man was caught on video allegedly assaulting two McDonald’s employees in what appears to have been a racially-motivated incident, the Washington Post is reporting. For reasons that remain unclear, the dutiful employees continued to take the man’s order even after the alleged assault.

    Daniel Taylor, 40, is behind bars following the New Year’s Eve dispute. Witness Brenda Biandudi said she stopped by a St. Petersburg McDonald’s at about 6:50 p.m. only to find the place empty but for some workers and a single customer – allegedly Taylor.

    According to Biandudi’s account, Taylor was upset about the lack of straws in the lobby. As it turns out, St. Petersburg had recently passed a law prohibiting straws at city businesses unless the customer specifically asks. And although the law doesn’t go into effect until 2020, that particular McDonald’s location apparently wanted to get ahead of the curve.

    It didn’t sit well with Taylor, who allegedly berated a cashier.

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    Police tape and flashing sirens outside of a crime scene

    A 14-year-old boy is facing murder charges in Houston after he allegedly threw eggs at a motorist who flashed a gun, leading to a high-speed chase that ended in the death of a motorist.

    Police say the 14-year-old was behind the wheel of a GMC Acadia SUV with two other juveniles inside. As NBC News reported, the group were throwing eggs at passing motorists when one of them pulled a semi-automatic handgun and chased the boys. The 14-year-old allegedly sped through a busy commercial street, running a red light and striking a Ford pickup truck, killing the woman who was driving.

    The victim was identified as 45-year-old Silvia Zavala, who was declared dead at the scene of the crash. Police said it appeared she had just gone shopping, and pictures of the crash showed both crumpled cars in a ditch directly in front of a shopping center.

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    Yellow crime scene tape with police lights flashing in the background

    Jazmine Barnes was on an early morning coffee run with her mother on Sunday morning in Houston when another vehicle drove up to them and shot into the car, hitting the 7-year-old girl in the head. She was killed instantly by the bullet, leaving her family and the community in shock.

    Since the horrific crime, police in Harris County have been scrambling to piece together a myriad of tips that have streamed in, but Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that none of the tips have proved fruitful enough to catch the culprit, according to a report by CNN. Gonzalez said that the department is thoroughly vetting each tip to ensure the correct person is taken into custody.

    “We want to make sure that we get the right person as quickly as possible,” Gonzalez said. In an earlier interview, he said, “We want to make sure we get this violent, heinous killer off our streets.”

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    Recording artist Usher attends the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    A man accused of posing as a realtor in order to steal millions of dollars worth of goods from celebrity homes in Los Angeles has been arrested, police announced on Wednesday. Benjamin Eitan Ackerman allegedly robbed several homes in the Hollywood Hills belonging to celebrities like Usher, Adam Lambert, and Real Housewives star Dorit Kemsley over a series of months starting in 2017, E! reveals.

    According to police, 32-year-old Ackerman would find homes for sale and pose as an interested buyer or realtor. He would show up well-dressed and act the part, all while examining the home with the goal of nabbing high-end products later.

    “Ackerman targeted high-end celebrity homes that were for sale, or were being shown during open house appointments,” Los Angeles Police Department Captain Cory Palka said in a news conference on Wednesday.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump (L) leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including (2nd L-R) acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. A partial federal government shutdown entered its 12th day as Trump and House Democrats are at an impasse over funding for border security, including the president’s demand for $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    A new report from CNN has multiple sources from inside the Pentagon criticizing President Donald Trump’s demands to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, with one official telling the news outlet a 120-day timeline presented was “trying to please the President and not get everyone killed.”

    President Trump has few to no supporters in his Department of Defense for his decision to pull 2,000 U.S. troops out of the country, where they have been fighting since 2015 with a coalition of regional forces to wipe out ISIS. As reported by the Inquisitr, his decision to withdraw from the area came following a phone conversation with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, although President Trump has made ending U.S. participation in Middle East wars a regular rallying cry since his 2016 election campaign.

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    Mexico

    Alejandro Aparicio Santiago was looking forward to making a difference as he assumed his new role of mayor in Tlaxiaco, a town in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. But he only served two hours on the job before he was shockingly removed from office after being assassinated by an unknown posse of men.

    The newly sworn-in mayor was on his way to his very first official meeting at Tlaxiaco’s city hall when a group of gunmen took aim. After he was gunned down, Santiago was transported to a nearby hospital but could not be saved and died there. Not only was the mayor murdered, but four other people were injured in the ambush outside City Hall. According to the New York Post, Santiago was a member of the National Regeneration Movement.

    María Ascención Torres Cruz, another politician belonging to the party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was tragically killed Sunday in the state of Morelos.

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    Smithsonian Forced To Close Museums And Zoo As Government Shutdown Continues

    As of today in Washington, D.C., all of the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed to the public due to the federal government shutdown. When people showed up for a museum or zoo visit today, they found signage which explains that due to the government shutdown, the buildings and zoo are closed.

    The Daily Mail says that both the Smithsonian and the National Zoo were able to stretch their funding into the new year, but they ran out of money today. Zoo fans are doubly disappointed when they went online to check out the panda cam only to find out that it too has been turned off (but zoo staff assures the public that the animals are being fed and cared for during the shutdown).

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    Crime scene tape saying do not cross

    A teenager from Georgia committed suicide after accidentally killing his friend while trying to show off a loaded handgun. The tragedy took place on December 31, 2018.

    After an investigation, police have identified the Georgia teenager as Devin Hodges, 15, who shot himself dead. According to an article by ABC News, the incident happened on New Year’s Eve when Hodges brought a loaded gun to a make-shift backyard shed in the neighborhood where he met three of his friends. While he tried to flaunt the gun, it went off and hit his 17-year-old friend, Chad Carless. The wound turned out to be fatal.

    Upset and worried after killing his friend, eyewitnesses told police that Hodges fled from the scene and wandered a few houses down the neighborhood before entering a random backyard and shooting himself dead with the same gun.

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    : The University of Georgia Bulldogs mascot, Uga VI, rests on a refreshingly cool bag of ice during the during the Nokia Sugar Bowl game

    A fight broke out at this week’s Sugar Bowl game between the University of Texas and the University of Georgia, but it wasn’t between players and it wasn’t in the stands, but instead, it was between the animal mascots from each school, and it has become the viral video of the week.

    CBS News reports that all was fine until UT’s longhorn steer mascot, Bevo, decided to charge Uga, the University of Georgia’s bulldog. Luckily, sports reporter Danny Davis had his phone out and captured the skirmish, or else fans everywhere might have missed it when Bevo decided he needed to take out poor Uga on the side of the field about an hour before the Sugar Bowl kick off.

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    Front entrance to a Church of Scientology

    A member of the Church of Scientology in Sydney, Australia, has been stabbed to death outside the church by a 16-year-old youth.

    As reported by CNN, the teenage boy has been arrested after stabbing one man in the neck and slashing at another on Thursday outside the Australian headquarters of the religious organization, the Advanced Organization Saint Hill Scientology.

    The attack occurred when the two victims were escorting the boy off the premises of the church. He reportedly pulled a kitchen knife out of his pocket and attacked them both. Police believe there was a “domestic incident” inside the church on Wednesday that led the men to their attempt to remove him from the building on Thursday.

    “He was being escorted out, being walked out, and for some reason, he’s removed a knife and caused the injuries that resulted in this tragedy,” North Shore Police Detective Chief Inspector Simon Jones alleged.

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    Donald Trump

    In what could prove a game-changer for the second half of Donald Trump’s four-year term, incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said in an interview aired Thursday that a Justice Department policy saying a sitting president must not face criminal indictment may not be correct, strongly implying that Trump could be indicted while still in the White House, according to a report by the political news site Axios.

    Pelosi’s statements in the interview make her the highest-ranking and most powerful government official to even suggest that Trump could face an indictment before he leaves office, according to MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin, writing on Twitter.

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    stock photo of a man putting his palm to his forehead

    A Trump supporter was caught on video Thursday morning, failing to understand that the president can’t simply fire members of the opposing party. Said supporter then got confused, and clammed up when reminded of his mistake.

    As Raw Story reports, Fox & Friends stopped by a diner outside of Indianapolis to talk about how regular Americans are affected by the government shutdown. It should be noted that Indiana is rather thin on National Parks, a public sector organ that is apparently feeling the worst of the shutdown. Had Fox & Friends stopped by Utah or California, where National Parks are riddled with trash and human feces according to this Inquisitr report, and park workers are furloughed, they might have found a different attitude in the audience.

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    Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump

    In a press conference described by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz as “bizarre” and filled with “lies, ramblings and nonsensical rants,” Donald Trump on Wednesday stunned Israeli officials with his seemingly reckless remarks about the new role of Iran in the Syrian conflict, following the pullout of United States troops from Syria, Israeli media reported.

    Trump suddenly and unexpectedly announced on December 19 that he would order all U.S. troops in Syria withdrawn, as Inquisitr reported.

    But among their other functions in Syria, U.S. troops were intended to keep a check on Iran’s military activity inside of Syria. Iran sees Syria as the key piece in its plan to establish military and political dominance in the Middle East, as an analysis by the Atlantic Monthly magazine noted last year — a dominance that would pose a direct threat to Israeli national security.

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    Mitt Romney speaks to supporters during the Senate race on June 26, 2018.

    After penning a scathing op-ed piece criticizing President Donald Trump, incoming GOP Utah Senator Mitt Romney has faced a considerable amount of backlash, even getting a response from the president himself, who called on him to be a “team player” that should be “happy for all Republicans.”

    Most recently, Mediaite reported, Romney’s criticism has come from Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, who was exponentially harsher on the former presidential candidate than most regarding his piece in the Washington Post.

    Speaking during an airing of Lou Dobbs Tonight on the evening of Wednesday, January 2, Dobbs called the senator’s piece of writing “petty” and “small,” while saying Mitt Romney himself is “reprehensible.” As his guest Edward Rollins noted, Romney penned his piece before even being sworn into the Senate, compelling Dobbs to express his disbelief that the state of Utah elected a “creep.”

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    A group of students hold signs protesting for better gun control.

    On Wednesday, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issued a report on the Parkland school shooting — and said report suggested arming teachers as a way to prevent more tragedies. The findings were unanimously backed by the members of the commission.

    The report, which comes in at a whopping 485 pages according to Reuters, stated that arming gun-trained teachers could help in the event of another school shooting in the future. This has been a hot topic for debate across the country ever since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 14 students — and three adults — dead.

    “When you send your kids to school in the morning, there’s an expectation they’re going to come home alive in the afternoon,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualteri said in an interview. He believes that arming teachers will be a key component in stopping future school shootings.

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    Donald Trump appears in a suit.

    The Mueller report, when it is finally released, may reveal very little when it comes to information about Donald Trump that Congress can actually act upon, writes law professor Andrew Coan in a CNN op-ed piece. If that happens, it’s a contingency that neither Democrats and Republicans are likely to have prepared themselves for.

    For almost a year now, it’s been gospel amongst Democrats — and a quiet fear held by many Republicans — that the final Mueller report is going to ensnare Donald Trump in one way or another. The ever-expanding list of indictments, convictions, and prison sentences of people associated with Donald Trump seems to be pointing in that direction.

    But, says the University of Arizona law professor, Mueller is, in many ways, steering his legal ship into uncharted territory. The outcome of his investigation may not necessarily spell doom for Trump.

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    human trafficking

    Local parents and school staff members at Mexia Junior High School in Texas are reeling from recent accusations made about one of their own.

    The Freestone County Sheriff’s office arrested eighth-grade reading teacher Amber Michelle Parker, 37, after they discovered she had attempted to arrange for unknown men in Morocco to have intercourse with an underage female family member, the sheriff’s office stated.

    According to the Waco Tribune, the sheriff’s office and the McLennan County Sherriff’s Office responded to concerns expressed by family members about Parker’s intentions with the young girl. Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley disclosed that Parker was arrested for “trafficking of persons.”

    McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said family members suspected Parker had made arrangements to transport the child to Morocco where the pair would meet with men. There, the girl would have been forced to engage in relations with them, PEOPLE confirmed.

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    A judge slams down a gavel

    John Litchfield was long suspected of killing the husband of his mistress but will never face justice after dying of mad cow disease in a nursing home.

    The 70-year-old was suspected to be responsible for the 1988 killing of Harold “Skeeter” Lyerla, who was stabbed to death by a landscaper named Victor Perea. As the Houston Chronicle reported, police had long suspected that Litchfield was responsible for the slaying and even kept the case open while investigating both Litchfield and his lover, Cynthia Knox, but he was never charged.

    Litchfield had died in July after falling ill at a nursing home, the report noted. A medical examiner this week confirmed that he had been suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, commonly referred to as mad cow.

    For Lyerla’s family members, it was a disappointing end.

    “I wanted him in prison,” Lyerla’s sister, Linda Pickarts, told the Houston Chronicle. “He escaped justice here on Earth, but he’s getting his justice now.”

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