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Fox News Anchor Brushes Off Sharpiegate: ‘We Don’t Have Any Evidence’ Trump Did That

Fox News Anchor Brushes Off Sharpiegate: ‘We Don’t Have Any Evidence’ Trump Did ThatFox News anchor Sandra Smith was quick to defend President Donald Trump on Thursday morning over allegations that he used an altered weather map to back his false claim that Hurricane Dorian was predicted to hit Alabama. Her defense was more of a dismissal of the controversy, telling viewers there wasn’t “any evidence” that the president marked up the map.While discussing Dorian and its path with reporters on Wednesday, Trump pulled out a days-old NOAA forecast map showing Dorian heading for central Florida with its official cone of uncertainty extended into Alabama by what appeared to be a black Sharpie marking.Appearing Thursday on America’s Newsroom, Democratic National Committee communications head Xochitl Hinojosa was pressed on Democrats’ climate policies before pivoting to the president’s doctored map.“I think there is an important conversation happening in our party,” the Democratic spokesperson said. “All of them believe that climate change is real and we need to address this urgent threat in our nation and our world. And I think the difference is you saw yesterday Donald Trump, in order to prove a tweet right, was trying to put Alabama in the pathway of a hurricane.”As Hinojosa continued to rail against Trump, Smith jumped in to push back.“We don’t have any evidence he did that,” the Fox News anchor declared. “He says he doesn’t know who did it, he said.”Indeed, after Trump was confronted by reporters on Wednesday about the clearly doctored forecast map, the president gave a non-denial: “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” he said.Trump then doubled down on his false claim: “I know that Alabama was in the original forecast, they thought it would get a piece of it. We have a better map… in all cases Alabama was hit, if not lightly in some cases pretty hard. They gave it a 95 percent chance.”For days now, the president has insisted that he was correct in asserting that Alabama was in the hurricane’s path. On Sunday, Trump warned Alabama that they could be “hit (much) harder than anticipated,” prompting the Birmingham branch of the National Weather Service to fire back that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian.” Nevertheless, he made the claim twice more on Sunday.And the president has since refused to back down. After claiming Monday that he wasn’t wrong and “under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some ‘hurt,’” and displaying an old altered map to make his case on Wednesday, Trump has continued to hammer away on Twitter over the topic.Smith’s pushback against Hinojosa, meanwhile, came on the heels of Trump calling her out on Twitter last week for supposedly going easy on the DNC flack during a Fox News interview on the upcoming Democratic primary debate.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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'Very graphic’ evidence, including satanic elements, in Ohio child porn case, police say

'Very graphic’ evidence, including satanic elements, in Ohio child porn case, police sayAn Ohio man confessed to raping and photographing a 5-year-old boy in a case authorities say is the worst they’ve ever seen.



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A growing number of Americans doubt that Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide. Here's a guide to the conspiracy theories about his death, and why they're not backed by evidence.

A growing number of Americans doubt that Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide. Here's a guide to the conspiracy theories about his death, and why they're not backed by evidence.Authorities have dismissed theories that Jeffrey Epstein was killed in his Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.



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'This Case is Hot': Key Evidence from Boat Possibly Linked to Illinois Girl Missing for 23 Years

'This Case is Hot': Key Evidence from Boat Possibly Linked to Illinois Girl Missing for 23 YearsPolice in Moline say they're getting closer to answers as the FBI investigates what could be a key piece of evidence tied to the prime suspect in the case of Trudy Appleby.



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Canadian police find evidence of teen fugitives on banks of river

Canadian police find evidence of teen fugitives on banks of riverThe pair, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, both of Port Alberni, British Columbia, have been on the run for nearly three weeks with no confirmed sightings since July 22. The evidence, details of which were not revealed, was found on the banks of the Nelson River, 9 km (5.59 miles) along the shore near Gillam, Manitoba, the tiny northern community that was the center of the search last week, before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) scaled back the manhunt.



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Here’s the clearest evidence yet of why Huawei can’t be trusted, and it involves North Korea

Here’s the clearest evidence yet of why Huawei can’t be trusted, and it involves North KoreaUp to this point, Huawei has made a valiant effort at defending its reputation against a US-led opposition campaign that's stoked fears the company is basically a proxy for the Chinese central government and security apparatus. Pressed to defend its actions and ban of the company's products, the Trump campaign has offered up a kind of pre-emptive war defense — that just the threat alone justifies the actions taken. That's the same sentiment former US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge shared with me in a phone call in recent days. But now, finally, news has emerged that will offer Huawei's critics the strongest evidence yet of why they'll argue the company can't be trusted, and it involves the company helping build a wireless network inside North Korea.New reporting from The Washington Post makes clear that Huawei helped North Korea build and launch its internal Koryolink wireless network a decade ago, a project for which Huawei teamed up with China's state-owned Panda International Information Technology company. It's also a project that got underway after North Korea's then-supreme leader Kim Jong II made a visit to Huawei's headquarters in China, which led the company to contribute things like wireless network infrastructure and encryption services to the repressive regime's plans.This is disturbing news on a number of levels. Koryolink is one way North Korea keeps tabs on its citizens, with the new reporting making it clear that the network includes eavesdropping mechanisms made possible by the Huawei technologies. Among other things, North Korean officials can use the network to intercept calls and texts, in addition to capturing screenshots of user activity at random so that authorities can see what they're up to.In response to the newspaper's reporting, Huawei said it "has no business presence" in North Korea. A defense that clearly relies on a present tense formulation of the answer, while saying nothing about the past. Meanwhile, there are two concerns here. In addition to the obvious (providing material support to a dictatorship), much of the commentary out Monday about this news speculates that Huawei may have done an end-run around myriad sanctions to perform this work.> "Huawei is fully committed to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including all export control and sanction laws and regulations" of the United Nations, United States and European Union, Huawei told the newspaper.Relations between the US and China still remain frosty, at best, and the Huawei ban is still no closer to being resolved by US officials. Suffice it to say, today's revelations make the issue infinitely more complicated and offer evidence that will likely help ostracize Huawei even more than it is already.



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Mueller report shows evidence Trump committed crimes, House Judiciary chairman says

Mueller report shows evidence Trump committed crimes, House Judiciary chairman saysThe top Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Sunday he believes there is "substantial evidence" that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors, and he plans to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to present those facts at a congressional hearing on Wednesday. Nadler's comments are significant because evidence of such crimes would be required if Democrats pursue impeachment proceedings against the president.



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12,000 Years Ago, a Boy Had His Skull Squashed into a Cone Shape. It's the Oldest Evidence of Such Head-Shaping.

12,000 Years Ago, a Boy Had His Skull Squashed into a Cone Shape. It's the Oldest Evidence of Such Head-Shaping.Ancient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago — meaning they bound some children's maturing skulls, encouraging the heads to grow into elongated ovals — making them the oldest group on record to purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds.While excavating a Neolithic site (the last period of the Stone Age) at Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, the archaeologists found 11 elongated skulls — belonging to both males and females and ranging from toddlers to adults — that showed signs of deliberate skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM)."This is the earliest discovery of signs of intentional head modification in Eurasia continent, perhaps in the world," said study co-researcher Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. "If this practice began in East Asia, it likely spread westward to the Middle East, Russia and Europe through the steppes as well as eastward across the Bering land bridge to the Americas." [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed]The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, holding burials and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an excavation there between 2011 and 2015, archaeologists found the remains of 25 individuals, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for ICM. After putting these skulls in a CT scanner, which produced 3D digital images of each specimen, the researchers confirmed that 11 had indisputable signs of skull shaping, such as flattening and elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead.The oldest ICM skull belonged to an adult male, who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating.The M72 skull is between 6,300 and 5,500 years old. Qian Wang Archaeologists have found reshaped human skulls all around the world, from every inhabited continent. But this particular finding, if confirmed, "will [be] the earliest evidence of the intentional head modification, which lasted for 7,000 years at the same site after its first emergence," Wang told Live Science.The 11 ICM individuals died between ages 3 and 40, indicating that skull shaping began at a young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said.It's unclear why this particular culture practiced skull modification, but it's possible that fertility, social status and beauty could be factors, Wang said. The people with ICM buried at Houtaomuga were likely from a privileged class, as these individuals tended to have grave goods and funeral decorations."Apparently, these youth were treated with a decent funeral, which might suggest a high socioeconomic class," Wang said.An excavation at the site during 2010. Lixin WangEven though the Houtaomuga man is the oldest known case of ICM in history, it's a mystery whether other known instances of ICM spread from this group, or whether they rose independently of one another, Wang said."It is still too early to claim intentional cranial modification first emerged in East Asia and spread elsewhere; it may have originated independently in different places," Wang said. More ancient DNA research and skull examinations throughout the world may shed light on this practice's spread, he said.The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. * 25 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries * The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth * Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic LifeOriginally published on Live Science.



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Congressman: Block evidence of trysts in corruption case

Congressman: Block evidence of trysts in corruption caseLawyers for California Rep. Duncan Hunter want a federal judge to reject an attempt by prosecutors to introduce evidence that the congressman used campaign funds to finance a string of extramarital relationships, a court filing said Friday. Allegations about the married Republican congressman’s affairs were outlined in a government court filing Monday, connected to charges he and his wife illegally spent more than $ 250,000 in campaign funds on trips, meals and other personal expenses. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty this month to one corruption count.



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Trump, without offering evidence, accuses Mueller of crimes

Trump, without offering evidence, accuses Mueller of crimesU.S. President Donald Trump, without offering evidence, on Wednesday directly accused former Special Counsel Robert Mueller of committing a crime, saying Mueller had illegally “terminated” FBI communications as part of his Russia investigation. “Mueller terminated them illegally. … Robert Mueller terminated their text messages together.



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