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*Missouri State Highway Patrol is requesting the public’s help to find a missing St. Louis woman. Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was last seen Monday morning at Whole Foods Market in Town & Country, but her vehicle was located two hours away in rural Monroe County.

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CALIFORNIA FIRES: Death Toll in Camp Fire Up to at Least 48

The death toll in Northern California's Camp fire rose to 48 on Tuesday. The fire has already been called the largest and deadliest in the history of California.  Officials say the Camp Fire has destroyed around  7,600 homes.

The latest victims were found in homes located in the city of Paradise.

So far, only 35 percent of the fire is contained. About 6,000 firefighters are continuing to fight the blaze, which is still burning on more than 130,000 acres of land.

Over in Southern California, the Woolsey fire has claimed at least two lives in Malibu. More than 400 structures have been destroyed along with 97,000 acres of land burned, but it's now 40 percent contained. (FOX News)

Hates Crimes Rise For Third Straight Year -

 You aren’t imagining things more extreme people are coming out of the woodwork.

The FBI says hate crimes are up more than 17-percent across the country. A new report shows there were more than seven-thousand bias crimes last year, marking the third consecutive year the number has increased. Most of those crimes, about 60-percent, were committed against people based on race, while 20-percent were religious-based hate crimes.

The most disturbing stat in this report is episodes of hate and intolerance are on the rise in our schools. Minors account for 17-percent of all hate crimes with identifiable suspects.

The FBI says about 16-percent of hate crimes targeted victims because of sexual orientation. 

Source: Newsweek


SCOTUS Will Look Into Gerrymandering - 

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear a case that might impact how districts are drawn up around the country.

The Court is looking at a Virginia case where civil rights backers claim the state packed African-American voters into 11 House of Delegate districts to reduce their influence in the rest of the state. In March 2017 the Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision.

That court then agreed that blacks were over represented in the districts and ordered they be redrawn. Republican legislators appealed to the Supreme Court, which has recently rejected two other claims of partisan gerrymandering. 

Source: The Hour


Suspected White Nationalist With Ties To Synagogue Shooter Is Arrested - 

A Washington, DC man suspected of being a white nationalist who had befriended the suspect in the deadly Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting is under arrest on gun charges.

Jeffrey Clark was charged with illegal possession of high-capacity firearms magazines and unlawful guns and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. The FBI affidavit claims Clark knew Tree of Life suspect Robert Bowers through the Gab social media site. Clark discussed killing Jews and African Americans there.

He also was photographed at the 2017 Unite The Right rally in Virginia standing next to the man accused of driving a car into a crowd of protesters, killing one woman. He wrote on social media that Bowers was a hero and the victims of the synagogue shooting deserved exactly what happened to them and so much worse.

According to federal filings, Clark’s concerned relatives alerted authorities to his “agitated outbursts” after his brother committed suicide. 

Source: Tribune Review


A Protest Against Amazon’s New York Headquarters Is Planned For Today - 

There is a group of people who are not at all happy with Amazon coming to their area with its HQ2.

Those people will protest later today against Amazon's plans to set up shop in New York. People who live in Long Island City, Queens where Amazon will build part of its second headquarters are upset about the deal.

They're worried that the four-million square foot facility that'll bring 25-thousand jobs will drive up housing prices, displace low-income residents and overwhelm mass transit. They're also upset that city and state officials offered Amazon two-billion-dollars in tax incentives without any input from the local community.

The backlash isn’t just from residents, but politicians, experts who say the benefit package is too generous, and others. Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.” 

Source: Washington Post




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