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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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    Yemen children shown living in deplorable conditions.

    Sarah Shamsan is a nutritional manager for the International Rescue Committee in Yemen. The nation has been torn apart by war and famine which rages on today. Despite Shamsan being pregnant and repeatedly encouraged to evacuate, she refuses to leave her home country until she has done all she can to help the many starving children there. The United Nations is calling the situation in Yemen “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” as it has already claimed the lives of 85,000 children, according to Today.

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    A duct in a restaurant.

    Alameda County Sheriffs were forced to respond to a rather scary call on Wednesday morning. A man was trapped inside a closed restaurant’s duct system for two terrifying days before rescuers were ultimately able to free him, as reported by Mercury News.

    The man was not immediately identified by authorities, but they did release that he is a 29-year-old male. However, after the man was safe, Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff Department said, “We checked, and he was not Santa Claus.”

    A man identified as Igor Campos was walking down the street when he heard a faint voice coming from the closed Chinese restaurant, as reported by ABC7‘s Laura Anthony.

    Once he heard the noise, he immediately notified local authorities. Once they arrived at the scene, they determined that sound was coming from the roof of the abandoned restaurant’s roof vent.

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    Donald and Melania Trump Host A Hanukkah Reception At The White House

    First Lady Melania Trump praised her husband in a new interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, but steered away from discussing his running for a second term in the Oval Office.

    Melania sat down for an interview aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, after spending the day with the troops at Joint Base Langley in Hampton, Virginia. As reported by the Daily Mail, she also said that sometimes she doesn’t agree with Donald Trump, but that she believes he is doing “what’s right” for the country and for the American people. However, when asked about his 2020 bid, the First Lady avoided the straight-up “yes” answer many would have expected.

    “I think my husband is doing an incredible job,” she said. “I want the country to continue to do well.”

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    Woman makes up a bed

    A New Jersey woman is facing charges of forced labor, harboring a Sri Lankan national, and marriage fraud according to the office of New Jersey’s US Attorney Craig Carpenito.

    Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, who is also known as Alia Al Qaterneh, was arraigned in federal court in Camden on Wednesday, December 12. Federal prosecutors allege that Hunaity forced the victim to work for nine years without pay, per North Jersey.

    It is alleged that Hunaity brought the Sri Lankan into the United States in 2009. The victim was brought in via a temporary visa for domestic work. Hunaity then caused her to overstay her visa. The victim then stayed illegally in the country and resided at Hunaity’s home exclusively for more than nine years.

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    Stephen King attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on May 22, 2018 in New York City.

    Horror icon Stephen King didn’t hold back in his criticism of Donald Trump on Wednesday, as he took to Twitter to comment about what he feels is the president’s “vanity” project — his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall.

    As noted by Mashable, King focused on the wall in two Twitter posts from earlier in the week, starting with one on Tuesday where he questioned Trump’s recent funding requests for the project and brought up the president’s previous insistence that Mexico will be paying for the “useless, just-tunnel-under-it” wall.

    On Wednesday, King doubled down on his previous comments and used strong language in demanding that Trump spend the $5 billion requested for the border wall on what he feels are more pressing concerns.

    “F**k your wall. Split that 5 billion between at-risk children who don’t have lunches and vets who can’t get proper medical and psychological treatment. F**k your vanity project. Do something good for once.”

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    Woman sitting and crying in the shadows

    Avril Nolan was awarded $125,000 after her photograph was used in an ad campaign for HIV/AIDS which stated, “I am positive (+).” The Brooklyn model had no knowledge of the ad campaign nor did she consent to the photo being used for this purpose, per New York Post.

    Nolan first found out from a friend’s Facebook post about her unwittingly becoming the face for HIV. She said that she was “sick to the bottom of her stomach” when it hit with the news. The PR rep, who is in her 20s, was paranoid that her acquaintances, family, friends, and even future boyfriends might see the campaign ad.

    NBC News reported that she received a copy of the ad from the newspaper AM New York in 2013. The New York State Division of Human Rights ran a quarter page ad which featured a large photo of Nolan. The words “I am positive” and “I have rights” were emblazoned across the pic.

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    Santa

    In a scene right out of the Billy Bob Thornton movie Bad Santa, a man dressed as Santa Claus reacted to a fire alarm by screaming “get the f**k out” at the assembled children.

    According to CNN, the incident took place at St. Ives, Cambridgeshire in England, at a holiday event called the St. Ives Fest. After a fire alarm went off nearby, the man dressed as Santa “burst out of his grotto, [ripped] off his beard and [screamed] at children to ‘get the f**k out.'” Then, during the evacuation, the Santa burst in, “ripped his hat and beard off in front of 50 odd kids and started shouting and swearing at people to leave,” according to a Facebook post by an attendee, quoted by CNN.

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    Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse

    President Donald Trump denied telling his former lawyer Michael Cohen to perform any illegal acts, claiming that it’s Cohen’s responsibility if he broke the law.

    Trump tweeted out just a day after his former attorney was sentenced to three years in prison that he had nothing to do with Cohen’s decision to turn a blind eye on the law in his behalf, according to Business Insider.

    “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid,” the U.S. president said.

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    Scott Olson speaking at a rally.

    ProPublica, a nonprofit news site, has responded to statements made by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. The Pulitzer-winning organization shot back at Bevin after he went on a lengthy rant, claiming ProPublica was a “biased, left-wing organization,” according to Business Insider.

    Bevin’s issues with ProPublica began thanks to its involvement with The Courier-Journal, Kentucky’s largest newspaper. The Courier-Journal and Bevin have a complicated past; the popular newspaper had published in-depth investigations into Bevin back in September. The Journal had revealed that Bevin had permitted a 134% salary increase for a friend who served as Kentucky’s information officer for 10 months. The increase amounted to $215,000.

    So when Bevin learned that the Journal was pairing with ProPublica to do a year-long investigation of a ‘government program’ in Kentucky, Bevin lashed out. In a lengthy video, he criticized both the newspaper and the organization for their biases and journalistic integrity.

    Bevin seemed especially distressed to learn that billionaire investor George Soros helped to finance the nonprofit.

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    handcuffs and prison bars

    New Jersey police have arrested six people in connection with a case of horrific child abuse of a 3-year-old boy, the New York Daily News is reporting. The six people would allegedly beat the boy with fists and belts and pour scalding water on him, as a form of corporal punishment.

    The boy’s mother, Natacha Smith, 43, lived with five other individuals in a Newark apartment. They are identified as her boyfriend Homer (Omar) Searcy, 39; sisters Patricia Gamarra, 62, and Mary Buchan, 55; Buchan’s daughters, Patricia Buchan, 28, and Bridget Buchan, 23.

    Police, in describing the apartment as a “house of horrors,” say that whenever the 3-year-old misbehaved, the six suspects would take turns beating the helpless boy with fists, belts, and even pouring scalding water on him.

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    Donald Trump smirks.

    On Thursday, Donald Trump announced that he’d finally succeeded in paying for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. During his campaign and regularly since his victory, the President has claimed that Mexico will pay for construction of the wall — which Mexican officials have repeatedly denied.

    Now, Trump appears to have a new angle for building his wall. In a series of Tweets Thursday morning, the President stated that his NAFTA-replacement trade deal with Canada and Mexico will fund the wall instead, as reported by Business Insider.

    “I often stated, ‘One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.'” Trump said on Twitter. “This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!”

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    Martin Luther King statue in Washington D.C.

    Dr. Martin Luther King’s childhood home now belongs to the US government.CBS 46 reports that the home, located on Auburn Avenue in the Sweet Auburn community in Atlanta, was reportedly purchased for $1.9 million, according to the news outlet’s sources. The King Center did offer an official comment on the price the federal government paid for the property.

    As The National Park Service notes, the home is a two-story Queen Anne style house with a front and side porch. Martin Luther King was born in a room on the second story and lived there until 1941 when he was 12 years old. The Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place where the civil rights leader honed his legendary oratory skills is located on the corner of the same street.

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    a trump 2020 hat

    Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the burning of an Afghanistan war veteran’s Trump 2020 flag, the Burlington Free Press is reporting.

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Gus Klein served two deployments in Afghanistan before returning to civilian life in Burlington, Vermont. Though he admittedly lives in a solidly Blue state (Hillary Clinton easily carried Vermont in 2016), Klein is a Trump supporter and proudly displays his Trump 2020 flag from his front porch.

    That is until vandals destroyed his flag. One Saturday night or early Sunday morning in late November, vandals snuck onto his porch while Klein slept and set his flag on fire, leaving it to burn on the porch.

    Though upset about the damage to his flag, Klein was more concerned about the fact that vandals set fire to something and left it to burn on his porch while his family slept inside.

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    Police lights flash outside a crime scene

    Police in Indiana believe they thwarted a school shooting after intercepting a teenage suspect reportedly en route to a middle school to commit violence. The suspect then took his own life.

    As CNN reported, the teen arrived at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond but police were able to intercept him after receiving a tip that he planned the school shooting. The suspect exchanged gunfire with police before killing himself, Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling told reporters. Bowling said that someone had known the teen was planning the shooting and tipped off police.

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    Donald Trump waves

    Just two days after Donald Trump said that he has no concern about impeachment because, he said, “the people would revolt if that happened,” as Inquisitr reported, sources inside the White House say that Trump is extremely worried that Democrats in the House may move to impeach him. His concern has only deepened after his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen not only pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations that he says he was ordered to carry out by Trump but was sentenced to three years in prison for the violations and other crimes, the sources say.

    The White House sources spoke to NBC News for a new report on Thursday, in which three people close to Trump say he has become “alarmed” by the realization that impeachment has now become a real possibility.

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    Antarctica's McMurdo station.

    An accident at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station has claimed the lives of two technicians, the Guardian is reporting.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) reported this week that two fire-suppression technicians had been dispatched to the station, on Antarctica’s Ross Island, to install equipment at a generator building. A helicopter pilot noticed that smoke was coming from the floor of the building where the two technicians had been working, and landed his craft to inspect the situation. There he found the two employees unconscious.

    Technicians attempted CPR on one of the victims, while the other was flown to a nearby medical clinic and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

    As of this writing, neither the NSF nor the technicians’ employer, Virginia-based subcontractor PAE, has revealed any information about the technicians’ identities. The NSF did say that their deaths are not being treated as suspicious. Meanwhile, a panel appointed by the NSF will investigate the deaths.

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    Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Sean Hannity (L) interviews U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Senior Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano was patiently trying to explain to the cast of Fox & Friends why Donald Trump is wrong with his tweets which say there were no crimes committed, per the Daily Beast, and that if he’s not worried yet about the dime that Michael Cohen has dropped on him, he should be. Today wasn’t the first time that Judge Napolitano raised the alarm, but it’s still unclear if Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade are agreeing with him.

    The Daily Beast says that the network continues to call on Napolitano, despite the fact that the hosts continue to question his analysis of Trump’s peril. The judge says that the most serious accusation is that Trump instructed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to a commit crime on his behalf.

    But Doocy was incredulous, saying “what crime?”

    Napolitano tried to clarify things for the hosts and the viewers of Fox & Friends.

    “The intentional deception and failure to report campaign payments.”

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    Black bear in the wild.

    Cinder — a famous bear cub whose paws were severely scorched in a massive 2014 Washington wildfire — has been shot and killed by a hunter.

    According to a report by the Daily Mail, Rich Beausoleil, an official from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has confirmed that a team was sent out to look for the den of the black bear in September. Her radio transmitting collar stopped working 11 months ago.

    Beausoleil said that officials were hoping that the bear’s collar stopped sending signals in October 2017 because Cinder might have hibernated for winter. However, when the team went to search for the bear, they found the rescued bear’s skeletal remains close to the place where she was set free in 2015 — in the mountains outside Leavenworth, Washington. According to officials, the bear cub was only five years old when she was shot dead.

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    Melania Trump listens to her husband President Donald Trump speak during a Hanukkah reception at the White House on December 6, 2018.

    Melania Trump has had her fair share of issues since becoming the first lady of the United States, but there’s one part of the job that she finds particularly difficult.

    The first lady sat down for a one-on-one with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday, December 12, where CNN reported she opened up about the hardest part of being in her position.

    “I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers,” she explained to the Hannity show host.

    And while she denied that their words cause her pain, noting earlier in the interview that she knew she had to have “very thick skin” to be involved in the business of politics, she explained what was upsetting about them is the fact that they’re “writing history and it’s not correct.”

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    Donald Trump indicates with a pen while sitting at a desk.

    Conservation groups and environmental activists have teamed up to sue the Trump administration over its failure to protect giraffes. As reported by truthout, the groups intend to sue over what they are referring to as a “silent extinction.

    The Trump administration stands accused of failing to consider protections for Africa’s giraffe population under the Endangered Species Act. This lawsuit comes at a critical time; just a few weeks ago, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warned that Africa’s giraffes are vulnerable to extinction. Two subspecies of giraffe were further classified as ‘critically endangered.’

    In 2017, numerous organizations petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a bid to ensure Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes. It is required that the agency respond to the petition within 90 days. It has now been over 19 months, and they have still not responded in any way.

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