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US “Life Expectancy” Drops; CDC Cites Suicides, Drug Overdoses, As Causal Factors

Life expectancy, defined as the average number of years a person born in any given year is expected to live, has fallen in the United States, according to the newest reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) in Atlanta, GA. (The World Health Organization defines life expectancy as the “average number of years......

U.S. Secretary of Labor Gave Billionaire 13 Months for 80 Sex Crimes With Underage Girls

Hedge fund billionaire Jeffrey Epstein committed sex crimes against about 80 underage girls in Florida, but the U.S. attorney at the time engineered a plea deal allowing him to serve only 13 months in a private wing of a county jail on two prostitution counts. That U.S. attorney, Alexander Acosta, is now the U.S. Secretary......

At His Foundation Summit, Obama Suggests Someone Has “Mommy Issues”

Former President Barack Obama, speaking at his Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago Monday night,  said progressives were not succeeding in America because “we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.” Though the ex-president did not make clear to whom he was referring when he said “we,” several news outlets (see here,......

Japanese Man “Marries” Hologram; Has “Cross-Dimension” Marriage

The Jakarta Post is reporting that Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old Tokyo man, has “married” a hologram – a computer-generated projection – of his “bride.” The marriage is described as “cross-dimension,” the report says. The digitally-generated “bride” is “virtual reality singer” and alleged pop-star known as “Hatsune Miku.” Miku is also a synthetic, computer-generated entertainment construct,......

Elephant Who Went Missing From Animal Sanctuary Knew Electric Fence Wasn’t On

A 44-year-old elephant once burned by napalm in Vietnam wandered away from an animal sanctuary in upstate New York after she realized the electric fence that ordinarily keeps her hemmed in wasn’t on. The elephant, Fritha, did no harm except to a 3-ton pile of hay she encountered while on the lam, according to local......

Robert Royal: Strange Last-Minute Gambit By Pope Stopping American Bishops Shows He’s Part of the Problem

Catholic Church commentator Robert Royal says that Pope Francis’s recent request that U.S. Catholic bishops meeting in Baltimore this week take no immediate additional actions to stop clergy sex abuse is head-spinning. “The Vatican knew for months that the bishops would deal with abuse at their regular Fall gathering. The pope asked them to cancel......

STUDY: Social Media Use Harmful, Causes Depression, Loneliness

A University of Pennsylvania study claims to have found a “causal link” between “time spent on social media and increased depression and loneliness,” Science Daily reports. The study examined the behaviors and moods of 143 participants, all undergraduates, and focused on three social media platforms, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Science Daily quotes researcher Melissa G.......

VIDEO: Dramatic Moment As Family, In Car, Flees CA Wildfire

A video posted on Brynn Parrott Chatfield’s Facebook page captures her family’s astonishing drive through flames to safety as a wildfire, called the Camp Fire, ravages her town of Paradise, CA. CNN reports that at least 5 people have died and at least 1000 structures have been destroyed in the blaze. The network also reports......

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs in Fall

The U.S. Supreme Court’s oldest justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fractured three ribs in a fall Wednesday night, according to the Associated Press. Ginsburg, 85, went to George Washington Hospital early Thursday. Ginsburg, a Bill Clinton appointee, has served on the court since 1993. She is one of the court’s four liberals. She has survived bouts......

Antifa Gang Threatens Fox News’ Tucker Carlson At Home In “Suspected Hate Crime”

According to various news outlets, including the online journal he co-founded, The Daily Caller, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson‘s Washington, DC home was targeted Wednesday night by so-called “anti-fascist” activists. Fox News reports that the conservative pundit was not home at the time (he was at Fox’ studios) but his wife was. (His four children were......

One Kavanaugh Accuser Faces Investigation For Lying, “Ploy”; NBC News Under Fire For Swetnick Story

US Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, has referred Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Judy Munro-Leighton to the Justice Department for investigation for “materially false statements she made to the Committee during the course” of its own investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, nominated to the Supreme Court earlier this year,......