News, US/World

Notre Dame to Hold First Mass Since Fire

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is set to hold its first mass since an April fire destroyed the 13th century structure’s spire and parts of its roof, CNN reports.

Only 20 to 30 people will be expected to attend the mass, which will take place Saturday evening, out of safety concerns, the Archdiocese of Paris told CNN.

“May all those who have mobilized since April 15 and all those who continue to work every day for Notre Dame, be they donors, architects, construction workers, political leaders, be warmly thanked for their efforts,” Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who will lead the mass, said in a statement to the network. Read more…

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Crime/Justice, News, US/World

Tanker Crew Still Being Detained by Iran After Rescue: US Officials

U.S. officials have told Fox News that the crew of one of the two stricken oil tankers damaged outside the Persian Gulf were detained by the Iranians Thursday after first being rescued by another merchant vessel.

The crew of the Front Altair was first rescued by the Hyundai Dubai, according to U.S. officials, but Iranian gunboats quickly surrounded the ship and demanded the crew be turned over. The captain ultimately relented and ordered his crew to surrender.

The 23 crew members are now being held in Iran. It’s not immediately clear what the next steps are.

Pictures and footage from Iran’s English-language Press TV showed the crew members, saying they are all in “full health”. Read more…

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Crime/Justice, News, US/World

Pompeo Confirms Tehran Behind Attacks on Oil Tankers in Tense Gulf

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the “blatant assault” on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said: “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

He charged that Iran was working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this is a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension, adding that the U.S. would defend its forces and interests in the region, although he did not elaborate. Read more…

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President Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With President of Poland

President Trump is holding a joint press conference with Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, today at 2:15 p.m. in the Rose Garden.

The session with the media comes after Trump and first lady Melania Trump met Wednesday morning with Duda and participated in a signing ceremony.

During a wide-ranging conversation with reporters Tuesday, Trump blasted Democratic primary front-runner Joe Biden as “weak mentally” and called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “a mess.” Read more…

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Crime/Justice, Family, News

Homeland Security Official Describes Widespread ‘Fraudulent’ Families at Border

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Congress Tuesday that 15 percent of migrant families screened at the border were found to be misrepresenting minors as their own children in order to bolster their asylum claims.

Families with minors are released from detention to shelters more quickly because minors are not allowed to be held in custody for more than 20 days under a 1997 court settlement.

McAleenan told Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that a DNA-testing pilot program found that 17 out of 109 people tested were found to be misrepresenting a minor they were detained with as a blood relation. Read more…

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Health, Life/Living, News

Johns Hopkins Research: No Evidence People are Born Gay or Transgender

Scholars at Johns Hopkins University released a new report on Monday which argues that there is not sufficient evidence to suggest that lesbian, gay, or transgender people are born with this sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The idea there that sexual orientation is fluid, that people change as people grow,” Lawrence Mayer, a co-author of the report and a scholar-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University’s psychiatry department, as well as a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University, told The Christian Post. “There are probably some people that identify as hetrosexual [sic] that then later on identified as homosexual, so it goes both ways. The importance there is the fluidity and flexibility that these things change in time.” Read more…

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Business, News

Amazon Says Drones Will be Making Deliveries in ‘Months’

Amazon said Wednesday that it plans to use self-piloted drones to deliver packages to shoppers’ home in the coming months.

The online shopping giant did not give exact timing or say where the drones will be making deliveries.

Amazon said its new drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or clotheslines in backyards when landing.

“From paragliders to power lines to a corgi in the backyard, the brain of the drone has safety covered,” said Jeff Wilke, who oversees Amazon’s retail business. Read more…

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US and Russian Warships Almost Collide in Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy says one of its warships was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision with a Russian destroyer in the Philippine Sea.

The USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, nearly collided with the Udaloy I DD 572 when it made an “unsafe maneuver”, coming within 50 to 100 feet, according to the Navy’s 7th Fleet in a statement

“This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision,” said the Navy’s 7th Fleet in a statement.

The incident happened at 11:45 am Friday in the Philippine Sea, according to the statement. Read more…

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Crime/Justice, News

Man Arrested, Accused of Times Square Grenade Plot

A man was reportedly arrested after authorities say he was plotting to throw explosive devices at people in Times Square.

The man, whose name has yet to be released, was planning to throw grenades at people in New York City’s iconic hub, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

The man was taken into custody on Thursday after officials say the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes members of the New York Police Department, learned he wanted to buy grenades. Read more…

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TSA Allowing Illegal Migrants to Fly Without Proper Documents

The federal agency tasked with overseeing security at transportation hubs has been violating its own policy by allowing migrants who have been released from federal custody onto flights despite not having required documents, according to several Department of Homeland Security officials.

For the past six months, the Transportation Security Administration has allowed migrants released from the custody of other Homeland Security agencies to board flights to other parts of the country despite the passengers lacking any of the 15 documents it states are the only acceptable forms of identification.

Since early December, the agency has avoided temporarily changing federal policy and also not introduced a permanent solution to address this new phenomenon, despite no indication border apprehensions and mass releases are slowing down any time soon. Read more…

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