Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Neglected dog born with deformed face finds happy home


A young dog with a facial deformity who spent five years neglected in an Austin, Texas backyard now has a new lease on life after finding his forever home with a woman who treats him “just like my family.”

In April 2017, Beaux Tox, a 6-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, was on his fifth year of living in his owner’s backyard without a dog house or a dog bed while being subjected to up to 110-degree Texas heat.

Beaux Tox was severely underweight with a “horrible” heartworm infestation when Hulit adopted him. A veterinarian told her he had a 50/50 chance at survival.  (Jamie Hulit)

The pup was said to have been born with a litter of dogs bred to be sold, but was given for free to a man who lived in Austin because of his facial deformity. His adopter apparently wasn’t situated to have a dog, and thus Beaux Tox was neglected, as he “really had no place to go.”


But his life turned around for the better when Jamie Hulit, also of Austin, saw a Facebook post from her friend looking for a foster home for Beaux Tox. Hulit, who fosters dogs with five different animal rescues, told Fox News she said she “didn’t even want to foster him, I just want to adopt him right away.”

Beaux Tox now lives in Austin with Hulit, pictured, and his siblings, Scout and Riley.  (Jamie Hulit)

When Hulit, 47, picked up Beaux Tox later that day, she saw that living outside in abandonment for five years took its toll on the dog.

He had “horrible” heartworms and was a mere 42 pounds — in such bad health that a veterinarian said there was a 50/50 chance he would survive. Beaux Tox was in and out of an oxygen tank for a month while there was “a list of things” he had to recover from before starting aggressive heartworm treatment.

Beaux Tox “does everything he wants to do,” Hulit told Fox News. “He is able to live a dog life now.”  (Jamie Hulit)

Hulit said the dog “almost didn’t make it,” and described her first nine months with him as “slow.” Beaux Tox was never house-trained, as he lived outside his entire life, and “didn’t have manners when he moved in.”


The “first thing he did was peed on the couch,” Hulit said. Beaux Tox didn’t know it was wrong “because he never had a home.”

But, one year later, Hulit says Beaux Tox — who has two dog siblings, named Scout and Riley — is in good health and leading a great life. “He does everything he wants to do,” she said. “He is able to live a dog life now.”

Beaux Tox, left, is pictured with his siblings Riley, middle, and Scout, right.  (Jamie Hulit)

“I just wanted him to be happy and to be a dog,” Hulit told Fox News of her adopting Beaux Tox. Now, she says, “he’s just like my family.”

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Hillary Clinton's email list, voter data, campaign software costing Democrats millions, report says


Democratic campaign organizations have paid or pledged to pay more than $2 million for key parts of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign infrastructure — including her email list and campaign software — as the party ramps up a costly campaign to win back both houses of Congress this November, The Intercept reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the Democratic National Committee will pay Clinton’s PAC Onward Together $1.65 million for access to her campaign resources, including voter data. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has paid more than $700,000 to rent the email list.

In contrast, then-President Barack Obama gifted his email list wirth nearly $2 million to the DNC as an in-kind contribution in 2015, the report added.


Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile told The Intercept she had negotiated quarterly payments to the Clinton campaign in exchange for access to the list. She said the last payment initially was scheduled for February of this year. However, DNC spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa told the website that Brazile’s successor, Tom Perez, restructured the payment schedule and redirected the money to Onward Together.

According to and Federal Election Commission records, the DNC has made four payments to Onward Together between January and February of this year, totaling $705,000. Hinojosa told The Intercept the remaining money would be paid out by October.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told Fox News in an email that “paying a rental fee for use of an email list is common practice, and in this case the DNC has raised over $30 million with it, an 1800 [percent] return on their investment.”

“Putting the DNC on a strong footing is something that Secretary Clinton was very focused on during the campaign,” Merrill added. “She was the first presidential candidate in decades to leave the DNC in the black after a Presidential cycle. The campaign turned over an unprecedented amount of campaign data and resources.”

The Intercept report comes as the DNC struggles with a fundraising disadvantage while the midterm campaign kicks into high gear. According to OpenSecrets, the RNC has raised $171.5 million so far this cycle, nearly double the $88.1 million raised by the DNC.

The numbers also show that the DNC has spent $90.5 million this cycle — nearly $2 million more than it has taken in — and has just $9.3 million in cash on hand. By contrast, the RNC has nearly $43 million in cash on hand and a surplus of $17.6 million.

Last year, Brazile disclosed she had discovered a joint fundraising agreement drawn up by the DNC and the Clinton campaign in August 2015. As part of the agreement, Brazile wrote, “Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised … Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff.”


Brazile also wrote in her book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” that “individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the … agreement … and $33,400 to the DNC.”

“The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that,” Brazile added. “Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to [Clinton campaign headquarters].”

The stark financial numbers have not deterred Perez from setting up a so-called “State Party Innovation Fund,” a $10 million grant program meant to rebuild the state parties. 

Representatives for the DNC did not respond to a request for comment by Fox News.

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Victims of California serial killer, rapist voice relief


A victim of a notorious California serial killer and rapist says she’s overjoyed after learning police have arrested a man who could be responsible.

Authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, identifying him as the “East Area Rapist” responsible for killing at least 12 people and raping at least 45 in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jane Carson-Sandler says she wants to speak to DeAngelo after being raped in her Citrus Heights, California, home in 1976.

She remembers snuggling in her bed with her 3-year-old son when her house was broken into and she and the child were tied up.

Bruce Harrington, whose brother and sister-in-law were killed in 1980, also applauded law enforcement’s efforts to bring justice. Authorities believe the East Area Rapist killed the couple in their Orange County home.

Judge rules New York City bar can refuse service to Trump supporter wearing MAGA hat


A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that kicking Trump supporters out of bars does not violate the law – because the law doesn’t protect against political discrimination.

Greg Piatek of Philadelphia claims he was refused service and then eventually removed from a New York City bar in January 2017 for wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat, in a lawsuit against the establishment.

“Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” Piatek claims the staff of The Happiest Hour told him.


Piatek claimed the incident “offended his sense of being an American,” the New York Post reported.

The lawyer representing The Happiest Hour, Elizabeth Conway, argued that he was not discriminated against because only religious – not political – beliefs are protected under state and city discrimination law.

“Supporting Trump is not a religion,” Conway argued.

Piatek’s attorney Paul Liggieri responded in court, “The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial.”

“He was paying spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief,” Liggieri claimed. Piatek and his pals had, in fact, visited the memorial before the bar. Rather than remove his hat, instead he held true to his spiritual belief and was forced from the bar,” Liggieri told Justice David Cohen, the New York Post reported.

The judge pressed Liggieri on the spiritual nature of his belief, saying the bar staff would not be aware of Piatek’s specific religious philosophies.

“How many members are in this spiritual program that your client is engaged in?” the judge asked.

“Your honor, we don’t allege the amount of individuals,” Liggieri said.

“So, it’s a creed of one?” the judge asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Liggieri replied, the New York Post reported.

The judge eventually made a ruling on the matter, saying the incident amount to nothing more than a “petty slight,” the New York Post reported.

“Plaintiff does not state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates,” Judge Cohen said. “Here the claim that plaintiff was not served and eventually escorted out of the bar because of his perceived support for President Trump is not outrageous conduct.”


Piatek was suing for unspecific emotional damage and will review with Liggieri to determine whether or not to appeal the verdict.

The Happiest Hour denied that Piatek had been removed in the first place, stating Piatek “was sufficiently pleased with his service at the bar that he added” a $36 tip onto the $186 tab, according to the New York Post. The bar owners suggests Piatek’s lawsuit was a “publicity stunt.”

Video showing deadly shooting of 'Cops' crewman at Omaha Wendy's released by judge


An judge ruled Tuesday that the city of Omaha must release a graphic video showing the death of a TV crewmember for “Cops” during a shootout in 2014 as part of the victim’s wrongful death lawsuit.

Bryce Dion, 38, was a sound mixer working on a shoot with police in Omaha for the popular reality show. When police entered a local Wendy’s to respond to a report of a robbery, a suspect pointed what turned out to be a pellet gun at officers, who returned fire. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Dion, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was struck under the armpit by a police bullet during the shooting. The suspect with the pellet gun, Cortez Washington, 32, was also killed.

The video was played in open court at the request of attorney Christian Williams, who is representing Bryce’s brother, Trevor, in a wrongful death lawsuit. They allege that police acted negligently in their handling of the situation. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer decided the officers’ use of their weapons was justified, along with a grand jury that cleared all three officers involved.

The graphic clip, which can be viewed below, shows officers responding to the Wendy’s, entering the building before several shots ring out. The suspect runs from behind the counter out the door under a hail of gunfire. When the dust settles, the cameraman filming the incident approaches an unresponsive Dion to ask if he’s OK as police secure the suspect outside.

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Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid to a White House military staff member, according to a summary of accusations compiled by Democratic staff on the committee considering his nomination as Veterans Affairs secretary.

The summary was based on conversations with 23 of Jackson’s current at former colleagues at the White House Medical Unit. The accusations included multiple incidents of Jackson’s intoxication while on duty, often on overseas trips. On at least one occasion he was nowhere to be found when his medical help was needed because “he was passed out drunk in his hotel room,” according to the summary.

At a Secret Service going-away party, the summary says, Jackson got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle.

In just a matter of days, the allegations have transformed Jackson’s reputation as a celebrated doctor attending the president to an embattled nominee accused of drinking on the job and over-prescribing drugs.

A doomed VA nomination would be a political blow to the White House, which has faced criticism for sloppy screening of Cabinet nominees. President Donald Trump continues to stand by Jackson and the White House is aggressively defending him.

Jackson on Wednesday denied allegations of bad behavior and told reporters at the White House he was “still moving ahead as planned.”

“I never wrecked a car,” he said. “I have no idea where that is coming from.”

He told reporters he was “still moving ahead as planned.”

The allegations were publicly released on the day that Jackson’s confirmation hearing was to have been held. The hearing was postponed indefinitely while the allegations against him are reviewed.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Jackson had passed “at least four independent background checks” that found “no areas of concern.”

“He has received more vetting than most nominees,” she said.

According to the summary released by Democrats, Jackson was nicknamed “Candyman” by White House staff because he would provide prescriptions without paperwork and had his own private stock of controlled substances.

Drugs he prescribed included Ambien, used for sleep, and Provigil, used to help wake up. In one case, the summary said, quantities of Percocet, a prescription opioid, went missing and “threw WHMU into a panic. It turned out Jackson had provided a large supply to a White House Military Officer.”

Reports of overprescribing and alcohol-related behavior problems can jeopardize a doctor’s license. Many state medical boards allow doctors to keep their licenses and return to practice if they complete special treatment programs and submit to random urine screens for some specified length of time. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is at least as common among physicians as in the general population.

Marc Short, the White House legislative director, could not say he was confident the allegations were false. He was “not familiar” with car wreck episode.

But Short also suggested Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana was airing the allegations for political gain.

“It’s quite unusual for a United States senator to take allegations that have not been fully investigated, but to flaunt them to the national public to suggest he’s the ‘candyman’ I think is outrageous.”

“We’re standing by Jackson,” Short said. “Dr. Jackson will look forward to telling his story.”

Veterans groups are dismayed over the continuing uncertainty at the VA, already beset by infighting over improvements to veterans care.

“The American Legion is very concerned about the current lack of permanent leadership,” said Denise Rohan, national commander of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization.

A watchdog report requested in 2012 and reviewed by The Associated Press found that Jackson and a rival physician exhibited “unprofessional behaviors” as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit.

That report by the Navy’s Medical Inspector General found a lack of trust in the leadership and low morale among staff members, who described the working environment as “being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce.”

It included no references to improper prescribing of drugs or the use of alcohol, as alleged in the summary compiled by the Democratic staff members.

Jackson, a White House physician since 2006, met privately with Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and the president urged him to keep fighting to win confirmation, according to a White House official briefed on the meeting. The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, said Jackson denied the allegations.

The White House released handwritten reports from Trump and former President Barack Obama praising Jackson’s leadership and medical care and recommending him for promotion.

Trump’s first VA secretary, David Shulkin, was dismissed after an ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency. But Jackson has faced numerous questions from lawmakers and veterans groups about whether he has the experience to manage the department of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans.


Associated Press writers Darlene Superville, Lisa Mascaro, Catherine Lucey, Lolita Baldor, Alan Fram and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

Lydon on CNBC: Long-Term Trend Lines Clearly in Place


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Ford is killing off nearly all of its cars in favor of SUVs


Ford is eliminating nearly all of its car models in North America as it reinvents itself as a utility vehicle-focused brand in an effort to improve its operating efficiency and profit margin.

The Taurus, Fusion, Fiesta and C-Max will be discontinued, leaving only the Mustang and a new crossover-style compact called the Focus Active in showrooms alongside its growing lineup of SUVs.


The all-new Bronco will be revealed next year.  (Ford)

The move comes just a few weeks after the automaker announced plans to have eight utility vehicles on sale by 2020, including a new Bronco and an all-electric performance model codename Mach 1. The Focus Active is not counted among these.

Ford didn’t reveal the fate of the sedans that are currently in Lincoln’s lineup, but said the luxury division as a whole is not in jeopardy despite it being a low performing area in the company.

Sedans and hatchbacks will continue to be offered in other markets around the world.

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Raptors honor victims of van attack before Game 5


The Toronto Raptors honored the victims the deadly van attack Monday with a moment of silence Wednesday night before Game 5 of their playoff series against the Washington Wizards/

Players from both teams held up banners with the hashtag #TORONTOSTRONG as they stood on the court during the tribute and the national anthems that followed.

The Raptors, the Wizards and the NBA will make a donation to a fund for victims and those affected by the incident.

Raptors President Masai Ujiri spoke about the attack after the Raptors practiced Tuesday.

“What we do doesn’t really matter sometimes,” Ujiri said. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be on that sidewalk.”

Guard Kyle Lowry said he was impressed by the actions of Const. Ken Lam, who earned international acclaim for peacefully arresting of suspect Alek Minassian.

“In America he would definitely have been shot up,” Lowry said. “He did an amazing job of making a judgment call. I think more people could learn from that.”

Coach Dwane Casey was struck by how close the carnage occurred to his own Toronto neighborhood,

“It’s not too far from up the street from where I live,” Casey said.

Casey and his coaches were in the midst of a meeting Monday afternoon when assistant Rex Kalamian’s phone buzzed with someone informing him of the tragedy. The coaches stopped their meeting and turned on a television to find out what had happened.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Casey said. “Just this weekend I was talking to people saying how safe Toronto is, how it’s a melting pot and you don’t have the same crime. Hopefully though, sport can offer a relief, some reprieve.”

Like Casey, Ujiri said he is proud of Toronto’s reputation as a safe, welcoming place.

“Everywhere I go, I brag about this city,” Ujiri said. “It’s the safest place in the world. It’s the best city in the world and it’s going to continue to be the best place and the best city in the world.”

Toronto police said the 10 people killed and 14 injured in the attack were “predominantly” women, but have declined so far to discuss a motive. The 25-year-old Minassian has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

Cousins Properties: 1Q Earnings Snapshot


ATLANTA (AP) _ Cousins Properties Inc. (CUZ) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The results met Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Atlanta, said it had funds from operations of $64.6 million, or 15 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 15 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $16 million, or 4 cents per share.

The real estate company posted revenue of $117.2 million in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $113.3 million, topping Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $110.2 million.

Cousins Properties expects full-year funds from operations to be 59 cents to 63 cents per share.

The company’s shares have decreased slightly more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $8.47, a rise of roughly 1 percent in the last 12 months.


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Maine officer shot and killed by suspect who stole his car, robbed store


Authorities in Maine launched a dragnet Wednesday after a man shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy, stole his cruiser and then robbed a convenience store, officials said.

Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Corporal Eugene Cole was killed around 1:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock, located about 30 miles north of the state capital of Augusta. Cole was one of two cops shot dead nationwide, with a Dallas police officer succumbing to his wounds Wednesday morning after being injured the day before.

“He was one of the finest deputies that you would want to meet,” Lancaster said of Cole at a news conference.

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Corporal Eugene Cole was killed early Wednesday. Authorities are now looking for 29-year-old John Williams.  (Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said the suspect, 29-year-old John Williams, stole Cole’s police cruiser after the shooting and drove it to a Cumberland Farms store, a 24-hour gas and convenience store, and robbed it. Lancaster did not not disclose any details about what happened before the deputy was shot.

After fleeing the store, Williams abandoned the vehicle, which was found around 5 a.m., officials said. It is not known if Williams is in another vehicle or on foot.

“Many times we’re able to say that there is not an ongoing threat, but that’s not the case today,” State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said at a news conference. “There certainly is an ongoing public threat. He’s considered armed and dangerous.”

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John Williams, 29, is seen leaving a convenience store early Wednesday, after police say he killed Corporal Eugene Cole.  (Maine State Police)

Lancaster said during an evening news conference that “this still remains a very active investigation” and authorities had been following up on leads over the course of the day.

“As of this briefing, do not approach Williams,” Lancaster said. “He remains armed and extremely dangerous.”

Officers work the scene of a shooting at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Norridgewock, Maine, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. A Maine man killed a sheriff's deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed the convenience store early Wednesday, triggering an intensive manhunt in the rural town in central Maine. (Lexie O'Connor/WGME via AP )

Officers work the scene of a shooting at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Norridgewock, Maine, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  (Lexie O’Connor/WGME via AP )

Williams is described as being 5-foot-6, 120 pounds and having blue eyes and brown hair in a ponytail, Lancaster said. 

Williams was previously arrested in Massachusetts on March 22 on firearms violations, according to a police report. Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office, told The Associated Press that Williams posted $5,000 bail and was supposed to return to court Wednesday for a hearing.

The FBI told WGME they are sending assistance to help the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police with the investigation.

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A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed early Wednesday in Norridgewock, Maine.  (WGME)

Cole was a member of the sheriff’s office for 13 years and had a son, according to Lancaster. 

“We have lost an outstanding deputy today,” he said.

Authorities are now conducting a manhunt in the area, including using helicopters to try to locate Williams.


Maine Gov. Paul LePage asked for residents in Somerset County and the surrounding area to “stay safe”

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family of fallen Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole,” LePage wrote on Twitter. “If you live in Somerset County and the surrounding area, please cooperate with law enforcement and stay safe.”

Senator Susan Collins said on Twitter she was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“I am deeply saddened to learn Cpl. Eugene Cole was killed in the line of duty in Norridgewock this morning,” Collins said. “Cpl. Cole served the citizens of Somerset County for 13 years with honor & distinction, & Maine will be eternally grateful for his brave actions to protect his community.”

Residents of the town of about 3,500 people were urged to be vigilant, as there are heavy woods in the area. Authorities had guns drawn outside of a home in Madison where the suspect lives, located about 8 miles from the scene of the shooting.

“We’re a little on edge. It’s unnerving knowing there’s a guy running around out there,” Tasha Raymond, who was home with her two children, told The Associated Press.

The last time a Maine officer was shot and killed in the line of duty was 29 years ago on March 31, 1989, according to WGME. Maine State Police Detective Giles Landry was gunned down in his police cruiser outside a mobile home in Leeds while investigating a child abuse case.

Fox News’ Shira Bush, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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An ETF Providing Quality at a Reasonable Price


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Smart beta or factor-based ETFs can help investors achieve enhanced returns. In a new research note from DWS, ETF Strategists Abby Woodham, Rob Bush and Eric Legunn describe factor investing as an investment strategy that falls at the intersection between passive and active investment management. “Typically, factor investors seek to gain exposure to various systematic […]

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Kilroy Realty: 1Q Earnings Snapshot


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Kilroy Realty Corp. (KRC) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Los Angeles, said it had funds from operations of $96.3 million, or 94 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 90 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $36.2 million, or 36 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $182.8 million in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $181.7 million.

Kilroy Realty expects full-year funds from operations to be $3.49 to $3.64 per share.

The company’s shares have decreased 6 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $70.06, a drop of nearly 5 percent in the last 12 months.


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Red Cross says it's flooded by missing requests for Syrians


The International Committee of the Red Cross has been “flooded” with about 13,000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members, its president said Wednesday.

Before then, Peter Maurer told a small group of journalists, the organization had gotten only “requests in the hundreds.” In the first three or four years of the conflict, it received between 30 and 50 tracing requests a month, he said.

Maurer said inquiries on the missing have come from all areas of Syria, neighboring countries, Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.

With the conflict now in its eighth year, the Red Cross chief said the surge in requests is probably related to Syrians returning to “precariously stable” places in the country where there is no active combat and worrying about family members. He said the organization has also been “slightly more pro-active” on the issue of missing Syrians.

Maurer said the Red Cross has had very limited success so far in reuniting family members, with “numbers are in the tens to fifties rather than in the thousands.”

“So we recognize and we want to beef up our capacities to look in much more details to these requests,” he said.

Maurer said some of the missing may have died, some may be in prison and some may have fled.

The Red Cross has access to prisons, but in Syria it can only go into official detention facilities — state-run prisons, he said.

“We don’t have access to security detention facilities of the army and the secret services,” Maurer said. “Neither do we have access at the present moment to detention facilities of the opposition.”

He said the matter of missing Syrians also links to the issue of foreigners who went to fight in Syria and Iraq with extremist groups, including the Islamic State and al-Qaida. Maurer said the Red Cross has been able to visit opposition fighters held by Kurdish forces in northern Syria and opposition fighters in Iraq as well as their families who are being held in camps.

The organization also works with governments and non-government groups on ensuring international standards in identifying bodies, he said.

“Today in Yemen and Syria and Iraq, all the authorities, government and non-government, are increasingly exposed to pressures from families to bring back their people, or to know about their respective family members,” Maurer said.

The issue of missing Syrians was on the agenda of a meeting of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi in November. The three countries have teamed up to promote local cease-fires in Syria and a peace process.

In their joint statement after the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the need for all parties in the Syrian conflict to release all prisoners and hostages, hand over bodies and search for those missing to help create conditions for a lasting cease-fire and the launch of political talks.

Woman's 5-star Kat Von D eyeliner review goes viral for holding up after car crash


A woman’s review for Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is going viral because of some extraordinary circumstances.

Shelby Pagan wrote on her review that she’s “never buying any other liner again,” because of how incredibly long-lasting it is. And she would know – her review is titled, “I was in a car accident and my eyeliner didn’t budge.”



Pagan was involved in a car accident last June when she was pulled over on the shoulder of a highway in Massachusetts with her hazard lights on calling roadside assistance. Pagan was hit by a “distracted driver” going 55 mph.

The registered nurse says emergency crews responded and an ambulance took her to the emergency room where she stayed for 8 hours, according to her product review.

“My mascara was running down my face from crying and all other products had been wiped off in the transfer to the hospital,” Pagan wrote. “But not my tattoo eyeliner.”

Pagan attached a photo with her neck brace from the accident to corroborate the positive review.


That Tattoo Liner has received other rave reviews since the tweet went viral.  (Kat Von D)

According to her Twitter, Pagan took the selfie for police evidence and then posted the shot the Instagram. On social media, others commented how good her eyeliner looked, which prompted her to leave the review.

Initially, Pagan’s review didn’t seem to get much traction, until Twitter user @guadalahari was shopping for eyeliner and noticed the picture and comments.

“She deada– took a picture in her neck brace I am deceased,” she tweeted.

Since then, the tweet and Pagan’s review has gone viral with more than 155,000 retweets and over 400,000 likes with most comments agreeing with Pagan.


One even posted their own accident selfie with the eyeliner on, confirming Pagan’s review.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Here's How NVIDIA Corp.'s Tegra Processor Business Performed in Fiscal 2018


For years, graphics giant NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has built a line of processors called Tegra. The Tegra chips are known as systems-on-a-chip, or SoCs, meaning that they incorporate most of the critical functionality — like processor cores, graphics processors, and other accelerators — onto a single chip.

NVIDIA had originally aimed the Tegra processors at applications like smartphones and tablets, but the chips ultimately weren’t successful there. The company’s focus with respect to Tegra shifted, then, toward automotive applications (e.g., in-vehicle infotainment systems) as well as dedicated gaming devices.

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In its most recent fiscal year (2018), NVIDIA reported that sales of its Tegra processors grew by 86% compared to the prior year to $1.53 billion. That was an acceleration from the 47% growth that this business enjoyed in the company’s prior fiscal year. Let’s go over what drove that increase.

The Switch effect

Nintendo‘s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY) popular handheld game console, the Nintendo Switch, is powered by a customized version of NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor.

Thanks to the success of the Nintendo Switch, NVIDIA reported a stunning 300% year-over-year increase in revenue “from SOC modules for gaming platforms and development services.”

This isn’t too surprising considering that Nintendo shipped 14.8 million Nintendo Switch units during its first year on the market, and the prospects for the console appear positive, as Nintendo keeps rolling out new first-party titles and third-party developers bring their intellectual properties to the platform as well.

NVIDIA was smart to work with Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch, as this design win has breathed new life into NVIDIA’s Tegra processor business.

Automotive sales are on the rise

Another area in which NVIDIA’s Tegra processor family has found success is in the automotive market, powering in-vehicle infotainment solutions. According to the company, its sales of Tegra processors into the automotive industry grew by 15% during fiscal year 2018 “primarily from infotainment modules, DRIVE PX platforms and development agreements for self-driving cars.”

The bit about infotainment modules is straightforward, but the other two items might not be.

DRIVE PX is the marketing name for NVIDIA’s self-driving car platforms. These platforms often incorporate both NVIDIA Tegra processors as well as NVIDIA’s stand-alone graphics processors (though NVIDIA has signaled that, over time, it intends to boost the performance of the Tegra processors to eliminate the need for the stand-alone graphics processors).

Today, DRIVE PX is mostly used for development rather than for deployment as self-driving car technology is, itself, still a work in progress. The hope, however, is that as self-driving cars go mainstream, NVIDIA’s chips will power many of them, leading to a significant boost in NVIDIA’s Tegra processor revenue.

And, finally, NVIDIA talks of “development agreements” with respect to the Tegra processor revenue increase. NVIDIA is pretty vague about what such agreements entail, but my best guess is that customers (prospective self-driving car manufacturers) are paying NVIDIA to develop hardware and software to enable their vehicles.

The dynamics of the Tegra business

Although NVIDIA’s automotive efforts get a lot of attention in the press (especially since self-driving cars and artificial intelligence are very popular buzzwords these days), the real star of NVIDIA’s Tegra processor business seems to be the company’s chip sales to Nintendo.

The good news for NVIDIA is that the Nintendo Switch is a highly successful console and given how well the partnership between NVIDIA and Nintendo seems to be going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see NVIDIA supply chips into Nintendo’s future game consoles.

The main risk for NVIDIA is that the successes and failures of game consoles are highly unpredictable. For example, the Nintendo Wii was a huge hit, but the follow-on console, the Wii-U, was widely considered to be a flop (for some context, the Nintendo Switch has already surpassed the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii-U). If Nintendo can’t follow the Switch with another winner, then NVIDIA’s Tegra processor business could suffer, too.

Automotive design wins, on the other hand, tend to be pretty sticky — that is, once a design is won, a supplier can count on a steady stream of revenue from that design for years to come. Moreover, NVIDIA isn’t reliant on sales to a single automaker — it provides infotainment modules to many car manufacturers, which reduces its risk.

NVIDIA’s path forward, then, is likely to continue to support Nintendo as best as it can, while still committing significant resources to try to grow its automotive chip business.

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Caesars Entertainment plans to manage hotel in Baja, Mexico


The Caesars Entertainment Corp. casino company says it plans to build a beachfront non-casino hotel in the Mexican city of Puerto Los Cabos.

Company president and chief executive Mark Frissora announced Wednesday that the $200 million Caesars Palace resort will be the company’s first Mexico property.

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Plans call for 500 rooms and suites, a 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) convention center, a spa, two golf courses, three restaurants and entertainment venues.

It will be developed by Mexico-based Grupo Questro and managed by Caesars Entertainment in the Puerto Los Cabos tourist corridor and the San Jose del Cabo resort on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Las Vegas-based Caesars last week also announced plans to manage two non-casino hotels and a beach club in Dubai.

They’ll be the company’s first non-casino resorts.

Trump tariffs lifted steel prices in 1Q: Ford CFO


Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told FOX Business that the automaker held tight on cost, but rising metal prices resulted in higher commodity expenses for the quarter.

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“We saw an increase in commodities of about half a billion dollars in the quarter,” he said on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump’s announcement to impose a tariff of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum comes at a tough time for U.S. automakers, which have faced flattening sales in recent months. The tariffs will likely create higher prices for steel that could be passed on to customers.

“The threat of tariffs, particularly we believe on steel, had an impact on market prices,” Shanks said during an interview on “After the Bell.”

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Ford is a large purchaser of both steel and aluminum. The company’s F-Series pickup trucks, the nation’s top-selling vehicle line, are built using aluminum panels.

Shanks said the automaker is focused on building great new products to maximize revenue while reducing incremental cost.

“What we have to do is become more fit, but then on top of that have great new products,” he said.

The Dearborn-based automaker is capitalizing on its iconic Expedition and Navigator SUVs to keep up with the consumer trend toward larger vehicles.

“We’re seeing consumers around the world, not just in the United States, move towards more SUVs as well as trucks and that’s very positive for us,” Shanks said.

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grows to 84 cases


U.S. health officials say the E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that at least another 31 cases are believed to be tied to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.

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The agency says those infected range in age from 1 to 88. More than half of are female.

Forty-two people have been hospitalized, including nine battling kidney failure.

Agency officials say the illnesses started between March 13 and April 12.

The agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued a warning against eating all romaine lettuce.

Officials have not yet identified the source of the tainted lettuce except to say it came from the Yuma region.

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3 days after fatal shootings, Tennessee Waffle House reopens


The Tennessee Waffle House where four people were fatally shot reopened Wednesday amid tears and solemn remembrance of the dead, as the company said it will donate a month of the restaurant’s sales to help the wounded survivors and the families of the slain.

Employees wore orange ribbons and hugged one another while a steady stream of customers came in to order food and show support.

Among those killed when a man opened fire in the parking lot with an AR-15 rifle and stormed the restaurant early Sunday morning was an employee, Taurean Sanderlin, 29, and three customers. Four people were injured.

Proceeds from the next 30 days of sales at the store will go to the families of the four who were killed and to the two who remain hospitalized, said Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner.

One of the employees who was working during the attack wept and knelt outside the restaurant before four white crosses bearing the pictures and names of the victims.

The woman, who still had scrapes on her face, said she could not speak.

One of those who died in the carnage was Joe Perez, a 20-year-old customer from Nashville. His parents, who traveled to Nashville from Texas, signed the cross bearing their son’s name and the three others. They also did not want to speak.

Also killed were Akilah Dasilva, a 23-year-old student at Middle Tennessee State University who was well known to independent musicians and record labels in town. DeEbony Groves, a 21-year-old student at Belmont University, also died in the attack.

It was the employees who wanted to get the restaurant up and running, Warner said.

“I think it’s part of the healing process for them,” Warner said.

One of the first customers of the day bought about $8 worth of food but then left $100, Warner said.

A steady stream of customers came, saying they wanted to help the victims.

“I saw that they were reopening and that all incoming funds were going to the victims’ families, and I was going like, ‘OK. I should drop in and have something, and in some small way contribute,'” Michael Harrison said as he entered the restaurant.

Meanwhile, an audio recording released from a computer repair shop shows that the shooting suspect was fearful that someone had hacked his laptop.

The owner of Dang It Repair said Travis Reinking initially took his computer to the shop because he thought someone had hacked into it. But a recorded telephone conversation between Reinking and one of the shop’s employees shows he was also fearful that the company had tampered his computer.

A man wearing nothing but a green jacket and brandishing an assault-style rifle attacked the restaurant early Sunday. Police credit restaurant patron James Shaw Jr. with disarming the gunman and averting more bloodshed.

The gunman fled and led police on a massive manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours before he was captured.

Police have identified the suspect as Reinking, 29. He faces multiple criminal charges, including four counts of criminal homicide. A public defender listed as his attorney has not responded to an email seeking comment.

Police say they still do not know of a motive for the crime.

The onetime crane operator bounced between states and suffered from delusions, sometimes talking about plans to marry Taylor Swift, friends and relatives told authorities.

He was detained by the Secret Service in July after he ventured in to a forbidden area on the White House grounds and demanded to meet President Donald Trump.

A friend and former co-worker in Colorado, John Turley, told The Associated Press that he never saw any hints of violence or aggression from Reinking during the months they knew each other.

“I can’t tell you why he did what he did,” Turley said Wednesday. “The person I knew would not have done this.” Turley added, “He just seemed too passive a person.”

Turley said also Reinking never expressed any allegiance to anti-government beliefs, nor did he seem to be racist or advocate for white supremacy.

A Salida, Colorado, police report quotes Turley as saying Reinking believed he was a “sovereign citizen” — defined by the FBI as an anti-government extremist who believes he’s not subject to federal law even though he lives in the U.S. But Turley told The Associated Press that Reinking never expressed those beliefs to him. Turley said he was only telling Salida police something he had heard about Reinking in news reports after the White House incident.

New Chipotle CEO plans menu 'tweaks,' and maybe drive-thrus


The new CEO at Chipotle plans to make “simple menu tweaks,” redesign its restaurants and expand its delivery service in the coming months.

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Another longer-term possibility: drive-thrus, which CEO Brian Niccol said are an “interesting proposition for Chipotle.”

Niccol didn’t offer specifics on his plans, which he discussed for the first time Wednesday after joining the Denver-based company from Taco Bell last month. Wall Street analysts are eager to see how Niccol will put his stamp on Chipotle, which has long positioned itself as a step above fast food. His main job: bring customers back to Chipotle, which has struggled to regain its momentum after a 2015 E. coli outbreak sent sales plunging.

He said changes to the menu wouldn’t divert much from Chipotle’s brand, which promotes its use of “real ingredients” and “responsibly raised” meats.

Niccol spoke on a conference call Wednesday after the company reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the first quarter.

Its stock, which closed at $339.52 Wednesday, soared nearly 11 percent in after-hours trading.

The company said sales rose 2.2 percent at existing locations during the period, mainly due to higher menu prices, which gave that figure a 4.9 percent boost.

The Denver-based company said it had net income of $59.4 million, or $2.13 per share, in the three months ending March 31. That’s up from $46.1 million, or $1.60 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

Revenue rose 7 percent to $1.15 billion in the period.

Niccol said he wants make Chipotle more relevant, but again didn’t provide details. After he joined Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., he hired a new marketing executive who oversaw the launch of Taco Bell’s cheese-dusted Doritos taco.

“I believe the brand has been invisible,” said Niccol. “This brand needs to be leading culture, not reacting to it.”

Frat brothers linked to racist video say they were ridiculed


Five students are suing Syracuse University for disciplinary actions related to videos of a private event where fraternity members used racial slurs and simulated a sexual assault of a disabled person.

The federal lawsuit filed anonymously on Tuesday by five Theta Tau members accuses the university of ignoring their rights and proper procedures in suspending them and subjecting them to “ridicule and scorn.” It seeks at least $1 million in damages for each student and restoration of their good academic standing.

After the student newspaper revealed the videos last week, the university expelled the fraternity, and 18 unidentified members face disciplinary charges. Chancellor Kent Syverud on Sunday called the latest video clip of crude behavior at Theta Tau “appalling and disgusting.”

The lawsuit says the videos show a satirical “roast” that wasn’t for public viewing.

“The skits did not constitute actual racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism and disrespect for the disabled,” the lawsuit says. “Rather, the entire focus of the skits was to create caricatures and exaggerate to be outrageous.”

It says anyone watching the performances in context would have seen them as “satirical portrayals of offensive conduct and attitudes offered for entertainment with no intent to harm or harass anyone.”

A spokeswoman said Wednesday the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

“The university stands by the actions it took to protect the well-being of the campus community and maintain a respectful and safe learning environment,” spokeswoman Sarah Scalese said.

The university has said arrangements have been made for those going through the student judicial process to continue their academic work off campus, but the lawsuit claims fraternity members have been banned from class and provided no alternative.

With Market Volatility, Markel Leans on Insurance Strength


Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced first-quarter 2018 results on Tuesday after the market closed, punctuated by a net loss from the financial holding company’s investment portfolio. But in keeping with executives’ methodical approach to generating shareholder value, Markel management took the opportunity to showcase the merits of their long-term thinking and diversified business operations.

Let’s dig deeper into how Markel started the new year, as well as what investors should expect from the company going forward.

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Markel results: The raw numbers


Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Year-Over-Year Growth

Operating revenue

$1.575 billion

$1.412 billion


Net income (loss) to shareholders

($64.3 million)

$71.0 million


Net income (loss) per diluted share




Book value per share




What happened with Markel this quarter?

  • Markel’s net loss was negatively impacted by the adoption of new accounting standards implemented at the start of the year, which required recognizing a $122.1 million pre-tax loss related to the decline in fair value of its equities portfolio since the end of 2017. It also included a pre-tax foreign currency loss of $22.1 million, and a non-recurring tax expense of $99.5 million.
  • Markel’s comprehensive loss to shareholders — which notably includes a $116.1 million decline in net unrealized gains on available-for-sale investments (net of taxes) — was $174.8 million.
  • At investment operations: Net investment income increased 7.6% to $108 million, driven by higher short-term interest rates and higher dividend income from equity investments. Total invested assets were $20.3 billion as of March 31, 2018, down from $20.6 billion at the end of 2017. Equity securities were $5.9 billion, or 29% of invested assets, down from $6 billion at the end of last quarter. Net unrealized gains on investments (net of taxes) were $3.4 billion as of March 31, 2017, down from $3.7 billion at the end of last quarter.
  • Net investment income increased 7.6% to $108 million, driven by higher short-term interest rates and higher dividend income from equity investments.
  • Total invested assets were $20.3 billion as of March 31, 2018, down from $20.6 billion at the end of 2017. Equity securities were $5.9 billion, or 29% of invested assets, down from $6 billion at the end of last quarter.
  • Net unrealized gains on investments (net of taxes) were $3.4 billion as of March 31, 2017, down from $3.7 billion at the end of last quarter.
  • At insurance operations: The consolidated combined ratio for Markel’s insurance operations was 90% — which means it earned $10 for every $100 in premiums it wrote — including combined ratios of 97% from reinsurance, and 89% from Markel’s combined U.S. and international insurance segment. Gross premium volume in underwriting operations grew 9% year over year to $2.047 billion. Note this doesn’t include roughly $461.2 million of gross premiums written through Markel’s program services business, which was acquired through its purchase of State National in late 2017. Essentially all gross premiums written through that business were ceded to third parties this quarter.
  • The consolidated combined ratio for Markel’s insurance operations was 90% — which means it earned $10 for every $100 in premiums it wrote — including combined ratios of 97% from reinsurance, and 89% from Markel’s combined U.S. and international insurance segment.
  • Gross premium volume in underwriting operations grew 9% year over year to $2.047 billion. Note this doesn’t include roughly $461.2 million of gross premiums written through Markel’s program services business, which was acquired through its purchase of State National in late 2017. Essentially all gross premiums written through that business were ceded to third parties this quarter.
  • At Markel Ventures: Operating revenue grew 36.6% to $392.1 million, driven primarily by the acquisition of Costa Farms in last year’s third quarter. Ventures’ net income to shareholders fell slightly year over year to $13.6 million, largely due to lower revenue and higher costs at one of Markel’s industrial products businesses, as well as the impact of acquisition expenses and lower seasonal sales from Costa Farms. Segment EBITDA grew 3.4% to $46.6 million.
  • Operating revenue grew 36.6% to $392.1 million, driven primarily by the acquisition of Costa Farms in last year’s third quarter.
  • Ventures’ net income to shareholders fell slightly year over year to $13.6 million, largely due to lower revenue and higher costs at one of Markel’s industrial products businesses, as well as the impact of acquisition expenses and lower seasonal sales from Costa Farms.
  • Segment EBITDA grew 3.4% to $46.6 million.

What management had to say

Co-CEOs Richard Whitt and Tom Gayner together stated:

During the subsequent conference call, Gayner reiterated that Markel’s “short-term investment results reflect normal short-term volatility,” and are essentially in line with changes in both equity markets and interest rates.

Gayner also offered this perspective:

Looking forward

Markel doesn’t offer specific financial guidance. But while this quarter may not look great after a quick glance at the headline numbers, it represents a continuation of Markel’s proven efforts to consistently grow its various businesses and generate market-beating returns in the process. And I think patient, long-term shareholders should be more than happy with its progress to that end.

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Four Corners Property: 1Q Earnings Snapshot


MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) _ Four Corners Property Trust Inc. (FCPT) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter.

The Mill Valley, California-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $21.3 million, or 35 cents per share, in the period.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $16.3 million, or 26 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $34.8 million in the period.

The company’s shares have decreased 13 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $22.48, a drop of 4.5 percent in the last 12 months.


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