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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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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a surprise visit to the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House with representatives of National Border Patrol Council on day 13 of a partial government shutdown January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    One day after being spotted with the “Sanctions are Coming” poster he originally shared on Twitter late last year, President Donald Trump doubled down on the Game of Thrones references on Thursday afternoon, taking to Instagram to post a similar image, this time with the words “The Wall is Coming” on the bottom of the photo.

    As previously reported by publications such as USA Today, Trump’s first cabinet meeting of the new year was noteworthy for the Game of Thrones-inspired “Sanctions are Coming” poster laid out in front of the president. While Trump did not directly mention the poster when members of the press got to cover the meeting, the fact that he brought it with him drew attention of many, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper commenting that the president should have been more creative by “[coming] up with a fake movie title” to match the “fake” poster, as quoted by The Hill.

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    Image of a yacht at sea

    When California’s Abby Sunderland had to give up her round-the-world sailing trip, her yacht had to be abandoned when it capsized. Now, it has finally been located by a tuna spotter off the Australian coast.

    According to NBC News, Abby’s “heart skipped a beat” when she heard the news that her yacht had been located. It was confirmed by South Australia Police on Wednesday that her vessel, Wild Eyes, had been “found drifting 12 miles south of Kangaroo Island on Monday.” Images released by South Australia Police show the vessel heavily encrusted with barnacles and still upturned.

    The discovery was made by a tuna spotter as it flew over waters near Kangaroo Island.

    “We got a boat called the Silver Image which works for our company to come up and have a look, to make sure there was no-one on it or anything like that,” said Peter Stevens, a colleague of the person who first sighted Wild Eyes, according to Australia’s ABC.

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    A copy of an IRS 1040 form at H&R Block.

    As the government ends its 13th day of being shutdown, the effects of its current state are becoming even more apparent. Hundreds of thousands of workers are going without pay for weeks, and national parks and museums across the country are unable to open, and that’s just a short list of the issues Americans have faced for the last two weeks.

    Now, with the beginning of a new year, the looming thought of a continued government shutdown that has no end in sight poses yet another threat. As noted by Business Insider, the IRS may not be able to issue tax refunds in a timely manner.

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    Anna and Lucy DeCinque with their shared boyfriend Ben Byrnes

    Anna and Lucy DeCinque look almost exactly alike but they have a bond that goes well beyond shared physical characteristics. The identical twins from Australia also share a boyfriend and their mother wants him to impregnate both of them, the New York Post reports. According to the Post, she wants her daughters to give birth at the same time.

    “Our mom’s actually convincing us to give birth naturally,” they said during an interview with Australia’s Today show before adding that it would put a lot of “pressure” on their boyfriend, Ben Byrnes, 35. “I don’t know how that’s going to work.”

    Dubbed the World’s Most Identical Twins, the DeCinque sisters also have a joint Instagram page which boasts over 30,000 followers. They also run a Youtube channel which they use to chronicle their fashion and beauty adventures.

    The sisters have previously revealed that if they had their way, they’d also share a husband. But polygamy is against the law in Australia.

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    A koala sitting on a branch in a tree

    Humans really don’t deserve dogs. Man’s best friend proves this time and time again, and a golden retriever in Strathdownie, Australia, gave another example of this recently.

    After a near-freezing cold night in September of 2018, 45-year-old Kerry McKinnon came out onto her porch to discover an incredible scene. Her 5-year-old golden retriever, Asha, has a tiny baby koala curled up in her fur, according to a report by Unilad.

    McKinnon was shocked by the scene, but was proud of her dog for keeping the joey warm. Knowing how cold it had been through the night, she is convinced that the little one would not have survived the night without her dog’s warm coat to cuddle up in. The temperature dropped to just 41 degrees that night.

    Experts believe the joey was separated from its mother during the night, and had wandered around, eventually seeing the dogs sleeping on the porch and realizing it could find warmth.

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    Military personnel prepare to march into the Houses of Parliament on January 26, 2015 in London, England. 120 military personnel from all three services were accompanied by the Band of the Grenadier Guards as they marched from Wellington Barracks to the Houses of Parliament. The march was led by Commander 102 Logistics Brigade Brigadier Darrell Amison, the final Commander of Joint Force Support for Operation Herrick and is their final march into their Houses of Parliament.

    A new advertising campaign from the British Army is raising eyebrows with its unconventional attempt to reach out to a younger generation. BBC News reports that the army’s latest recruitment posters utilize what are largely considered to be disparaging terms when describing their desired potential enrollees.

    “Me me me millennials,” one poster copying the famous “Your country needs you” posters from World War 1 reads. “Your army needs you and your self-belief.”

    Other ads say the army needs “Snowflakes” for their compassion, “Selfie Addicts” for their confidence, and “Binge Gamers” for their drive. Other names include “Class Clowns” and “Phone Zombies.” It’s a clever twist to gain attention, at a time when the British Army is struggling to recruit new soldiers. But as you’d expect, some of those younger millennials targeted by the advertising aren’t overly impressed by what they see as backhanded compliments.

    “Poor people: the army needs you and your economic vulnerability!” one Twitter user joked.

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    A doctor holding up a marijuana leaf

    With marijuana being legalized in more and more states as a result of voters across the country, controlling the use and abuse of the substance has quickly become a priority for lawmakers in the U.S.

    This includes, of course, determining how much is too much to be operating heavy machinery. As with alcohol, a legal limit should be slapped on marijuana usage to determine what the legal limit should be for people getting behind the wheel, according to a report by NBC News.

    Legislators are concerned that the once-illegal substance could cause havoc and create new public health risks the country hasn’t dealt with before, and are now testing how they can integrate marijuana into society smoothly. Unfortunately, that process is not proving all that easy.

    Neuroscientists and pharmacologists seem to be having a hard time pinning down exactly to what extent the drug causes impairment, or to find an appropriate way to measure it.

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    Candles outside a memorial

    The family of slain toddler Kayleigh Slusher is receiving $5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and county accused of failing to properly investigate allegations that the girl’s mother was abusive.

    The 3-year-old girl was tortured and murdered by her mother and mother’s boyfriend in 2014. The girl’s body was found partially frozen after being placed in a freezer in her mother’s apartment. As People magazine reported, the city and county of Napa, California, have agreed to each pay $2.5 million to Kayleigh’s father, Jason Slusher, and grandparents, Robin and Benny Slusher.

    Kayleigh Slusher’s death had garnered national attention at the time. Investigators found signs of horrific abuse, including 41 distinct injuries on the toddler’s body and a rupture in her small intestine that led to her death.

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    Image of a doctor hold up a 'flu season' sign

    The Southern Nevada Health District has revealed that a young child and two adults have died from influenza so far this flu season in Clark County. They are also suggesting that people who haven’t received the flu vaccine should do so, particularly if they fall into vulnerable categories.

    According to Fox 5 Las Vegas, Health District officials confirmed on Thursday that there had been three reported deaths accounted to this year’s flu season. A child in the 0-4 age group, as well as two adults in the 50-64 age group, have perished as a result of contracting the influenza virus. These are the first reported flu deaths for the current flu season.

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    Assateague Wild Ponies Make Annual Swim To Chincoteague Island

    The wild ponies of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands have grazed on the land of the barrier islands for centuries, but now the herd has been fighting a fungal disease some are referring to as swamp cancer. Over the last year, a number of horses have had to be euthanized, but now the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which manages the herd, has brought in a team of veterinarians to fight the disease.

    CNN says that with the colder weather, the disease that is striking down the beautiful wild ponies seems under control, but many are fearing the hot and humid weather when the swamp cancer seems to flare up as the organism which causes it grows and spreads on dead and dying grass and plants.

    Supporters of the herd are hoping for a vaccine which would prevent the disease and more effective treatments and ways of catching it early, which right now seems to be the key.

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    Police tape and sirens seen outside a crime scene

    Houston teenager Mohamad Nour Alajil is accused of fatally shooting a friend while the two were enacting a viral challenge known online as “No Lacking.”

    Police said the 18-year-old fatally shot 19-year-old Christian Johnson in December. As NBC News reported, Alajil had initially claimed that he shot Johnson in self-defense, but later told investigators that the two were taking part in what was known as the “No Lacking” challenge, where one person pulls a gun on another person and records the reaction. The other person often pulls a gun as well, stemming from the idea that no one should ever be “lacking” a firearm.

    In the December killing, both teens were armed. Police said Johnson pointed an AR-15 rifle at Alajil, who pointed a semi-automatic pistol back at the victim.

    In a court hearing this week, prosecutors claimed that Alajil’s gun accidentally discharged as he drew the weapon, killing Johnson.

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    Ivanka Trump speaks at Trump rally.

    Ivanka Trump has long been vocal about her passion to inspire and empower women, particularly those in the work force. She is kicking off 2019 with a bang as she prepares to launch her long awaited White House initiative focused on women’s economic development. The world-wide effort will work to empower women across the globe to reach their career goals. It will help to break aged stereotypes about women in the work force and provide them with an assortment of resources to build the career of their dreams, according to USA Today.

    The official launching of Ivanka’s project was initially set to take place next week. However, due to the chaos and uncertainty regarding the government shutdown, it has been put temporarily on hold, the White House said in a public statement on Monday. Several government leaders were expected to speak during the event, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

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    Robert Beausoleil will be paroled after 50 years in prison. He was a member of the infamous Manson family.


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    Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) votes for Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with her kids during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 03, 2019 in Washington, DC.

    Hours after Rashida Tlaib made history by becoming the first Palestinian-American to be sworn-in as a member of the U.S. Congress, the feisty young Democrat is in the news for using an expletive to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to the Daily Beast.

    Tlaib, along with Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, became the first female Muslims to be elected into Congress back in November, and yesterday Tlaib made history by becoming the first person to swear-in using a Quran instead of the traditionally used Bible by Christian members of the Congress. Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran was reportedly used for the purpose.

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    El Chapo being arrested.

    Sixty-four-year-old Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, otherwise known as “El Chapo,” is one of the most infamous drug cartel leaders of all time. He is the alleged leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel and is currently on trial in United States District Court for his suspected involvement in the smuggling of thousands of tons of illegal substances, conducting countless bribes, and other criminal activity. Who better to explain the inner-workings of the mind of such a notorious criminal than the son of one of his lieutenants? On Thursday, Vicente Zambada Niebla, 43-year-old son to “El Mayo” Ismael Zambada García, shocked the world as he betrayed his father’s organization in federal court, according to the New York Times.

    Zambada testified against Loera for a grueling five hours. He started at the beginning, detailing how he was groomed to become a leader in his father’s criminal activity at a young age.

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    stock photo of a boy swimming

    An 11-year-old Minnesota boy is credited with saving the life of a drowning neighbor, even as at least nine other adults stood around and did nothing to help, CNN is reporting.

    Advaik Nandikotkur was enjoying a day of swimming with his family at the indoor pool at their suburban St. Paul apartment complex. At some point, the family and the other pool users noticed that one swimmer had succumbed to the water. He was in the deep end, where the water was approximately eight feet deep, unconscious and floating with his arms stretched out.

    Advaik’s mother, Lalitha Mareddy, started asking for help from the several adult men who were there at the pool that day, but all protested that they couldn’t swim.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a surprise visit to the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House with representatives of National Border Patrol Council on day 13 of a partial government shutdown January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Even as all the media attention earlier this week was focused on Nancy Pelosi being elected the House Speaker, Donald Trump made sure to turn the cameras on himself when he announced a surprise press briefing for Washington journalists. But nothing of any significance came out from that briefing, leading journalists to conclude that the surprise briefing was a means by Trump to divert the attention from Pelosi — and the fact that Democrats have once again gained control of the House.

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    stock photo of a karate studio

    An North Carolina man allegedly tried to kidnap a woman and, when she broke free, chased her on foot — all the way to a karate studio. He quickly realized that was a major mistake, CNN reports.

    Randall Ephraim, the head instructor of Charlotte’s Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo, said that he and a few adult students were cleaning up for the night recently when a woman ran into the building, saying that she needed help.

    According to WSOC-TV, the woman was walking down the street when a man she didn’t know tried to force her into his car. She fled on foot, and the man allegedly chased her. She made her way to the dojo, and he followed. That’s when things went quite sour for the man.

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    Baby in hospital.

    A woman who has been in a vegetative state since drowning over 10 years ago gave birth to a baby last month, Arizona’s AZ Family has reported. The unidentified woman — who was permanently residing at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix — was found moaning in her room prior to giving birth. Sources close to the incident said that no one in the facility knew that the patient was pregnant until her baby began to make its way into the world.

    Though the baby was born healthy, officials are now investigating the facility for the person who sexually abused the patient sometime last summer. According to AZ Family‘s source, multiple people had access to her room — including doctors, nurses, janitorial staff, and other facility employees.

    The source also revealed that changes to the facility’s protocol regarding female patients have been immediately implemented. Now, if a male staff member enters the room of a female patient, they need to bring a female employee with them.

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    Donald Trump embraces VP Mike Pence on stage during a campaign rally in Florida.

    As the partial government shutdown drags into week three with no end in sight, hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain without pay. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported, hundreds of senior officials appointed by President Donald Trump are poised to receive their annual raises of close to $10,000 a year.

    Scheduled to go into effect on Saturday, January 5, cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators, and Vice President Pence will be entitled to the pay bump without any legislation to stop it, a seemingly “unintended consequence” of the shutdown.

    In 2013, the Post reported, Congress enacted a law that put a cap on pay for top federal executives that has been annually renewed ever since, but after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill on December 21 leading to the partial shutdown, the pay freeze lapsed. This means that enormous raises that have accumulated over the course of the last five years will be added to paychecks issued as early as next week.

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