President Trump that Saudi Arabia has paid the US $1 billion so that the US would keep soldiers stationed in the country. Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Friday that he said ’You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us.’ Representative Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party, and others have criticized Trump for making US troops into mercenaries.
Authorities in Ohio say the body of 14-year-old Harley Dilly who has been missing for weeks was found Monday caught in a chimney of an abandoned house across the street from where he lived. It was unclear why Dilly would have gone into the home. No foul play is suspected. ’It appears Harley climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney,’ an investigator said.
Experts at Innerbody have analyzed data from CDC to reveal the top 100 US cities with the highest STD (sexually transmitted diseases) rates. Baltimore had the highest per capita with 2,004 cases reported per 100,000. Jackson and Philadelphia ranked second and third. In terms of states, California ranked at the top with several cities listed as STD hotspots. Ohio and Texas tied for second place.
A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for spitting on an elderly Trump supporter wearing a Make America Great Again hat at a bar. Matthias Ajple, 43, was convicted of battering Robert Youngblood in an attack at Hurricane Grill & Wings in Vero Beach. In the incident on Oct. 25, Ajple walked around the restaurant’s bar and accosted Youngblood over his apparent political opinions.
The lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate is calling for a probe into why the prison video on the night of Epstein’s first suicide attempt was destroyed. The attorney said the missing footage would show Nicholas Tartaglione, who is facing death penalty, tried to help Epstein. He argued the video could convince a jury that Tartaglione doesn’t deserve the death penalty because of his conduct.
President Trump reportedly plans to divert $7.2 billion from the Pentagon to go toward border wall construction this year. The amount is five times greater than what Congress authorized in the budget. This would be the second year in a row that money is redirected to the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were cheered on as the duo took the field at the start of the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans on Monday night. They were greeted by cheers and chants of ’USA! USA!’ and ’Four more years!’.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over what she claims was a racist conspiracy by officials to remove her from office. Gardner, who is black, alleges civil rights violations as well as violations of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. In the lawsuit, Gardner cites St. Louis’ ’long history of racial inequality and prejudice in its criminal justice system’.
Eight people were left wounded early Monday after a man went on a stabbing rampage in Colorado Springs. He was halted eventually by some of the victims. ’The male was taken into custody and there is no danger to the community’, a police statement said. The extent of his victims’ injuries was not immediately known. Cops said the attacks appeared to be random.
An off-duty sheriff’s detective was struck and killed by car after helping an elderly woman cross a street in Los Angeles. Detective Amber Leist is survived by her parents and two sons. The driver had reportedly tried to help the deputy and is cooperating with investigators.
AG William Barr, speaking at a press conference Monday, called out Apple for not helping the FBI crack into password-protected iPhones used by the alleged shooter at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida. ’This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that investigators be able to get access to digital evidence once they have obtained a court order’, Barr said.
Actress Issa Rae took a dig at the recognition of the nominees at the Oscars by saying, ’Congratulations to those men’. Rae took a shot as the best director nominees, all men, were announced. However, this seems to have overshadowed the news that across all categories, a record 62 women (making up about a third of nominees) were nominated.
Montana Supreme Court has reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah’s Witnesses for not reporting a girl’s sexual abuse to authorities. Montana law requires officials, including clergy, to report child abuse when there is reasonable cause for suspicion. However, the court said in its 7-0 decision that they are exempt because it was a ’confidential communication or confession’.