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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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    Police lights flash outside a crime scene

    Police officer Keenan Wallace is under fire after a viral video showed him shooting a small Chihuahua mix dog after being called to a home for a report of an aggressive dog.

    The incident took place in Arkansas, where the Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the Shiloh Estates in the town of Conway for a domestic call. As Fox 16 reported, video of the incident showed Wallace fire his weapon at the dog, causing it to yelp and squirm in pain on the grass near his feet.

    Reports identified the dog, named Reese, as a Chihuahua mix that weighed less than 10 pounds. The dog was taken to a vet after the shooting and reportedly needed surgery for a shattered jaw. The dog is now expected to have a rough road ahead as it recovers from the gunshot wound.

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    Robert Houston's mug shot

    A 33-year-old Florida man was arrested a few days ago for one count of domestic battery after he attacked his father with a pizza slice.

    According to Fox 13 News, Robert Houston, of Pasco County, was arrested and charged with domestic battery after he admitted to striking his father in the face with a slice of pizza. The affidavit from the incident reveals Houston held his father down before proceeding to shove pizza in his face after learning his father had helped deliver him 33 years ago when he was born.

    The police report reveals that responding officers discovered the slice of pizza believed to be Houston’s weapon of choice sitting on a chair after they arrived and entered the residence. The cheese and sauce were found on the floor near the chair holding the slice of pizza.

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    An ambulance speeds down a street

    A 6-year-old girl was rescued by police after posting a picture of her dead father and unconscious stepmother on social media, prompting a worried family member from hundreds of miles away to contact police.

    The incident took place in southeast Michigan, where police say the 6-year-old girl was trapped in the home with her dead father and incapacitated stepmother, WKYT reported. The girl was able to snap a picture of the pair and share it online, leading to a phone call from a worried family member in Tennessee that brought officers to the home.

    Police say the young girl’s father died of a suspected drug overdose and believe that her stepmother suffered an overdose as well.

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    infant in car seat

    A mother trusted babysitter Marissa Tietsort to care for her 2-month-old baby while she was out. But the Wisconsin woman caused the baby in her care to die from blunt force trauma instead.

    The mother dropped off the baby at Tietsort’s home around 4 p.m. Two hours later, she received a strange text from Tietsort where she informed her that she had been highlighted by a local media outlet as someone who had been charged with child abuse in an unrelated case, reported ABC News.

    Tietsort then told the mom that she was not supposed to have any contact with children. She begged the mom not to tell anyone that she was caring for her son and her other child. Tietsort also is pregnant with her sixth child.

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    Prescription bottle of medical marijuana knocked over on table by other doctor tools

    The state of Michigan has issued a voluntary recall of medical marijuana-based products.

    According to Detroit Free Press, the marijuana products – including patches and tinctures manufactured by Choice Labs of Jackson, under the branding Mary’s, are under a voluntary recall.

    State officials express it is important to keep in mind the recall isn’t cause for concern, as the products are not necessarily dangerous or making people ill. The recall is voluntary because the products were not tested before they were released to the market to be sold to the public.

    This particular recall is noteworthy because it is the very first time the state has recalled marijuana-based products since they issued the very first medical marijuana business license last year.

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    Donald Trump in Rose Garden

    President Donald Trump is facing unexpected backlash after tweeted about something that he saw as a positive. Trump posted on Twitter that Americans have had their wages grow during his tenure by 84 cents, which many people don’t believe is anything to boast about.

    Raw Story says that on Saturday night, Trump took the time to tweet about what he thought was something to let Americans know.

    “The number of employed Americans has now set a 14th record under President Trump. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 84 cents, or 3.2%. Participation Rate hits Trump-Era High. And we will do even better with new trade deals and all else!”

    But if Trump thought that he was going to get positive responses on social media, he is likely rather disappointed after people pile on with criticism of the tweet itself and of Trump as president.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump (3rd L) speaks as Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (L), Vice President Mike Pence (R), House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (4th L) and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (2nd L) listen in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.

    Donald Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency if Democrats don’t acquiesce to his demands of funding $5.6 billion for his border wall, and while some scoffed at the idea when it was first reported, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith says Trump would be within his rights to do so. This admission from Smith might come as a concern, especially since a large chunk of the federal workforce has not been paid since the shutdown started weeks ago.

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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.

    Donald Trump’s impeachment has been a topic of some discussion over the last year, but high-ranking Democrats had made sure to refrain from that kind of talk. It is mostly Democrat activists and donors like Tom Steyer (he has funded the Need to Impeach campaign against Trump) that have considered his impeachment a serious possibility. But by and large, barring a few fringe Democrats in Congress, nobody within the Democratic Party advocated for Trump’s impeachment last year for fear of galvanizing his core base of supporters before the midterms.

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    eric black's mugshot

    Texas police have arrested Eric Black, Jr. in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes and charged him with capital murder, CNN is reporting.

    Barnes was shot and killed on December 30, as the Daily Beast reported last week, in the parking lot of a Houston Walmart. The girl and her family were sitting in their vehicle, minding their own business, when a red pickup truck pulled up to them and a gunman opened fire, shooting several rounds into the vehicle. Seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes was shot in the head and killed. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was injured, as was a six-year-old girl also in the car. Two teens in the car were not injured.

    Washington described the assailant as a “white man with no beard,” possibly in his 40’s, and police initially had little to go on but her description of the assailant and his vehicle. A week-long manhunt ensued, with celebrities and community activists coming to decry the senseless murder of a young child.

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    Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney with Vice President Mike Pence and former Defense Secretary James Mattis.

    Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, according to CBS News.

    Sweeney, a retired Rear Admiral from the U.S. Navy, returned to the Pentagon after a brief stint in the private sector. He announced that he would no longer be serving at the Pentagon.

    “After two years in the Pentagon, I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector. It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense.”

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    Sarah Sanders answers press questions.

    The recent partial government shutdown set in place by President Trump is currently breaking records as the third longest shutdown in history. Trump threatened a government shutdown if Democrats did not come to an agreement in regards to funding for the border wall. He followed through on his threat by initiating the shutdown at the end of December. Although the president has reported apparent progress being made towards a negotiation, Americans are not to expect an end to the shutdown anytime soon, according to Real Clear Politics.

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    Jared Kushner speaking with senator Rand Paul

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation caused tension in the White House as many members of the 2016 Trump Campaign were accused of collusion with Russia. Highly prominent political figures have come under fire as a result of the investigation, including Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen and his security adviser Michael Flynn. Recent updates regarding the investigation suggest that no one who was involved in the campaign should feel comfortable. Even if they haven’t faced formal accusations yet, they very well might be questioned in the future. The probe could even reach those closest to President Trump, including his son Donald Trump Jr. and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to Elite Daily.

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    A cyclist bikes on a grassy course

    Carl Grove took home a gold medal for a sprint cycling race at the U.S. Masters Track National Championship, but now the 90-year-old will have to return it after testing positive for a performance enhancing-drug.

    As BBC Sport reported, Grove had previously tested positive for epitrenbolone, an anabolic steroid classified as a performance-enhancing drug. The test prompted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to strip him of the title.

    Afterward, the USADA released a statement saying that the positive test showed that he had taken the steroid before the competition last summer.

    “Grove, 90, tested positive for epitrenbolone, which is a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone, as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on July 11, 2018 after setting a world record at the Masters Track National Championships. While investigating the source of his positive test, it was also determined that a supplement Grove was using prior to July 11, 2018 was contaminated with clomiphene.”

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    Donald Trump speaks at the UN

    Veteran journalist William Arkin has an idea for cable news networks — “Trump-free” days.

    The NBC News veteran said on Sunday that these news networks need to take a break from constant coverage of Trump’s constant controversies and divisive statements and focus more on actual reporting. In an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Arkin talked about what prompted him to write a scathing memo this week announcing his resignation from NBC News, saying the media did a poor job of looking more critically of America’s “perpetual wars.”

    Arkin said the media needs to focus more on actual policies and coverage and less on the “circus” that comes with Trump.

    “We need to have Trump-free days, we need to have actual investigative correspondents working on actual investigations, we need to have some courage to criticize the military and criticize the national security community,” Arkin said.

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    The Tinder logo is displayed on a smartphone screen.

    Three individuals have been charged by Toronto police for allegedly using the Tinder service to entrap a victim for the purposes of luring them into the sex trade. According to the Toronto Sun, police began investigating the charges early in December of 2018 after a woman came forward with some damning information.

    Claiming that she had begun dating a 23-year-old man over Tinder — and then was shortly threatened and harassed if she did not bow to his sexual demands — she spoke to police about the matter. A second unidentified female victim described to the police a rather disturbing situation which she had been subjected, and the Toronto Sun relays the details.

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    Overflowing garbage in a national park

    Members of a Muslim youth group gathered in rainy weather outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall this weekend, armed with gloves and plastic bags to pick up the garbage that had accumulated during the government shutdown.

    Across the country, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association showed up to national parks that have become overflowing with garbage as the federal government shutdown kept employees away. As CNN noted, members of the group picked up garbage and emptied overflowing garbage cans in parks from Florida to Ohio.

    The group’s leaders said they felt a civic duty to help keep the parks clean for visitors.

    “Service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam,” said Dr. Madeel Abdullah, the president of the youth group, in a press release.

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    A family picks out a Christmas tree

    One Virginia family got a very unwelcome Christmas surprise — hundreds of praying mantises.

    As ABC 7 reported, Molly Kreuze found more than 100 of the insects crawling on her walls and ceiling after having been smuggled into the home in the Christmas tree. As the report noted, the tree was hiding a brown egg-case in its branches, with the insects hatching some time during the holiday season and invading the home.

    The story garnered some national attention, with many sharing on social media and lamenting the family’s invasion of hundreds of bugs.

    The insects seem to have picked the right home, however. Kreuze is a veterinarian, so instead of squashing the insects or calling an exterminator, she decided to capture them so she can give them away to people looking for tiny pets. She has been feeding the insects a diet of fruit flies and keeping them while she finds a new home for all of them.

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    Julian Assange appears at the Ecuadorian embassy in London

    WikiLeaks doesn’t want reporters to claim that Julian Assange is a Russian agent or that he has bad hygiene, sending a list of 140 statements the organization does not want journalists to make about its founder.

    WikiLeaks sent journalists a 5,000-word email on Sunday, advising them not to make “false and defamatory” statements about its founder, Reuters reported. Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, has come under fire for allegedly working with Russian intelligence to disseminate stolen emails from Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. Both Assange and WikiLeaks have denied these claims, though leaked messages later showed that Assange was in contact with the Trump campaign to coordinate coverage, despite insisting that he had no contact with the campaign.

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    Police watch over a rally outside the White House

    Four members of an anti-fascist group were arrested this weekend after allegedly throwing paint-filled water balloons at a rally outside the White House in support of Charlottesville killer James Fields.

    The protesters were arrested by Secret Service officers on Saturday afternoon after taking aim at demonstrators, WTOP reported. The event had been planned by conservative activist Jovanni Valle, who goes by Jovi Val. It was meant to show support for James Alex Fields, the man convicted of killing Heather Heyer and injuring a number of others after he drove his car into a crowd at the 2017 rally in Charlottesville.

    Fields was found guilty of first-degree murder and faces life in prison, but has gained defenders among the far-right.

    Jovi Val, the organizer of Saturday’s rally, had gained notoriety as a member of the far-right group Proud Boys, and said the rally this weekend was for oppressed conservatives. Val believes that Fields had been treated unfairly by the judicial system.

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    SUV crossing the river

    James A. Mucciaccio Jr., of Deerfield Beach, was identified as the Florida man who drove his Ferrari 360 into the Palm Beach Inlet the day after Christmas.

    The driver was reportedly racing his Ferrari at top speed before launching himself and his vehicle into the Atlantic Ocean.

    According to local NBC station WPTV 5 that broke the news earlier in the week – citing reports from both the local fire department and the Palm Beach police department – it was around 7 a.m. on December 26 when the oceanic crash occurred.

    Mucciaccio and his Ferrari reportedly took flight before landing in the ocean. The vehicle proceeded to float for nearly 50 feet before it began to submerge. Mucciaccio was able to escape the vehicle without injuries before it reached the ocean floor – sinking roughly 30 feet.

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