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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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    Kendall Jenner poses at a fashion show

    Kendall Jenner teased that she had a big announcement for fans, which was sold as a “raw story” about some very personal struggles she has faced.

    But now the reality television star turned model is under fire after the story turned out to be about her battle with acne and the announcement was really an advertisement for acne cream. As the Daily Mail reported, “momager” Kris Jenner had promoted Kendall’s story on her Twitter page, saying the announcement would help Kendall’s young followers. When that really turned out to be a ploy to sell acne medication and an announcement that she was a spokesperson for ProActiv, fans turned on Kendall.

    As the Daily Mail noted, social media filled with anger toward Kendall and the entire Jenner-Kardashian clan, with many calling it a cheap cry for attention. Others said that the way it was presented, as a raw and emotional story, was particularly deceptive.

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    Donald Trump Jr. greets West Virginia voters after speaking at a campaign event for Republican U.S Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey October 22, 2018 in Inwood, West Virginia.

    Donald Trump Jr. has a troublesome history of making bizarrely offensive posts on his social media accounts. Not known for being the wittiest out there, Trump Jr.’s posts often betray his prejudices, as was evident in one of the first brazenly offensive post he made a couple of months before his father was elected president. In September of 2016, as discussed in a Bustle article at that time, Trump Jr. shared a picture of skittles and compared them to refugees. The picture drew him a lot of criticism, but that didn’t stop Don Jr. from continuing to spew his hurtful messages online.

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    Shaquille O'Neal reacts during the All-Star and Legends Celebrity Softball Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is opening his heart and his wallet to help pay for the funeral of Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old girl killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston on December 30. O’Neal teamed up with a Houston police officer named Kenneth Miles to alleviate the costs associated with the funeral for the grieving family, according to CNN.

    Jazmine Barnes was shot in the head around 7 a.m. on December 30 while traveling on a road in Houston with her mother to make a run to a convenience store. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was struck in the arm by a bullet. Washington’s three other daughters, who were also in the car, were unharmed.

    At the time of the shooting, authorities were looking for a white man in his 30s or 40s in a red pick-up truck based on descriptions from the family. Per Vox, some worried that the shooting was racially motivated.

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    Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell speaks during a business conference in 2002.

    President Donald Trump has been subject to all sorts of commentary from people all over the world. Recently, there has been one particular expletive tied to his name — and after Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s cursing of Trump shortly after being sworn into Congress on Thursday, HuffingtonPost reported that the same curse word has now been echoed by former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell.

    Taking to her Twitter account on Saturday, January 5, Campbell decided to comment on another tweet — a post originally made from the account of political news website Politico. The social media post included a short video clip of a reporter asking President Trump about any sort of safety net being put in place for the hundreds of thousands of government workers going without pay amid the current partial government shutdown.

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    Female hands grasp cell bars.

    Cyntoia Brown — a sex-trafficking victim who has served 15 years of a life sentence — has been granted full clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, his office announced on Monday. She received her sentence for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was 16 years old.

    She is set to be released on August 7.

    As CNN is reporting, Brown, 30, will be released to parole supervision. This commutation of her sentence comes after serving 15 years in prison in connection with the slaying of Johnny Mitchell Allen, Haslam’s office said in a statement.

    “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Haslam said in a statement, according to the Tennessean. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life.”

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    Special School Helps Teen Combat Childhood Obesity

    Pakistan International Airlines, the national carrier for Pakistan, has issued a memo to all cabin crew warning them that if they are overweight, they will be grounded unless they start to shed the pounds.

    A memo has been sent out by managers at the airline to their 1,800-strong cabin crew team informing them that they can expect their weight to be measured in the coming months. If they are found to be carrying “excess weight,” they will be given tough monthly targets to lose it. If they fail to hit their targets, they will be suspended from in-air duties.

    The memo has been leaked to Pakistan’s ARY News service and reported globally. According to the Daily Mail, the memo reads, “If any crew found above 30lbs from the desired weight after January 31, 2019, will be grounded and referred to Aircrew Medical Centre for medical evaluation and treatment until weight is reduced up to desired standard/BMI.”

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    Artisanal Beer Brewers Find Growing Niche In Berlin

    The Government shutdown has been in effect for 17 days and counting, and while it has already impacted areas like airport security and national parks, its effects have not been felt too much by those who work outside the public sector.

    But that could all be about to change with reports suggesting that the availability of beer and wine could soon be interrupted.

    The problem, according to Buzzfeed, is that one of the government bodies currently not operating is the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). They are responsible not just for ensuring that alcohol providers pay their taxes, but also for approving labels for new drinks.

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    A close up image of a cricket

    When a bizarre “sonic attack” was reported in Cuba last year, experts were at a loss to explain the occurrence. However, scientists now believe that crickets might be to blame for the event that caused symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, pain, and ringing in the ears during the mysterious attack.

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, American diplomats in Cuba last year were reporting strange attacks that left them feeling ill. At the time, neither the U.S. or Cuban governments could explain what had happened. Then, another of these episodes, being described as a sonic attack, was reported by a U.S. government official stationed in Guangzhou, China.

    At the time, considering U.S. diplomats appeared to be targeted, there was speculation that Cuba and China could somehow be behind the attacks. However, evidence of this could not be substantiated.

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    Crime scene sign

    Wealthy Democrat Edward Buck, who regularly donated to the party’s campaigns, including to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, is being investigated after a man was found dead in his West Hollywood home — the second one in the span of 18 months.

    Protesters gathered outside his California mansion to demand that police investigate the incident properly after they failed to determine what had happened to the first victim, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who was found dead at Buck’s house in July 2017 from a meth overdose. At the time, Buck was investigated for suspected murder, but nothing came out of the investigation as the Los Angeles District Attorney found “insufficient evidence to prosecute,” as reported by the Daily Mail.

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    A power plant emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

    Even as a high number of coal plants closed last year, the United States still saw a drastic increase in its total carbon output in 2018, a new study discovered.

    The study, put out by the Rhodium Group, found that last year’s carbon dioxide emissions output in the U.S. was the largest increase the nation has seen over the past eight years, according to reporting from the New York Times.

    So how did output increase while coal production seemingly went down? A number of factors were at play. A harsh winter in places like New England saw a number of people turning to carbon-based energy in order to heat their homes, for example.

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    Donald Trump walks across a green field.

    According to a slew of recent surveys, most Americans do not support Donald Trump’s border wall plan or the current government shutdown. As reported by CNN, when a collection of major polls is averaged out, the favor definitely does not fall in Trump’s favor.

    In an average of major polls taken since the government shutdown began, most Americans feel that the situation is due to Trump. About 50 percent of those polled believe that Trump himself is responsible for the shutdown, with only 35 percent placing the blame for the shutdown on congressional Democrats. Congressional Republicans took the least responsibility in the polls, with only 5 percent of people considering them to be responsible for the shutdown.

    Trump’s bad news continues with polling on the border wall that has become the sticking point for the whole shutdown. According to reports, most Americans oppose the border wall by a 10-20 point margin.

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    Donald Trump speaks.

    Just ahead of his controversial prime time address Tuesday night, Donald Trump has released a re-election ad that isn’t afraid to set a dark tone. The ad focuses heavily on the topic of Trump’s evening address: the border wall and the question of security between our country and Mexico.

    The ad, which ran on CNN, as reported by Deadline, places the blame for the entire situation (and by extension, the ongoing government shutdown) on the shoulders of Democratic leaders — specifically, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The two Democrats have been opposed to the border wall from the start, a fact which Trump emphasized through his re-election ad.

    “Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers trying to enter our country through our southern border,” the ad stated. “But Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi care more about the radical left than keeping us safe. The consequences? Drugs, death, violent murder, gang violence. We must not allow it!”

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    Dr. Holding Patient's Hand

    As the Inquisitr previously reported, an Arizona woman who has been in a vegetative state for over 14 years gave birth last week, prompting a sexual misconduct investigation of the nursing facility she was housed in, Hacienda Healthcare. On Monday, the CEO of the facility, Bill Timmons, announced his resignation, which was unanimously accepted.

    The nursing facility has been under careful scrutiny since they announced that a female patient, unbeknownst to staff, was pregnant. The staff of Hacienda Healthcare had no clue the woman — who had been in a coma since a drowning incident 14 years prior — was with child until she started grunting, making noises, and eventually went into labor.

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    Adam Schiff

    Even as a bipartisan group of United States Senators introduced new legislation this week that would make it more difficult for Donald Trump to fire Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Associated Press, Trump faces what one expert says may be an even greater threat than Mueller and his probe into Trump’s Russia ties — a threat that comes from the new Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, California Representative Adam Schiff.

    Soon after Mueller was named special counsel in 2017, Trump declared that he would consider it a “violation” by Mueller if the Russia investigation extended into Trump’s personal finances, strongly hinting to the New York Times that he would fire Mueller if the investigation crossed that “red line.”

    “Now, it looks like it is going to happen. But the public face of the investigation of Trump’s finances won’t be Mueller,” wrote Tom McCarthy, national affairs correspondent for the Guardian, in a Monday column.

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    Mike Pence speaks at a podium in front of Donald Trump.

    Vice President Mike Pence has come forward to defend Donald Trump against alleged falsehoods. With Trump’s controversial address on the border wall set to air Tuesday night, there has been a growing outcry against the president’s shaky credibility. And when pressed about these stories, according to ABC News, the vice president immediately went on the defensive, calling the border situation “a real humanitarian and security crisis.”

    In an interview with Good Morning America, Pence addressed the accusations of lying, as well as Trump’s impending prime-time address. The vice president insisted that the focus should remain on border security and the wall, and not be derailed by a debate on the accuracy of the president’s statements.

    “Look, the American people aren’t as concerned about the political debate as they are about what’s really happening at the border,” Pence said to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

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    Ranking member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), prepares to question Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, December 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Donald Trump’s imminent prime-time address on immigration as the government shutdown continues well into the third week is already being panned by critics, with Jerry Nadler, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, saying that he doesn’t expect anything from the president except that he will “lie to the American people,” according to the Hill.

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    Stock photo of a man behind bars.

    A man who was once believed to be connected to one of Houston’s worst murders in recent memory is still getting death threats. The death threats in question are aimed at himself and his family — even though another suspect has been arrested and charged with this crime, KTRK-TV (Houston) is reporting.

    Seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes was shot and killed on Sunday, December 30. The family says they were sitting in their car, minding their own business, when a vehicle pulled up beside them. The passenger of that vehicle opened the door, and fired multiple rounds into the vehicle. Jazmine was struck multiple times and was killed. Other passengers in the victim’s car suffered minor injuries as well.

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    "Welcome to Florida" sign

    Every now and again, a wacky news story will pop up — and folks will clamor to check to see if it somehow involves the famed “Florida Man.” The moniker, one which is used to describe a resident of the Sunshine State who participates in some sort of tomfoolery, mostly illegal, has dedicated social media accounts — including a Twitter page — which highlight some of the more peculiar headlines.

    In just the second week of 2019, a few “Florida Men” — and one woman — have made waves, causing a stir on social media for their antics. The top five headlines from this year, so far, follow.

    1. Wesley Scott

    During a strip search at the Pinellas County Jail, Wesley Scott, 40, pulled three syringes from his rectum and handed them to deputies. After the exchange, Scott told the deputies that the syringes in question weren’t his, and that he had no clue how they had gotten there.

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    A roadway sign for Joshua Tree National Park stands on January 4, 2019 in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

    With the partial government shutdown not likely to end anytime soon, officials have decided to take action and close Joshua Tree National Park at 8 a.m. on Thursday in an effort to try and mitigate the damage that has been caused by vandals since it was left wide open to the public at large.

    As the Los Angeles Times reports, with just eight rangers on staff to patrol the vast expanse of the 790,636-acre park, which is located close to Twentynine Palms in California, it has proven an exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, task to deal with the public who appear intent on destroying this precious reserve.

    For instance, without large numbers of rangers to patrol Joshua Tree National Park, many visitors have taken to driving off the pavement provided for them and creating their own roads in the wilderness. Moreover, even many of the precious Joshua trees here, which is what the park is known for, have been damaged and defaced.

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    Exhaust rises from the smokestack of a natural gas-burning power and heating plant

    Weather-related spikes in energy usage caused a notable increase last year in U.S. pollution rates. In fact, Time Magazine reports that the 3.4 percent overall rise in pollution marks a 20-year high in year-over-year increases.

    One of the biggest problems is that new industries are now setting record pollution highs, including a 5.7 percent jump from industrial manufacturing. Transportation experienced its own 1 percent increase, but the most notable spike came from residential buildings. As temperatures continue to skyrocket during the summer, homeowners are turning to their air conditioning units for relief in larger numbers than ever before. In just one year, this boosted residential emissions by 10 percent.

    In other words, the effects of climate change are causing people to take steps that ultimately harm the environment even more. This cyclical process has sped up the growth of the nation’s harmful emissions, which have been the major contributor to climate change happening in the first place.

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