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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 Crime Scene Tape

    Jayme Closs has the nation’s attention today as she made it home safely after 88 days of being held by her abductor. Before the latest on the missing teen hit the news, a woman walking her dog had the first encounter with the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl. While Jeanne Nutter walked her golden retriever she saw a young girl coming toward her.

    The woman first noticed that the girl’s shoes were way too big for her feet. Then as she got closer she recognized her face. Jayme Closs has been missing for months and her face has been splashed across all forms of media since she went missing.

    It was back on October 15 when Jayme’s parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found dead in their Barron, Wisconsin, home. There was no sign of Jayme, and the 13-year-old has been missing since then.

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    A high school basketball team during a team talk

    A high school basketball referee got himself into serious hot water after making a supposed joke that has highly racist undertones attached to it before starting a match.

    There are plenty of things that have become unacceptable to say as we’ve acknowledged the historic inequalities — whether it be as a result of race, gender, or ethnicity — that they have highlighted or reminded us of. One of those things, according to Yahoo News, is asking a high school basketball coach whether all his players have green cards.

    This was the apparent joke made by the referee of a game between the freshman teams of Pueblo High School and Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, on Tuesday. Prior to starting the match, he asked the visiting team’s (Pueblo High School) head coach this insulting question. The fact that approximately 89 percent of students at the school are Hispanic did not help.

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    An aerial view of Tornillo's Tent City when immigrant children were being kept

    In the middle of last year, the world watched in horror as U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the separation of children from their parents as families crossed the border into the country seeking asylum as they escaped from horrific circumstances in their own countries.

    Even after he claimed he was putting a stop to it, more and more children were being detained in tented camps in the Texas desert, and those camps only grew week by week. But it seems things might finally be changing. Reuters is reporting that the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, is finally being shut down.

    All the children and teens who were being housed at the facility have been cleared out, and the organization that was running the camp, BCFS, a San Antonio-based nonprofit, are planning on dismantling it now that it is empty. BCFS has not clarified exactly where the children have gone, whether they have been released to family members or to other government-run facilities.

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    Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Alex Jones, the notorious conspiracy theory shock-jock, was dealt a huge blow in court today when he was ordered to hand over key business documents to six families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Jones has repeatedly claimed that this shooting was a “false flag” operation and that the families and victims were actors. This court order is connected to a defamation lawsuit filed by the families in Connecticut.

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    Steve Mnuchin

    In what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “one of the worst classified briefings we’ve received from the Trump administration,” according to Politico, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attempted to assure lawmakers from both parties on Friday that there was nothing fishy about the administration’s decision last month to lift sanctions on companies controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska is a top person of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian efforts to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

    Though Mnuchin testified behind closed doors, some details of his testimony — described by Pelosi as “a waste of time” — were quickly revealed. Mnuchin insisted that congress should simply “trust” Trump on such Russia-related matters, after the sudden removal of the Deripaska sanctions, according to Reuters. The move came just eight months after the sanctions had been imposed by the Treasury Department and Mnuchin himself.

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    A mugshot of kidnapping and murder suspect Jake Patterson.

    Jake Patterson was frantically searching for Jayme Closs after the teen escaped from her alleged kidnapper following nearly three months in captivity, police in Wisconsin revealed on Friday.

    The 13-year-old was found alive this week in a shocking development, and now police have revealed new details about her kidnapping. Jayme went missing following the October 15 murder of her parents, and police said in the months that followed, she was being held in a small cabin by the 21-year-old Patterson. As the New York Post reported, Patterson nearly caught Closs again after the teen managed to escape the cabin and run to safety on Thursday.

    “The suspect was not at home when Jayme escaped. While I don’t know how she escaped at this time we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a Friday press conference where Patterson was first announced as the suspect.

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    rotary phone and cell phone

    Seventeen-year-old cousins Jake and Kyle Bumstead were presented with a rotary phone and then were playfully challenged to figure out how to use it in less than four minutes.

    Jake’s dad Kevin Bumstead of Chicago, Illinois, decided he would record the kids and the video has since gone viral. The video has been viewed on Bumstead’s Facebook page more than 16 million times.

    “My money was on them not figuring it out,” Bumstead told WISN-TV.

    Bumstead explained that he had watched a similar video on YouTube and decided to try it with his own family.

    “I thought it would be funny to see how my kids and their cousins handled this challenge at Christmas. So I divided them up by age group (24, 22, 22) (19 & 19) these 2 (17 & 17) and (14 and 12) and gave them the phone number and 4 minutes to dial the phone, he explained. “These two were the most entertaining and they took the longest and sort of figured it out.”

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    A judge slams down a gavel

    A Danish man is headed to prison for raping his own daughter on his wedding night after she passed out in the bridal suite, claiming he thought it was actually his wife.

    The incident took place near the seaport town of Koldig last August, with police accusing the man of raping his daughter while she slept in the same bad as him and his new wife just hours after their wedding. As the New York Post reported, the daughter became very intoxicated during the wedding reception and family members decided to take her to sleep in the bridal suite rather than taking her back to the bed and breakfast where she had been staying.

    Her father and another guest put her to bed at 2:30 a.m., and the man and his new wife later went to bed as well. Sometime between 4 a.m. and 4:45 a.m., the man began forcefully groping his daughter and then raped her.

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    Presidential Advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump walk the Colonnade at The White House in Washington D.C.

    With so much uncertainty in Washingon over the last few weeks, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that first daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner decided to have some time to themselves. While they were vacationing in Florida’s Mar-a-Lago last month, the pair reportedly went out on a date night to watch Adam McKay’s Vice, in which Christian Bale plays the role of Dick Cheney as he tries to become the most powerful vice president in recent U.S. history. This didn’t seem to be the wisest choice — particularly when Ivanka and Kushner were trying to get away from Washington’s “politics” — but at least they would have expected not to be impacted by the unravelings on the screen.

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    Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel.

    Megyn Kelly was being touted as the next big host on cable news a couple of years ago. Kelly, who had developed a reputation for her combative style of journalism with Fox, saw her popularity surge drastically during the 2016 presidential race. Her acrimonious relationship with Trump aided her reputation, making her one of the very few Western journalists to interview Russian president Vladimir Putin in Russia. Her decision to join NBC had come amidst a lot of fanfare and expectations from the network, but less than two years into their relationship, Kelly has now exited the network, according to CNN.

    “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” the network said in a statement Friday night.

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    U.S.-Mexico border

    Many supporters of a potential border wall donated to a crowdfunding campaign to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, and they raised a lot of money.

    According to a CNN report, the GoFundMe campaign to fund the border wall raised $20 million, but it fell far short of its goal of $1 billion. Because it wasn’t fully funded, the crowdfunding site will issue refunds to everyone who donated.

    A triple amputee, Air Force veteran named Brian Kolfage set up the ambitious campaign, which received a lot of media attention. If every person who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 donated, the average donation to reach the campaign goal would be $80, but apparently, everybody did not send in a donation.

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    esla CEO Elon Musk, center, waves as he waits for a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound on January 9, 2018 in Beijing, China.

    Elon Musk has made the news once again after tweeting a photograph of the DeLorean from the hit film Back to the Future, boasting that one day, the $200,000 Tesla Roadster may be able to fly as well, if customers make sure that they opt for the “SpaceX add-on package.”

    As the Daily Mail has reported, beside the shot of the Back to the Future DeLorean, Musk made the tantalizing claim that “the new Roadster will actually do something like this,” which led tech YouTuber and Twitter user Marques Brownlee to post, “The thing is I feel like you’re not joking,” to which Elon Musk replied that he was not joking at all.

    Musk further stated that the Tesla Roadster would be using a special cold gas thruster system as part of its flying design, which is an idea that has gripped Tesla customers everywhere.

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    Pile of Garbage plastic black and trash bag waste many on the footpath, pollution trash, Plastic Waste and Bag Foam tray Garbage many on floor, Waste plastic

    Oregon governor Kate Brown’s husband sent Donald Trump a bill for $28 for his services removing trash from a Mount Hood National Forest park. According to local paper the Oregonian, Dan Little saw overflowing trash at the park as the government shutdown continues to prevent federal workers from maintaining public spaces and decided to take the matter into his own hands.

    Little traveled to Sno-Park in Mount Hood National Forest and when he got there, he saw that things were getting out of control as the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history dragged on. Without federal workers to keep the open parks clean, the mess was rapidly piling up. So Little cleaned the trash-filled bathrooms and invoiced the president for his work.

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    Miniature white schnauzer sitting on armchair

    A man reportedly shelled out a whopping $50,000 in China to clone a famous mixed-breed dog, per the Daily Star. The man reportedly ordered a duplicate of his actor dog, “Juice,” because he feared a loss of income should the well-known mutt pass away. The man, He Jun, a Beijing-based animal trainer and the dog’s owner, had the mutt cloned at a cutting-edge bio-tech company.

    The rags-to-riches story of Juice, or “Guozhi,” as his name is known in Mandarin, started when he was rescued from the streets as a mongrel. The former stray went on to become a hugely popular animal celebrity, who often commands huge sums per appearance. Juice has appeared in dozens of Chinese TV and film productions, reports Reuters.

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    child bride

    Activists against the practice of securing child brides are stunned to learn that U.S. law actually allows for children to be brought into the country as spouses.

    According to government data obtained by the Associated Press, thousands and thousands of men have requested to escort in their child and adolescent brides to live with them in the past decade. As the AP reports, those requests were all approved because the Immigration and Nationality Act doesn’t set a minimum age requirement for a person’s spouse or fiance.

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also considers whether a marriage is legal in the spouse or fiance’s home country, and is then legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

    People believe that the immigration system is enabling forced marriage and that U.S. laws are only allowing this practice to continue. Several states, including New York, Virginia, and Maryland, allow children younger than 16 to marry, with court permission.

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    Interim President of Michigan State University and former Michigan Gov. John Engler,

    Michigan State interim president John M. Engler is in some serious hot water after he made comments about the abuse victims involved in the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal at the university and with Olympic athletes. Engler, who was previously a Republican governor, said he thought that those who were abused by the doctor are “enjoying the spotlight.”

    The Chronicle says that the women and girls who were sexually assaulted and abused by Nassar are enjoying the attention, sparking criticism.

    “There are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight. In some ways, they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight, who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.”

    Dianne Y. Byrum, the new chairwoman of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, says that comments like the ones made by Engler don’t help anyone in this matter.

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    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

    On Saturday morning, Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade in response to Friday’s explosive New York Times report revealing that, in May of 2017, the FBI became so concerned that Trump was “working on behalf of Russia against American interests” that the bureau opened a secret counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was a Russian agent who had somehow assumed the presidency of the United States.

    In his Twitter posts, Trump said that the FBI opened the investigation “for no reason and with no proof” of the allegations that he was working on behalf of Russian interests.

    But though the FBI itself has not commented publicly on the NYT report, prominent retired FBI agents told the Daily Beast that the bureau would not have opened what is likely an historically unprecedented investigation of a sitting president if there were not a “much higher than normal” amount of evidence to raise suspicions that Trump was actually working for Russia.

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    Woman with hands cuffed behind her back.

    Things took an unexpected and deadly turn for 51-year-old Nhu “Annie” Ngoc Quynh Nguyen when Krystal Whipple walked in for a manicure at her salon, Crystal Nails and Spa, in Las Vegas on December 29, 2018. At the end of the service, Whipple produced a credit card to pay her $35 bill but the card was declined.

    According to a report from BuzzFeed News, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department revealed that Whipple claimed she had cash in her car and needed to go outside to retrieve it. Upon hearing this, Nguyen — a mother of three — followed the customer to ensure that she would make the payment.

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    Trump being interviewed in the White House.

    In the wake of much criticism surrounding his past involvement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump stands firm to his claims of innocence. On Saturday evening, Trump again denied that he took any extra measures to seal information from his 2017 discussions with Putin. The meeting in question is a July 2017 discussion that took place in Hamburg, Germany. In an interview with Fox News, Trump claimed that he followed proper protocol during the conversation with the foreign leader.

    Former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was present at the meeting and has previously backed up the president’s statements regarding his conversation with Putin. His loyalty to Trump regarding this one particular incident was not enough to secure his job though, as he was fired back in March. He now states that there is no question in his mind that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

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    A TSA agent places bags in a container to go through security.

    As the partial government shutdown continues to drag on, workers all across the country are beginning to feel the effects, and officials from the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) want to help employees with the financial strain. According to the Huffington Post, the agency is going to provide workers with a $500 bonus, as well as one day’s pay.

    TSA Administrator David Pekoske took to Twitter on Friday to announce the move, which should help struggling families stay afloat during the ongoing crisis. In the lengthy thread, Pekoske praised the efforts of TSA workers across the country who have stuck by their posts even as they no longer received pay for their jobs due to the shutdown.

    “To every TSA employee,” Pekoske wrote. “Despite personal hardships and professional challenges, we’ve rallied and never once compromised the security of our nation’s transportation.”

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