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 Ex-soldier, Muslim Convert, ISIS Supporter Sentenced In Execution-Style Slaying Of Denver Security Guard

DENVER (AP) — An ex-soldier and a self-proclaimed ISIS supporter was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the execution-style slaying of a Denver transit security guard last year.

Joshua Cummings, 38, was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Scott Von Lanken, 56, after a three-day trial. Cummings was issued the mandatory sentence shortly after the verdict was read.

On Jan. 31, 2017, the ex-soldier walked up behind Von Lanken while the guard was speaking to two women late at night, put a gun to his neck and shot him, police said.

One of the women told investigators that Cummings said something like, "Do what you are told," just before he opened fire and ran away, according to police. Cummings was found a short time later hiding on the terrace of an apartment building with a handgun.

Von Lanken was a former police officer who was working as a contract security guard for the Denver area's Regional Transportation District.
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Iran's Fast Boats
Stop Harassing U.S. Navy, Baffling Military

(Fox News) — The Iranian military has halted the routine harassment by its armed "fast boats" of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said, a turnabout that officials welcomed but were at a loss to explain.

The boats for at least two years would dart toward the U.S. vessels as they passed through the Persian Gulf, risking miscalculation, but haven't done so for five months, U.S. military officials said.

The officials said they hoped the respite would continue. "I hope it's because we have messaged our readiness…and that it isn't tolerable or how professional militaries operate," Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Middle East this week. Iranian officials didn't respond to a request for comment.

The fast boats, typically armed with .50 caliber machine guns and rocket launchers, have come within shooting distance of American naval vessels, encounters that grew routine even though each one presents potential dangers to American vessels transiting through international waters.
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 CNN Claimed Shutdown Put Earth In Jeopardy
By Inability To Monitor Asteroids

(Fox News) — Sadly, this is CNN.

CNN personalities already blame virtually everything on President Trump and now the network has floated a theory that the earth could be jeopardized by an asteroid because of the government shutdown – but don't worry, experts have already dubunked the fake news.

CNN correspondent Tom Foreman said on "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that NASA could potentially stop monitoring asteroids during the shutdown.

"A big one, by the way, is expected to brush by Earth on February 4," Foreman said on Friday's show.

He explained that this occurred back in 2013 during the Obama administration when the government last shut down. "For more than two weeks, NASA reportedly stopped monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids," he said.
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CNN's Jim Acosta Frustrated He Wasn't Called On
During White House Press Briefing

(WFB) — CNN reporter Jim Acosta expressed frustration on Monday after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not call on him at that day's press briefing.

During the White House press briefing on Monday, Acosta attempted to ask Huckabee Sanders multiple questions, but she did not give him the opportunity to speak, calling on other reports instead.

"Gosh it's so bizarre how @PressSec keeps avoiding questions from CNN. #cantstandtheheat," Acosta tweeted afterward.

Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, has become known for frequently interrupting and clashing with President Donald Trump and other administration officials during press conferences. Some CNN insiders have said that they believe Acosta is, through his outbursts at press briefings, "angling to host an opinion show" on the network.
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Floridians Will Vote This Fall On
Restoring Voting Rights To 1.5 Million Felons

(Orlando Sentinel) — Florida voters will decide this fall whether 1.5 million felons will get their voting rights back.

Floridians for Fair Democracy, led by Desmond Meade, of Orlando, successfully gathered more than 799,000 certified signatures in their years-long petition drive, just a week before the deadline to reach the required total of about 766,000. Because of that, the state on Tuesday certified the initiative for the Nov. 6 ballot.

If approved by 60 percent of voters, the amendment would restore voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they fully complete their sentences, including parole or probation. Those convicted of murder or sexual offenses would continue to be barred from voting.
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Reporter Covering School Shooting
Learns Suspect Is Her Son

(Daily Mail) — The alleged Kentucky shooting suspect has been named as the son of a prominent newspaper editor in the town.

Gabe Parker, 15, has been identified as the suspect in the rampage on Tuesday that left two dead by the Courier-Journal.

Sources close to the family confirmed his identity to the paper, and explained that he is the son of Mary Garrison Minyard, the editor of the Marshall County Online.

Minyard rushed to the school on Tuesday morning to cover the incident when she realized her son was the primary suspect, the sources explained.
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Clinton Thanks 'Activist Bitches' In Bizarre Video

(NY Post) — Hillary Clinton loves you, bitches. The former presidential candidate and secretary of state appears in a new video message "directed to activist bitches supporting bitches."

The smartest woman on the planet"Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thanks," Clinton said into a cellphone camera, seated at a red banquette in what appeared to be a restaurant.

"Thanks for your feminism, for your activism, and all I can hope is you keep up the really important, good work," she said.

At the urging of an off-camera companion, she added with a laugh: "And let me just say, this is directed to the activist bitches supporting bitches. So let's go."

Clinton is known as a careful speaker in public – but numerous insiders have described her as potty-mouthed behind closed doors.
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Florida Gov. Removes Democrat Mayor From Office
After FBI Sting

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor has been removed from office following her arrest on three felony charges.

The Sun Sentinel reports that Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday suspending Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper from office while she faces the charges.

The Broward State Attorney's Office says Cooper, who surrendered Thursday, has been charged with money laundering, official misconduct and exceeding campaign contribution limits following an undercover FBI investigation. Prosecutors say Cooper, a Democrat, also is charged with the misdemeanor soliciting contributions in a government building.

Her attorney, Larry Davis, says she plans to plead not guilty.

The felonies carry maximum prison sentences of five years. The misdemeanor has a maximum one-year prison term.
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Grumpy Cat Wins $710,001 In Copyright Lawsuit:
'Memes Have Rights Too'

(The Wrap) — Grumpy Cat has a lot of reasons to be less grumpy this week – 710,001 reasons to be exact.

Grumpy catThe Grumpy Cat Limited company was awarded $710,001 in damages on Monday when a California jury decided that the beverage company Grenade was guilty of infringing on its copyright and trademark.

"I think, first of all, that it's a just verdict. The jury followed the law and facts and reached a verdict that was justified based on the law and the facts," David Jonelis of Lavely & Singer, Grumpy Cat's lawyer, told TheWrap. "It's nice that my client's rights were vindicated on this. It was a hard fought battle."

Grumpy Cat Limited, formed by Tabatha Bundesen to monetize the viral fame of her sour-faced cat (real name, Tardar Sauce), sued Grenade in 2015, claiming the company used the cat's image on several of its products, despite only having the rights to sell a line of iced coffees called "Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino."
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Tesla 'On Autopilot' Slams Into Parked Fire Truck

CULVER CITY, Calif. (Mercury News) — A Tesla Model S reportedly on "Autopilot" smashed into the back of a fire truck parked at a freeway accident scene Monday morning, authorities said.

The union representing Culver City firefighters whose truck was hit around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 405 in Culver City tweeted that the Tesla driver said he had been using Tesla's Autopilot system, which performs automated driving tasks.

The California Highway Patrol and Culver City Fire Department confirmed the southbound Tesla had struck the fire truck, but could not immediately confirm whether the vehicle had been on Autopilot.

The fire truck had been parked in the left emergency lane and carpool lane, blocking off the scene of a previous accident, with a CHP vehicle behind it and to the side, said Culver City Fire Department battalion chief Ken Powell.

Both emergency vehicles had their lights flashing, Powell added.
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India: Man Hit By Train In Quest For Perfect Selfie;
Growing Social Media Trend Of Reckless Photos

(BBC) — Gym trainer T Siva ignored warnings from a person nearby and the train driver while filming near Borabanda railway station on 21 January.

Mr Siva survived but has suffered head injuries, according to South Central Railways Police.

He has appeared in court and been fined 500 rupees ($7.87, £5.50).

The 21-second-long video was shared thousands of times on Facebook on Wednesday. In it, Mr Siva is seen standing in the foreground as an MMTS train approaches.

There is an audible warning from a person nearby and a repeated horn blaring from the train. Mr Siva does not move and continues filming, saying "one minute".

The train strikes him on the right side of his head and body and the phone falls to the ground.

Taking a video while standing in front of a fast-approaching train is a deadly trend in India.
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Marijuana Entrepreneur Killed In
Fiery Lamborghini Crash Was Drunk, Autopsy Finds

(LA Times) — The founder of a San Diego County hemp products empire who died in a fiery Lamborghini crash in November had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit, an autopsy has found.

Michael Llamas, 33, was speeding north on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego when he lost control and veered off the road near Broadway about 2 a.m. on Nov. 5. The 2016 Lamborghini he was driving struck a palm tree, then burst into flames.

Llamas died before he could be taken to a hospital.

According to his autopsy report, his blood alcohol level was between 0.17 and 0.20. The legal limit for drivers in California is 0.08.

He died of burns and smoke inhalation, the report read.

His passenger, a Tijuana model named Stephanie Rivera, was also drunk at the time of the crash, according to her autopsy report. She was ejected in the crash and died of her injuries two days later.
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