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Chicago could soon test universal basic income program

Chicago may soon test universal basic income program Windy City could become the largest municipality in the U.S. to test a universal basic income program after an alderman proposed legislation that would provide 1,000 families with $500 monthly stipend, no questions asked. Chicago may soon become the largest municipality in the U.S. to test a universal basic income program. Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar recently proposed legislation that would provide 1,000 families with a $500 monthly stipend — no questions asked. The bill already has the backing of the majority of city lawmakers, and Pawar hopes to soon work with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to implement the pilot program, The Intercept reported.   “Nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t have $1,000 in the bank for an emergency,” Pawar told th...

Ocasio-Cortez starts controversy with comments on Israeli ‘occupation,’ admits she’s ‘not the expert’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic socialist who became a rising political star after her victory in New York’s congressional primary last month, referred to Israel’s “occupation” of Palestine in an interview before admitting that she is “not the expert” on the subject. During an interview on PBS’s “Firing Line” on Friday the congressional candidate raised eyebrows when she said, “I also think that what people are starting to see– at least in the occupation of Palestine– is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.” When asked to expand on her comment, Ocasio-Cortez hesitated for a moment before explaining how “Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and hom...

Ohio has rarely used 2007 bill that protects strippers: report

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer tweeted early Thursday that she was arrested while performing at a Columbus strip club.  (AP) Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, confirmed to Fox News that his client was arrested just after midnight Thursday at a strip club in Columbus for “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage.” He said she will be charged with a misdemeanor and be released on bail. It was unclear exactly what Daniels may eventually be charged with, but Ohio has a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act that prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa – excluding immediate family members. The 2007 law was introduced by a conservative religious group as an initiated state statute, and later allowed to go into effect under f...

NFL star warns of fireworks danger with graphic photo

As a stark reminder to those looking to celebrate Fourth of July with a bang, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul shared a graphic photo of the horrific hand injury he suffered three years ago while playing with fireworks. The gruesome photo posted on Instagram Wednesday shows the aftermath of the now infamous 2015 incident that left Paul, who was playing for the New York Giants at the time, with a severely mutilated hand. “Looking at these pictures seems unreal and crazy. How your life can change in the blink of an eye,” he said in a caption alongside the photo of his hand wrapped in bandages, with pins sticking out of the charred nubs that were once his fingers. “One of the greatest American traditions in celebrating 4th of July is with fireworks. Unfortunately, tomo...

Cesar Millan, the ‘Dog Whisperer’ illegally crossed the border with only $100 in his pocket

Cesar Millan, known as the “Dog Whisper,” revealed on an episode of “Red Table Talk” that he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally with only a $100 tucked away in his sock.  (Instagram, Cesar Millan) With a $100 dollars tucked away in his sock, Cesar Millan, known as the “Dog Whisper,” embarked on a journey to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to fulfill his dream of becoming the “best dog trainer in the world” when he was 21-years-old. Speaking with Jada Pinkett Smith during her show “Red Table Talk” on Facebook, Millan revealed how American television shows such as “Lassie” and “Rin Tin Tin” inspired him. “When I was 21 years old, on December 23, I went to my mom again, ‘Mom I’m leaving.’” She said, ‘Where are you going? Tomorrow is Christmas,’” Millan told Smith. “I’m going to...

GOP nominee Adam Laxalt to face Democrat Steve Sisolak in Nevada’s election for governor

Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Democrat Steve Sisolak won their party’s nomination on Tuesday to earn a spot on the ballot in November in Nevada’s governor race.  (AP) Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt will face Democrat Steve Sisolak in November’s election to replace Nevada’s term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval.  The 39-year-old Laxalt defeated state Treasurer Dan Schwartz along with a handful of other lesser-known candidates to secure the GOP nomination Tuesday, while Sisolak edged out Chris Giunchigliani to win the Democratic primary.  Laxalt is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who has served as the state’s chief prosecutor since 2015. He supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.  Sisolak, a Nevada politician ...

California must push against ‘blue wall,’ son of Rev. Billy Graham says

Evangelist Franklin Graham is on a tour throughout California where he is encouraging Christians to vote and help turn the state red ahead of the upcoming primary election.  (Reuters) Evangelist Franklin Graham, a son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, warned Californians this week that their state is “in trouble” as it nears next week’s primary elections. Graham — whose father was a globally known preacher who died Feb. 21 at age 99 — is on a 10-stop tour in California, urging fellow evangelical Christians to get out and vote in hopes of chipping away at the liberal-majority Golden State’s “blue wall.” During a speech Monday night in Fresno, in the state’s Central Valley, the 65-year-old fourth-oldest of Billy Graham’s five children underscored ...

White House wants briefing on Mueller probe info that was shared with lawmakers: report

The White House is reportedly seeking a briefing on the information that lawmakers received Thursday regarding classified documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.     Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, told the Associated Press on Friday that the White House hopes to receive a handout of the information next week, specifically in relation to a government informant who reportedly approached members of the Trump campaign in a possible attempt to gather intelligence on Russia’s efforts to influence the election. Giuliani said that if the alleged spying turns out to have been “inappropriate,” then “we may have an entirely illegitimate investigation,” referring to the Mueller probe. “(W)e may h...

Manhunt in Maryland for suspects in killing of Baltimore County police officer

An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs is underway Tuesday in a greater Baltimore suburb after a female officer was killed by four suspects believed to be armed and dangerous, as authorities announced a 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the slaying. The four-year veteran of the force, who has not yet been named, was responding to a suspicious vehicle call Monday in the community of Perry Hall that Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said may have been the result of a burglary, when she encountered a suspect and was “critically injured.” Baltimore County Police announced on Twitter a 16-year-old male was arrested shortly after the officer was killed. The name of the suspect and charges will be released after a court hearing. Baltimore County Police ...

After Santa Fe shooting, NFL star JJ Watt offers to pay for funerals

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will reportedly pay for the funerals of those who were killed in Friday’s shooting at a Texas high school.  (Reuters) Pro football star J.J. Watt is once again aiding the Houston area in a time of tragedy, as the community deals with Friday’s horrific school shooting that left at least 10 dead and 10 more injured in Santa Fe, Texas. The Houston Texans defensive end – who raised millions of dollars for relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey last year – reportedly said he will pay for the funerals of those who were killed Friday morning at Santa Fe High School when 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire on his classmates, FOX 26 reported. School officials have been notified of Watt’s intention.   The suspect, identified as Dimit...

Massive police response at Las Vegas mall after ‘person with gun’ call

Authorities responded to calls of an active shooter Thursday evening at the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas.  (FOX5 Las Vegas) Authorities in Las Vegas responded to the Boulevard Mall late Thursday after a ‘person with a gun’ call, police said. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said no shots were confirmed and no injuries reported. Police are asking residents to avoid the area. “The mall has been  evacuated while officers ensure the suspect is not inside,” police said.    Shoppers have posted images on social media that show dozens of police cars outside the mall. Las Vegas police and fire departments did not immediately respond to calls from Fox News. Check back for updates on this breaking news story.   Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @b...

Israel strikes ‘nearly all’ Iranian infrastructure in Syria after Iran rocket attack, minister says

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria Israel fires missiles at Iranian targets in Syria following Iran’s first direct rocket attack on Israeli soldiers. The conflict comes two days following Trump’s exit from nuclear deal. Israel and Iran reached the brink of full-scale war Thursday as the Islamic Republic’s unprovoked rocket attack on soldiers in the Golan Heights gave way to an unprecedented Israeli counter-strike that targeted nearly all Iranian infrastructure inside Syria. The Israeli Defense Force said it deployed fighter jets and used missiles to strike a range of targets, including military compounds, intelligence operations and munitions warehouses, a statement read. The strikes were Israel’s largest air operation in Syria since the 1973 war. “The IDF will...

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