[The Federalist] A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Friday that nine of the state’s 15 felony charges against undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, in a prosecution initiated by then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris, have enough evidence to proceed to a criminal trial. The judge dropped the other six charges.
Dropping down to the bottom line:
After Friday’s ruling, Daleiden said Harris’ case continues to fall apart as facts about Planned Parenthood’s criminal organ trafficking are revealed in the courtroom.
Email records show Harris’ office corresponded with Planned Parenthood officials, orchestrating public responses, filing police reports, and even drafting legislation targeting Daleiden. Harris has received tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions from Planned Parenthood-affiliated entities. Emphasis added.
[Breitbart] Hip-hop star Juice WRLD has died after suffering a seizure at Midway airport in Chicago early Sunday morning, TMZ reports.
The 21-year-old rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, began to suffer from what official say was an unknown medical issue some time after midnight Sunday morning. Emergency crews arrived at the airport at around 3:30 a.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
"Chicago police confirmed that a 21-year-old man suffered a medical emergency at the airport a short time earlier after getting off a private jet," reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
Police and fire officials confirmed a 21-year-old male was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago police said he experienced a "medical emergency.″
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the transported man experienced cardiac arrest and was transported to a hospital from a Midway hanger away from the main terminal where private planes land.
Chicago police said they’re conducting a death investigation.
Rappers reacted in shock and sadness to the star’s death:
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] New Zealand’s White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, prompting fears for a group of visitors seen walking on the crater floor moments before. that's gonna leave a mark...
The country’s National Emergency Management Agency, said a “moderate volcanic eruption is occurring at White Island and is hazardous in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.
Cameras providing a live feed from the volcano showed more than half a dozen people walking inside the rim at 2:10 pm local time (01:10 GMT), before images went dark when the eruption occurred minutes later.
The local mayor said he feared there had been “injuries” in the eruption.
[Dhaka Tribune] A farmer was trampled to death by a wild elephant in the Lohagara upazila, Chittagong, around 8:30pm on Saturday.
The dear departed was identified as Nurul Islam, 38, son of Abdus Sobhan, confirmed Inspector Rashedul Islam of the Lohagara cop shoppe.
Abu Naser Md Yasin Newaz, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Wildlife Management & Nature Conservation Division Chittagong said: "A herd of elephants stormed a paddy field in the area on Saturday night. An elephant trampled the farmer to death when locals and farmers tried to drive them away.
"During the dry season, elephants come to the locality in search of food and water. The incidents of elephant attacks particularly rise during the paddy harvesting season. Wild elephants behave violently if disturbed.
"People should not make any sudden movements in front of them. Any sort of such action may result in aggressive behavior from the elephants. The elephants will move away after damaging some crops. We will give proper compensation to the affected people for any damage done to the crop fields or any property. So, there is nothing to panic here," added the DFO.
Five people were reported dead from August to September this year in Boalkhali and Anwara upazilas.
More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Moscow-backed separatists has killed more than 14,000 people, and a ceasefire has remained elusive. https://t.co/uHu3USvJ1S
President Donald Trump warns that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has “everything” to lose through hostility toward the United States, after Pyongyang says it carries out a major new weapons test.https://t.co/4e3f9CKgmH
Organizers of a massive pro-democracy march in Hong Kong say some 800,000 people take part in what is being considered the largest turnout in months as the movement marks half a year of protests and unrest.https://t.co/J5vkcLoYAl
[TaxProf] Harvard University expects to pay $49.8 million in federal taxes as a result of the tax reform package passed in 2017.
Most of the tax bill, $37.7 million, comes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s new tax on net investment income -- the so-called endowment tax. The other $12.1 million is from a net investment income tax on operational revenues, unrelated business taxable income and excise taxes on executive compensation.
The nearly $50 million tax bill is still an estimate, Harvard said in its annual financial report for the fiscal year ending in June 2019, which the university released Thursday. The federal government hasn’t issued final guidance that would allow the exact amount of tax to be calculated, but accounting principles require Harvard to book expenses in the year they were incurred. ...
Despite the new tax bill, Harvard’s net operating surplus rose almost 52 percent to $297.9 million in 2019. Total operating revenue rose nearly 6 percent to $5.5 billion as total student revenue rose 7 percent to $1.2 billion.
[Jpost] A Paleostinian man who converted to Judaism has been released from jail where he was being held by the Paleostinian authorities and beaten by fellow prisoners.
Upon his release, David Ben Avraham, formerly Sameh Zeitoun, was taken to United Hatzalah of Israel’s headquarters in Jerusalem for a medical checkup before being transferred to Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.
Ben Avraham spent 58 days in jail before finally being released, apparently thanks to Israeli officials working quietly behind the scenes. He had been arrested in October by gunnies, while visiting his son in the West Bank.
"They handcuffed me and took me to jail. I took a lot of beatings there," he told Ynet news on Friday. "The guards told everyone I had converted and I was Jewish. Prisoners would gang up on me, choke me and beat me badly."
The meagre food he was given "wouldn’t satisfy a mouse," he added. "I was denied water. I fainted three times and they took me to a hospital."
He was later held in solitary confinement, he said, where holy mans tried to persuade him to return to Islam. "I refused outright," he said. "I decided to become a part of the Jewish people and I have no intention of going back."
Haim Perg, one of the leaders of the Jewish community in Hevron who worked to ensure Ben Avraham’s release and who accompanies him, said, "After severe torture that he underwent and in a well-orchestrated operation, we rescued David Samah Zaytun from prison and the hands of Abu Mazen and the evil clutches of the secret police, from prison, and from the house arrest to which he was thrown after he was kidnapped near the Karmei Tzur Junction on Erev Yom Kippur."
Ben Avraham converted to Judaism through the Bnei Brak Rabbinical Court of Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, who died in October. The authorities view rare cases of Paleostinian conversion with caution; the government's Conversion Authority regularly rejects Paleostinian applicants without review. Some of those, like Ben Avraham, turn to private institutions instead.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound "mighty mice," pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot.
The Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral three days earlier.
The two spacecraft soared 260 miles (420 kilometers) above the South Pacific at the time of capture.
It marks the third visit for this recycled Dragon.
The capsule holds 3 tons (2,720 kilograms) of supplies, including 40 mice for a muscle and bone experiment.
Eight of them are genetically engineered with twice the normal muscle mass - and so are considered "mighty mice."
There also are 120,000 roundworms, or nematodes of a beneficial variety that are part of an agricultural study aimed at controlling pests here on Earth.
The capsule also has a large, round robot head with artificial intelligence and the ability to sense astronauts’ emotions. "I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that"
Named Cimon, it’s an improved version of what flew up last year to be tested as an astronaut’s helper.
NASA has tucked some Christmas presents in the shipment for the station’s six-person crew, as well.
It’s SpaceX’s 19th delivery to the orbiting outpost for NASA over the past seven years.
The astronauts have another shipment coming on Monday - this one launched by Russia from Kazakhstan on Friday.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.