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Manafort case is about Manafort – not Trump or the Trump campaign

Closing arguments ended Wednesday in the federal court trial of Paul Manafort on 18 bank and tax fraud charges. If you’ve been following most media coverage of the trial, you may think it’s somehow connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s seemingly endless investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. After all, Mueller filed the charges against Manafort, who was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman. And, aside from the charges of lying on bank-loan applications, Manafort is charged with failing to pay taxes stemming from his work for a Russian-backed Ukrainian president. Meanwhile, international media attention is focused on this case like it is the trial of the century. So it must be...

Husband confesses to killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters: reports

A Colorado man confessed Wednesday to killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, a day after authorities launched an investigation into their mysterious disappearance, reports said. Chris Watts, 33, admitted killing 34-year-old Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and daughters Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, FOX31 Denver reported, citing a family source. Two law enforcement officials reportedly told the Denver Channel that Watts confessed to the killings, and that authorities believe they know the location of the bodies. Watts was detained and awaiting charges, authorities in the town of Frederick tweeted early Thursday. A pickup truck was towed from outside the Watts’ home Wednesday night, FOX31 reported. A makeshift memorial was also set up outside the family’s home o...

Trump supporter says he took beating after protesting Social Distortion singer’s politics

Mike Ness, 56, is the lead singer of the punk rock band Social Distortion.  (Instagram) A supporter of President Trump claims that Mike Ness, lead singer of the rock band Social Distortion, spat on him and repeatedly punched him in the head after he protested Ness’s criticism of the president at a concert. The confrontation allegedly took place July 17 at a show in Sacramento, Calif., when concertgoer Tim Hildebrand, 30, held up his middle finger to convey his disagreement with Ness. The 56-year-old lead singer was “badmouthing President Trump and America,” Hildebrand told CBS 13 Sacramento. “I pretty much said, ‘I paid for your music, not your politics,’” Hildebrand told the station. “I stood pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two so...

Graham calls for special counsel to investigate FBI’s handling of Clinton emails, FISA warrant

Claiming that FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Carter Page FISA warrant were “corrupt to the core,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle both probes. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said FBI investigators were “in the tank” for Clinton and the FISA warrant process was abused — possibly in a criminal fashion.  “What do you think Democrats would be saying if a Republican — if the RNC [Republican National Committee] — hired a former British agent to go to Russia to get dirt on [Hillary] Clinton?” Graham asked Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” Graham said he’s grown tired of talking about the Clinton email investigation and the 2016 FISA war...

Man arrested after overdoses at downtown city park

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of “K2” synthetic marijuana, requiring paramedics to be stationed there to provide treatment, authorities said. No deaths were reported, but officials said two people suffered life-threatening symptoms. Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a popular, historic downtown park that borders part of Yale University, and officials said they expected the overdose total to increase. Police said they arrested a man believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses. “Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2,” New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told WVIT-TV. “It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory ...

Hiker lost on Mount St. Helens survived by eating bees and berries: reports

Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, appeared to be in good health when he was found on Mount St. Helens, authorities say.  (Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office) An Ohio man who went missing last week after setting out on a hike on Mount St. Helens in Washington state, was found alive Wednesday — having survived by eating bees and berries, authorities and the man’s relatives said. Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, was reported missing by friends after he failed to return from his hike along Blue Lake Trail on the southwest side of St. Helens. His parents told reporters that he was not familiar with the terrain and got lost. They said he had not seen anyone since Aug. 9. Dozens of search-and-rescue personnel, assisted by helicopters, tracking dogs and a drone operated by ...

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah, Iraq, fell to the Islamic State in June 2014, according to court documents. He was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force at a Sacramento apartment building based on a warrant issued in May by an Iraqi federal court in Baghdad. U.S. officials plan to extradite him back to Iraq under a treaty with that nation, and he made his first appearance in federal court in Sacramento on Wednesday. Ameen could face execution for the “organized killing by an armed group” according to Iraqi docume...

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says tariffs ‘like weight loss’

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Fox News on Wednesday that President Trump’s tariffs on imports from China, the European Union and other nations are “a little bit like weight loss … it’s kind of painful to start with, but you’re healthier in the end.” However, Perdue also acknowledged “legitimate anxiety over the tariffs and the pain they’ve caused.” The secretary spoke to Fox News as a set of 10-percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods is due to take effect Aug. 23. The proposed tariffs affect more than 6,000 product lines, including seafood, tobacco and components used in products such as car rear-view mirrors and burglar alarms. Beijing has responded by threatening new tariffs of 5 to 25 percent on roug...

Fallout out from decision to revoke John Brennan’s clearance

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TJ Miller denies ‘Silicon Valley’ actress’ bullying allegations

On Wednesday, TJ Miller denied his former ‘Silicon Valley’ co-star, Alice Wetterlund’s bullying allegations.  (AP/ZUMA Press) TJ Miller thinks his erstwhile “Silicon Valley” co-star Alice Wetterlund’s bullying allegations were a publicity stunt. Last month, Wetterlund, 37, lashed out at Miller, 37, on Twitter calling him “a bully and petulant brat” and the set of HBO comedy “toxic and weird.” Miller vehemently denied intentionally bullying the actress and alleged that she was a problem on set herself. “She may have had that experience, but it’s … just people trying to get into the headlines,” Miller told “The Jim and Sam Show” on Wednesday. “It was not my experience that anyone was bullying her. Truthfully, I felt like it was difficult to work with her because she kept in...

Couple trapped in cave burn everything including their hair to keep warm: ‘We knew we were in some deep trouble’

Spencer and Jessica Christiansen were trapped in a cave for nearly two days before being rescued.  (Spencer Christiansen) A couple was excited for their picturesque hike in Wyoming last weekend – but misleading directions left them trapped in a cold cave for nearly two days, where they burned everything they had with them to survive. Spencer Christiansen and his wife Jessica of Idaho Falls, Idaho, decided to go to the Darby Canyon Ice Cave in Wyoming. The adventure was meant to be a celebration for Spencer Christiansen’s birthday. The couple said they researched for weeks to find the right cave before gearing up. “I was excited! I just wanted a quick adventure. I wanted to have a good adventure for a day,” Spencer Christiansen told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “I spent ...

Arizona father beats, kills man who followed his daughter into bathroom stall, police say

Melvin Harris III, 40, is accused of beating a man to death after finding out the individual tried to get into his daughter’s locked bathroom stall.  (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) An Arizona father decided to “take care of a situation” his own way when he killed a man who attempted to enter a bathroom stall his daughter was in, police said. Melvin Harris III faces a second-degree murder charge in the beating death of Leon Leevon Armstrong, AZFamily.com reported on Tuesday. Harris was taken into custody earlier this month after the deadly encounter at a QuikTrip convenience store in Phoenix involving his 16-year-old daughter. The 40-year-old was waiting in the parking lot to pick up his daughter and two friends when Armstrong approached him asking for money. Harris gave him...